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The pilot of the helicopter that crash-landed in Narok County with Governor Samuel ole Tunai aboard has blamed the accident on bad weather and high altitude.

Governor Tunai, Narok East MP Lemanken Aramat and their aides cheated death on Saturday when their chopper, hired from the Mara Elephant Project, had an accident in Olkipejus village at about 4.30pm.

“There was no mechanical problem. Nobody was injured as all of us came out well. Things just happened in a blink of an eye and that is it,” said the pilot, Marc Goss, yesterday. “I have finished writing the full report on the crash and a team of investigators has instructed me not to talk to the media,” he added.

Type-Robinson 44

The chopper, Type-Robinson 44, was to drop the governor in Narok town but failed to take off in five attempts. Mr Tunai was admitted to Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi although an official from the county government said he was out of danger. The governor was leaving the burial of Mzee Tompo ole Sasai in Melili.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has launched a probe into the accident. “The aircraft investigation department of the ministry of Transport Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public works has already initiated the investigation and will inform the public once the investigations are concluded,” said KCA Director-General, Captain Gilbert Kabage.

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Video footage showing the final moments to the crash depict a clear sky and normal wind currents blowing through the vast wheat fields. The wreckage of the chopper Registration Number 5Y-MEP lay on the field near Olkipejus village, with its tail section cut off from the main body.

The chopper is a regular in the Mara region whenever elephants invade human settlements. Mr Goss is the MEP chief executive, which is involved in driving elephants away from human settlements, real time response to incidents of poaching and wildlife injuries in the Mara and surrounding conservancies.

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They have been using the chopper since 2015 and have expanded its operation area for rapid response to poaching, injured wildlife and conflict areas in the 4,000-square-kilometre region.

 “It supports our monitoring efforts by marking the collaring of risk elephants to be safer for both the animals and support team. It also helps us collect important data, like herd size and health,” said Mr Goss.

Despite having plans of procuring another chopper, the accident is a big blow to the project with elephants facing eminent danger from poachers, he added.

“Although MEP has rangers on ground, the helicopter provides them with aerial support in difficult human-elephant conflict situations. We are able to locate the animals faster and provide a much-needed distraction from the elephant while our rangers on the ground guide them to safety,” Mr Goss said.

READ ALSO:   Cause of Tunai helicopter crash ‘still unknown’

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Fearless girl asks mum to start doing house chores, says she’s tired

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A video has emerged on social media in which a young girl could be seen arguing with her mother over house chores.

The girl expressed her dissatisfaction over the house chores her mother left for her. She asked why her mother does nothing in the chores and leaves everything for her.

She said she lays bed, cleans and arranges the house and told her mother to learn how to do these chores.

Young girl challenges mum over house chores

She told her mum not to kill her with house chores, adding that because she gave birth to her does not mean she should do nothing in the house. @mediagist/Instagram
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The girl told her mum to give birth to another child, adding that she would stop doing house chores in the house.

She said because her mother gave birth to her does not mean the latter would do nothing in the house.

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Kivutha Kibwana claims drones have been hovering over his residence

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Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana on Tuesday claimed drones have been hovering over his residence in recent days because of his stance on the BBI report.

Speaking during an interview on Spice FM, Kibwana described the BBI as ‘poison’, saying Kenyans should be wary of it.

“Even when you called me, the phone call was going to somebody else, a lady was answering the phone which I had in my hands.

“There are drones hovering over my place…we wanted to shoot one of them but we warned that if we shoot it the owner would come for us,” he said.

Adding: “Kenyans must know this is poison and they do not want to drink poison because they don’t want to die.”

The governor further opined that some leaders are pushing for the BBI to rise to power in 2022.

“I think there are people who want power in 2022 and they have decided that the best way to get power is to do this ‘Constitution’ so that it can get them to that destination.

“This is not how we change a Constitution…you are looking at 78 provisions in a Constitution which has 264 provisions. If you are looking to change 13 chapters out of 18, you are actually basically overthrowing the current Constitution without a process and up to now the Referendum Law has not been passed,” he said.

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Kibwana recently joined Kericho and Nandi counties in seeking the court’s interpretation on how the 2010 Constitution should be amended.

The governor, in the case filed before the Supreme Court, wants the court to rule on whether a proposed amendment to the Constitution should only be limited to one issue and whether national or county governments or state and public officers can promote constitutional amendment through a popular initiative.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, the Makueni boss said he believes that a bill meant to amend the Constitution should be limited to only one constitutional issue at a time thus safeguarding the Constitution from being abused, replaced, or completely overhauled and protecting the right of free citizen participation. 

“It makes it easy for the public to understand what issue is proposed to be amended and for the people to freely exercise their will on whether to support the amendment without being confused about having to choose between too many issues,” said the Makueni governor.

He is also asking the Supreme Court to clarify if the popular initiative route was set out exclusively for the people and whether it is legal for public and state officers to use the same to promote a bill to amend the Constitution.

The governor holds that the popular initiative was designed to be steered by the people and not state officers using state resources. He says an advantage for state officers will lead to unfair competition against any group or person seeking to oppose the bill due to their limited resources.

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President Uhuru calls Joe Biden, duo to work together

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday phoned Joe Biden and congratulated him on winning the presidential election, weeks after the US went to the polls.

Americans chose Democrat Biden as their 46th president last month after winning the Electoral College that will be ratified in two weeks. His election marked the end of Donald Trump’s administration, a Republican, who has had a lifelong obsession with power.

The US president-elect who spoke with President Uhuru on phone offered his gratitude for his congratulations and expressed his appreciation for the strong and lasting ties between the two countries.

At the same time, Biden conveyed his interest in building on that partnership across a range of issues, including tackling the threat of climate change, supporting refugees and their host communities, and addressing challenges of regional security and instability.

Uhuru in his congratulatory message to Biden on November 8, had termed Biden’s win as a demonstration of Americans’ confidence in the former Vice President’s leadership credentials.

“Americans have spoken loudly and clearly through their votes, by picking a highly experienced, colourfully decorated and long-serving leader to become their next Head of State,” Uhuru said.

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He added: “On behalf of the people and the Government of Kenya, I congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for their emphatic win and wish them all the best as they prepare to lead the United States of America into a future of prosperity.”

The former vice president has vowed to restore the character of the United States nation and bring dignity back to the White House after a four-year rule by his predecessor that was marked with lies, racism and police brutality.

Biden, 78, will become the oldest president when he is inaugurated in January 2021.

He broke President Barrack Obama’s record for most votes ever cast for a US presidential candidate.

In the popular national vote, which does not decide the result but still has political and symbolic heft, Biden won by 51 to 47 percent.

In 2008, Barack Obama earned 69,498,516 votes in the presidential election, the most ever. Now, Biden, who was Obama’s former vice president, has far surpassed that tally, setting a new record with more than 80,026,000 votes.

On November 7, CNN projected Biden will be the 46th president after he secured a total of 306 electoral votes against Trump’s 232.

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