Political Circumstances Fueling Prof Saitoti’s “Elimination Theories”

Was Saitoti eliminated?

On the surface, Professor George Saitoti’s death, together with the death of his Assistant Minister, Orwa Ojode, and four others, may have been a pure helicopter accident. However, some politicians in Kenya and wananchi alike, have attempted to push conspiracy theories that the late Minister may have been eliminated by his political enemies. These allegations have mainly been based on strange circumstances thought to surround the helicopter crash and Saitoti’s political standing at the time of his death. Be that as it may, are there political circumstances that could point to a serious motive to eliminate Professor George Saitoti?

Within the Mount Kenya fraternity, Professor George Saitoti had become a stumbling block in Mount Kenya’s political game plan ahead of the next elections. First, Professor Saitoti had refused to relinquish his position as Chairman of the Party of National Unity (PNU) for Uhuru Kenyatta. This position is what forced Kiraitu Murungi, the Minister for Energy, to set up the “Mbas Alliance” which Saitoti refused to join. Despite constant public assurances by Kiraitu that Professor Saitoti would soon be joining the mbas, the mathematics Professor continued to chart an independent political line which firmly put him in the Presidential race on a PNU ticket. The biggest problem was that Saitoti had basically taken over PNU although the Party was no longer useful in the Mount Kenya Mafia’s political agenda. Could this posture have led to his elimination?

At first, Saitoti’s refusal to give up PNU to the pro-Uhuru wing of the Mount Kenya mafia cartel appeared to have been a blessing in disguise for Kiraitu Murungi. Since Saitoti was not keen on supporting Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential bid by virtue of him standing as a candidate, and since Uhuru Kenyatta had positioned himself as the leading King-pin in Central province, Kiraitu adroitly began to exploit Saitoti’s recalcitrance to start planting himself as the main king-maker in Central. As Uhuru Kenyatta continued to weigh his options on the Party to jump into to push his presidential bid, Kiraitu believed that Uhuru would soon be confronted with little options after the son of Jomo quits KANU. It is at this point that Kiraitu believed that Uhuru would jump into his new cobbled “Alliance Party of Kenya (APK)” aka the mbas.

Kiraitu’s strategy was that once Uhuru jumped into the driver’s seat of the new mbas, Saitoti would be one of the first passengers to board followed by other leaders in Central province. However, when push came to shove, Saitoti made it clear that he was jumping into no mbas, stressing that he would go it alone for the Presidency under the banner of PNU. In assuming an independent line in relation to Kiraitu’s election strategy, Saitoti was seen more as a person who was seeking to split the Kikuyu vote at a time when the Kikuyu elite had vowed to do everything possible to ensure that Raila Odinga does not become President of the Republic of Kenya. If there are any internal forces who may have killed Saitoti as has been alleged by a cross section of MPs, it must have been because he was more destructive to the Kikuyu ruling class agenda than useful.

Another possible reason why Saitoti may have been eliminated is because the Internal Security Minister created a lot of enemies within believers in GEMA following the ICC movie which was playing in The Hague. Although every Kikuyu leader tried to oppose the process, Saitoti continued to sit on the fence. He boycotted all Prayer meetings which were being used to unleash ethnic hatred while he refused to publicly connect Raila Odinga to the tribulations of the Ocampo four as other Kikuyu leaders were doing. As a half Kikuyu who had benefited from the Kibaki government through his appointment as Internal Security Minister, the least the Kikuyu ruling class expected from him was reciprocation but Saitoti refused to give in.

The battle between Saitoti and Kiraitu on Party name
Saitoti’s abrupt independence and failure to toe the GEMA line was coming at a time when the Kikuyu ruling class could do nothing to stop him from messing up the main game plan because the term of the government he was serving had basically come to an end. Even if he were to be sacked, such a measure could have had no consequence because election was just around the corner. The best option was to get rid of him.

Another problem for Saitoti was that when Kibaki took over power, a key agenda was to ensure that top members of the Kikuyu ruling class would be protected by the state from past crimes, human rights violations, land grabbing and looting of the economy. Through the Goldenberg scandal, it is known that Saitoti looted billions of Kenyan shillings. However, when the Goldenberg Inquiry ended after guzzling millions of Kenyan shillings, Saitoti was freed from responsibility. The least the Mount Kenya Mafia expected from the Internal Security chief was support of the main cause, not opposition, division and sabotage. Saitoti was therefore seen as a thankless and self-centred renegade who utilized the GEMA controlled government machinery to cleanse his dirty image before abandoning the cartel at its hour of need. Could this circumstance have influenced a conspiracy to eliminate the Internal Security Minister?

Another big problem was that through the billions of Kenyan shillings Saitoti had stolen since his days in the former Moi’s government, the Minister was one of the biggest threats to Uhuru Kenyatta’s economic dominance among Kikuyu politicians because he was basically a billionaire. With the huge amount of resources he retained with help from his Kikuyu colleagues in government, and with a well-grounded Party he stole from GEMA, it was impossible to tell how Saitoti would complicate the situation for Uhuru Kenyatta in case the son of Jomo vied for Presidency. To prevent such complications, could some insiders have plotted his death?

Further, as Kiraitu’s mbas was being registered, Saitoti actually went to court to oppose the name of the new Party, arguing that the name “Alliance Party of Kenya” was too close to that of “Party of National Unity”. It was like adding salt to injury. In fact, it could have been the wrangles between Kiraitu and Saitoti around the Party name that may have prompted Uhuru Kenyatta to go for a totally new outfit thereby abandoning Kiraitu and his strategy. When Uhuru launched his The National Alliance, Kiraitu was a wounded man because his king-maker dream had been shattered. Convincing Uhuru to jump into the driver’s seat of the mbas Kiraitu had spent a lot of time constructing could have been an uphill task and part of the blame had to go to Saitoti who had badly complicated the Situation with his lack of support.

Orwa Ojode as Saitoti’s running mate
Worse still, insiders know that Saitoti had convinced Orwa Ojode, a Luo, to be his running mate in the next elections. Within ODM, the impending departure of Ojode from the Party was so obvious because Ojode had long detached himself from the Party, arguing that it was important for Party members to reach out to other communities. In the media, Ojode constantly took weird positions on critical issues affecting the Party, positions which disturbed some Party strategists who saw him as a silent rebel within the Party.

Within the Luo ruling elite, Ojode was seen more as a traitor than as an asset because if he quit the Party “Mudavadi style” because he had allegedly been “bought”, his departure would be used by Raila Odinga’s detractors to argue that even some of the closest friends of the Prime Minister were deserting him. At the propaganda level, this could have been very destructive. While there is no reason to argue that someone may have been baying for Ojode’s blood, his death may have been part of the “collateral damage” during Saitoti’s elimination.

The fact that Ojode was on his way to host Saitoti in Ndhiwa at a fund raiser has now been converted by some observers into the final evidence to prove that Ojode was gone kabisa. The argument is that Saitoti was an astute opponent of  Raila Odinga and that for Ojode to have side-lined Raila as the Guest of Honour at the never-to-be church function in favour of Saitoti was evidence that the Assistant minister had already made up his mind and that it was just a matter of time before he quit the Party to join PNU.

For Luo traditonalists who understood the “Ojode problem”, the death of the Assistant minister is a consequence of chira (curse) because he tried to go against the collective will of the community which is firmly behind Raila.

Although Raila has been in the front-line in mourning Ojode, it is notable that top Luo leaders have simply been shedding crocodile tears with others even failing to send condolences because for the Party, Ojode’s death is “good riddance”.

For Saitoti, working with Ojode meant that the Minister could also work with Raila if there was a run-off with unseen consequences to the GEMA strategy. Saitoti therefore had to give room. His lone ranger approach to the impending election was of no benefit to the Mount Kenya mafia. He was better dead than alive and this analysis is what is fueling the conspiracy theories alleging that Professor Saitoti may have been eliminated by powerful forces.

Okoth Osewe

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  • Well written artical and anaysis politician eing state-house might has asassinated Proffessor hence refusing and resisted in being compromised. Kenyans Must learn from killings in MBU I Kamiti a farm bought by GEMA but it has never helped the poor Kikuyu Landless .MBU Kamiti is kkikuyu-Clan killing field.
    Such evil plans might has contributed to Saitotis death!

  • Saitoti, Ojode copter was not insured and other details from experts

    Tuesday, 12th June, 2012 – Reports now in say that the ill fated helicopter did not have insurance cover: as it is compulsory for police crafts to have cover and as a result the pilot’s families are not entitled to any compensation.

    According to Strategic Intelligence News (SIN) through their site, the Euro copter technologies have a very clean record in over 30 countries. SIN declared that the company is famed for the manufacture of the best single engine helicopter, the safest and most versatile helicopters.

    In their investigations they ruled out the possibility of (loss of fuel, design defect, collision with other aircrafts or structure and electrical malfunction).

    Though yet to be determined, they gave some strong possibilities on what caused the crash: operator error, sudden change in weather conditions, and miscommunication from ground control and loss of control.

    “George Saitoti’s and his deputy signal a dramatic shift in security paradigms with strategic intelligence questioning the capacity of Kenyan internal security and intelligence,”

    “In our past analysis on intelligence and policing, we poked holes in critical areas of intelligence gathering analysis and production” SIN said.

    They added that since the plane was installed with a dual LCD screen vehicle and Engine Malfunctioning Display, it could have been easy for the pilot to know if the chopper had any engine mal function and communicate the problem.

    They however question the ability of the pilot to deal with stress and pressure, which they say may have easily caused a piloting error and lack of control of the chopper: since she was not supposed to be on duty on that fateful day.

    SIN added, “Women are less adaptive to conditions that separate them from their children and she could have been distracted causing this operator error and subsequent loss of control causing the crash.”

    Naomi Thothoi, the Kenyan DAILY POST

  • Saitoti often ran after his temper, Ojode thrilled

    Updated Thursday, June 14 2012 at 21:00 GMT+3

    By KIPKOECH TANUI

    As we mourn Prof George Saitoti, Joshua Ojode, and others killed in the Sunday chopper crash, let’s go down memory lane to Eighth Parliament. In 1996 as a parliamentary reporter, I found Saitoti, a vicious Kanu loyalist at war with his temper, which when he lost the upper sides of his face would twitch like a camera’s shutter, veins popping out!

