Chopper wreckage to be moved from Ngong

July 3, 2012 2:29 pm
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The container holding the wreckage will then be transported to the Kenya Police Air-Wing facility at the Wilson Airport for storage/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 – Wreckage of the helicopter that killed Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and his deputy Orwa Ojode will be moved from the scene of the crash at Kibiku Forest in Ngong on Wednesday.

The Commission of Inquiry into the accident chaired by Court of Appeal Judge Kalpana Rawal held a meeting on Tuesday morning where the Assisting Counsel and lawyers representing other parties agreed that the operation should proceed from Wednesday 9.30am.

The container holding the wreckage will then be transported to the Kenya Police Air-Wing facility at the Wilson Airport for storage.

The crash site has been under 24-hour surveillance with officers from the Administration Police and Kenya Wildlife Service manning the scene.

The team which includes Maj-Gen (Retired) Harold Tangai, Captain Peter Maranga and Fredrick Opot cancelled a tour to the site on Tuesday to allow for the meeting which was to map out the logistics for the operation.

The Commission of Inquiry was established to look into the June 10 helicopter crash that killed Internal Security Minister George Saitoti, his assistant Orwa Ojode, two bodyguards and two pilots.

The President upgraded the Kalpana Rawal probe team to a Commission of Inquiry to accommodate concerns raised by the families of the departed officers and members of the public.

The Commission announced on Monday that it will formally begin its public hearings on July 16 to inquire into the circumstances that might have led to the deaths of the six government officials.

The Commission Assisting Counsel and the investigators from the Air Accident Inspection were given two weeks to take statements from witnesses and obtain various documents from the police and any other government agency before the public hearing kicks off.

The judge noted that the Commission would issue public notices on their schedules in the next few days as per their terms of reference.

Kenya Police Air Wing Commandant Rodgers Mbithi is expected to be the first witness before the Commission.

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