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Cause of Tunai helicopter crash ‘still unknown’

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The cause of the helicopter accident in which Narok Governor Samuel Tunai and Narok East MP Lemanken Aramat survived is still unknown, with a preliminary report showing that everything checked right for the ill-fated chopper.

The report, which has been released about a month after the accident, deepens the mystery on what caused the crash.

“Investigation of the accident involving 5Y-MEP is still ongoing to determine the facts, conditions, and circumstances in order to establish the probable cause(s),” the report signed by Martyn Lunani, the chief investigator of accidents at the Ministry of Transport Aircraft Accident Investigation Department reads.

The accident involved a Robinson Helicopter R44 Raven II passenger chopper, registration 5Y-MEP, owned by the Karen Blixen Camp Trust and was piloted by a 35-year-old Kenyan, Marc Goss.

No known defects

By the time of the accident, the aircraft technical records indicated that the helicopter had been maintained as per its maintenance schedule and there had not been any significant airworthiness problems.

A review of the aircraft logbook indicated that the helicopter had no known defects before the accident flight, the report says.

The pilot also established that the weather conditions, in general, were fine, with light and variable winds and that there was good visibility.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Chopper crash, Tunai pilot speaks out

The wreckage of the aircraft in which Narok Governor Samuel Tunai travelled to Enkipejus village in Melili, Narok North Sub-county, for a burial on October 17, 2020.

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Further, the helicopter was fitted with VHF radio communication equipment and the radio was serviceable on the day of the accident.

The pilot had no evidence to suggest that he suffered from any pre-existing illness that might have contributed to the accident and from his statement, he was not taking any medicines prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter.

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Rachel Ruto cycles in honour of Kenya Airways staff killed in motorcycle accident

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Deputy President William Ruto’s wife Rachel has joined her fellow cyclists in celebrating one of them who was killed in an accident.

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Rachel Ruto cycling in the company of biking enthusiasts. Photo: Rachel Ruto.
Source: Facebook

Rachel and members of Spin Kings Kenya bikers group on Saturday, November 28, took to the road to cycle in honour of the late Patricia Wangui “Kui” Gitonga.

“Today I cycled in honor of Kui Gitonga, a biker whose life was cut short in a motorcycle accident. During her free time, she was a volunteer road marshal for cycling groups, protecting and ensuring a safe route by directing cyclists,” she posted.

The Kenya Airways employee was cycling along Ngong road on Saturday, November 21, when she rammed into an overlapping saloon car which had reportedly veered off the lane.

“We lost our first ever lady biker to a collision with a recklessly driving maniac who lost control of his speeding car and veered into the path of our sister at a high rate of speed, side swiping and injuring her extensively,” her fellow biking enthusiast Kennedy Marete mourned.

Rachel Ruto.

The late Kui Gitonga. Photo: Rachel Ruto.
Source: Facebook

Kui’s memorial service will be held at Consolata Shrine in Westlands on Monday after which her remains will be ferried to Karatina for burial on Tuesday, December 1.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Chopper crash, Tunai pilot speaks out

A month ago, a doctor who had urged the government to curb road accidents was killed while cycling on Tuesday, September 27, along Kiambu road.

Alphonce Ogada, a consultant pediatric dentist loved cycling and on that fateful day, the father of two atop his favorite bike when a recklessly driven matatu hit and killed him.

His demise followed that of a fellow cyclist and young engineer Caleb Omwoyo who was on his way home on the evening of Wednesday, September 16, when he met his death.

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PS Kibicho reveals he contracted coronavirus

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Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has revealed that he contracted coronavirus and recovered after undergoing treatment.

While addressing mourners in Kirinyaga County on Friday Dr Kibicho said Covid-19 is not a death sentence.

“I tested positive for coronavirus, but I was treated and discharged from hospital,” he said at Gathuthuini Primary School during the funeral service of a local church leader.

“I am a living example. Those who are suffering from the disease should not worry because they will get well,” he said, adding that out of 100 people who contract the disease in Kenya only two succumb to it.

