Kenyan CS Murkomen Denies Forming Team to Probe Military Plane Crash That Killed CDF General Ogolla

Transport CS Murkomen denies forming team to probe military chopper crash, says only KDF can investigate. President Ruto promises transparent investigation into tragic incident that killed top military officials.

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Kenyan CS Murkomen Denies Forming Team to Probe Military Plane Crash That Killed CDF General Ogolla

Kenyan CS Murkomen Denies Forming Team to Probe Military Plane Crash That Killed CDF General Ogolla

Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has denied allegations that he formed a team to investigate the crash of a military helicopter that resulted in the death of Kenya's Chief of Defence Forces General Francis Ogolla and nine other soldiers. Murkomen clarified that as a department of transport, they do not investigate military planes, and their work is strictly restricted to civilian airplanes.

President William Ruto had earlier announced that the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) had constituted a team from within the Kenya Air Force to investigate the cause of the crash. Ruto vowed to examine the crash's circumstances and assured that the investigation's findings would be publicly disclosed upon completion.

Lawyer Miguna Miguna criticized reports of Murkomen constituting the team, stating that only the President of Kenya has the authority to establish and gazette such a team. Miguna emphasized that the military will not cooperate with a "purely civilian team" and that the country must adhere to the rule of law.

Why this matters: The fatal military plane crash in Elgeyo Marakwet has shocked the nation and raised questions about the safety and maintenance of Kenya's military aircraft. The investigation into the cause of the crash is critical for ensuring accountability and preventing similar tragedies in the future.

Siaya senator Oburu Odinga urged General Ogolla's son, Joel Rabuku, to allow the government to probe his father's death, claiming that most senior government officials hailing from Siaya had been killed. President Ruto has promised a comprehensive and transparent investigation into the crash, with the findings to be made public once the probe is complete.

Key Takeaways

  • Transport CS Murkomen denies forming team to probe military chopper crash.
  • President Ruto says KDF has constituted team to investigate crash cause.
  • Lawyer Miguna criticizes reports of Murkomen's team, says only President can do so.
  • Crash raises questions about safety and maintenance of Kenya's military aircraft.
  • Ruto promises comprehensive and transparent investigation, findings to be made public.