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.
Catholic archbishop John Cardinal Njue led the mass and spend half of his preaching time to praise a man he called a staunch catholic who valued everybody. All this while dignitaries led by president Mwai Kibaki,Raila Odinga,VP Kalonzo Musyoka and former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings followed the mass.
It must have been difficult for a common man to get into the church. The eulogy by his wife Margaret Saitoti brought home the horror of his death. She described the 36 years she shared with the fallen professor. “We shared everything,” Margaret said in a tribute read on her behalf by a friend.
And then the politicians invited by VP Kalonzo Musyoka praised a man they said was so selfless that despite being a Vice President in former Kenya president Daniel arap Moi’s government for 13 years, he swallowed his ambition and supported the Narc dream.
Kibaki seemed to be the most pained by Saitoti’s death a man he said he trusted so much that he gave him the most critical ministries. He praised the prof for implementing his pet project of Free Primary Education.
As all this niceties were being said my heart swelled in grief. I am still puzzled why Kenyans did not see all these good qualities in Saitoti before and support him for presidency. Indeed the best in a Kenyan always come out during his funeral.
The mass ended late and the pall bearers included the mighty in government lead by Kalonzo,Uhuru Kenyatta,Musalia Mudavadi with others like William Ruto trying just to touch the coffin. The math professor will be buried tomorrow at hi Kitengela home. So far 40 cows have lost their lives in honor of the fallen professor who died in a horror chopper crash at Kibiku forest in Ngong on June 10. He perished with his deputy Orwa Ojode,two bodyguards and the two pilots.