    However, even in rage he was careful with his words, something that gave him nine political lives. But stiff as he was in public life, when he finally got up with his temper, he would let out something between a grin and a smile.

    Ojode came in the following year, and from the Opposition benches, he was always asking when Rodikopany-Ndhiwa road would be tarmacked. He later told us Rodikopany got its name through corruption of English words – road and company.

    Reporters used to joke that had Saitoti not gone to school, he would be in jail because of his temper, most times manifesting itself when some MP shouted at him; ‘Goldenberg!’ or ‘Mwizi!’ Luckily for him, though over a decade later, court cleared him.

    No, I do not just believe Saitoti was a rogue tamed by school. I have also seen him generously raise funds and help develop Kajiado and Kenya; embrace old Maasai men and women; and dance with their sons and daughters. I covered him open a clinic here and a school there. I saw his eyes glow with joy as Maasai morans jumped to sky before him. I saw and heard him speak with passion with wazees under trees.

    Because his guards had flats in the estate where I lived, I know for a fact even though Saitoti bore Kikuyu blood, he was comfortable largely with Kalenjin and Maasai security guards. The only exception was his second driver, a Borana.

    But like all of us, Saitoti had his hidden side, one of which I saw jump out of him in a school called Noonkopir in Kitengela when two civil leaders heckled him. Because he was handicapped in the Maa dialect, he repeated one word, while shaking with rage and waving his bakora — laikapara! laikapara! (useless and hopeless person).

    Again, in 1997 elections, when as the first journalist to arrive at his polling station in Ngong, he walked towards me fuming: “What a shame, what is happening? Can you imagine it is 2pm and the Vice-President has not voted?’’

    He then said a few nasty things but Mama Margaret and Ole Surtan pulled him aside. This must have saved him from sacking because despite the conspiracy theory in his mind, it turned out Mzee Moi’s Baringo Central, too, was affected by a ballot box distribution jumble.

    But having survived food poisoning, and rising from what almost became his deathbed, complete with a new skin, Saitoti knew he had enemies. That is why in Parliament’s restaurant, it was only his table and Mr Nicholas Biwott’s that you joined on ‘invitation only’. Most times the tea served him was manambad from a waiter rushing to serve other MPs. But largely, Saitoti avoided the eatery except for lobbying.

    I recently told you about two analogies crafted by James Orengo featuring Saitoti and ‘Total Man’. One day Orengo advised new Finance minister Musalia Mudavadi, sandwiched by the two Moi toughies, he would succeed if he stopped sitting between hyenas. When Biwott and Saitoti demanded apology, Orengo apologised “to all hyenas in the House”, and walked out.

    ‘Heir apparent’

    Later he would advise Saitoti not to dream he would take over from Moi claiming he was simply the ‘heir presumptive’ and Biwott ‘heir apparent’.

    Together with then NTV’s reporter Patrick Rukwaro, we broke the story of Saitoti’s fall in Kanu when Daniel ole Muyaa started lighting fires under his seat. Saitoti would later tell us outside Parliament: ‘Read my lips!” But nothing came from it until March 2002 when he lost his temper in Kasarani as Jogoo swallowed Raila Odinga’s Tinga (tractor).

    From the movement of his lips and gesturing as he faced Moi, it was clear he was sending a clear message. I still think I read his lips right that day after failing many times.

    I recall stories I did on Saitoti, including when Moi declared he would name a new VP after 14-month hiatus, with the rider; “halafu tuone kama ugali itaongezeka kwa sufuria zenu!” (so we can see if the ugali will overflow from your cooking pots!)

    I also remember 1999 population census opening at Saitoti’s home when over tea, he introduced us to Mama Margaret and their son. We were surprised because the rumour mill had it he had no child. Most times they are just human like us, with their fair share of cares and worries. So you can imagine how life has been to Saitoti’s family, seeing him leave every day, not knowing if he would return – until last Sunday!

    When I learnt details of Saitoti’s 1990 poisoning from one of his guards, I began understanding why he talked to you with the eye darting left and right. My pen may not have been kind to Saitoti as it may have been to others, but life put us on a collision path, where the things I wanted to write were exactly what he wanted kept under lock and key.

    This is the Saitoti I mourn, together with Sirikal Ojode, who was fun in those years to bump into at that pub in Mima Centre, off Outering Road. I would later meet him occasionally at The Woods in Hurlingham where he would assure me of my security, his way of saying you do not have to leave in a hurry, because the Internal Security ministry was working well. And who headed it? Saitoti and himself.

    Rest in Peace Prof and Sirikal.

    The writer is Managing Editor, Daily Editions, at The Standard.

  • Was Saitoti Assasinated?
    By Alfred Wandera:

    Sunday morning marked a sad day for Kenya, the region and the entire international community following the demise of Kenya Security ministers Prof. George Saitoti and Joshua Orwa Ojode; two pilots and two security officers in a chopper crash in Ngong Forest.

    The ill-fated Kenya Police helicopter was model AS350 B3e. The helicopter was just a few months old, having been purchased from South Africa and delivered to the police early in the year. Sources say the Kenya Police Air-Wing is the first in Africa to purchase the model.

    The manufacturer of the aircraft, Eurocopter Southern Africa, described it as a “powerful, high-performance,” machine suited for “most demanding missions in the most extreme weather and geographical conditions.”

    According to information posted in Eurocopter’s website, the upgraded model, “boasts several enhancements over previous variants, including an upgraded Turbomeca Arriel 2D turbine engine allowing better take-off performances while decreasing maintenance costs.”

    The chopper had done 240 hours since the police acquired it, with officers describing it as the most powerful of the entire fleet.

    Superintendent Nancy Gituanja, one of the pilots who perished in the tragedy and the Police Air Wing commandant Rogers Mbithi went to South Africa for two-week training.

    The craft was valued at Euros2m (Shs6.2bn).

    “It can never be a major component failure because it went down without making contact with anything,” said Mbithi.

    As a result, there have been various theories to the cause of the crash. This is despite President Mwai Kibaki yesterday assuring Kenyans of full investigations into the crash and called on the public to avoid speculation, saying they will be informed appropriately once the on-going investigations on the tragic helicopter crash are complete.

    AL-SHABAAB

    In a unilateral move, on October 16, 2011, Kenya launched a military offensive into Somalia following a press conference held in Nairobi by Internal Security minister Prof George Saitoti and his counterpart Defence minister Yusuf Mohammed Haji.

    The two ministers declared Kenya’s intention to mount an incursion into Somalia to set up a buffer zone between it and territories controlled Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militia with strong links to Al-Qaida, and to also pursue kidnappers that Kenya asserted had been sent into her territory by the Islamist group.

    In response, Al-Shabaab spokesman, Sheikh Ali Mahamuud Raage and other Al-Shabaab senior leaders vehemently denied Kenyan allegations of cross border kidnappings and called on supporters to carry out revenge attacks inside Kenya.

    Since then, far from eliminating or even mitigating serious down turn in its tourism economy and increase of threats to its security, there have been a sharp rise in attacks and threats emanating from within the country, from Al-Shabaab sympathisers and operatives alike, with the former carrying out lone wolf grenade attacks on soft targets such as nightclubs and bus stands.

    Increasingly also, there has been a rise in attacks against Kenya security personnel with insurgent tactics employed such as Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

    Just about a forty night ago, Al-Shabaab threatened to bring down Nairobi’s skyscrapers if Kenya does not pull its troops from Somalia.

    Some security analysts say the chopper that was carrying Saitoti, Ojode and their crew might have been downed by the Al-Shabaab, who have not forgiven Saitoti and Haji for commanding Kenya soldiers into Somalia to pacify them.

    This theory is advanced basing on the eye-witnesses account that smoke was seen coming from the chopper as it came down and later burst into flames before crashing into Ngong Forest. Apologists of this theory also rely on the Police Air Wing commandant Rogers Mbithi, who ruled out a possibility of a major component failure, arguing that the chopper went down without making contact with anything.

    ACCIDENT

    However, some analysts believe the Sunday helicopter crash was just one of the many air accidents that rocked President Kibaki’s Government since 2003 when sailed on the popularity vote for then vibrant National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) party.

    The death of Saitoti and Ojode rekindles memories of three other plane crashes in 2003, 2006 and 2008 that claimed the lives of senior government officials.

    On January 24, 2003, Labour minister Ahmed Khalif died in a plane crash in Busia. Narc Government Cabinet ministers Raphael Tuju and Martha Karua and Linah Jebii Kilimo were injured.

    Then Assistant minister Njeru Githae, Hamisi MP George Khaniri, former Fida chairperson Martha Koome, Abantu executive director Wanjiru Kihoro, former Saku MP Jillo Falana and air hostess Josephine Mwangi were also injured.

    They were returning to Nairobi after attending an election victory party at the home of then Vice President Moody Awori. The 24-seater 5Y-EMJ Gulfstream 1 plane crashed after it lost power and nosedived seconds after take-off.

    The plane weighing 16,000 kilogrammes, hit trees, electric poles and landed on a house. A report ordered by Transport minister John Michuki (who died early this year) revealed that the runway was too short for the plane.

    Investigations also revealed that the pilot was not experienced in flying the plane in such conditions.

    On April 10, 2006, a Kenya Air Force plane with 14 people on board crashed in Marsabit killing 11 and injuring three.

    Internal Security assistant minister Mirugi Kariuki, and MPs Bonaya Godana (North Horr), Abdi Sasura (Saku), Titus Ngoyoni (Laisamis), Guracha Galgalo (Moyale) and Abdullahi Aden (East Africa Legislative Assembly MP), died in the crash.

    In that accident, senior police and military officers, the pilots, and a bishop also died. The entourage was on a peace-making mission among the local communities ravaged by inter-ethnic violence. The crash was blamed on bad weather.

