DP Ruto Airlifts Medical Personnel to West Pokot Landslide Sites

Deputy President William Ruto on Monday used his private chopper to airlift medical personnel to the areas affected by landslides in West Pokot County.

Mudslides hit the Pokot South region over the weekend, claiming 52 lives.

The DP had toured the area to visit some of the victims admitted to Kapenguria Hospital.

Sixteen people are still being treated at the Kapenguria County Hospital, while two who were in critical condition, were referred to Moi Teaching and Referral hospital in Eldoret.

Dr Ruto was accompanied by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Pokot South MP David Pkosing during the Monday visit.

DP Ruto’s trip came moments after Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i cancelled the his trip to the region.

Accompanied by IG Hillary Mutyambai, Dr Matiang’i and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa were forced to land in Eldoret after being advised that the weather in Kapenguria was not good to fly choppers.

Addressing reporters o Monday in Eldoret, Dr Matiang’i said the government was working closely with the West Pokot County leadership on the ongoing rescue mission.

IG Mutyambai added that the rescue teams were moving families to safer grounds and taking the injured to nearest hospitals.

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