Prof. George Saitoti Biography
Prof. George Saitoti was born on 3rd August 1945 and died on 10th June 2012 . He was born of Kikuyu parents, Zacharia Kiarie and Zipporah Gathoni, and grew up as George Kinuthia Kiarie in Olkeri, Lower Matasia. He went through the Maasai initiation rites, as his father had, then became a Maasai by assimilation. Kiarie had moved to Maasailand from Dagoretti at the height of the State of Emergency in the 1950s with many other Kikuyus escaping the colonial crackdown against the Embu, Meru and Kikuyus in Nairobi and Central Kenya.
He was hosted by his Maasai relatives and adopted the name Musengi, taken from the Kikuyu word Muthengi which means an immigrant.
He changed his name after being hired as a lecturer by University of Nairobi’s Department of Mathematics, he simply became George Saitoti. That was the name that had been given to him so that he could secure an the undergraduate scholarship at Brandeis University in the US.
Prof. George Saitoti Education Background
Graduate Student of University of Warwick, England (Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) Mathematics)
Graduate Student of University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (M.Sc. Mathematics)
1963 → 1967 : Undergraduate Student of University of Brandeis, USA ( B.A. (Mathematics))
1960 – 1963 : Mangu High School
In the 1950s : Ololua Primary School, Kajiado
Prof. George Saitoti Political Position
2011 → 10th June 2012 : Aspirant President for Kenya
2008 → 10th June 2012 : Minister of State for Internal Security and Provincial Administration
2008 → 10th June 2012 : Member of Parliament for Kajiado North
2007 → 10th June 2012 : Chairman of Party of National Unity
2003 → 2007 : Member of Parliament for Kajiado North
2003 → 2005 : Minister of Education of Cabinet
1999 → 2002 : Vice President & Minister for Home Affairs
1997 → 1999 : Minister for Planning and National Development
1992 → 1997 : Vice President and Minister for Planning and National Development
1988 → May 1989 : Vice President and Minister for Finance
1983 → 1988 : Minister of Finance
1983 → 1988 : Nominated Member of Parliament
1974 → 1977 : Member of East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA), Kenya
1990 : Chairman of International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank Group
1976-1979 : Vice-President of African Mathematics Union
1974-1977 : Member, East African Legislative Assembly.
1972-1974 : Chairman, Wages Council
2008 → 10th June 2012 : Member of House Business Committee
Cabinet sub-committee on ICC
In July 2009, he was appointed to head a special cabinet sub-committee formed to oversee the affairs of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Kenya. Members of this bi-partisan committee include Saitoti, Mutula Kilonzo and Moses Wetangula , James Orengo, Otieno Kajwang and Amason Kingi . (Following a cabinet reshuffle in April 2012, Eugene Wamalwa and Prof. Sam Ongeri have replaced Kilonzo and Wetangula). The role of the sub-Committee as a liaison and co-ordination body between the ICC and the Kenyan government took a center-stage from December 2010 when the ICC Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, indicted six prominent Kenyans for alleged crimes against humanity relating to the 2008 post-election violence.
As the Minister of Internal Security and the chairman of the Cabinet Sub-committee on ICC on YouTube and security matters, Saitoti is the guarantor of the government’s commitment to the ICC process. Arising from this, several analysts have claimed the suspects’ fate lie with the sub-committee. Saitoti came out strongly criticising the invocation of President Kibaki in the ICC debate, calling for sobriety from politicians. Saitoti maintained a legal interpretation on whether the suspects can vie for presidency in the2013 general election, stressing that only the constitution can bar or let them free to enter the race.
Saitoti was both Vice-President and Finance Minister at the height of the 1991–1993 Goldenberg scandal. Even though his own culpability in the mega fraud has never been established, for decades the Goldenberg has become the proverbial Sword of Damocles used against Saitoti in intra-elite power wars. In early 1999, Raila Odinga as a presidential contender to succeed Moi as President, sued Saitoti and others over alleged role in the Goldenberg scandal. Three months after his re-appointment as Vice-President on 3 April 1999, Otieno Kajwang’, a Raila ally, moved a private member’s motion of no confidence in the Vice-President for his alleged role in the Goldenberg fraud. Saitoti survived the onslaught.
