Son’s moving tribute of Saitoti – the great mentor

Zachary Musengi stands next to his mother Margaret as they mourn the late George Saitoti

NAIROBI Kenya, Jun 16 – As the nation mourned the late minister for Internal Security George Saitoti, a young man who largely kept off the public eye despite the high profile his father held stood up to eulogise him.

Zachary Musengi Saitoti, the only child of the late minister marshaled the courage to extol his late father as a man of great determination, fortitude and one who wanted to exceed his targets.

Until Saitoti’s death last Sunday, his family life remained very private and little was seen of his wife and son in public.

Saitoti’s son expressed pride in a father he termed as his “legend and hero and who was the backbone and the strength of the family.”

Zachary said that the helicopter crash last Sunday robbed him of a loving father whom he thanked for ensuring he never lacked anything.

“On the fateful day of the accident, I lost my rock, my Goliath and my dad. As his son, my father gave me more than I could ever dream of… more than I could ever want. He gave me everything, he gave me his love,” he stated.

“He was a man of such wonder that he gave the same that he gave to me and his family but also to thousands if not millions of people around the world,” Zachary recalled.

Zack hailed his father as the pillar of his life and a great mentor who had played a great part in shaping the attitude and the life that he lives.

He did not run shy of acknowledging the various roles that his late father served in the nation of Kenya insisting that he succeeded due to the love he had for the country.

“My father loved this country and its people with every possible fiber of his body. In his illustrious career he poured out his heart and soul in strengthening this nation and securing its future as a land of tremendous opportunity and prosperity,” he said of the man who had served in the ministries of finance, education of internal security as well as vice president for 13 years.

“I will not let you down or the family; you were our backbone, our father, our brother, our uncle, our everything. May the way you lived guide us… empower us and bring us close together,” he said concluding his tribute.

Zachary who describes himself as creative photographer and graphic designer graduated from the University of the West of England with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in photography and in graphic design.

In her tribute, Saitoti’s widow Margaret recounted her life with her departed husband terming it memorable.

In the tribute read on her behalf by a friend Lucy Maoga, Margaret admitted that that she had recognized early that her late husband had a higher calling which focused on public service and that she provided him with the support of a wife.

“My dear George, what a life we have shared; a lovely and memorable companionship, a love that has known no bounds. When we met we were young and full of hope there was no doubt that we were meant for each other. Our union got compete with the arrival of our son… my duty to you was to provide you with all the support that a wife should give. On your part you did not leave me behind. Our love will always remain in our hearts forever,” read Margaret’s tribute.

She insisted that he never stood in the way of her husband whom she said had a deep love for the country. She attributed the love of country for the successes Saitoti had in various dockets that he served.

LORDRICK MAYABI

Lordrick is a graduate of the University of Nairobi with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He is passionate about political and governance issues. He also takes keen interest in human rights matters, justice and is fond of sports.