Monthly Archives: June 2012

Saitoti death: Will peace messages from politicians last?

United in Grief:The casket bearing the body of Orwa Ojode at the grave side in Ndhiwa with President Mwai Kibaki,PM Raila Odinga,VP Kalonzo Musyoka looking on Photo/PMPS

The death of Kenya’s Internal Security minister George Saitoti and his deputy Orwa Ojode in a horror helicopter crash on June 10 has brought out the best in our politicians. For the last one week Kenyans have seen a unity of purpose amongst political class never seen before. And the prayers on the lips of most of us is that may the peace prevail as we head to the elections in 2013.

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Saitoti honored at requiem mass

At 2pm the mass for the fallen Kenya Internal Security minister Prof George Saitoti kicked off at Holy Family Basilica. Friends and foe gathered to pay respect to a man all described in glowing tribute as a beacon of peace in the country.

For the first time we saw his son Zack Musengi with his long shaggy hair so different from his dad. Zach is an adopted son of the prof.  The son who is now a billionaire did not seem concerned so much by the sombre mood at the mass.

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How Saitoti,Ojode died in the Chopper crash

Tragic:The scene of the helicopter crash at Kibiku in Ngong Photo Joseph Kariuki

When I got a text from  a friend saying “Four perish in a plane crash in Ngong” I did not take it that seriously.It was about 9:30am. I thought its just the usual false alert we get in the newsroom. But to be certain I went straight to Twitter, a new source of breaking news for journalist.

And there it was Kenya Red Cross had tweeted that a police helicopter had crashed and killed all the six on board and not four as earlier reported. News started sifting in and it emerged that among the six was Internal Security minister Pro George Saitoti. My first instinct was to call my good friend Peterson Githaiga, Saitoti’s personal photographer. He picked the call but I could tell from his voice that he was in a state of shock, he confirmed that indeed waziri(minister) was in that police helicopter that crashed.

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Planet Venus transit

  1. Venus made a slow transit across the face of the sun today morning, in some areas it to upto 7 minutes. Such passing will be visible again from Earth after 105 years to come. In Kenya it was not well visible because of cloudy conditions.
  2. John Beagley
    Theres a little black spot om the sun today…..its the same old thing as yesterday…
    Wed, Jun 06 2012 04:38:34