Two senior Uasin Gishu County government officials were among three people who died in a grisly road accident on Friday at Outspan on the Eldoret-Nakuru highway.
The were in a convoy of vehicles accompanying Deputy President William Ruto in a tour of the North Rift.
Mr Ruto sent his condolences to their families and friends.
The accident occurred after the Eldoret Water Services vehicle, which the county officials were using, collided head-on with a truck at 12.30pm.
Governors Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) and Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet) and six MPs were part of the entourage that was headed to the burial of Nandi elder Joel Kipsum in Timboroa.
Earlier, the Deputy President attended a function in Eldoret Town where he handed over police vehicles and ambulances to the county government.
Police said two of the victims died on the spot while the third succumbed to injuries at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.
The truck driver was slightly injured.
Uasin Gishu County Secretary Peter Leley confirmed they had lost two senior staff and sent a message of condolences to the bereaved families.
“We cannot reveal their identities now until we notify their families. This is very sad. We had a colourful launch of county police vehicles,” Mr Leley said on phone.
At the accident scene, the victims’ personal effects among them neck ties and phone covers were strewn all over.
Eldoret West deputy police chief Lazarus Wambua blamed carelessness for the accident. He noted that there had been an upsurge of crashes on the highway.