“I have known him since the time he was a manager with Commercial Bank (Kenya) and even more when I appointed him to take some key appointments in the Government,” said Moi.
The former President, who severally referred to the deceased as George, said he had a harmonious working relationship with the deceased over the long period they worked together, describing him as a man who liked engaging in dialogue.
Among those who accompanied Moi to condole with the family was former minister Joseph Kamotho, another of a long-serving minister and Kanu official under Moi’s leadership, and who the former President said could collaborate his positions on the attributes of the deceased.
Moi said the death of Saitoti was blow to the country and his family, telling the widow and family members to trust in God’s guidance at this time of mourning.
“God will protect you, your family and all those who were close to him. We can only trust in Him,” said Moi.
Kamotho, a close ally of Saitoti under Moi’s regime, said the deceased was a great potential of the country’s
Also visiting the family yesterday was a group of Catholic Church bishops, led by Cardinal John Njue, who called on the Government to conduct thorough investigations into the chopper crash to ascertain the cause of the accident that also claimed Saitoti’s Assistant Orwa Ojodeh and four other people.
Njue said Kenyans would remain eager to know the cause of the accident and thus urged the Government to expedite the probe but be thorough in the work.
Njue was accompanied by his deputy at the Kenya Episcopal Conference (KEC) and Bishop of Kakamega Diocese Philip Sulumeti.
Also visiting the family to offer their condolences were former ministers Dr Chris Murungaru and G.G Kariuki and Joseph Munyao.