NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga has sent his condolence to the families of the victims of Lake Nakuru plane crash.His message to the bereaved families read:
“On behalf of the NASA Coalition and on my own behalf, I extend sincere condolences to the families, friends and relatives of the five Kenyans who died aboard the helicopter that crashed in Lake Nakuru yesterday morning.
The pilot in charge of the ill-fated aircraft, Captain Apollo Malowa, was known to me personally and his family and mine are related. He had flown me a few times in my travels around the country. Always charming, he was dedicated to his job and was ever keen on contributing to the professionalization of the air travel sector in Kenya.
I came to learn, not from him, of his immense contribution to the nurturing of upcoming pilots, including by paying school fees for a disadvantaged student at Nyeri High School whose career dream was to be a pilot. May God rest his soul in eternal peace.
At this time of continuing rescue operations, I wish all the families, friends and relatives of the departed much strength and fortitude. I am optimistic that the government will marshal all its resources to ensure that all the bodies are recovered from the lake today so the families can mourn their kin and prepare their decent send-off.
The bottlenecks so far witnessed in this rescue operation should remind all our county governments to invest in disaster response mechanisms for anticipatable disasters in areas of their jurisdiction”
The plane killed 5 Jubilee allied youths who were flying to Narok for a Jubilee meeting. The deceased are yet to be traced.