Kenyan’s Tuesday woke up to news of the demise of retired president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.
It is reported that Moi died at the Nairobi Hospital Tuesday night while undergoing treatment at the facility. Though it is yet to be established as to what led to his death.
For the past few years saw Kenya’s second president’s health deteriorate. Reportedly he has been in and out of hospital on numerous occasions.
According to his spokesman in October 2019, he was admitted and treated for an apparent checkup, and later on, for a couple of occasions was re-admitted a number of times.
He was to turn 96 this year September.
Moi, who went in history books as Kenya’s longest-serving president served the Nation for 24 years.
As Kenyans mourn their fallen leader, condolences messages continue to stream in. Here’s what leaders had to say:
President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned: “My heartfelt condolences to the family of former president Mzee Moi. This is a sad day to the entire republic of Kenya.”
Senator Mutula Kilonzo was not left behind he said: “Rest in peace Mzee Moi. Your contribution to love, peace, and unity are unrivaled. Your patriotism and love for Kenya is unmatched. Your discipline, punctuality unchallenged. The music has ended but the melody lingers on. . .”
While Governor Alfred Mutua mourned, “Rest in Peace Baba Moi. I remember fondly how you used to stop by Toi Primary school nearly every morning when I was only 9 years old & talk to us. You gave us maziwa ya Nyayo & the spirit of Love, Peace & Unity which we now crave for. You were a statesman & patriotic African.”
My condolences to the family and friends of the late Rtd President Moi on his passing on. His greatest gift to kenya’s nascent democracy was the peaceful handover of power after the 2002 elections, a tradition we must maintain,” wrote Kenya’s Iron lady Martha Karua.
Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka stated: