Former President Daniel Arap Moi has passed on at the age of 95
Making the announcement in a presidential proclamation, President Uhuru Kenyatta said,
“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,”
The retired president came to power after the death of the nation’s founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta in 1978
As he took over from Jomo Kenyatta, Mzee Moi promised to follow the footsteps of his mentor and predecessor through the famous Nyayo slogan.
During his 24 year rule, Moi presided over critical changes in various sectors like education, health, infrastructure, and tourism.
Despite being a president and a famous figure, there are several things that Kenyans did not know about the late president.
- He never took alcoholic drinks
- He has a photographic memory. He would call PCs and DCs without referring to any phone book
- He would also take porridge or tea with boiled green maize for his breakfast
- He was a teacher by profession
- His middle name Toroitich means “welcome home the cattle.”
- He has died as staunch Christian and a member of the African inland Church
- The colonial government withheld his chance to join the Alliance high school in 1945. He then joined Tambach TTC
- He used to spend over 10 million shillings on charity annually