Ever since he was poisoned at a restaurant in Muthaiga, Nairobi, which he frequented, and on the day that the Foreign Affairs minister, Dr Robert Ouko, went missing in 1990, Prof Saitoti had become edgy.“He would only eat his food at select places. He even fired his cook after he found him at State House,” a close family friend says.
For years, Prof Saitoti had three trusted security confidantes, Inspector Tonkei, Mr Michael ole Tanchu, who was his personal assistant, and a bodyguard, Mr Samson ole Surtan, from Kilgoris, whom he fondly referred to simply as SS.
On June 8, 2012, two days before he died, George Saitoti was in Mombasa where he addressed a workshop that was to reflect on Kenya’s politics and transition.
Cabinet officials wheel the coffin of Kenya's internal security minister George Saitoti during his burial ceremony at his farm in Kitengela, south of capital Nairobi June 16, 2012. Saitoti, who was closely involved in the fight against Somali militant group al Shabaab, was killed when the police helicopter he was travelling in crashed into a forest on Sunday. REUTERS/Noor Khamis (KENYA - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS SOCIETY)
Prof Saitoti was booked in Room 213 of Mombasa Continental Resort, where the workshop was held.
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