    On June 10, 2008, Roads minister, Kipkalya Kones and Home Affairs assistant minister, Lorna Laboso, were killed when the light aircraft they were travelling in crashed near Kojong’a Hills in Narok County — about 120 kilometres west of Nairobi.

    Their fourth anniversary on Sunday coincided with the day Saitoti Ojode were killed in a helicopter crash.

    Prof Saitoti and Mr Ojodeh were headed to a funds drive in Ndhiwa constituency in Homa Bay County. And like the accident four years ago, the passengers on the plane were burnt beyond recognition.

    The two crashes were also near similar in the sense that both were attributed to bad weather. Kones and Laboso were heading to a campaign rally during the by-election for Ainamoi constituency.

    Saitoti and Ojodeh also become the second pair of lawmakers in the 10th Parliament to die in an aircrash after Kones and Laboso.

    Initial reports of the Narok crash indicated that the ill-fated Cessna 210E plane, registration number 5YBVE, which left Wilson Airport at 2.18pm with the ministers and two others, crashed in bad weather killing all the occupants.

    Following this 2008 air accident, Kenya government issued a standing order not for more than one minister to travel in one chopper.

    However, there has not been explanation why Ojode and Saitoti, both Internal Security ministers, and who were charged with enforcing the standing order defied it and flew in the same chopper.

    In fact, some sources claim Police chief Mathew Iteere was meant to travel with Saitoti and Ojode on the same chopper, but he declined to travel shortly before the chopper took off. This is what some observers are basing on to claim someone could be in the know of the ill-fated chopper’s crashing.

    POLITICAL REASONS

    This has led to speculation that since Saitoti was one of the Presidential hopefuls in the forthcoming Kenya general elections, the evil hands of his opponents could be behind his demise.

    Basing on Saitoti’s dual heritage as a Maasai with Kikuyu family members, predisposed him to a pan-Kenyan vision, but also denied him a strong ethnic base unlike his competitors. As one of Kenya’s most experienced, unassuming and shrewd politicians, Saitoti was billed as a front-runner in the race to succeed President Mwai Kibaki.

    Analysts contend that Saitoti, who was the chairman of the Party of National Unity, the political vehicle that returned Kibaki to office in the disputed 2007 general elections and who declared to contest for the presidency on the same party, would be the most likely compromise candidate for voters considering that Kenya’s politics is much based on ethnicity.

    With William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta, who are also presidential hopefuls already dogged with the post-election violence prosecution by ICC at The Hague, and a cloud cast on their ambitions to contest, analyst believe due to Saitoti’s vast experience in various ministerial positions and even as the Vice President to have served for the longest span – 13 years, he fit the bill to take the mantle from Kibaki to steer Kenya. Although, some observers doubt whether Saitoti’s reluctant nature to show astuteness and ambition for the Presidency would have endeared him to the voters.

    Actually, Saitoti was more powerful in the government where his influence was felt, but to the local Kenyans, despite being so close to power as Vice President, he could not pull masses to his side to back his bid for president as compared to Raila Odinga, who is the front runner in the forthcoming elections.

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  • Saitoti’s death to change dynamics in Kibaki succession

    Updated Saturday, June 16 2012 at 21:42 GMT+3

    By BEN AGINA

    Having been a heartbeat away from State House for 13 years, Prof George Saitoti knew he would be a major factor in how the next General Election would turn out.

    On December 2, last year, long after other State House hopefuls made their intentions known, the Party of National Unity (PNU) chairm anannounced he would run for office. Unlikely to win, according to conventional wisdom and most opinion polls, he was seen as a unifying figure for a party in disarray.

    The immediate support he got from current and former Members of Parliament suggests he would have been decisive in how the poll played out in Nairobi and nearby counties, which have enough votes to determine who wins the presidential race. His tragic death just six months later upsets both the Grand Coalition and the race to succeed President Kibaki.

    On Saturday, at his burial, two presidential hopefuls told Kenyans they felt a duty to honour an agreement they had made with the long-time Kajiado North MP.

    “Uhuru (Kenyatta) and I owe Prof Saitoti some debt,” Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka said at the burial in Kitengela.

    “It is the protocol the three of us signed (on how to approach the General Election) … Saitoti was prepared to give all to this nation … If we could live the letter and spirit of that protocol, this country is going to emerge stronger.”

    Uhuru, a key part of Kibaki’s succession arrangement, had earlier said he was ready to put aside his ambition to take the country where Saitoti would have wanted it to be.

    Just last week, the former VP made an impassioned speech on the need for a peaceful election, thoughts Kibaki and others recalled yesterday. Saitoti, Kalonzo and Uhuru signed a protocol in November 2010, binding them to face off in a joint presidential nomination race through the PNU alliance.

    The deal was meant to avoid the acrimony that attends races with candidates backed largely by their ethniccommunities.

    Before Saitoti’s death, there were doubts over whether this would come to be.

    Known as one who “chose his words carefully”, Saitoti never got to respond to unconfirmed reports he had a secret deal with Prime Minister Raila Odinga to be a potential running mate in a ticket against Uhuru, the PM’s strongest rival.

    Could this explain his delayed entry into the presidential race?
    The talk gained credence after both made separate secret visits to the rural home of media mogul, SK Macharia in January.

    Opposition onslaught

    Saitoti and SK worked closely in the 1990s as senior members of the Central Province Development Support Group to counter the Opposition’s onslaught of Kanu in the region. Saitoti travelled to Ndaka-ini alone. Oburu Oginga, the PM’s elder brother, and Wilfred Kiboro, a former Saitoti classmate and media executive, accompanied Raila. Whatever strategy, if any, was in play was never to emerge.

    Despite the agreement with Uhuru and Kalonzo, Saitoti kept his distance from the informal G7 Alliance as he went on the road to rally support. This may have been because he was seen as a potential Raila ally or because of his politically awkward role as the Government’s link with the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    As with Kalonzo’s bid, Uhuru’s camp was suspicious Saitoti’s campaign was premised on assumption the ICC may knock the Deputy PM and his ally, Eldoret North MP, William Ruto, out of the contest.

    But if that happened, his appeal to central Kenya and Rift Valley constituencies would be weakened by his perceived role in their misery.

    As chairman of the Cabinet committee on the ICC and Minister of State, Saitoti served as the guarantor to the ICC that the Government would ensure they attend trial. While the accused have shown no sign they would evade summonses, it helped that he did not show the kind of enthusiasm former Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo had for a speedy road to justice and away from the ballot box.

    The lead role in ICC duties, evaded skillfully by Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa, will now fall on others, changing the dynamics of the presidential race and affecting allincs.

    “The ICC question is yet to be fully settled,” says a PNU insider, citing a call in the current edition of the Economist magazine for more Western pressure to stop Uhuru and Ruto from running.

    “Kenyans are yet to see how far the European Union and Washington are willing to go on the matter.”
    In recent days, the late Internal Security minister was increasingly being viewed as the de facto second-in-command in the PNU coalition power hierarchy. This followed the death of John Michuki, and the relegation from the centre of Ambassador Francis Muthaura and Uhuru.

    Muthaura, once tagged the ‘shadow president’ over the powers Kibaki delegated to him as Head of Civil Service, and Uhuru, a Deputy PM and once holder of the key Finance docket, were forced out of the inner circle after charges against them at the International Criminal Court (ICC) were confirmed in January. Michuki, one of Saitoti’s Office of the President predecessors, remained influential, even as ill health saw him move to less demanding dockets until his death in February.

    In their absence, it fell on Prof Saitoti to take a bigger role in the Kibaki court, even as he ran the powerful and pivotal homeland security docket, customarily only held by the most trusted lieutenants.

    Key projects

    With the unexpected loss of Saitoti, the dynamics in the larger PNU and G7 territory narrow down to Kalonzo and Deputy PM Musalia Mudavadi, depending on what happens to ICC accused Uhuru and William Ruto.

    The loss of Saitoti to Kibaki is comparable to the void left for Uhuru in Kanu when Bonaya Godana, MP for North Horr, died in an air crash in 2006. Called on for key projects from the onset of the Kibaki administration, the high point of the former VP’s renewed stature became apparent last year when he, as Internal Security, Foreign Affairs minister, and Defence Minister Yusuf Haji led Kenya into her largest ever military expedition.

    Defying regional and international opposition, Prof Saitoti defended the decision saying the Government’s first responsibility was to defend its citizens’ interests. Domestically, he championed police reforms and led the teams crafting new administrative regions in a bold and controversial reorganisation of Government. He was poised to play a critical role in the transitional election next year, overseeing security of the exercise with a larger, revamped Police Service.

    In the Kibaki succession politics, Prof Saitoti kept his cards close to his chest, only citing his experience as one of the reasons he was in the race.
    “I have handled all the difficult dockets in Government for many years, and each came with its own challenges,” he said, referring to his stints at Finance, Planning/National Development, Internal Security/Provincial Administration, Foreign Affairs, and Education.

    His role in executing the Free Primary Education programme, a success despite teething problems and later the rise of corruption, was proof of this experience.

    In a race whose strongest candidate is preferred for his reform credentials, however, Saitoti’s vast experience gave voters scant comfort.

  • Helicopter: The machine that never wants to fly

    By NYAMBEGA GISESA and JACOB NGETICH Ngisesa@ke.nationmedia.com and jngetich@ke.nationmedia.com
    Posted Friday, June 15 2012 at 00:00

    The website howstuffworks.com can easily discourage the lily-livered from ever boarding a helicopter.

    “One thing that has characterised the helicopter since its invention in the 1930s has been the absurdity of the machine. The contraption simply looks unable to deliver on its promise, which is to fly up and down, backward and forward, right and left,” it is written on the website.

    According to the on-line information resource, “the famous US broadcast journalist Harry Reasoner discussed this apparent paradox in a 1971 commentary he delivered about the use of helicopters in the Vietnam conflict.”

    Of the machine, a type of which killed Internal Security Minister Prof George Saitoti, his Assistant Minister Orwa Ojode, pilots Nancy Gituanja and Luke Oyugi and bodyguards Thomas Murimi and Joshua Tonkei on Sunday, the broadcaster had an interesting observation.

