4 presidential security officers killed in road crash in Kenya

July 1,2015

ISIOLO, Kenya, Four members of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s security team died in a road accident along the Isiolo-Marsabit highway in northeastern Kenya, officials said on Wednesday.

Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Gideon Amala said the paramilitary officers from the elite Recce squad died on the spot late on Tuesday after their vehicle lost control and rolled several times.

“They were headed for Loyangalani when the accident happened. We lost four officers while a fifth was flown to Nairobi for treatment,” said Amalla.

He added that the accident occurred in Soit area, approximately 11km from Sere Olipi Township in Samburu County. Amala said the rear right tyre of the car they were travelling in burst, causing the car to lose control.

They were headed to Lonyangalani to carry out security surveillance ahead of Kenyatta’s visit to commission the wind power project scheduled for Thursday.

Amala said the four who were officers from the elite Recce squad of General Service Unit had been deployed to carry out security surveillance ahead of the president’s visit in the location.

The president is set to officiate the construction of a wind power plant, the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, the largest private investment in the country.

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