World Mourns Kenya’s Former President Moi
MOMBASA, 4 February 2020 – It is a sad day this morning when the world learnt of the passing on of one of African Great Statesmen, longest serving president and a man respected world over. The announcement was made in a presidential proclamation by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Mzee passed away at night while receiving treatment at the Nairobi Hospital in Nairobi.
“It is with profound sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of a Great African Statesman, H.E. Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, the Second President of the Republic of Kenya. His Excellency the Former President passed on at the Nairobi Hospital on the early morning of this 4th February, 2020; in the presence of his family,” president Kenyatta said in a statement.
At 95, Mzee Moi was one of the oldest retired presidents in the continent with a legacy that will live well beyond his time. Over the last few months, Mzee Moi was in and out of hospital for medical checkups among other treatments. Even in his last months, he would still receive many prominent politicians on matters of politics and national unity. Many of these politicians shared widely their meetings and outcome of it.
A former teacher in training, born in Sacho, he rose the ranks in the party to become a long serving Vice President, Acting President and the Second President following the death of the then President Jomo Kenyatta. He was the self-declared ‘Professor of Politics’ at the time when Kenya was a one party state. His legacy includes the introduction of Nyayo School Milk, the 8-4-4 education system, the end of one party to multiparty system. He led Kenya for 24 years from August 22, 1978 to 2002 when he handed over to Mwai Kibaki.
The late Moi’s motto was Peace, Love and Unity.