Tough Questions That Remain Unanswered Almost Eight Years After George Saitoti’s Death

Thirteen days before he met his death in a fatal helicopter crash, Internal Security minister Prof George Saitoti presided over the official launch of his party’s website in Naivasha, in one of the pointed steps towards his resolve to become Kenya’s fourth President.

Prof Saitoti, also a former vice-president, allegedly had also signed a pre-election agreement with Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta. Details of the pacts remain a guarded secret to date.
Former vice-president Moody Awori, who worked very closely with him, remembers the professor of mathematics as ‘a very decent and highly principled man’.
Mr Awori describes the former Kajiado North MP as a man ‘whom you could fully rely on his word’. The import of this is that had he lived, he would have accordingly honoured his political pledges.
The then organising secretary of Saitoti’s Party of National Union (PNU) Maina Kamanda, hinted after the former VP’s burial that the signed deal was about Saitoti’s quest for presidency.
Having taken the leadership of President Mwai Kibaki’s 2007 re-election vehicle, PNU, Prof Saitoti was firmly in control of Kibaki’s succession.
He reportedly faced some competition, though, from Mr Kenyatta, the Kanu chairman, and Kalonzo of ODM-K, all who wanted to inherit Kibaki’s political constituency to face off with then Prime Minister Raila Odinga of ODM.
But this was not to be as Prof Saitoti and his assistant minister Orwa Ojode died in a helicopter crash on June 10, 2012. Two pilots and two bodyguards also died.
The one question that lingers on in the minds of some of Kenyans is: would Saitoti have become Kenya’s fourth President had he lived?
Indeed so much has happened since Kenya’s longest serving vice-president exited from the scene and it is probably impossible to predict how Kenya’s fluid political scene would have changed.
Nonetheless, would he have remained loyal to President Kibaki to succeed him in 2013? And what would have become of the political fortunes of other key political figures at the time?
Would Mr Kenyatta or Mr Kalonzo have eclipsed him to succeed Mr Kibaki? And what would be Deputy President William Ruto’s position in Kenya’s politics today?
Owing to the fluidity of Kenyan politics, it is not easy to say precisely what would have become of his political fortunes.
Nonetheless had he lived, he would certainly be in the country’s top political leadership today, says Mr Awori, the former Funyula MP.
Jimmy Wanjigi, a close business associate of the late minister and one of his strategic advisers, remembers Prof Saitoti’s famous refrain during a Kanu delegates conference just before the 2002 general election thus; ‘There comes a time when the country is bigger than any one of us.’
“Kenya was truly robbed of a most gallant son of our soil. George’s brilliance, intellect and wisdom would have been priceless today.
At this upcoming election period on our country, let us all remember George as one who stood above tribe, above class and above self during his call to duty,” said Mr Wanjigi.
The man who succeeded Prof Saitoti in Kajiado North following his death, Moses Sakuda revealed how the late Minister confided in him that he would not seek re-election come 2013.

Share with Your Friends

13 thoughts on “Tough Questions That Remain Unanswered Almost Eight Years After George Saitoti’s Death

  1. Thank you for another informative website. Where else could I get that type of info written in such an ideal way? I have a project that I am just now working on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

  2. I and also my guys have already been examining the nice helpful hints found on your web blog then suddenly developed an awful feeling I had not thanked the web site owner for those tips. Most of the guys are already as a result excited to learn them and have clearly been enjoying those things. Thanks for really being indeed thoughtful and then for making a decision on varieties of outstanding tips millions of individuals are really needing to learn about. Our sincere regret for not saying thanks to sooner.

  3. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

  4. Can I just say what a relief to find someone who truly is aware of what theyre speaking about on the internet. You positively know how to bring a problem to light and make it important. Extra folks have to learn this and perceive this side of the story. I cant imagine youre no more popular since you positively have the gift.

  5. I visited multiple sites except the audio quality for audio songs existing at this web site is actually wonderful.

  6. I was pretty pleased to find this site. I need to to thank you for ones time for this particularly fantastic read!! I definitely liked every bit of it and I have you book marked to see new things in your blog.

  7. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon everyday. It will always be exciting to read through articles from other writers and use a little something from their sites.

  8. I’m not sure why but this blog is loading incredibly slowfor me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it aproblem on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem stillexists.

  9. I am really happy to glance at this web site posts which includes tons of useful facts, thanks for providing such data.

  10. After going over a number of the articles on your site, I really like your technique of writing a blog. I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future. Take a look at my website as well and tell me how you feel.

  11. Hello there! I simply would like to offer youa big thumbs up for the excellent information you have got right here on this post.I am returning to your website for more soon.

  12. Nice p᧐st. I was checking constɑntly this blog and I’m impressed!
    Extremely useful infoгmation particularly the last part :
    ) I care for such infο a lot. I ѡas looking for this certain information for
    a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

Comments are closed.