    “An airplane by its nature wants to fly. … A helicopter does not want to fly. It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance, the helicopter stops flying, immediately and disastrously. There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter.” Scary.

    Reasoner, writes the website, “laid bare the fundamental reality of helicopters — that the machines have complex designs and that flying them is extraordinarily complicated. The pilot has to think in three dimensions and must use both arms and both legs constantly to keep a helicopter in the air. Piloting a helicopter requires a great deal of training and skill, as well as continuous attention to the machine.”

    Retired Kenya Air Force pilot, Capt John Kioko, agrees that while a fixed-wing plane can glide, reducing fatalities, a helicopter falls like a stone from the sky.

    Helicopters are unable to operate in extreme bad weather conditions and are said to be more dangerous at night, which is why during the NO and Yes campaigns for the new constitution, a pilot refused to fly a Cabinet Minister back to Nairobi.

    She had extended a meeting to 6.30pm. In April this year, a hiker on Mt Kenya died when a Lady Lori helicopter dispatched to rescue him failed to fly up the mountain due to bad weather.

    Since the first helicopter flew in Kenya, there have been numerous fatal accidents involving civilian and military helicopters blamed on various reasons and, according to the American Space Agency, NASA, helicopters crash 10 times more than other types of aircraft.

    On July 27, 1996, the Eastern Provincial Commissioner Ishmael Chelang’a, Rift Valley Provincial Information Officer Kaetuai Katampoi and other senior civil servants died in a chopper crash in Marsabit. An inquiry found out that the aircraft had not been properly serviced.

    On January 4, 2002, six Kenya Air Force men were killed when their helicopter, a French-made Puma, ploughed into a clump of trees and burst into flames, Salama, Makueni.

    Its pilot Capt Habakkuk Okello succumbed to severe burns 48 hours later.

    On April 8, 2004, five senior executives including then Nation Media Group CEO, Mr Wilfred Kiboro, and Safaricom CEO, Mr Michael Joseph, and their pilot, Capt Nyanjui escaped unhurt when their helicopter dropped from the sky shortly after takeoff.

    On the flight were also KenGen’s managing director Eddie Njoroge, KWS chairman Colin Church and KWS Managing Director Evans Mukolwe who were also unhurt.

    One-time Vice President Moody Awori survived a chopper mishap on June 26, 2004. A year later, a military chopper carrying him failed to take off after a function in Kapenguria.

    Captain Nyanjui would be involved in another chopper accident in December 2007, this time alone when his chopper developed electrical problems and crashed in Mt Kenya.

    He was rescued a week later having survived on leaves. He vowed to keep on flying. Calls to get have his take on helicopters went unanswered.

    In September 2008, a helicopter carrying three tourists went down in Mount Kenya, killing one of them.

    On May 11, 2009, a Russian- made police chopper ferrying Police Commissioner Major General Hussein Ali and Mr Orwa Ojodeh lost power and plunged into a field in Kapsabet.

    Two years later, Cabinet ministers Franklin Bett and Noah Wekesa narrowly escaped death when their helicopter crash-landed in Keiyo on December 17, 2011.

    In October 2011 a military chopper crashed during takeoff at Liboi killing all the five on board at the start of Operation Linda Nchi.

    Despite the growing list of helicopter accidents, the aircraft is increasingly being used by Kenyan politicians and business executives because of its ability to land in remote places without airstrips.

    Before 2002, the use of government helicopters was strictly limited to President Daniel Moi and powerful politicians.

    Even in the neighbouring Uganda not many people own helicopters.

    In a June 2011 advertisement Kampala’s largest charter company, Kampala AeroClub, highlighted one of its achievements as the registering of Uganda’s only commercially available helicopter.

    “The cost of hiring a helicopter has increased to over 500 per cent in the last five years,” Capt Thomas Samoei, a former air force pilot with over 27 years flying experiences, says.

    Compared to fixed wing aircraft, helicopters are much more expensive to buy, run and maintain.

    A helicopter, according to Cpt Samoei, consumes about 150 to 160 litres of jet A-1 fuel at a cost of Sh82 per litre in an hour.

    That would be Sh12,000 to Sh13,000 an hour. However, bigger choppers, such as the ones used by the police can consume up to 1,000 litres per hour — Sh82,000 in last year’s fuel prices.

    One Eurocopter model consumes 160 to 190 litres per hour of jet fuel meaning that if it is air-borne for five hours, one parts with close to Sh100, 000 for fuel alone.

    The costs are much lower for fixed-wing machines. A six-seater Cessna U206 uses about 240 litres of Jet A1 fuel to fly from Wilson Airport to Turkana, which is about Sh20,000.

    It costs about Sh160,000 per month to keep a helicopter at a hangar in Wilson Airport, Nairobi, while insurance ranges from Sh6million to Sh10million depending on the cost and the capacity of the chopper.

    Parking costs Sh800 a night at Wilson Airport where the navigation fee is Sh1,600 and landing Sh800.

    It’s also much more expensive to train and pay a chopper pilot than a fixed-wing aircraft one.

    “Choppers are also more difficult to fly as compared to fixed wing planes,” says retired Kenya Air Force pilot Captain John Kioko.

    A chopper pilot is paid Sh8500 (100 dollars) per hour’s flight while to hire a chopper at Wilson Airport costs anything between Sh40,000 and Sh150, 000 per hour depending on how far you are travelling.

    At night or in peak seasons, the costs can rise to about Sh200,000 per hour.

    Never mind the cost. Helicopters are now common place in rural Kenya, the commonest being the Eurocopter or Bell makes.

    During the burial of the father of Mr Ojodeh politicians and other high ranking government officials arrived in 12 helicopters.

    Retired politician Simeon Nyachae owns the more advanced and pricier Eurocopter AS350B3, popular with air forces.

    This model is renowned for its reliability and is on record as having been the first helicopter to land on Mount Everest.

    Mr Nyachae’s Aircraft Leasing Services operates two helicopters, a Eurocopter AS350B2 and a Eurocopter AS350B3, both manufactured in 1999.

    Mr Uhuru Kenyatta regularly uses two choppers but his spokesman, Munyori, could not confirm who owns them.

    Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth uses two Bell 407 helicopters branded PK1 and PK2 while Mathira MP Ephraim Maina owns a Bell 206B (4638) chopper registration number 5Y-MNW which was manufactured in 2006.

    Acting KANU chairman and son of former president Daniel Moi reportedly owns three helicopters through Sicham Aviation.

    Kilome MP John Harun Mwau and Juja Mp William Kabogo are also regular helicopter users giving rise to speculation that they own the machines as does Siakago MP Lenny Kivuti.

    Lady Lori is East Africa’s largest executive helicopter operator with a fleet of modern turbine-engined Eurocopters.

    The fleet has previously been used to fly royal families, heads of state, and chief executives of major corporations and celebrities.

    The Kenyan military operates various types of helicopters among them the gunships YY and Chinese Z-9s which are being used in the fight against the Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

    As of July 2011, the Kenya Police Air Wing owned eight helicopters five of which were unserviceable.

    To acquire and assemble a Eurocopter in Kenya costs about Sh300 million. All helicopters are imported as knocked down kits and then assembled.

    The Eurocopter, which is designed for external load operations, filming, scenic flights and VIP transportation, can remain in the air for over four hours.

    It carries loads of up to 1,000kg with a performance ceiling of up to 20,000 feet.

    The Schweizer model 300C, which is mostly used at Wilson Airport for training is reputed to be one of the finest and most versatile piston engine helicopters.

    Last year, Nicholas Muhoya of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority said that his department examines a craft’s history, general airworthiness, maintenance serviceability and equipment such as life-limited parts before issuing a certificate of airworthiness, which goes for about Sh25, 500.

  • “Saitoti Was Assassinated,” Mutahi Ngunyi
    Posted by nairobi wire on 6/18/2012

    “Orwa Ojode Was Just Collateral Damage” Mutahi Ngunyi.

    The media’s favourite political analyst, Mutahi Ngunyi, sensationally claimed that Prof. George Saitoti might have been assassinated. Mutahi was speaking this Friday on Jeff Koinange’s Capital Talk. The famous political analyst said that assassination was number one on the list of what might have killed the internal security minister, his deputy, their bodyguards and two pilots.

    Mutahi said that succession politics in Kenya have always attracted political assassinations. He pointed out the assassinations of Tom Mboya and JM Kariuki and claimed that Saitoti’s death might have been similar to the two only that it was well executed. He added that Orwa Ojode was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Asked whether a Saitoti death would benefit anyone politically, Mutahi said it was highly unlikely adding that Saitoti was not a presidential candidate with a serious chance of ascending to power. He added that the late Saitoti would have emerged number five or six in the coming elections. Ruling out political mileage as a reason for assassinating the professor, Mutahi took on drug barons. He said that the drug barons may have been unhappy with Saitoti and the way he refused to bend to their knees. They may have plotted to eliminate him. This week the minister was to table a ministerial statement on the Artur brothers and their links to drug dealing. Mutahi wondered if there are some forces that wanted to prevent that from ever getting public.He said that, Saitoti being extremely wealthy, might have been a hard nut to crack for the barons since it would be difficult to compromise him as opposed to any other minister.

    It was reported that police commissioner Mathew Iteere should also have been on that chopper. This also raised Mutahi’s suspicion that the police commissioner was also a target.

    The political analyst also pointed to his chairmanship to the committee on ICC in parliament as a possible reason for assassination. He would have ended up being a witness at the Hague and maybe someone was not comfortable with that.
    http://www.nairobiwire.com/2012/06/saitoti-was-assassinated-mutahi-ngunyi.html

  • Kenyans fury over ‘primitive energy’ ad
    Posted by LAURA WALUBENGO on June 18, 2012

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18 – Korean Air on Monday faced a barrage of criticism over a promotion gaffe that described Kenyan people as having primitive energy, three days before the airline started direct flights to Nairobi.

    “Korean Air will launch 3 non-stop flight services per week from Incheon Korea to Nairobi, Kenya on June 21. Korean Air will become the first air carrier in Northeast Asia to extend flight services to Nairobi. Fly to Korean Air and enjoy the grand African Savanna, the safari tour, and the indigenous people full of primitive energy,” read the promotion, which has since been removed.

