We must know cause of Saitoti chopper crash – PM

June 15, 2012 5:00 pm


The premier’s comments come in the wake of concerns over the increasing numbers of unresolved cases/MIKE KARIUKI
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 15 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Friday insisted that the inquest into the chopper crash that claimed the life of Internal Security Minister Prof George Saitoti must come up with convincing answers.

He said the Justice Kalpana Rawal commission must amicably resolve the circumstances under which the chopper went down last Sunday, to restore the confidence of the public on in such inquiries.

“So many such deaths have occurred in the country without convincing answers being provided. We have a duty to win the trust of the people of Kenya in public inquiries, inquests and probes,” the premier reiterated.

He told a requiem mass for the late minister at the Holy Family Basilica that the investigating team must answer all the questions Kenyans were asking about the tragic flight that claimed five other lives including that of Assistant Minister Orwa Ojode.

The premier’s comments come in the wake of concerns over the increasing numbers of unresolved cases even after commissions of inquiries were set up to unravel various goings on.

Odinga in his tribute described the late minister as an intellectual, a refined man who was easy to engage with and one who never dwelt on trivialities.

He specially cited Saitoti’s humility to the extent that he found no difficulty fitting in any arrangement of the government including being Cabinet minister after serving for 13 years as vice-president.

The late Saitoti will be laid to rest on Saturday at his Enkasiti home in Kajiado North Constituency.

Saitoti died last Sunday in a helicopter crash that also claimed his deputy Ojode, bodyguards Sergeant Thomas Murimi and Inspector Joshua Tonkei, Captain Nancy Gituanja who was the pilot and her co-pilot Luke Oyugi. 


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