George Saitoti! Lessons from the Past – When will Kenyans learn.


Hard and painful thoughts cross our minds today. In one sense we mourn all the Kenyans who perished in the Chopper crash.

1. Captain Nancy Gituanja
2. Captain Luke Oyugi
3. Inspector Joshua Tonkei
4. Sergeant Thomas Murimi
5. Orwa Ojode
6. George Saitoti

Today, it is with great difficulty that we mourn George Saitoti as a hero (according to Kenyan mass media); because a hero, he was not.

The truth in Kenya is that we forget, and we forget quickly. It was Prof. George Saitoti of the University of Nairobi Mathematics Department, who drove his VW Beetle (a well documented fact) into the Treasury Building parking lot when Daniel Arap Moi first appointed him Minister for Finance. Prof. Saitoti never looked back abandoning his VW Beetle motorcar for a Mercedes Benz and when he became Vice-President took on his motorcade as his chosen mode of travel. The VW Beetle motorcar was to rust in the car park— abandoned and disowned – and forgotten completely.

But what irks us is that George Saitoti was the Minister of Finance in the Moi regime in the 1990s when his Ministry and Kamlesh Pattni perpetrated the Goldenberg fraud.  Goldenberg cost the country over Ksh 158 billion according to a Judicial Commission of Inquiry appointed by President Kibaki in 2003. 

The Inquiry identified and named over a dozen individuals as perpetrators – and George Saitoti was on that list of shame.

Following the Inquiry publishing its final report the Attorney General handed over the report and evidence to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Kenya Police; directing them to complete further investigations and report to him for the purposes of criminal prosecution of the perpetrators.  George Saitoti went to court and controversially obtained orders expunging his name from the Inquiry Report and barring his prosecution by the Attorney General.  The Attorney General immediately appealed this decision, which he declared to be unconstitutional in a strongly worded statement.  The Appeal was quietly dismissed for technical reasons in 2011.

Meanwhile George Saitoti’s political career proceeded smoothly and in 2008 he was promoted from the Ministry of Education to take over as Minister for Internal Security.  Fortune had conspired it seems to make George Saitoti the political head of the Criminal Investigation department which the Attorney General directed to investigate him.

He was now in charge of the evidence against him and the so-called Goldenberg International Limited.  Were Kenyans expected to believe that Prof. Saitoti was to investigate himself or that indeed the evidence was still intact? Apparently yes! Or maybe not!

Saitoti is now gone – as is Kanyotu and Riungu – but Goldenberg must not be allowed to go unpunished. Goldenberg cost Kenya 10% of its GDP. The inquiry cost Kenyan tax payers over Ksh15 million per month and ran over 2 years.  Most of the culprits identified by the Bosire Commission are now dead and over Khs 158 Billion traced is now at threat of non – recovery.

The 2 principals of the Grand Coalition, Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga, know that George Saitoti was not cleared over Goldenberg.  Indeed the Prime Minister once sought to bring a private criminal prosecution against Saitoti – a charge that was quashed by Amos Wako.

Political expediency being what it is, Kibaki and Odinga decided to turn a blind eye to the biggest corruption log in the eye of the Government – Goldenberg. Which begs the question why was George Saitoti such a sacred cow?  And who will pay Kenyans now as both Principals lead by example in this hero worship message of impunity? Meanwhile Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi sits pretty in so-called presidential retirement.

We mourn, not for George Muthengi Kinuthia Saitoti, but for his wife and Children, and all the other wonderful Kenyans who God took too soon.
We still want answers and recovery of the hundreds of Billions looted from the Goldenberg Scandal. Who is the beneficiary of the stolen loot; we must not relent. And we must not glorify those who steal Kenyan funds.

This is the truth, and this is a bitter pill we must chew and swallow – to get better, because as Kenyans, we suffer from a disease called Impunity. Sadly, some think the cure for this very contagious disease – is death by servant.  It is not!  Someone has the stolen loot.  The only question is who, and, where!  Let’s collect, the loot belongs to the People of Kenya.

Mars Group Kenya

23 comments for George Saitoti! Lessons from the Past – When will Kenyans learn.

  1. not the right time to bring up such issues...u could be saying something very important but when and how u say it counts....

  2. I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU. IT IS SUCH PRETENCE THAT WE GO ABOUT WITH WHEN SUCH PEOPLE PASS ON.. NOW HE MIGHT BE GONE BUT THAT DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACTS THAT HE LOOTED AND KENYA TODAY IS WORSE DIRECTLY BECAUSE OF HIM AMONG MANY MANY MORE.. QUESTION IS, HOW DO WE RIGHT THE WRONGS OF THESE GOONS? FUNNY HOW WE PRAISE AND GLORIFY THE DECEASED EVEN WHEN THEY STOLE, INJURED AND AT TIMES KILLED FOR SELFISH REASONS.. VERY SSAD.. AS YOU SAID, WE ARE SAD AND SORRY FOR THE FAMILIES..

  3. IT IS TOO SOON TO BRING THIS UP!!!!! LET THE FAMILY MOURN THEIR MAN IN PEACE!! THIS IS NO WAY TO SHOW YOU ARE MOURNING FOR SAITOTI'S WIFE AND KIDS. IT IS INSENSITIVE!!! TAKE A CHILL PILL AND GO FIND NEWS ELSEWHERE. ANONYMOUS ONE IS RIGHT...THIS IS NOT THE TIME...WHEN AND HOW IS KEY!!!!!

