Senior Kenyan Minister Killed in Helicopter Crash
Saitoti was considered a contender in next year's presidential race
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2012 5:48 AM CDT
Former Kenyan Vice President George Saitoti pictured here from a Aug. 30, 2002 file photo, was among those killed in a helicopter crash today just outside of Nairobi.   (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

(Newser) – A senior Kenyan government minister, expected to be a leading presidential candidate in next year's election, was killed in a helicopter crash today, reports Reuters. Minister for internal security George Saitoti, along with his deputy, several bodyguards, and the pilot, were killed when the police helicopter carrying them crashed in a forest just outside Nairobi. The cause of the crash is not yet known. Saitoti had served as vice president for 13 years. "It's a sad day for Kenya," says a Cabinet minister. "We could have avoided this accident with better equipment."