The New Zealanders injured in the Kenyan minivan crash have
been evacuated to the capital Nairobi while the bodies of
those who died are on their way back home.
Six students from Bethlehem College, Tauranga, were in Aga
Khan hospital in the city of Kisumu last night after the
crash near the village of Ma'hanga.
School principal Eoin Crosbie this morning said 12 students
and staff who had received medical treatment or been
hospitalised had now been medically evacuated to Nairobi
Their injuries range from bruises to broken bones.
They were part of a group of seven adults and 12 students who
had been building classrooms in Ma'hanga before this week's
Brian and Grace Johnston, 19-year-old former student Caitlin
Dickson and driver Christopher Mmata died in the crash.
Mr Crosbie said their bodies were in Nairobi before being
brought back to New Zealand.
Funerals would be held at the college in due course.
Mr Crosbie said the four people in the group who did not need
medical treatment could not travel on the medivac planes to
Nairobi with the others.
They would instead travel on a commercial flight tomorrow,
along with diplomatic staff who had now arrived in Kisumu.
Bethlehem College deputy principal Stuart Manners was on his
way to Nairobi, while a House of Travel representative had
arrived in Nairobi to help with travel plans.
Those in the group who were well enough to fly would return
to New Zealand as soon as possible.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) spokeswoman
this morning said two New Zealand diplomats had arrived in
Kisumu to provide ongoing support and advice to the college
Deputy High Commissioner Georgina Roberts had travelled from
the High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, while Consul
Barbara Welton had flown to Kenya from the embassy in Cairo,
The spokeswoman said the process of repatriating the three
bodies was underway, but a timeline for their return to New
Zealand was still to be confirmed.
MFAT declined a request for an interview with its diplomatic
staff in Kisumu, saying their priority was on providing
- The Northern Advocate