The Goldenberg spectre returned to haunt Saitoti in the wake of the fierce political infighting between the LDP/KANU faction and Kibaki supporters in NARC that followed the 2005 referendum. On 3 February 2006 a report by the Goldenberg Commission of Inquiry, chaired by Justice Samuel Bosire, recommended that George Saitoti should face criminal charges for his involvement in the Goldenberg scandal. On 13 February 2006, Saitoti voluntarily stepped aside from his ministerial docket to pave way for investigations into the allegations. However, on 31 July 2006, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Joseph Nyamu issued a certiorari order clearing Prof Saitoti of any wrongdoing, expunging his name from the Bosire Commission Report and issuing an order on permanent stay of prosecution against Saitoti.
In dismissing the 23 paragraphs of the report, the High Court bench cited three inter-related errors of commission and omission by the Bosire Commission:
The inquiry into the Goldenberg fraud had created a pyramid of noticeable bias, discriminatory treatment of evidence, submissions and factual errors that undermined the pursuit of justice and fairness.
The factual flaws, biased and unprofessional handling of evidence by Inquiry led to wrong findings. The Inquiry’s claim that Prof Saitoti illegally approved the 15 per cent ex-gratia payments as additional payment over and above the 20 per cent export compensation allowed at the time under the law were factually wrong. Indeed, the customs refunds, which Saitoti was accused of approving, were actually passed by Parliament.
Long delay and wrong findings by the Goldenberg inquiry denied Prof. Saitoti any conceivable chance fair trial and justice.
On 15 November 2006, President Kibaki reappointed Saitoti back to Cabinet. In April 2012, the vetting board found Justice Samuel Bosire unfit to serve in the judiciary citing fails as the Chairman of the Goldenberg Commission of Inquiry. He ignored a High Court Order to summon retired President Daniel arap Moi, Musalia Mudavadi and Nicholas Biwott as witnesses. The vetting board also accused Justice Nyamu of undermining public confidence in the courts for issuing a permanent stay of prosecution against Saitoti.
Saitoti, G. (2005). “Keynote address given during the official opening of the sub-regional seminar for TIVET policy makers and UNESCO UNEVOC Center Coordinators”. Nairobi, Kenya.
(2004). “Education in Kenya: Challenges and policy responses”. Paper presented at the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington D.C.
2003) “National conference on education and training, Meeting the challenges of education and training during 21st century”. Nairobi.
(2003). “Reflections on Africa Development”, Journal of Third World Studies.
Saitoti, G. and KANU Review Committee(2002), Report of the KANU Review Committee, 1990. The Committee, Nairobi.
(2002).The Challenges of Economic and Institutional Reforms in Afric. Ashgate Publishers Limited.
1985). i mathematica, Politechnika Warszawska Technical.
“A remark on Mod 2 K-Theory fundamental classes”. Ann. Fac. Sci. Univ. Nat. Zaïre (Kinshasa)Sect. Math.-Phys. 3 (1977), no. 1, 61–63.
“Homology of a differential algebra”. Publ. Math. Debrecen 23 (1976), no. 3-4, 235—237.
“K-Theory fundamental classes”. Demonstration Math. 8 (1975), No. 4, 365–377.
A note on the homology of a differential graded algebra. Nigerian Journal of Science. 8 (1974), no. 1-2,127–130.
Loop spaces and K-theory. Journal of London Mathematics Society.(2) 9 (1974/75), 423–428.
Prof. George Saitoti Family, wife and children
Prof. George Saitoti’s family life rarely made it into the public space. Saitoti’s family consits of his wife, Margaret Saitoti and one adopted child Zachary Musengi. His brother, Ronald Musengi, has been a banking executive with the Kenya Commercial Bank. Recently Musengi applied to be a member of the National Police Service Commission.
Prof. George Saitoti Wealth
Prof. George Saitoti was an astute businessman who had interests in agriculture, horticulture, real estates, hospitality and pastoralism.
Prof. George Saitoti Death
Saitoti died on Sunday 10th June, 2012 at 9 a.m. when a police helicopter carrying him and assistant minister for internal security Joshua Orwa Ojode exploded and crashed in the Kibiku area of Ngong forest killing them both. He was 66 years old at the time of his death.