Kenya’s second President Daniel Arap Moi dies aged 95

Kenya longest serving leader who ruled from 1978 to 2002,Daniel Arap Moi is dead at the age of 95 .He died at Nairobi Hospital in the early hours of February 4, 2020. .

Moi had been in and out of the hospital, where he was put on life support machines following recurring medical complications that were tied to his age.

The former school teacher was a close ally of Kenyatta in the run-up to Kenyan independence in 1963. He served as home affairs minister from 1964 – 1967. He became the country’s vice-president from 1967 to 1978, and succeeded President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta 1978 following the latter’s death.

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,”

Kenyatta directed that the Kenyan national flag shall be flown at half-mast for the same length of time at all high commissions, embassies, consulates, diplomatic offices and other facilities of Kenya abroad.

Moi, was Kenya’s second president, he was a leader in the struggle for Kenya’s independence and an ardent Pan-Africanist.

Moi was praised for keeping Kenya a relative haven of peace during a chaotic period in east Africa which saw the genocide in Rwanda and civil wars in Burundi and Somalia.

during his adminstration,Corruption, especially the illegal allocation of land, became institutionalised, the report said, while economic power was centralized in the hands of a few.

In 1982, Moi’s government pushed a constitutional amendment through Parliament that made Kenya effectively a one-party state.

Source: aljazeera.com

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