    Kenyans on Twitter, also known as #KOT were furious with the promotion, which they termed ‘offensive.’

    “@KoreanAir_KE just called us primitive people? I await an apology,” tweeted @coldtusker.

    “Maybe when these Koreans arrive we should have two gorillas at the run-way for them! That’s some good primitive energy!,“ @KalimaniThaMc twitted.

    #KOT (Kenyans on Twitter) have proceeded to ridicule the description by laughing at it and launching a trend #PrimitiveEnergy

    “Thinking of lion hunting today and maybe some elephant baiting to deal with my #PrimitiveEnergy,” said @wairimugk.

    Kenyans are describing what they think are examples of ‘primitive energy’ in the day to day lives of the country’s 40 million plus population.

    Hilarious examples like uprooting rail tracks and putting a spoon of juice in the freezer to make it cold, are among the hundreds of tweets that have been coming in every few minutes.

    As we look for comment from officials at Korean Air, here’s a small sample of the tweets accompanied by a video showcasing monkeys, beautiful scenery, lions and the ever engaging Maasai.

    Korean Air will on June 21 become the first airline that operates direct flights from Northeast Asia to Nairobi, the gateway to East Africa as well as the hottest destination in Central and South Africa.

    Korean Air’s new service to Nairobi will be operated by A330-200 aircraft with a total capacity of 226 seats.

    KE959 will depart from Seoul Incheon every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 22:15 and will arrive in Nairobi at 05:30 on the next day. As for the return flight, KE960 will depart from Nairobi at 10:30 every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and will arrive in Seoul Incheon at 04:50 on the next day.

    “The launch of Korean Air’s nonstop service between Seoul Incheon and Nairobi is not only an exciting addition to the airline’s global network, but also serves as a catalyst in facilitating travel between Northeast Asia and Africa. With only 13 hours of flying time, it will offer passengers the ultimate convenience in travelling between the two cities. The launch of this new route also means that both business and leisure travelers will be able to enjoy utmost comfort and ease during the journey travelling with Korean Air,” said Korean Air’s Managing VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Jaeho Kim.

    Kenya is the center of East Africa where hundreds of renowned international companies and organizations are based in, including 120 foreign embassies, United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), the United Nations Office and UN-Habitat.

    Kenya is home to an array of tourist attractions. Nicknamed as the ‘Safari Capital of the World’, it has several national parks where visitors can experience an intimate and authentic wildlife and nature in broad grasslands such as Maasai Mara National Reserve..

    Korean Air has been serving major destinations in Africa through code sharing with Kenya Airways, one of the SkyTeam alliance members.

    http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2012/06/kenyans-full-of-primitive-energy/

  • Was Ojode killed?…Now his wife’s life is in danger

    Tuesday June 19, 2012 – The wife of late Internal Security Assistant Minister Orwa Ojode has claimed that her life is in danger after a politician threatened her life on her cell phone.

    Without naming names, Mrs Mary Ojode said that a certain politician from Nyanza province has tried to threaten her several times from the time her husband died.

    She requested the government to beef up her security both in Nairobi and Unga farm for fear of her life.

    Ndhiwa district commissioner Godfrey Omodi confirmed the incident saying more security officers have been sent to Mr Ojode’s Unga farm and her home in Nairobi.

    “We are not taking any chances in the wake of security concerns raised by Mrs Ojode,” Omoding said.

    This follows her revelations at the burial of her husband that she had heard Ministers from Nyanza plotting to kill someone in a discussion held near her gate but she couldn’t divulge more details.

    The late Internal Security Assistant Minister was laid to rest on Sunday in a ceremony attended by President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

    (The Kenyan DAILY POST)

  • Was Raila lying to the nation?

    Tuesday June 19, 2012 – Last weekend during the burial of the late Assistant Minister Joshua Orwa Ojode, Prime Minister Raila Odinga in his usual antics and gusto made assertions that he was a very close friend to the late Assistant Minister and said he even rallied for him to be given the powerful Internal Security Ministry docket by President Mwai Kibaki.

    In what might be seen as a leopard wearing a sheep skin, during the recent cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Raila Odinga requested President Mwai Kibaki to axe the late Ndhiwa legislator and replace him with Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba, a move Kibaki rejected fervently. In his request Raila said late Ojode was averse to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) hierarchy and his commitment to the party was in question.

    Also during the burial of the fallen Luo leader, it is alleged that a prominent Luo politician dished some cash to some youths with authority from Prime Minister’s office, to heckle some politicians especially from Central Kenya, a move which made Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta skip the event to avoid embarrassment.

    During the burial, Ojode’s wife Mary Ojode narrated how she overheard a discussion of three cabinet Ministers from Nyanza plotting to kill someone in a long conversation held near her gate but she didn’t divulge more details.

    Romour has it the late Ojode was to become the late Prof Saitoti’s running mate in the forthcoming elections.

    The big question is, was Raila lying to the nation when he said he was a close friend of late Ndhiwa legislator Joshua Orwa Ojode?

  • Crisis as only half of Kenyan police aircraft can fly

    By NATION TEAM
    Posted Tuesday, June 19 2012 at 22:30

    Only six of the 12 aircraft operated by the Kenya Police Airwing are in working condition, according to investigation by the Nation.

    Two of the six helicopters in the fleet and four of the six Cessna fixed wing aircraft are unserviceable, and the government is yet to release Sh16 billion needed to modernise the fleet.

    In his last public function, Internal Security minister George Saitoti, who died with assistant minister Orwa Ojodeh and four senior police officers in a helicopter crash on June 10, announced the department would buy more aircraft to deal with any security threats during the General Election.

    The officers killed in the crash were pilots Nancy Gituanja and Luke Oyugi and bodyguards Thomas Murimi and Joshua Tonkei. Their helicopter was the newest in the fleet.

    The team to investigate the crash will be sworn in this morning by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga. The Police Airwing has 56 personnel, including 21 pilots, 14 trainee pilots, six engineers and 15 technicians.

    Now only four pilots, including the Airwing Commandant Rodgers Mbithi, can fly the MI-17 aircraft series after the death of Supt Oyugi and Supt Gituanja.

    The unit’s role includes border patrols, rapid response, anti-terrorism operations, assisting in ground policing, VIP air transportation and search and rescue.

    On Monday, Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere defended the unit’s record, saying the helicopters were well-serviced and handled by competent pilots.

    Supt Gituanja and Supt Oyugi were among officers trained in Ukraine to fly MI-17 helicopters, which the police have been using for the last 15 years. Supt Gituanja and Supt Oyugi had flown a total of 1,243.50 hours and 1015.10 hours respectively.

    “Look at Kenya Airways. Over 80 per cent of its pilots are ex-Kenya Police pilots,” Mr Iteere said, noting that most pilots with commercial airlines in the country were either from the army, Kenya Air Force or Kenya Police.

    “I wanted to allay those fears because we are satisfied with the type of training we give those officers,” he added. In 2010, the government appointed a 12-member committee to look into the quality of police helicopters and the high turnover of experienced pilots and engineers.

    The committee, led by retired Col Eitychus K. Waithaka, presented its report to the then Internal Security permanent secretary Francis Kimemia early last year, but the government only said Sh16 billion would be set aside for new aircraft, fleet upgrade and flying equipment. During this period, the Airwing only acquired the ill-fated Eurocopter.

    For the last 30 years, the Airwing has experienced 10 accidents, six of them fatal, two non-fatal but the aircraft were damaged beyond repair and two others in which the aircraft were extensively damaged.
    The last fatal accident happened on June 10 in Kibiku, Ngong Forest, and the last non-fatal one was in May 2009 involving a fixed Wing aircraft 5Y-PAX in Kapsabet.

    The Russian-made helicopter had on board former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali, Mr Ojodeh, former Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner Hassan Noor Hassan and other senior government officials when it developed mechanical problems while taking off from Kipchoge Keino Stadium.

    Head investigation
    On Tuesday, Dr Mutunga said Attorney-General Githu Muigai consulted him over the appointment of appellate judge Kalpana Rawal to head the investigation into the helicopter crash.

    A section of MPs has accused the Executive of picking the judge without requesting the CJ. “I was consulted and we did agree at the end of it that the judge be picked to head the team,” he said.

    Lady Justice Rawal will be assisted by four assessors — retired Maj-Gen Harold Tangai, retired Maj Charles Muyehe Wandiri, Capt Peter Marangab and Mr Fredrick Aggrey Opot.

    Dr Mutunga said the team would hand over the report to him to make public its findings.

    “I know the public is worried that the findings of the report will not be made public or might be tampered with once it goes to (Transport minister Amos) Kimunya but I want to assure them that this report will first come to me and I will make its findings public.

    “This is a matter of national concern and it is only proper that we do it that way,” said the Supreme Court president. Dr Mutunga also underscored the suitability of judges in heading such inquests, saying it guaranteed fairness and justice.

    “These issues are about justice and I think when judges are involved, the report becomes fair, free and credible. Our Constitution allows judges to participate in all matters even those that are overtly political,” he told journalists at the Supreme Court in Nairobi.

    Investigations will zero in on the chopper itself, the personnel and the weather at the time of the crash.

  • Hebu soma

  • Miguna Miguna’s book: Chilling excerpt

    There is this article doing rounds on the net saying this is an excerpt from Miguna’s book. The article even mentions Ojode and other opinions you may not agree with. Viewer discretion is advised. You be the judge!!!

    Start

    Canadian Kenyan internationally acclaimed solicitor Miguna Miguna is a renowned lawyer for human rights, anti-corruption and equality. He’s the immediate former Kenya’s Prime Minister in-charge of Coalition Affairs.

