Monday, 11 June 2012

Kenyan Minister George Saitoti Dies in Helicopter crash

George Saitoti The Kenyan ministeron Internal Security and five other people including his assistant were killed in a police helicopter crash at the outskirts of Nairobi Kenya. According to the Vice president (Kalonzo Musyoka).

Site of teh Helicopter crash

An Associated Press reporter saw the victims' charred remains that were scattered in a forest near Nairobi.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga said at the scene of the accident that the death of Saitoti was a "great tragedy that has befallen our country at this time as we are making elaborate preparations to hold peaceful elections."
Although it was not immediately clear what caused the accident. Kenyan police cordoned off the scene of the crash and said they were investigating.

Saitoti, an American-trained economist and mathematician, was one of the most visible figures in Kenyan politics. For over a decade he was a deputy to former President Daniel Arap Moi.

As security minister he was the government's spokesman on security matters including Kenya's decision to send troops to Somalia last year. Analysts say he played a key role in that decision. Saitoti appeared often on national television to reassure the public in the aftermath of deadly attacks blamed on the Somali militant group al-Shabab.

Saitoti announced last year that he would seek the Kenyan presidency in 2013.... Unfortunate he died just a year before the elections

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