Burial of officers killed in chopper crash next week

June 12, 2012 4:19 pm


Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere led visits to the homes of the departed officers
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 12- The four police officers who perished in Sunday’s helicopter crash will be buried next week.

Captain Nancy Gituanja who was piloting the chopper will be buried on Tuesday at her Kandara home, while her co-pilot Luke Oyugi will be buried on Wednesday in Siaya.

Sergeant Thomas Murimi and Inspector Joshua Tonkei who were bodyguards to the late George Saitoti will be buried on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere who made the announcement after he visited the families of the deceased officers, also announced that an interdenominational requiem mass is planned for Monday before the families proceed with the burials.

“We are informed that as families you have agreed on the burial dates but as policemen we want to have a ceremony to pay our last respects to our departed friends and colleagues; pray together with the families because it is a huge loss for us,” he said.

Iteere urged for avoidance of speculation as the commission appointed by the government investigates the cause of the crash.

“The team appointed is full of professional and I believe is capable of bringing out the truth. It is a public inquiry and anybody with information will be free to present it to the commission,” said Iteere who insisted that the plane was new and flown by experienced pilots.

Earlier, the government assured of maximum support to families of the two pilots and bodyguards who perished in Sunday’s crash that also claimed the lives of Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and his assistant Orwa Ojode.

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Transport Minister Amos Kimunya and Iteere who led government delegations to their homes pledged to ensure their children complete their education.

“We have come here to mourn with you and assure you that the government and the people of Kenya are with you during this difficult moment,” Musyoka said. “On behalf of the President, the Prime Minister and on my own behalf, I want to assure you that the government will do everything possible to ensure that all your children will be supported to complete their education.”

The officials were at the homes of the deceased pilots Gituanja and Oyugi at West Park in Lang’ata where they consoled their famines.

“This is a difficult moment when we need to support one another, the death of the Minster, his assistant and the officers is a big loss to us,” Iteere said.

Saitoti will buried this Saturday and while Ojode will be interred on Sunday.


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