    Having parted ways on allegations of corruption at the PM’s office, Miguna Miguna now has written a book containing content readers may find disturbing. The Daily Telegraph advises viewer discretion. It seems he’s in the war to stay until personal differences are toned down.
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    Pro-Raila group in Nyanza wants all the Luos to be kept in one huge basket for his (Raila’s) own political mileage and control. But the proponents of the idea feel that the splitting of the Nyanza Province into counties would be beneficial to the region because it will attract more government funding. But the Luo intellectuals and professionals have now revisited the idea…

    The group believes there is leadership vacuum in Nyanza and that there is the need for the region’s residents to build several new centre of power to gravitate in Gusii and greater Southern Nyanza regions.

    Otieno Kajwang, is being dismissed as being too childish and not a serious person worth trusting with the responsibility of leading the Luo to higher heights of development. At the same time State Police Assistant Minister Orwa Ojode is seen as an achiever and a dynamic politician who has successfully developed his hitherto backyard of Ndhiwa constituency to a new hub of massive economic development.(Where is he now??????)

    We were able to establish the names of the professional and politicians said to be behind the latest move to isolate Raila Odinga from the Southern Nyanza Luos but couldn’t air them not to injure Miguna’s upcoming explosive books, though it is true that several meetings have taken place in both Nyanza and Nairobi. The group has scathingly criticized Raila for having distributed government plum jobs to his kith and kin from Bondo and Siaya counties in the East African big economy.

    Such must be watched very carefully and the greater Nyanza must wake up before we are all finished. The late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga atleast had some empathy on Luos. But Raila!!! Take a look at how Raila masterminded the “Luo Cut” in the darkness. This is completely illegal and is a serious crime. “Where did you ever see people performing surgery on human bodies at night?” Miguna asks.

    A media personality has admitted to us how Raila compromises them to write anything he wants to be read by Kenyans. This book is also talking about how Raila compromises Opinion Pollsters to show him winning all the time.

    Raila has no heartily love for Luos. God has condemned him and He has set us free at last. There’s no way Raila will rule Kenya in 2013. My fellow Luos, let’s wake up from this man’s strong voodoo. Yes, like Museveni who does not belong to Ugandans, Raila does not belong to Luos but Nabongo Mumias.

    “We have only one question for Raila. Is he guilty of corruption, political assassinations and impunity or not? Your guess is as good as mine. It is only the Truth when laid bare that shall a shame the Devil and set us free as a people”……..

    Kenyan Daily Post

  • Where Is Saitoti’s Goldenberg Loot? .
    Sunday, 17 June 2012 23:44 BY MWALIMU MATI

    Hard and painful thoughts cross our minds today. We mourn all the Kenyans who perished in the chopper crash a week ago: Captain Nancy Gituanja, Captain Luke Oyugi, Inspector Joshua Tonkei, Sergeant Thomas Murimi, Orwa Ojode, and George Saitoti. However it is with great difficulty that we mourn George Saitoti as a hero (according to Kenyan mass media) because a hero, he was not.

    The truth in Kenya is that we forget, and we forget quickly. It was Prof George Saitoti of the University of Nairobi Mathematics department, who drove his VW Beetle into the Treasury building parking lot when Daniel arap Moi first appointed him Minister for Finance. Prof Saitoti never looked back, abandoning his Beetle for a Mercedes Benz. When he became Vice President, he took on the motorcade as his chosen mode of travel. The VW Beetle was to left to rust in the Treasury car park.

    But what irks us is that Saitoti was the Minister for Finance in the Moi regime in the 1990s when his ministry and Kamlesh Pattni perpetrated the Goldenberg fraud. Goldenberg cost the country over Sh158 billion according to a Judicial Commission of Inquiry appointed by President Kibaki in 2003. The inquiry named over a dozen individuals as perpetrators, and Saitoti was on that list of shame.

    After the inquiry published its final report, the Attorney General handed over the report and evidence to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Kenya Police. He directed them to complete further investigations and report to him for the purposes of criminal prosecution of the perpetrators. George Saitoti went to court and controversially obtained orders expunging his name from the Inquiry Report and barring his prosecution by the AG. The AG immediately appealed this decision, which he declared to be unconstitutional in a strongly worded statement. The appeal was quietly dismissed for technical reasons in 2011.

    Meanwhile Saitoti’s political career proceeded smoothly and in 2008 he was promoted from the Ministry of Education to take over as Minister for Internal Security. Fortune had conspired it seems to make George Saitoti the political head of the Criminal Investigation department which the AG directed to investigate him. He was now in charge of the evidence against him and the so-called Goldenberg International Limited. Were Kenyans expected to believe that Saitoti was to investigate himself or that indeed the evidence was still intact? Apparently yes! Or maybe not!

    Saitoti is now gone, as are James Kanyotu and Eliphaz Riungu, but Goldenberg must not be allowed to go unpunished. Goldenberg cost Kenya 10 per cent of its GDP. The inquiry cost Kenyan tax payers over Sh15 million per month and ran over two years costing around Sh400 million. Most of the culprits identified by the Bosire Commission are now dead and over Sh158 billion traced is now at threat of non–recovery. The two principals of the Grand Coalition, Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, know that Saitoti was not cleared over Goldenberg. Indeed the Prime Minister once sought to bring a private criminal prosecution against Saitoti, a charge that was quashed by Amos Wako.

    Political expediency being what it is, Kibaki and Odinga decided to turn a blind eye to Goldenberg, the biggest corruption log in the eye of the government. This begs the question of why was Saitoti such a sacred cow? And who will now pay Kenyans if both principals lead by example in this hero worship message of impunity? Meanwhile former president Daniel arap Moi sits pretty in so-called retirement.We mourn, not for George Muthengi Kinuthia Saitoti, but for his wife and child, and all the other wonderful Kenyans who God took too soon.

    We still want answers and recovery of the hundreds of billions looted in the Goldenberg scandal. Who is the beneficiary of the stolen loot? We must not relent. And we must not glorify those who steal Kenyan funds. This is the truth, and this is a bitter pill we must swallow to get better. As Kenyans, we suffer from a disease called impunity. Sadly, some think the cure for this very contagious disease is death by servant. It is not! Someone has the stolen loot. The only question is who, and where! Let’s collect, the loot belongs to the People of Kenya.

    Mwalimu Mati is the Executive Director of the Mars Group Kenya

  • Kenya: Saitoti’s death and the coming battle – By Richard Dowden
    June 13, 2012

    The death of George Saitoti in a helicopter crash on June 10th removes one of the most important players in Kenya’s piranha pool politics. Saitoti served as a senior minister in the presidencies of Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki for more than 30 years, but he was more of an executive prime minister than a political boss. Although he was planning to run for the presidency, his mixed parentage – Kikuyu and Masai – would never have given him unqualified support among the Kikuyu in Kenya’s highly tribalised politics, while the Masai are not numerous enough to be big political players. Although Kenya’s professional classes may have voted for Saitoti, he was not a populist speaker and would have stood no chance against Uhuru Kenyatta for the Kikuyu vote. According to Charles Hornsby author of Kenya: a History Since Independence, “Saitoti was simply too reserved, distant, academic, and non-tribal – and he didn’t have the common touch.”

    A maths lecturer at Nairobi University who also wrote an influential book on development, he was invited by President Moi to become Finance Minister in 1983. The end of the Cold War in the late 1990s meant that Britain and other western donors could force multi party democracy on Kenya and also move the economy from a highly regulated state managed model to a free market. Structural Adjustment accelerated that process but without the aid needed to support the transition. It was introduced at the same time as the one party state gave way to a multi-party democracy. Ironically, Kenya (the African nation most favoured by the West) was one of the last to introduce a multiparty system. Saitoti was a central figure in implementing both of these fundamental changes.

    Multi party democracy meant competition and that meant Harambees to get the Wananchi to vote for the ruling party. Harambees are open air rallies at which the Wananchi – the ordinary people – are persuaded by the Big Men to vote for them. This means Nyama Choma (roasted meat), drink and wads of cash for the people.

    But how was KANU, the Kenya African National Union, ruling party since independence, to raise money for Nyama Choma? The answer was Goldenberg – an export promotion scheme whereby anyone who exported gold or diamonds could claim 35 percent of their value as a state subsidy. The joke was that Kenya has very little gold and no diamonds.

    Payment for the scheme came under the consolidated fund and therefore did not need parliamentary approval. But it did have to be signed off and Saitoti, as Minister of Finance, did just that. He even extended it. Whilst he may not have actually constructed Goldenberg, Saitoti implemented it, and almost certainly benefitted from it personally.

    Some £2 billion were stolen from the Kenyan state. Most of the money went to individuals, Kamlesh Pattni who founded Goldenberg International, and Gideon Moi, President Daniel arap Moi’s son. In all 487 companies, many set up just for the purpose, collected money from the scam. It was the moment when corruption in Kenya became the norm in big businesses and the upper echelons of state affairs. It was a moment when the corruption tick became almost bigger than the state dog it fed on.

    In a subsequent inquiry, Saitoti and Pattni were named as culprits and Pattni was detained for a while. Then the whole affair was quietly dropped. The election had been won, and some of Kenya’s richest politicians, including Moi himself, were now multi-millionaires. No money was returned. Later, some 23 senior judges were forced to resign as a result of their involvement in the scandal. In a strange way the Kenyan state survived.

    Throughout all of this Saitoti, as well as other senior Kenyan politicians involved in the scam, were welcomed to London. This was despite a former head of the Africa department of MI6 heading a forensic investigation into where the Goldenberg money had gone. To the British and US governments the strategic and economic importance of Kenya trumped corruption.

    Kenya’s senior politicians became so wealthy that politics became a game based on ‘eating’ and ‘feeding’ – stealing and spreading the proceeds around an ethnic support base in return for votes. Appealing to and buying tribal loyalty became the name of the game. Kenya is probably now the most tribally divided nation in Africa. No wonder the 2007 election exploded into such violence.

    Will it happen again?

    With two tribalist leaders, Uhuru Kenyaata and William Ruto, facing a trial at The Hague which may start in March next year (the exact date will be announced on July 13th), the Kenyan election is wide open. Victory will go to the person who builds an alliance of tribal leaders. One thing is certain: Luo and Kikuyu will be on opposite sides. Raila Odinga, the Luo leader, will run and elements among the Kikuyu will do anything to stop him becoming president. For a while I thought that in 2008 Kenyans had reached the edge of the cliff and looked down. They wavered and pulled back. The militants were called off by their paymasters. Kofi Annan was on hand to help. Kenyans had seen a future that looked like hell and chose a fudged alliance of enemies instead.

