By KBC Reporter
As the new year draws closer, family and friends of Samuel Topoika who is former bodyguard of the late former Internal Security minister Prof. George Saitoti gathered at his home to thank God for saving his life from the deadly plane crash that claimed his Boss and former assistant minister Orwa Ojode.
Topoika was destined to be in the ill-fated helicopter that crashed at Kibiku forest but was asked to disembark because he was over-weight.
“I got into the plane but the commandant said I could not go because of my weight. I am big bodied. I was ordered to alight from the plane,” he says.
He remembers the late Tonkei getting into an argument with the commandant who still maintained that Toipoka could not go. This is when he was told to choose someone else to go on his behalf and he chose Sergeant Thomas Murimi.
Aware that he is lucky to be alive, his family and friends joined him in a thanksgiving ceremony at his home in Entonet to thank God for sparing his life.
Topoika has since opened a school in his community as a sign of gratitude to God.
He says he will sponsor orphans and the less fortunate in the society to access education for that may the reason why God spared his life.
His brother Samuel Isingeti is equally all too happy to have his brother around and says the family is grateful to God for sparing his life.
The helicopter crash on June 10th 2012 killed Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and his assistant Orwa Ojode and other security officers as they were travelling to Ndhiwa constituency to attend a fundraiser in Ojode’s constituency.
r in Ojode’s constituency.