By Standard Team
Mourners turned up in their numbers for the burial of police officers Nancy Gituanja and Thomas Murimi in Murang’a and Migori counties.
The two were among four officers killed in the crash that claimed the lives of Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and his deputy Orwa Ojode. The other two are Captain Luke Oyugi, the co-pilot, and Inspector Joshua Tonkei, Prof Saitoti’s bodyguard.
Leaders attending the burial of Captain Gituanja, the pilot of the ill-fated flight, said Kenyans should not be stopped from commenting on the helicopter crash.
The leaders said Kenyans were anxious to know the cause of the accident and they should not be gagged.
Speaking during the well-attended burial at Kiiri village in Kandara, Murang’a County, the leaders among them Juja MP William Kabogo, said speculation would end once the cause of the accident was known.
“There were two pilots in that chopper when it crashed and it could not be bad weather. That should be ruled out,” said Kabogo.
Also calling for speedy investigations were Murang’a County MPs led by Assistant Minister Peter Kenneth.
Cabinet ministers Jamleck Kamau and Esther Murugi, MPs Elias Mbau, Maina Kamau, Clement Wambugu and Muturi Mwangi and Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere also attended the burial.
The leaders said previous reports on plane crashes have never been made public despite assurances given.
Kenneth asked Iteere to ensure speedy investigations. He described the late police pilots as qualified officers who were always ready to serve the country with dedication.
“Nancy had served the country well as she was also involved in community projects in her Kandara District,” said Kenneth.