In Summary
  • Bodies of Captain Apollo Malowa, Mr Anthony Kipyegon and Ms Veronica Muthoni were recovered and buried.

  • Mr Malowa’s and Mr Kipyegon’s bodies were found floating on the shores of the lake after two days.

  • Mr Gitau and Mr Mapozi were headed for a campaign rally when the helicopter they were in crashed.
  • The two were part of Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika’s communication team.

As the country marks the New Year, the family of two Lake Nakuru helicopter crash victims have nothing to smile about as the fate of their sons’ bodies remains uncertain more than two months later.

The bodies of Mr Sam Gitau and Mr John Mapozi, who were among the five occupants of the ill-fated helicopter, are yet to be recovered since the crash on October 21, 2017.

Bodies of Captain Apollo Malowa, Mr Anthony Kipyegon and Ms Veronica Muthoni were recovered and buried.

Mr Malowa’s and Mr Kipyegon’s bodies were found floating on the shores of the lake after two days.

Ms Muthoni’s body was recovered four weeks later in the helicopter wreck that was recovered in the western side of the lake.

However, it was disappointing to the families when the remaining bodies, which were believed to have been trapped inside, could not be found when the helicopter wreckage was airlifted from the water.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

The incident, which was the first of its kind in the region, exposed the government’s lack of preparedness in dealing with such disasters.

People who rushed to the scene to help in the rescue found themselves of no use due to lack of equipment such as boats.

Area leaders, including Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Senator Susan Kihika, would only stare at the vast waters of the lake.

In a bid to save the situation, a team consisting of personnel from both the national and county governments, Kenya Navy divers, National Police Service, KWS and divers from the Kenya Red Cross Society was later formed to undertake the rescue operation.

The Sonko Rescue Team, Lake Naivasha divers, the local community and geologists from the ministry of Mining also joined the team under the supervision of the National Disaster Operations desk officer Jonathan Kertich.

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