Charles Kipng’ok, the Deputy Governor of Baringo, died on Wednesday, September 14, after collapsing just after boarding a plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi confirmed the occurrence, saying that Kipng’ok was supposed to attend the induction of members of the Council of Governors in Mombasa.
“It is a loss to us. We were just preparing to start the business of building our great county of Baringo,” the governor stated.
A fellow passenger on the flight, Dr. Patrick Amoth, was also present. Amoth attempted in vain to revive the deputy governor.
“Kenya Airways regrets to announce that a passenger developed breathing difficulties this evening while boarding KQ612 that was scheduled to depart for Mombasa at 1900hours.
“The passenger was pronounced dead by medical personnel at JKIA while the aircraft was still on the ground,” read part of the statement from KQ.