Profiles of Kenyans who died in the Ethiopian plane crash

Kenya had the largest number of dead in the tragedy

In Summary

Brief profiles of the 32 Kenyans who perished in the Ethiopian air crash 

Members of the search and rescue mission carry dead bodies at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 10, 2019.
Members of the search and rescue mission carry dead bodies at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 10, 2019.

Kenya, with 32 lives lost in last Sunday's Ethiopian Airline's plane crash, was the hardest-hit country.

In all, 157 people died in the Nairobi-bound plane. The disaster happened only a few minutes after the aircraft left Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa in the morning.

The following are the Kenyans and foreign residents in Kenya in the flight.



Jonathan Seex: He was the chief operating officer at Tamarind Management Limited in Kenya. Seex worked in North Carolina and Florida before coming to Kenya.

He was from Sweden but lived in Nairobi with his wife and children, according to social media.




Hussein Swaleh:  The former Football Kenya Federation secretary general was returning home from Egypt where he presided over the CAF Champions League match between TP Mazembe and Ismailia as a commissaire.



Juliet Otieno: She was the acting general manager, human resource development, at the Kenya Airports Authority.

Juliet was returning home from an official trip to Egypt. She had been recalled by the CEO following the Kenya Aviation Authority staff strike.



Brig General (Rtd) George Kabugi: He was general manager, security services at KAA and was also coming back to Nairobi after being recalled on official duty.

He is from Kabura-ini, Narumoru in Nyeri county. He had 37 years of military experience and served as head of Kenya Military Training and Advisory team.



Antony Ngare: The father of two worked at Unesco as the in-charge of media training. He formerly worked with the Nema and the Standard Group. Ngare is from Burguret, Kieni constituency in Nyeri county.



Isabella Achieng: The 31-year-old from Homa Bay county worked with Hope for Cancer Kids, a non-governmental organisation based in Nairobi.

She was returning home from Egypt where she had attended a health conference.




Prof Agnes Gathumbi: She taught at Kenyatta University in the Department of Educational Communication and Technology. According to the university's website, Gathumbi was the director of the Institute of Teacher Professional Development.



Dr Isaac Mwangi Minae: He was also a lecturer at the Kenyatta University in the Department of Educational Technology. He was among the organisers of the 6th Intentional Conference on Education which will be held in Nairobi in July.




Stella Osebe Konarska: She died alongside her son Adam.

Jane Kamau: She was in her mid-40s and worked in the children's department at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret.

She was attached to the Shoe4Africa Foundation Children's Hospital where she dealt with children suffering from cancer.



Dr Grace Murugi Kariuki: She was registered with the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board in 2013. She trained as a medical doctor at the University of Nairobi.




Sister Florence Wangari Yongi: She was A Catholic nun in her early 30s, Sr Wangari was a missionary nurse at Kisangani, DR Congo. According to her father, she was coming to renew her passport.

Fr George Mukua Kageche: The 40-year-old was a priest with the Mariannhill Missionaries. According to the Southern Cross, SA Catholic news website, Fr Kageche studied at St Joseph's Theological Institute in Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and was ordained to the priesthood on November 30, 2017.

Jared Babu Mwazo

The 27-year-old was a director at Seaways Kenya Limited. The Strathmore University graduate was from Taita Taveta County.

Mercy Ndivo Ngami

She was from Makueni county and an auditor at KPMG. She married Mwazo in 2017. The two were coming back to Kenya from London, where she graduated with a master's degree. They have left behind a 15-month-old baby.



Joseph Waithaka

The 55-year-old was coming back from visiting his wife and children in Hull City. Born in Kenya, Waithaka had lived in Britain for about 15 years.




Vaibhav Lahoti

He was a first officer at Saudi Arabia Airlines.

According to his Linkedln profile, he was an alumnus of Oshwal High School and Birla Institute of Technology.




Cedrick Asiavugwa

He was a third-year law student at Georgetown University in the US. He was travelling to his home in Trans Nzoia county to attend the funeral of a relative.

Cosmas Rogony Kipngetich 

He and George Kabau were employees of GE Healthcare.

The others are:

Immaculate Achieng Odero

Anne Mukoi Musyoki

Benson Maina Gathu

Siit Mohamed Abdalla

Caroline Karanja

Ryan Njoroge Njuguna

Ibrahim Mohamed Abdulhai

Ann Wangui Karanja

Bernard Mutua

Julia Mwashi

Anne Mogoi

Helen Waithira