Today marks George Saitoti’s death anniversary.
George Saitoti died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, June 10, 2012, around Ngong’ area shortly after takeoff from Nairobi based Wilson Airport.
He died alongside his assistant minister of Internal Security Orwa Ojode, two bodyguards and two pilots.
Every year since his death, Saitoti’s family celebrates his anniversary and they take heed of his memories and great accomplishments.
Though physically gone, your noble character forthrightness and humility serve as a source of hope and resilience in your family that you left behind. We fondly remember you for your ideals, virtues, principles, beliefs, integrity and respect for human dignity that you so dearly cherished. We particularly appreciate you for sharing and instilling these invaluable qualities and to each one of us.
We value and hold firmly to the guidance and advice that you impart to members of our family and society at large. The virtues of humility, sincerity, modesty, selflessness and seeking the peace that you exhibited in life remain a wellspring in our livelihoods. You taught us the worth of hard work, uprightness, humility and above all service to humankind,” the message read.
On this day in 2012, (7 years ago) Kenyan, American & British-trained economist, politician, and development policy thinker George Musengi Saitoti met his untimely death when a Kenya Police Eurocopter AS350 crashed in the Kibiku area of Ngong forest, killing him and five others. pic.twitter.com/t7DEGreKyk
— Nyakundi News (@NyakundiNews) June 10, 2020
Saitoti died on Sunday 10 June 2012 at around 9:00 am when a Eurocopter AS350 helicopter belonging to the Kenya Police Air Wing registration 5Y-CDT, carrying him and the Assistant Minister for Internal Security, Joshua Orwa Ojode, crashed in the Kibiku area of Ngong forest, killing them and four others. He was buried on 16 June in Kajiado North constituency. After the Maasai elders agreed to abandon the traditional burial rites and embrace the Catholic way, fifty bulls were slaughtered at the funeral in accordance with Maasai tradition. Al Shabaab militias and drug traffickers are the main suspects for the disaster.