Internal Security minister Prof George Saitoti has been appointed as minister for Foreign Affairs in an acting capacity October 28, 2010. President Kibaki has named George Saitoti as Foreign Affairs minister in an acting capacity. Prof Saitoti will handle the new responsibility in addition to his Internal Security docket. "Following consultations with the Right Hon. Prime Minister Raila Odinga, His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki has today appointed Prof. George Saitoti as the acting Minister for Foreign Affairs. "Prof. Saitoti will also continue serving in his current capacity of Minister for Internal Security and Provincial Administration," said a statement from the President's office. Prof Saitoti's appointment came just a day after Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang'ula stepped aside to allow investigations into the saga surrounding the purchase of land for Kenya embassies abroad. Mr Wetang'ula and his permanent secretary Thuita Mwangi left office Wednesday with the message that they would come back stronger after the probe vindicates their names. Parliament's departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations investigation into the purchase or sale of embassies in Japan, Nigeria, Belgium and Pakistan and concluded that some of the transactions were fraudulent, corrupt or irregular. "I will be back," said Mr Wetang'ula "I want to tell Kenyans with a clear conscience that I have this afternoon made the decision to step aside from my responsibility and appointment as minister for Foreign Affairs to give room and pleasure to those who have been tormenting and haunting me for three to four weeks, to give room to the very able arms of investigations to carry out their investigations," he said. Hours after they quit, the House adopted the damning report that recommended that the two officials step aside. Mr Wetang'ula attributed his troubles to the parliamentary committee, whose report he dismissed as laced with malice, rumours, innuendo, conjecture and crafted "in the most unprofessional character".