Dr Kibicho advised Kenyans to be tested for the disease because it is curable.

“Kenyans should be tested to know their status so that they can be treated,” he said.

The PS also urged Kenyans not to stigmatise people who have contracted the virus.

“Covid-19 patients should be showed love and not rejection. When the patients are abandoned, they become depressed and may take longer to recover,” he said.

He also underscored the need for everyone to continue observing protocols issued by the Ministry of Health to control the spread of Covid-19.

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“People should wear masks, sanitise regularly, wash their hands and avoid crowded places,” he said.

The PS further said that city residents should avoid travel during the holidays.

“If I had power, I would lock Nairobi during the festive season to curb spread of the dis-ease to rural areas,” Dr Kibicho said.


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Carpenter hopes payday in sight in 27-year fight over presidential seats

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For the past 27 years, Solomon Njoroge Kiore has battled with the government over a debt that was initially Sh195 million but has now ballooned to more than Sh500 million in an unpaid bill for presidential furniture he delivered.

Tomorrow (Monday), Mr Kiore will go to the High Court in Milimani hoping that the end is in sight as he is supposed to get a hearing date for a case that has had many twists and turns.

In 1992, Mr Kiore, the proprietor of Furncon, a furniture company, won a government tender to supply presidential furniture but down the line, the deal went sour when the military officials returned the chairs a year after President Daniel arap Moi had used them — allegedly without payment.

The chairs had been acquired through the Ministry of Defence and approved by State House, according to court documents.

The government has denied failing to make the payment and he went to court to seek redress in 2007.

Although Mr Moi used the chairs for a year, Furncon says the military returned them to his workshop.

But the parties could not agree on the amount to be paid, with the businessman citing lack of goodwill on the side of the state.

Sh527 million

That year, Mr Kiore was seeking Sh527 million, being the price, court costs and storage charges.

He told the court he did not receive any invitation to negotiate a settlement.

Then last year, Symon Yator Cheberek, a military colonel, took over the case after Attorney General Kihara Kariuki appointed him to represent the state in all civil matters in which the Ministry of Defence is a party.

High Court judge Joseph Sergon allowed Col Cheberek to act for the state, but Mr Kiore objected this saying allowing a military officer to take up the matter was tantamount to court-martialling him.

“There can never be a situation where a civilian can be in court one on one with a distinctive disciplined and uniformed force,” he stated in an affidavit on March 25, 2019.

Col Cheberek said he is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and the Attorney General was in order to appoint him.

Justice Sergon has declined the recusal plea, saying the claims of bias could not be proved.

 Now, Mr Kiore says his business has died, as he can no longer use the premises where he has kept the chair as it is an instrument of power.

“It was used by a President for a year. It is treasured and therefore no one is supposed to touch it. My business has suffered immensely because of this seat,” he says in his court documents.

In a letter dated May 10, 2001, the Attorney General informed Mr Kiore that the Department of Defence had extended a without-prejudice offer purely out of honour and respect for presidential instruments.

“However, having realised that your claims include other items worth millions of shillings reflective of your other financial issues not related to the chair in question, it has not been possible to formally make the offer to you,” states the letter signed by V Onyango, a deputy litigation officer at the State Law Office.

Admission of liability

The offer, the officer states, is not the government’s admission of liability, because “the said chairs were ordered by the Agricultural Society of Kenya”.

He says the seat was made under strict supervision of the military and State House staff.

The firm says it was asked to make more furniture for presidential lounges at the Eldoret Moi Airbase and Kahawa Garrison and deliver the chairs to the Agricultural Society of Kenya offices in Nairobi for a three-day presidential function.

But the President ordered that the furniture remain at the ASK offices, according to a letter by the ASK dated August 5, 1999.

Now, Furncon wants a declaration that the ownership of the items was passed on to the government in September 1992, under the National Flag, Emblems and Names Act and as such they are instruments of power.

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