Public inquiry into the June 10 copter crash to begin on Monday
Written by Carolyn Wamalwa
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The probe team led by its Commission Chair judge Kaplana Rawal. [Photo | Carolyne Wamalwa] Left, the remains of the chopper. [Photo | Isura Christopher]
The Commission of Inquiry into the June 10; AS350 helicopter crash that killed internal security minister George Saitoti, his deputy Orwa Ojode, two pilots Nancy Gituanja and Luke Oyugi and two bodyguards has revealed that it plans to officially begin its public hearings on Monday July 16, 2012.
Speaking to the press, Commission Chair Kalpana Rawal said that the commission will be opening its doors to members of the public and urged witnesses who might be in possession of crucial information to the commission to come forth and give their account, and assured them of their security.
Kalpana further explained that the remains of the helicopter which was removed from the accident scene now remains under 24 hour security surveillance at the Kenya Police Air Wing and that samples will be flown out for further investigations.
The commission now awaits a full report subsequent to a baroscope inspection that was carried out by an independent expert.
However, Kalpana asserted that should need arise, the commission will not hesitate to source for expert advice including seeking for answers from the helicopter manufacturers.
“Consultations are in process on the firms to be approached, which will conduct tests on various components of the wreckage,” she said.
The commission has already finalized preparations for the rules which will guide conduct and management of the inquiry as provided by law.