The body collected from Deputy President William Ruto's crashed helicopter three weeks ago does not belong to his seasoned pilot Mario Magonga, a close family member has revealed.
A fortnight ago, the family rejected the remains from the helicopter as those of Mario, claiming that there could have been foul play in the entire process. Mario's sisters Gladys Magonga, confirmed that they had taken bones for analysis in France to ascertain their assertions.
"There was no body. The rescue team found some bones, whose DNA the pathologist could not ascertain," Ms Magonga told the Sunday Nation.
"Basically, we are trying to confirm if the remains belong to him.”
And after days of wait, a family member says in confidence, the bones that were believed to be his remains did not match with those of relatives, raising questions about the whereabouts of the seasoned pilot.
The family is now in deep confusions and could be forced to compel the government to explain the whereabouts of Captain Mario, who initial reports indicate that was among those killed in the Turkana helicopter crash.
"DNA shows that what was presented as his remains is otherwise not his. The bones does not match with any family member. We suspected foil play and the tests have confirmed. We don't know what happened to him and who could have plotted against him," said the family member in confidence since he's not authorized to speak on behalf of the rest.
Burial plans were suspected following the mystery of the body which the family disputed. Only the requiem mass was done at his Karen home in which Deputy President William Ruto attended.
Interestingly, while the bodies of the four Americans believed to be Ruto's think tanks could be easily identified, the body at pilot's seat was burnt beyond recognision. Also, the wreckage did not indicate that he would have burnt as such.
Also, there is a mystery surrounding the flight given that Mario had worked with KDF for many years and could have not probably tried to take a flight with the helicopter at night.
Back at his Gusii home, business seems to have resumed in the neighborhood following the uncertainty surrounding the entire episode. It's unclear what the family is doing to do next.