Distress Call Reporting a Crashed Plane in Kibiku Forest was False. Forest Fire was True

Thogoto forest station manager James Maina Muriuki

Ngong Fire and Rescue service together with Nairobi City Council Emergency Team and Ngong Police led by area OCPD George Sedah yesterday afternoon (21st February 2018) drove To Kibiku Forest, then to Kahara area and back to KibikU Forest again in a desperate search of a plane which had allegedly crashed. Both Ngong and Nairobi City Council rescue personnel confirmed they had received a distress call around midday reporting the alleged accident.

The area Chief Richard Kariuki claimed Kiambu fire and rescue service dispatched two fire response vehicles all the way from Kiambu town and from Limuru town.

Lack of good access roads hindered the search with most of the rescue vehicles unable to go beyond Kibiku centre (Plots). Our reporter and a few bodaboda riders joined the search and were able to go deep through Kibiku forest and Thogoto forest after noticing smoke rising from a section of Thogoto forest. The smoke was as a result of a forest fire that had started at around 9am yesterday morning. There were approximately 30 men and women fighting the fire with twigs. Mr James Maina Muriuki who is the station manager at Thogoto forest said approximately 37 acres were affected by the fire whose cause was still unknown by 6 pm yesterday.

The area Chief Richard Kariuki claimed Kiambu fire and rescue service dispatched two fire response vehicles all the way from Kiambu town and from Limuru town. Some of the community volunteers who assisted in fighting the fire claimed the fire vehicles left as soon as the water was finished and did not return even though the fire was still spreading. Thogoto forest which is in Kiambu County borders Kibiku Forest and Lenana Forest.

Some of the volunteers who assisted in putting out the fire requested the forest management to be equipped properly in order to deal with such emergencies. The nearest store where fire fighting tools are kept is in Muguga forest station.
The search for the alleged crashed plane fortunately turned out to be a false alarm.