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They almost got him: Kenya police boss in plane mishap – many have been fighting for his sacking

Posted by African Press International on May 11, 2009

Police Commissioner ali almost diedPolice Commissioner Hussein Ali. The plane carrying him and other officials was involved in a mishap in Kapsabet, Rift Valley province on Monday. Photo/FILE

ByNATION Team

In Summary

  • Major General Ali says the Russian made chopper lost power as it took off and crash landed.
  • The Police Commissioner had accompanied Internal Security minister Prof George Saitoti on a tour of various police stations in the North Rift.

A plane carrying Kenya Police Commissioner Hussein Ali and other government officials has been involved in a mishap in Kapsabet, Rift Valley province.

Also on board were a team of journalists.

Those on board the helicopter suffered injuries. They were rushed to a hospital in the area where they received treatment.

Major General Ali said the Russian made chopper lost power as it took off and crash landed.

“I have a few bruises as expected,” he said in an interview shortly after the incident.

We are glad that we do not have any fatalities. We only have minor injuries, a few bruises here and there. Theres nothing life threatening.

The Police Commissioner had accompanied Internal Security minister Prof George Saitoti on a tour of various police stations in the North Rift.

He was on board with Internal Security Assistant minister Orwa Ojode and Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner Hassan Noor Hassan.

However, Prof Saitoti was in another plane together with Internal Security PS Francis Kimemia.

The party had just commissioned a set of police houses, which were constructed by the ministry of Public Works in the area and were on their way to another function when the accident occurred.

Prof Saitioti said the chopper was in sound condition as it was well maintained by engineers in the police force.

In fact, the engine had just been overhauled a few months ago. We are yet to ascertain what exactly happened,” he told the Nation.

Internal Security Assistant minister Orwa Ojode said: “We are all safe except for the journalists and two officials from the ministry of Public Works.”

He said that the injured would be rushed to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret for specialised treatment before they are brought to Nairobi.

Mr Ojode, who is also the Ndhiwa MP, said the chopper would have crashed onto an electric post but expert steering by the pilot saved the day.

God is good. The chopper is a write off. It would have been a disaster had we hit the electric lines, he said.

Kenya has a history of plane incidents, including some that have claimed lives.

In January 2003, an aircraft carrying four Cabinet ministers and several MPs crash landed shortly after take-off at the Busia airstrip. Labour minister Ahmed Khalif died instantly while Cabinet colleagues Martha Karua, Linah Kilimo and Raphael Tuju suffered injuries. The politicians were flying back to Nairobi after attending a home-coming party of then Funyula MP Moody Awori.

In 2006, a plane carrying a peace delegation to Marsabit crashed in bad weather killing all on board, among them MPs from the larger volatile area: Bonaya Godana (North Horr), Guracha Galgalo (Moyale) and Abdi Tari Sasura (Saku). Also killed was assistant minister Mirugi Kariuki.

Last year, a plane carrying Orange Democratic Movement politicians Kipkalyia Kones and Lorna Laboso crashed at Enoosupukia in Narok killing them instantly. They had flown to the area as an advance party to organise logistics for the Ainamoi by-election.

Choppercrash1105trAbove is The Chopper that almost killed the Police Commissioner ALI, the man some people want to be sacked from his post. Was it an accident or …….. and a quick way to get him dead?

source.nation.ke

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