, KAKAMEGA, Kenya Jul 12 – The pilot who was among four people who died when a cargo plane crashed in Nairobi’s Utawala area last week was buried at his Kakamega home on Saturday.
Captain Harrison Okang’a Makaka was laid to rest Eshisiru village, at a funeral attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.
The two leaders described the former Kenya Air Force pilot as a dedicated Kenyan who served the country diligently.
The president also described him as an experienced pilot who loved his work.
President Kenyatta said Kenyans should emulate the late pilot and perform their nation-building duties with dedication in whichever capacity they are in.
The late Makaka served in the Kenya Air Force for 11 years before he retired and joined the private sector as a commercial pilot.
“If all Kenyans were dedicated to their work as the late Harrison, this country would go far,” President Kenyatta said.
The President assured the bereaved family of his support and prayed to God to give them the strength to bear the loss.
On his part, Deputy President William Ruto said with the death of Makaka, the country has lost a development-conscious Kenyan who was a shining example in Kakamega County.
The pilot died alongside three crew members on July 2 when a cargo plane transporting miraa to Mogadishu from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) crashed into a building in Utawala, Embakasi.