The six died last Sunday June 10 in a police helicopter that crashed in Kibiko, Ngong Forest. They were travelling to late Ojode’s Ndhiwa Constituency for a fundraiser at a catholic church.
Speaking at the Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi while presiding over the requiem mass of the late Minister Saitoti, Cardinal Njue said, “…We pray and hope that the reality as to what really happened to the helicopter that crashed will be uncovered.”
He added, “Our brother the late Minister Saitoti will be remembered for the great work that he did for this nation in his various capacities as minister of finance, as vice-president, in education and in security. There is no doubt that he will be deeply missed in this country.”
“Lets us thank God for whom Saitoti had been to his family, constituency and the world. It is our duty and responsibility to make use of the legacy he has left behind….” Said Cardinal Njue.
The mass was attended by several bishops, priests, nuns, diplomatic corps and a large number of citizens. Others were President Mwai Kibaki, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, ministers, Members of Parliament and the former president of Ghana Jerry Rawlings.
Meanwhile on Wednesday June 13 a delegation led by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue paid a visit to the wife of the late minister. Cardinal Njue read a message of condolence from all the bishops and the catholic fraternity. The delegation included Msgr Javier Herrera Corona, secretary of the apostolic nunciature to Kenya and Bishop of Kakamega Rt Rev Philip Sulumeti. Also present was former president Daniel Moi.
Mrs Margaret Saitoti told them of her last moments with her husband “George woke up early and said his prayers. Then we had breakfast at eight and then he left for the airport. I knew a plane had crashed in Ngong’ but I never thought George was involved. I came to know when people started streaming in. They already knew before me. Later I went to Lee Funeral Home and I touched and knew it was him.”
Prof Saitoti was the longest serving vice-president under retired President Moi.
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