Sunday, the 1st of August 1982 will forever be remembered as the day Hezekiah Ochuka, Senior Private in the Kenya Air force, took over the leadership of the Republic of Kenya- for just under seven hours.The country was in panic before Hezekiah's plans were disrupted leading him to flee to neighbouring Tanzania .Hezekiah had big dreams of taking over from the Moi regime and is reported to have carved the words "The next president of Kenya" on his desk. Together with fellow soldiers, he formed the People's Redemption Council (PRC) , the party that was to govern the country under him.
|Hezekiah Ochuka (centre)in the custody of the Kenya police.|
Hezekiah was later on extradited back to Kenya, tried and found guilty for attempting to execute a coup de tat. He was hanged in 1987. Hezekiah was 33 years old when he died.
Others who were implicated include Kenya's current Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his father the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.