  4. The author is a heartless son of something else. Saitoti was not perfect but he was not a Biwott either. He was a level headed politician and a peaceful family man

  5. What u said may be true but this is not the right time to say it. A person who was iether good or bad still should be respected in their death. Don't rely on financial ministers to get Kenya stable again but rely on God who is the biggest head of Kenya.

  6. look at this saddists(mecenaries for hire) quit kenya if it hurts to be a citizen.RIP the good professa n co of ill fated flight.

  7. All I see hea is crap, goldenberg my ass....the whole whole government if full of corrupt minds, so kushinda ukutuambia nonesence ya goldernberg hausaidii n keep it to uaself n family. How many Minister's are dealing with cocaine as i am typing this now? more than a third of the parliament, worth billions of shillings. the issue here is, death has to be mourned despite what one does.

  8. Even if you complain he is dead and the money will never be recovered. Let him rest in peace. Instead you should follow the living who have stolen from Kenyans.

  9. so foolish of you let the family first go through mourning others follow dude it seem u r happy for what has happened sadist of the time

  10. One thing is for sure, Saitoti did not take the loot with him. it is still here, so perhaps Mars Group Kenya, this can re revisited at a more opportune time.

  11. Useless mars!!! Get a life. Those who push others to do that, r still alive and go tell them to return all that they use others to loot.

  12. Useless mars!!! Get a life. Those who push others to do that, r still alive and go tell them to return all that they use others to loot.

  13. Bad comments, horrible timing. This is certainly not the time for such.

  14. where do u kam from? there are other living pple who r real criminals,can u stop it n let saitoti RIP,please jipe shughuli

  15. How dare you say that you mourn for the family of the late Prof Saitoti and then go on to shed a mamba-dry-tear at the same time by digging up what he may or may not have been involved with in years past? How shameful of you?

    Goldenberg may have cost Kenya over Ksh 158 billion that has yet to be recovered or will never be recovered. However what have you in particular done or written about the latest financial scandals and scams that sre still in progress at the NHIF?

    Of course two wrongs do not make it right, but it so easy to pick on the deceased rather than the living, and that's exactly what your kind are fond of doing in stead off confronting matters head on while those involved are still alive.

    By the way, why you and your concerned ilk going to do about the daily light robbery that is about to take place with the blessings of IEBC that is seeking to be granted Ksh 47 billion for a general election that should never cost more than Ksh 10 million for a third word country like Kenya that still suffers from 360 degrees of abject poverty in every region of the country?

    How about we tone it down by keeping the family of the late Prof Saitoti out of your unwelcomed spew of personal opinion while they mourn the loss of their loved one.

    As for what went on the Goldeberg scam, seek redress through the justice system now that we have a newly appointed Cheif Justice who seem ready and eager to clean the house and restore some sanity, semblance of law and order in the judicial system.

  16. Why didn't you bring that up while he was still alive? Seriously!! Let him RIP. He hasnt taken the money with him has he? Its still somewhere here!!! Raise that issue with the living tafadhali. Your yaddering is a pure waste of precious time

  17. this is not the time,what crap....somebody call 911,you suck!

  18. Kenyan mentality in full swing in these comments! Ooh lets let not talk about our precious politicians that way. Thats why we dont move forward. Its mentalities like these that allows feeble minds to be hoodwinked with political BS! So he's dead, hallo? many more will be purged. Hopefully the new generation does a better job.

  19. you pretentious shits. Who do you mourn for from your soapbox? mars group who funds you? can you stand scrutiny every last born to silver spoon or aspiring one of you? Keep it up you have lost 1 person who listened to your while its convinient truths and i write as an anonymous because after this post you will join the ranks of all other pretend liberators. Small minded disrespectful crap hope you wind up broke which is the greatest fear of all your sorry asses

  20. Do u have a conscious? I bet not. Let us mourn our hero then raise your comments later. Nkt!

  21. Typical self centered kenyans would really wish this post wasn't here.Probably because they benefit from this impunity in one way or the other. It is true that the whole lot of kenyan politicians are in some form of impunity agreement and thus it would take an alien (from another planet)to uncover the truth. The sacrifice had to be paid..no one cares about anyone apart from themselves and those they love. It is the core of humanity. Only God will be the judge!

  22. Anonymous
    i dont agree with Mars group kenya this is to be heartless to the family of saitoti, they should suffer more it is enough to lose their loved one. stop this discussion. let us pray that God's will be done but stop annoying the family, there are other worse things happening in this country and many politicians have done more impunity thatn saitoti why demonize him when he is dead

  23. This is no good way to sendoff a departed soul.Other than goldenberg what else do you say of Saitoti.Do you look at the good things he has done to this country? serving at the university nurturing minds,served as vice president for over 13 yrs?.....As a businessman providing employment for many families?You got to be sick.

    To take you back to goldenberg what facts to have to substanciate your claim?Do you know of the forces that called shots in the former regime?.

    To me and many kenyans he was a brilliant,hardworking most humble and tolerant nationalist who deserved better than what befell him.R.I.P proffesor and may the The Almity have mercy on your soul.

    For you mr.author take your 30pcs pense from whoever paid you.Its cheap.nothing but crap.Is your family proud of this?

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