Prof. George Saitoti

Posted: June 10, 2012 in Kenya legend

Prof. George Saitoti

George Saitoti (3 August 1945 – 10 June 2012) — Hon. Prof. George Saitoti, Previously Minister for Education. Prof. George Saitoti, the Minister for Provincial Administration and Internal Security joined Mangu High in 1960 and later Cambridge School Weston, USA.

He held a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science and PhD in Mathematics, from University of Brandeist (USA), Sussex, Brighton and Warwick University, England respectively.

He joined university of Nairobi as a lecturer in 1972 where he rose to be the Chairman of Mathematics Department before he was nominated as a Member of Parliament and Minister for Finance in 1983.

He served in this capacity until he was appointed Vice President and Minister for Finance in 1989 after successfully vying for Kajiado North Parliamentary seat in 1988.

He was again re-elected in 1992 and appointed Vice President and Minister for Planning and National Development. In 1997 he won the same seat and appointed Minister for Planning and Development. In 1999 he was re-appointed Vice President. Between 2001-2002. He was moved to Ministry for Home Affairs, still in his capacity as vice president.

After the 2002 general elections he retained his seat and was appointed Minister for Education, Science and Technology. He is credited for the far reaching reforms in the Education Sector in Kenya.

Saitoti has also served in other capacities like Vice-President of African Mathematics Union (1976-1979), Chairman of International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank Group (1990), Chairman, Wages Council (1972-1974 and Member, East African Legislative Assembly (1974-1977).

Prof. George Saitoti – Positions Held

  1. Member, National Security Committee (NSAC), Kenya. (2008 – death)
  2. Chairman, Cabinet Sub-committee on ICC, Kenya. (2009 – death)
  3. Chairman, Party of National Unity (PNU) (2008 – death)
  4. Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs (October 2010 – August 2011)
  5. Minister of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security (January 2008 – death)
  6. Minister of Education (November 2006 – January 2008)
  7. Minister of Education (7 December 2005 – 13 February 2006)
  8. Minister of Education (January 2003 – November 2005)
  9. Vice President (April 1999 – 30 August 2002)
  10. Minister for Planning and National Development (December 1997 – April 1999)
  11. Vice President (May 1989 – Dec 1997)
  12. Minister of Finance (1983 – 1988)
  13. Vice-President, African Mathematical Union(1976 – 1979)

Prof. George Saitoti – Family, wife and children

Prof. George Saitoti’s family life rarely made it into the public space. His wife, Margaret Saitoti, was with him when the High Court dropped charges on the 16 years Goldenberg case. His brother, Ronald Musengi, has been a banking executive with the Kenya Commercial Bank. Recently Musengi applied to be a member of the National Police Service Commission.

 Prof. George Saitoti – Wealth

Prof. George Saitoti was an astute businessman who had interests in agriculture, horticulture, real estates, hospitality and pastoralism.

 Prof. George Saitoti – Death

Saitoti died on Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 9 a.m. when a police helicopter carrying him and assistant minister for internal security Joshua Orwa Ojode exploded and crashed in the Kibiku area of Ngong forest killing them both. He was 66 years old at the time of his death.

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  1. peninah wanjiru kasaine says:

    r.i.p gradpa

  2. Caleb masaki says:

    May God give encouragement to the family.

  3. irene muthoni maina says:

    r.i.p my M.P Irene Maina Ngong

  4. Carol Chemutai says:

    Feel the loss , May God rest his soul in eternal peace

  5. may God rest his soul in internal peace,God take and he gives

  6. jane silantoi says:


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