Mwai Kibaki has announced three days of national
mourning in honour of people who perished in the
Monday morning plane crash in Marsabit.
"It is with
deep sorrow and regret that I have received the
news of the death of 14 members of a Peace
Delegation comprising of Assistant Ministers,
Members of Parliament, Senior Government
Officials and Kenya Airforce crew following a
military plane crash near Marsabit this
morning," Kibaki said.
Among the dead are
assistant ministers Mirugi Kariuki, who was also
Nakuru Town MP, and Laisamis MP Titus Ngoyoni.
The dead MPs include Bonaya Godana (North Horr),
who was also deputy Leader of Official
Opposition, Abdi Sasura (Saku), Guracha Galgalo
(Moyale) and Lieutenant General Abdulahi Aden-an
MP in the East African legislative Assembly.
Others are Anglican
Church Rev William Wako, Eastern Province Police
officer Thomas Chigamba, police constable Yussuf
Guyo, Kenya Airforce Pilots Macharia Njoroge and
Captain Joseph Njogu Mureithi, Provincial
Intelligence Officer John Ouma, Office of the
President Undersecretary Gilbert Sian'ga, and
Moyale District Commissioner, Peter King'ola.
In a televised
address to the nation, Kibaki also wished quick
recovery to the three survivors who include
Eastern Provincial Commissioner Patrick Osare,
and Kenya Airforce crew Sergeant Mureithi and
Senior Private Mwamuye.
unfortunate that this tragedy has occurred when
the peace delegation was on its way for a
crucial meeting of bringing peace and harmony
among the communities living in the
region," Kibaki said.
The plane had 13
passengers and four Kenya Airforce Crew on
board at the time of the accident. The national
flag will be flown at half mast during the
Assembly Speaker Francis Ole Kaparo, who held an
emergency meeting on Monday afternoon, said the
House would adjourn on Tuesday until all members
who perished in the plane crash are buried.
Shock and gloom
engulfed the House after members received news
of the demise of the six colleagues. The Speaker
and MPs agreed that no meaningful business could
take place in the current circumstances. Kaparo
was so overwhelmed that he broke into tears as
he addressed the media after chairing the
The Kenya Airforce
plane crashed into a hill as it approached
Marsabit airstrip. Marsabit District
Commissioner, Mutea Iringo, said the plane
disintegrated on impact and burst into flames.
Kibaki expressed shock and concern following the
crash. In his message, the President said he had
received the news with ‘shock and disbelief’
especially bearing in mind that the officials
were on a mission to broker peace in the region.