Jacky Maribe in her past broadcast on Citizen TV. (PHOTO/COURTESY).
BY CAROL NYAMBURA
Citizen TV’s political reporter Jacky Maribe had been scheduled to fly in the plane that crashed today, Saturday morning into Lake Nakuru.
The plane, whose details this publication has not yet established, reportedly crashed into Lake Nakuru at around 7am with five people on board.
Speaking to Citizen TV’s Willis Raburu in a live broadcast, Ms Maribe revealed that the fateful chopper, which was also carrying three of Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika’s media team, was en route to an un-named re-fill station before embarking to ferry her and two cameramen.
However, that trip was cut shot when the chopper that had earlier on thought to be owned by President Kenyatta crashed into Lake Nakuru just minutes after leaving Nakuru.
“We were to cover President Uhuru’s rally in Narok and the chopper was to return and pick me and my two colleagues to the rally,” said Maribe, who kept on pausing for some moments to swallow her emotions.
“It’s traumatising that this is the same chopper that we have been using while covering Jubilee Party’s campaign trails,” added the reporter, who later broke into tears, prompting the broadcasting camera to shift focus on the lake but maintaining her live voice.
Rescue operations are still going on and none of the debris of the plane has been spoted, according to media reports.
Lake Nakuru is one of Kenya’s main tourist attraction centres known for the thousands of beautiful flamingos that habit at the lake.
Unfortunately, rescue operation have cited the many plants in the lake that make it impossible for them to access the scene via boats.
The operation team lead by the Kenyan Wildlife and the Marine rescuers have ruled out chances of survival, seven hours after the chopper went deep into the waters.