    That alliance is now falling apart. The new constitution has recreated a Kenya of 47 counties, whose elected governments will be funded by the state to spend as they wish. It is, however, likely that a local politician from the dominant ethnic group in each county will be playing the ethnic card to garner support.

    In 2008 the main wars were in Nyanza Province (Luoland) where (Kikuyu) police shot down Luo protesters, around Eldoret where Kikuyu immigrants were burned out of their homes and murdered by Kalenjin, and in Nairobi where battles took place in the poor slum areas between different ethnic groups. If politicians play the ethnic card in the next election, this winner-takes-all war could be fought in most of the new counties between any or all of Kenya’s 40-odd ethnic groups.

    Richard Dowden is Director of the Royal African Society and author of Africa; altered states, ordinary miracles.

  • It’s Rumoured som Luo Politicians and MPs Celebrated Ojode’s Death
    By Leo Odera Omolo In Homa-Bay Town

    What could have been a high profile burial and solemn and tear sending off of the former Assistant Minister for the Internal Security Joshua Orwa Ojode turned chaotic and almost was marred by violence following deadly rumor that a section of Luo politicians including unnamed MPs had celebrated the sudden and tragic death of the Ndhiwa MP.

    These rumors were the source of high tension that gripped the funeral home when the former Assistant Minister was laid to rest at his Unga village home in Kanyamwa Central, Ndhiwa district. The anger and sentiments of hostilities were displayed openly resulting in one MP from a neighboring constituency being totally barred fro making any speech or being introduced to the mourners. The MP had to be slipped out of the home quietly unnoticed..

    Another deadly rumor had also reached the ears of Ojode’s close relatives and friend that some unnamed politicians and several MPs from Homa-Bay County had hired youths and political goons with instructions to heckle and shout at certain targeted speakers during the burial ceremony.

    It was further alleged that an MP from the region was the one who had sent a secret word to the goons that had blocked the vehicle carrying the late Minister’s casket from entering his Unga village home last Friday. The goons who fought a running battle with the security men insisted that the body must be taken to Ojode’s Ratang’a parents home before being driven to his own home at Unga for an overnight stay.

    The sequence of event last Friday had complicated the matter for the late Minister’ family, and this is prompted his Widow Mary Ojode to deliver such a harsh statement while eulogizing her husband.

    Meanwhile sources close to the Ojode family pointed an accusing finger at the Immigration and Registration of Persons Minister Otieno Kajwng’ who is the MP for Mbita, and the Rangwe MP Martin Otieno Ogindo.

    The two are blamed for having politicized the burial of the departed soul of the abrasive Ndhiwa MP for political expediency.

    The two senior-most politician in the Homa-Bay County were blamed for the close breakdown I protocol, Otieno Kajwang’ is the current ODM Homa-Bay County branch chairman, while Ogindo is the vice chairman, The branch Secretary is the Karachuonyo MP Eng James K Rege who is absolved of any blame as he did not featured anywhere I the burial arrangement.

    But Kajwng’ who was not in talking terms with Orwa Ojode while he was alive later emerged from nowhere to the chagrins of the family ad appointed himself the master of ceremony.

    The event was a high profile burial in that it was attended by President Mwai Kibaki, the Prime Minister Rail Odinga, the Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, the entire member of the cabinet, Assistant Ministers and close to 103 MPs representing various constituencies in parliament led by the Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Otiato Marende whose words of wisdom while condolensing the family of the late Ojode was like the gospel and inspired each and every mourner in attendance.

    The occasion was a very special one and required high profile public relations. The noise making youths demanding forcefully to be served with food, were some of the intrigues allegedly masterminded by the anti-Ojode elements within the ODM Luo politician prompting the Ojode family to feel that party of the huge crowd that attended the funeral were not genuine mourners, but people who had gone to their home to shade the crocodiles tears.

    Civic leaders led by the Mayor of Nairobi Coun Aladwa, the mayor of Mombasa, Coun Moudhir the Mayor of Kisumu, Coun Sam Okello, heads of parastatals and quasi government organizations. The presence of the Mayors from urban centers across the country were never mentioned, and the poor protocols which were haphazardly conducted by Kajwng’ was a total disappointment.

    The task performed by the Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, the Migori MP John Pesa, the Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marenda President Kibaki and the Prime Minister Raila Odinga were commendable. Their word of wisdom helped a lot in calming down the highly charged situation, which ordinarily could have easily exploded into mayhem.

    A number of presidential aspirants who included the Eldoret North William Ruto and the Sabatia MP Musalia Mudavadi had been targeted for booing and heckling by the excessively intoxicated and drunken goons.

    Also earmarked for booing was the immediate former Rangwe MP Eng Philip Okundi, who is currently the chairman of the ODM elections board and chairman of the Communication Commission of Kenya {CCK}.

    Okundi is once again in the race aspiring to be elected to the lucrative position of governor for Homa-Bay County, a position which the incumbent Rangwe MP Otieno Ogindo is also vying for.

    It was originally planned that heckling of Okundi would depict him as unsuitable person for the governorship position and unpopular.

    The action by noise making political hirelings had depicted members of the Luo community as most backward people. One mourner from the Kalenjin region was heard saying, ”But we thought the Luos were the most educated and civilized lots in this country. We did not expect to behave like this.”

    In life, Orwa Ojode ha parted the company with the Prime Minister Raila Odinga ever since the formation of the coalition government of PNU / ODM in 2008. He has since then never shown his face to any public function conducted by he Prime Minister, and also kept low profile during the ODM grass root elections and boycotted all the party functions.

    After the constitutional referendum of November 2005, in which the orange group which was led by Raila Odinga meted a sweeping victory over the Banana group supporting President Mwai Kibaki, there was a major cabinet reshuffle in which all the ministers allied to Orange Democratic Movement were including Raila Odinga wee sacked.

    President Kibaki, however, surprisingly appointed Orwa Ojode to a full cabinet minister inchrge of Forestry and Wildlife. The Ndhiwa MP, however, declined the appointment in solidarity with his sacked friends including Raila Odinga.

    Ojode ha served previous as an Assistant Minister for lands and Settlement and later as an assistant Minister for Education and was the chief campaigner of Raila Odinga presidential election in 2007. Prior to these events, Ojode has been very vocal and formidable defender of Raila Odinga on issues related to national importance and was expected to clinch a full cabinet portfolio, but many people were shocked when he was relegated to the Junior position of an Assistant Minister.

    The situation was so much aggravated by he fact that Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno who all along and prior to the 2007 general election was loyal KANU member and leader was given the flag by Raila Odinga. Otieno Kajwang’ had never worked in the government was also appointed to a full cabinet position as the Minister for Immigration and Registration of Persons. Ojode considered himself as much senior to Kajwang in terms of parliamentary experience. He entire into parliament in 1994 whereas Otieno Kajwang;’ first entered into the August House in1997.

    Before his death in an helicopter crash on Sunday June 10, Ojode had confided to this writer that he was considering the option of ditching the ODM and standing and defending his Ndhiwa parliamentary seat as an independent candidate. He said he felt like leaving the ODM, because the party was full of loose talkers and people with bad gossiping attitude.

    He told me that while he was attending the funeral of Mr Phelogona Okundi in Rangwe constituency, he was suddenly attacked by Dr Oburu Oginga in full view of the mourners and accused of being one among those undermining the ODM. The incident took place when the grouping including the Prime Minister had attended the burial if the former Kasipul-Kabondo MP Eng. Pete Owidi near Oyugis. He and Raila, he said drove to Awendo to witness the opening of Sugarland Hotel in Awendo town which is owned by the former Rongo Mp George Ochillo-Ayacko, and after enjoying the evening in a large group of MP and friends he and Raila drover to his palatial home at Unga in Ndhiwa for the night. But the next day, he was publicly and scathingly attacked the Bondo MP Dr Oburu Oginga, the eldest brother of Raila Odinga. He felt that there were innuendos of bad gossiping going on about him and thereafter he choose to stay away from the group and concentrated on his ministerial duties giving the ODM party a break.,

    In an exclusive interview with this writer a month ago, Ojode had recalled that similar attack was mated out to the former Deputy leader of ODM and the Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi when the latter turned up for the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga memorial service at the late Jaramogi Kang’o home in Bondo. In this particular function the Gem MP publicly attacked and savagely condemned Mudavadi.Ojode maintained that he believed the attack had contributed to Mudvadi’s departure fromn ODM. The unwarranted attack drove Mudavadi out of the ODM, so the ODm is full of bad gossipers and so called power-brokers

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  • International Business Times

    Another Hawk Down: What George Saitoti’s Death Means for Kenya

    By Jacey Fortin

    June 12, 2012 9:41 AM EDT

    The helicopter crash that killed Kenyan Security Minister George Saitoti on Sunday morning was a foggy event in more ways than one.

    There was a literal haze blanketing the Ngong Hills, a forested ridge just southwest of the capital city of Nairobi, when the aircraft containing six people crashed and burst into flames. Saitoti was sitting beside an assistant security minister and two bodyguards. Two pilots were flying the helicopter.

    Saitoti, 66, was on his way to a fundraising event at a Catholic church in Ndhiwa, Nyanza Province, which borders Lake Victoria. Saitoti had announced his plans to run for the presidency last year, riding on his reputation for tough national security policies.

    An investigating police officer told Agence France-Presse that a lack of visibility due to poor weather conditions likely caused the tragedy. But other sources added that the helicopter was new and well-equipped to deal with inclement weather.

    There is much speculation over whether this crash could have resulted from a terrorist attack, but no group has claimed responsibility and there is not enough evidence so far to implicate anyone.

    A Tough Professor

    Saitoti was a former professor of mathematics, and he looked the part. His graying hair and wire-frame glasses gave him the look of an academic, but his broad shoulders, potbelly and notable height made him an imposing figure. He spoke and gestured like the seasoned politician he was: authoritatively, with a clenched fist here, a dramatic pause there, an occasional hand to his heart.

