Written by Wanyoyi wa Wasike
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One of the Uganda military helicopters that crashed in Kenya on their way to Somalia.
RESIDENTS of Mukhweya village in Bungoma County recounted to West Fm how they saw the Ugandan choppers while they overflew the area on their ill-fated flight to Baidoa in Somalia.
The residents remembered having seen four choppers that were hovering dangerously low as they made their way towards Eldoret on Sunday morning.
Speaking before a Bungoma County security team led by Bungoma County Commissioner Mr. Jamleck Baruga, Bungoma South acting District Commissioner Sylvester Mwangulu and other senior security chiefs, the residents however disputed reports that appeared in social media that the choppers landed at a farm within the village.
“The choppers were four in number but they never landed here. Perhaps what made us more curious was the way in which they were trying to maneuver their way through trees as they were dangerously low,” said the owner of the farm in question, a Mr. Wafula Mutaki.
Another resident recounted how the choppers appeared to be flying with difficulty as they labored on their journey adding that the four of them emitted strange sounds with only the leading chopper occasionally flashing the red neon light accustomed to planes.
“They were flying just above the trees, only a distance of about ten metres from the ground. We scampered for safety as we were so scared!” narrated the resident.
A security analyst who requested anonymity observed that’s curious for military planes to fly so low since that is a strategy used to invade enemy territory undetected by the radar.
“It beats logic for them to have flown too low if there was a safe flight towards a noble peace-keeping mission in Somalia. The incident needs to be thoroughly investigated by the Kenyan government,” said the analyst
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