In Summary
  • The campaign chopper had five people on board when it crashed in Lake Nakuru on October 21.
  • The bodies of pilot Apollo Malowa, Mr Anthony Kipyegon and Ms Veronicah Muthoni were recovered.
  • The bodies of Mr Sam Gitau and Mr John Njuguna Mapozi have not been recovered.

Emotions ran high on Saturday when families and friends of last year's Lake Nakuru chopper crash held a memorial service at the lake's shores.

Hundreds of people gathered inside the Lake Nakuru National Park to pray for the five victims, among them Mr John Njuguna Mapozi and Mr Sam Gitau whose bodies were not retrieved.

The helicopter crashed on October 21 last year, killing five people who were on board.

Lake Nakuru chopper crash.

Memorial service held at the shores of Lake Nakuru on February 10, 2018 for missing victims of the October 21, 2017 chopper crash. PHOTOS | JOSEPH OPENDA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

SERVICE

The memorial service began in the morning and was led by Father Fernandez Andati of St Joseph's Catholic Church.

Speakers condoled with the families and praised the deceased as hardworking youth.

Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika said the crash robbed her of close friends and associates who enabled her clinch her seat on August 8, 2017.

Three of the crash victims worked for her.

Ms Kihika described them as fallen soldiers who died in the line of duty.

“The crash robbed us of great, industrious and ambitious youth who were going to make it very far. Mr Gitau and Mr Mapozi were like my sons and I was really heartbroken by the news of their death,” she said.

Lake Nakuru chopper crash.

Memorial service held at the shores of Lake Nakuru on February 10, 2018 for missing victims of the October 21, 2017 chopper crash. PHOTOS | JOSEPH OPENDA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

MEMORIAL

Other leaders who attended the memorial service include lawmakers David Gikaria (Nakuru Town East), Samuel Gachobe (Subukia), Samuel Arama (Nakuru Town West), Kuria Kimani (Molo) and Liza Chelule (Nakuru Woman Representative).

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