A police helicopter plunged into a forest located in the western part of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Passengers of the doomed Eurocopter include a top official of the government of Kenya, Internal Security Minister George Saitoti.
George Saitoti, 66, grew up as a cow herd. He persevered from his Masai village and became a Math professor. He entered politics in the early 1980s and had held several key positions such as foreign minister, education minister and even vice-president. Sairoti has expressed his intention to run for president next year and many considered him as the leading contender.
Kenyan officials are still unsure of the reason for the helicopter crash, but they pointed out that there are no evidence of foul play or terrorist attack. Witness accounts said that the helicopter was engulfed in smoke and swayed violently before it dived from the sky. Mr. Saitoti’s aide, Joshua Orwa Ojode, their bodyguards and two pilots also died in the crash.
The Kenyan government declared three days of mourning for the death of the victims.
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News Source: www.nytimes.com