NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11 – President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Speaker Kenneth Marende on Monday evening led MPs in a visit to the Nairobi home of the late Prof. George Saitoti to condole with the family.
The President, once again, noted that with the death of Prof. Saitoti, the country has lost a dedicated patriot who was committed in serving the nation.
“Let us all emulate Prof. Saitoti and dedicate ourselves to serving our country with selfless commitment,” President Kibaki said.
On their part, the Prime Minister and the Vice-President described the late Saitoti as a person who was very passionate about issues of national security.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga assured Kenyans of full investigations into the cause of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of the six Kenyans.
“At times like this there is a lot of speculation and apportioning of blame but we want to ask for calm and that we should wait for the outcome of investigations that have already been instituted,” said the PM.
Marende paid tribute to Saitoti saying he will be greatly missed in Parliament with his dedication and commitment to duty.
“He applied himself to his duties with a lot of zeal and I as the speaker will miss the committed Member of Parliament, devote and actually a friend of mine. Many at times the Speakers chair becomes lonely but in Saitoti I found a friend,” said the Speaker emphatically.
Later, President Kibaki also visited the Runda home of the late Ojode to console his widow Mary and family.
The leaders paid glowing tribute to the late Ojode, describing him as a strong defender of the Government who served the country with dedication and distinction.
The leaders assured that they will support the bereaved family in all ways possible.
Saitoti and Ojode died in a plane crash on Sunday that also killed bodyguards Inspector Joshua Tonkei, Sergeant Thomas Murimi, the pilot Captain Nancy Gituanja and Luke Oyugi who was the co-pilot.