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There is a curious sense of regretful achievement in Kenya. It permeates all the entire fabric of society like mist at dawn. It is visible on the faces of Nairobians, it is laden in the voices/tones of the peoples of Rift Valley and at the Coast they talk of the good old days in vinegary tones. It is not that the past was that glorious. They talk of the seventies, when the Kenya Bus Services was efficient. The era of abbreviations – K.F.A., K.G.G.C.U., A.F.C., K.P.C.U. – before we went gaga with one-word brand names like Safaricom and Nakumatt. They talk about someone who has faded from memory and say, ‘Oh, that one who made money running down K.M.C.’ and nod approvingly after remembering him. The man who ran the best scam in our country is the current chair of a self-appointed council of elders. I am told his autobiography…

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Saitoti was No Hero

Posted: June 26, 2012 in Kenya legend


On the Sunday of 10th June 2012, the country woke up to news of a helicopter crash in a nondescript forest called Kibiku near Ngong. A dramatic start to a week that would prove very eventful and illustrative of Kenya’s compulsive selective amnesia. The television networks scrapped the Sunday gospel music shows and maintained a constant flow of information. A minister, his assistant, their bodyguards and two pilots had perished en route to a small town in rural Kenya.

Comrades in politics cancelled their engagements to turn up at the accident scene to gawk at the charred site and more specifically to face the cameras and hog the microphones. Their P.R. handlers were earning their salaries! The incident was trending on social media, generic condolences updated. State House released a glowing tribute and declared three days of national mourning with flags to fly at half-mast. A special meeting of…

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Hon. Joshua Orwa Ojode

Posted: June 10, 2012 in Kenya legend


Joshua Orwa Ojode (29 December 1958 – 10 June 2012) was a Kenyan politician. He was the assistant minister for internal security. He belonged to the Orange Democratic Movement and was elected to represent the Ndhiwa Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya since the Kenyan parliamentary election, 2007. He first came to parliament in the year 1997 but through the National Development party headed by the current Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Ojode was reported to have died on 10 June 2012 in a police helicopter crash in Kenya. By the time of his death, Orwa Ojode was the Member of Parliament for Ndhiwa constituency as well as a renowned business person. He was an avid defender of the government of Kenya and had a very strict stand on matters of security. It was under his watch and of his head, Minister for defence Prof. George Saitoti (with whom they perished in the crash), that the repulsion of the Al-Shabaab in Somalia, dubbed Operation linda nchi (guard the nation), was launched. He will be remembered for ceaselessly defending the head of his ministry and the political stands that he took together with the party he belonged to. Orwa Ojode had survived a chopper crash a few years earlier.

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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Kenya’s Internal Security ministers Prof George Saitoti and Orwa Ojode and five others died when a Police chopper crashed in Kibiku area in Ngong forest at 9am on Sunday, according to police sources.

According to an eye witness, the helicopter was seen diving from the sky and full of smoke before crushing and exploding into flames.

The Chopper left early in the morning from Wilson Aiport and was headed towards Ndhiwa in Homabay County before the tragedy occured.

The scene is littered badly burned bodies recognition as police officers look shocked. Parts of the wreckage scene including pistols can be seen at the crash scene.

Military police have arrived at the scene as VIPs led AP Comanadant Kinuthia Mbugua, PPO Nairobi Area Kibuchi as staring in shock.

Also on the plane were:


  1. Luke Oyugi
  2. Nancy Gituanja


  1. Inspector Joshua Tonkei
  2. Sergeant Thomas Murimi

There is no survivor in the crash.

Kipkalya Kiprono Kones and Lorna Laboso Died on the same day – June 10, 2008

Exactly four years ago in the same gloomy weather, two former cabinet ministers, Kipkalya Kiprono Kones and Lorna Chepkemoi Laboso perished in a plane crash in Narok.

The plane carrying the two crashed on June 10, 2008 in what was later attributed to a pilot’s error.

Eye witness account

According to an eye witness, the helicopter was seen diving from the sky and full of smoke before crushing and exploding into flames.

“The Chopper was filled with smoke before it crashed. I heard two explosions as it went up in flames,” said Rose Kwamboka.

Another eye witness Leonard Njoroge said he saw the chopper sway one kilometre away from his homestead before it crashed.

“The chopper crashed and exploded on impact scattering money and books and only its tail seemed intact,” he said. The plane destroyed trees as it missed my homestead.”

He added, “My family and I rushed to extinguish the fire but it was too late because the fire burnt everyone on board beyond recognition.”




Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of — Prof. George Saitoti, Orwa Ojode, Pilots Nancy Gituanja and Luke Oyugi and Bodyguards Inspector Tongei and  Thomas Murimi — through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

President Mwai Kibaki

“It is with great sadness that this morning I learnt of the tragic deaths of the Minister for Internal Security and Provincial Administration Prof George Saitoti and the Assistant Minister in the ministry Hon. Orwa Ojode, their body guards and the pilot and co-pilot of the police helicopter that they were travelling in. The deaths of the six Kenyans is a devastating loss to our country.

On behalf of the Government and the people of Kenya I send my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and relatives of the six Kenyans.

Minister Saitoti will forever be remembered as a hardworking and determined public servant who dedicated his time to the service of the Kenyan people.

Just last Friday at the Conference on Peace in Mombasa, Hon. Saitoti spoke eloquently and passionately about the many police reforms that his ministry was undertaking. He leaves behind a rich legacy of service to the country.

The Hon Orwa Ojode will be remembered for his focused approach while undertaking his duties with great zeal and determination as an Assistant Minister and the Member of Parliament for Ndhiwa Constituency.

At this moment of great national grief my prayers are with the families of those who perished.


  1. Luke Oyugi
  2. Nancy Gituanja


  1. Inspector Joshua Tonkei
  2. Sergeant Thomas Murimi

The four were hard working and committed officers of the Kenya Police Force.

It is my prayer that the Almighty God will rest the souls of the six Kenyans in eternal peace.

Raphael Tuju:

With great grief & sorrow I join Kenyans in accepting the reported sudden & untimely demise of Prof Saitoti & his Asst. Hon Orwa Ojode. My heartfelt condolences reach out to the family, relatives and friends of all those involved in the fatal crash.

Martha Karua:

I mourn my colleagues Hon Saitoti and Hon Ojode and four others my condolences and prayers to their families