    In a speech made shortly before his death, he called for an end to political division in the country. “Kenyans do not want violence during elections,” he said. “Kenyans want the freedom to be able to [have] the leaders that they desire.”

    If anyone could claim to represent national unity, it was Saitoti. Kenya is riven by ethnic differences, but the security minister was of mixed heritage. Rather than pit one group against another as many Kenyan politicians have done, his mission as security minister was to protect all Kenyans against external threats — including the Islamist terrorist group al Shabab, which has wreaked havoc in neighboring Somalia and is suspected of a series of bombings within Kenya’s borders.

    Riding the Wrong Coattails

    But as a member of the administration of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Saitoti’s chances of winning the presidency were slim. Kibaki’s approval rating is at an abysmal 6 percent, according to the Standard Digital, a Kenyan news outlet. The president has some achievements during his tenure — for example, he established a free primary education system and made legitimate efforts to repair the economy after GDP growth stalled, and even reversed, under former president Daniel Arap Moi’s 24-year rule.

    But Kibaki’s many critics accuse him of running a corrupt administration. An opposition movement coalesced in 2005 when he submitted a new constitution to a public referendum. At that time, a politician named Raila Odinga, who once supported Kibaki, led a successful campaign to reject the constitution. He subsequently started a new party called the Orange Democratic Movement, named after the image of an orange that was featured next to the ‘no’ box on the 2005 constitutional referendum ballot.

    The ODM came to represent general opposition to Kibaki’s rule. When the president campaigned for re-election in 2007, Odinga ran for the opposition and was predicted to win. Kibaki is of the Kikuyu tribe, and Odinga, of the Luo tribe, used ethnic stereotypes to rally popular opinion against him. It seemed to be working.

    But when all the ballots were counted, Kibaki was declared the winner. He was quietly sworn into a new term at twilight, an hour after the results were announced.

    In response, many Kenyans rioted, and the post-election unrest quickly turned violent. About 1,500 people died in the country-wide conflict, and ethnic tensions reached an all-time high. Many protesters claimed electoral fraud, pointing to wide discrepancies between exit polls and official results.

    Forging Ahead

    To ease the violence, it was soon announced that Odinga would serve as prime minister in an uneasy coalition with Kibaki. That arrangement persists to the present day. The two men both stood behind a new version of the constitution, which passed a referendum in 2010.

    Now, Odinga is once again gearing up for the election. As in 2007, his campaign is ethnically charged, taking advantage of tribal divisions and exacerbating tensions. There is plenty of animosity to go around among Kenya’s kaleidoscope of ethnic groups, but the Kikuyu people, who make up one-fifth of the population, frequently find themselves a common target. They have a reputation for playing a too-powerful role in Kenyan politics, although they were persecuted under Moi. Odinga exploits this bias to win favor with a wide spectrum of voters.

    Kibaki cannot run for another term after his mandate expires in 2013. To some extent, Saitoti, who is partly Kikuyu, represented a continuation of his administration, which hurt his odds.

    Current polls show Odinga poised to take over the presidency next year, whereas Saitoti’s chances were so slim that many polling surveys did not even include his name. In the end, his death is unlikely to change the results of Kenya’s next election — but it will certainly result in some reworking of political alliances amongst Kenya’s highest circles.

    Crossing The Line

    Saitoti was best known not for his status as a presidential candidate, but for his bold initiatives in the fight against al Shabab. He pushed for greater Kenyan involvement in Somalia’s fight against the terrorist group, and the Kenyan military has made significant inroads against al Shabab in southern Somalia.

    The operation, called ‘Linda Nchi,’ or ‘Protect the Nation,’ began in October. But, as is often the case when one country attempts to combat insurgencies on foreign territory, the battle has lasted for longer than was intended.

    “Our territorial integrity is threatened with serious security threats of terrorism, we cannot allow this to happen at all,” said Saitoti last year on his decision to send troops into Somalia.

    “It means we are now going to pursue the enemy, who are the al Shabab, to wherever they will be, even in their country.”

    Eight months later, the fighting continues. After Saitoti’s troops touched down in Somalia, the Islamist violence there crossed borders of its own — it has spilled into Kenya.

    It is believed that al Shabab is responsible for a series of fatal bombings that have taken place in Kenya within the last several months, making the Somali insurgency a domestic security problem for the Kibaki administration.

    Some of Saitoti’s critics blame him for inciting the wrath of al Shabab militants. Currently, the government is taking precautions to tighten security in Nairobi following al Shabab threats to bomb the city’s skyscrapers.

    Out of the Sky

    In that context, it is easy to see why Saitoti’s death has sparked rumors of foul play. Al Shabab is an obvious suspect, as they regularly express a desire for revenge. Just last Thursday, Kenyan helicopters shelled the Somali port city of Kismayo, though they have yet to dismantle the Shabab stronghold there.

    Al Shabab released a statement saying they were “very happy and satisfied” about Saitoti’s death. They did not, however, claim responsibility.

    “Kenyans should know that neither would their country ever prosper nor their security improve under the heels of such men. Better off dead!” said a post from the organization’s public Twitter account.

    Fresh from the tragedy, there is no word yet on who will be tapped to take over the Linda Nchi operation. For now, Kenya is in the middle of three days of mourning for its fallen official.

    “Minister Saitoti will forever be remembered as a hardworking and determined public servant who dedicated his time to the service of the Kenyan people,” said Kibaki, according to AFP.

    Investigations into the cause of the crash continue.

    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/351255/ … ection.htm

  • RIP Prof and Ojode. May our merciful Saviour comfort your families and friends.

  • The story looks so convinsing but i cant buy it

    KSB: Nyaga, you don’t have to buy the story. You can continue window-shopping.

  • Saitotis ill-fated flight Helicopter was North Korea Manufactured >People really don’t know that the North Korean military is rated third in the world in terms of personnel and arms holding. They are no ” paper tiger” as most people think and even the leadership of the US knows this fact. The Army personnel of North Korea is 1.106 million men strong with 4.5million reserves and they have the largest special forces in the world; which is 120,000 men strong. In addition to the Army, North Korea have militias which consists of 1.6 million self-defense units, 100,000 people’s guards, 3.9 million workers militia, 900,000 youth guard units. These militias are tasked to defend the homeland.
    The militias are fully armed and undergo military trainings regularly.The weapon holding of NK is 17,634,000 and are in third position ; China being second with 34,281,000 and the USA holding the first positio…n with 38,538,000.

    North Korea has annual production capacity for 200,000 AK automatic guns, 3,000 heavy guns, 200 battle tanks, 400 armored cars and amphibious crafts. North Korea makes its own submarines, landing drafts, high-speed missile-boats, and other types of warships.
    North Korea has 17 plants for guns and artillery, 35 plants for ammunition, 5 plants for tanks and armored cars, 8 plants for airplanes, 5 plants for warships, 3 plants for guided missiles, 5 plants for communication equipment, and 8 plants for biochemical warheads – 134 plants in total.

    North Korea has 2 artillery corps and 30 artillery brigades equipped with 120mm self-propelled guns, 152mm self-propelled mortars, 170mm guns with a range of 50 km, 240 mm multiple rocket launchers with a range of 45 km, and other heavy guns. North Korea has about 18,000 heavy guns. North Korea’s 170mm Goksan gun and 240mm multiple-tube rocket launchers are the most powerful guns of the world. These guns can lob shells as far south as Suwon miles beyond Seoul. The big guns are hidden in caves. Many of them are mounted on rails and can fire in all directions. They can rain 500,000 conventional and biochemical shells per hour.
    Dr. Kim Myong Chul, an expert on Kim Jong Il’s war plans, in 2003 confirmed that North Korea has more than 100 nukes including hydrogen bombs.

    North Korea can produce about 100 missiles a year. It began to make missiles in 1980 and has about 1,000 missiles of various types in place, about 100 of which have nuclear warheads. These missiles are hidden in caves and underground launching pads.
    North Korea has 770 fighters, 80 bombers, 700 transports, 290 helicopters, and 84,000 men.
    North Korea has two Navy fleets – the West Fleet and the East Fleet. The West Fleet has 6 squadrons of 320 ships and the East Fleet has 10 squadron of 460 ships. The navy has a total manpower of 46,000. North Korean ships are sheltered from US attacks in about 20 bunkers of 200-900 m longs and 14-22 m wide. North Korean ships are small and agile, designed for coastal defense. North Korean ships carry 46km range ship-to-ship missiles and 22-channel multiple rocket launchers.

    North Korea began to build fortifications in 1960s. All key military facilities are built underground to withstand American bunker-buster bombs. North Korea has 8,236 underground facilities that are linked by 547 km of tunnels. Beneath Pyongyang are a huge underground stadium and other facilities. About 1.2 million tons of food, 1.46 million tons of fuel, and 1.67 million tons of ammunition are stored in underground storage areas for wartime use.
    It is however worthy to note that all the data above are from 2003.

    The recent Intercontinental ballistic missile test by North Korea under the guise of putting a satellite into space has a range of 10,000km and could reach anywhere in the continental US.
    As at March 8 2013, about 10 yono-class submarines of NK was loaded with nuclear bombs and sailed off to their different targets, evading the American radars in the process.
    The real thing here is that America is the one in danger, the Pentagon and the White house knows this plain fact. If a war should break out between NK and US, NK have got nothing to lose but a deadly blow on the US by NK will dent their superpower status forever.
    US sensing the imminent danger has put on hold their scheduled annual test launch of minuteman 3 ICBM so as not to escalate the situation.See More

  • Indeed, saitoti was calmly killed…who knows? Maybe is real killers are now enjoying power!

  • It is a fact,nothing less and nothing more.May GOD rest prof.Saitoti and Orwa Ojode in good place.They fought a good fight,kept the faith and finished the race.

  • This people killed a very important man of which today kenya would be celebrating of his fruits in the government.

  • we as kenyan knws that saitoti was killed in one way or the other GOD WIILL DO HIS JUDGEMENT

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  • Saitoti was a father to all kenyans

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