Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika has opened up for the first time about three of her staff who were in the helicopter that crashed into Lake Nakuru on Saturday.
“Following the unfortunate incident last Saturday, [my] most sincere hope was that we would at least have survivors,” she said on Wednesday.
The helicopter had five passengers aboard; two bodies have been recovered.
The chopper was to be used during a Jubilee campaign rally in Narok on the same day.
Ms Kihika said that “I have deliberately avoided making any statement in the sincere hope that a miracle might happen”.
One of the bodies was of Mr Anthony Kipyegon who worked in her media team and the other of the pilot, Mr Apollo Malowa.
“This misfortune is not only a loss to the families and friends but to the country, which has lost young, energetic, focused, passionate and promising souls,” she said as she sent condolences to the families.
“I have seen the pain of loss in your eyes and I promise we will continue being together in this difficult time.”
The search is ongoing and it comprises divers from Kenya Police, Kenya Red Cross and Kenya Wildlife Service; the Sonko Rescue team is counselling the families.
Ms Kihika expressed hope that the search would be concluded soon so that the affected families can find closure.
The body of the pilot, Mr Apollo Malowa, was transferred to a Nairobi mortuary.