(President Uhuru Kenyatta mourning Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has gone all out to give the second President of Kenya the late Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi a befitting send-off.
From the organization of the burial committee to all the events that followed shows that Moi was indeed a father figure to him and a real political mentor. He did everything he could to ensure Moi was and is given a honourable send-off.
Mr Kenyatta surprised Kenyans on Sunday when he drove himself to Nyayo stadium to inspect the ongoing preparation for the Tuesday’s memorial service, a proof that he was personal with this matter. This came a day after he led the country into viewing the body of the late Moi.
On Tuesday, President Kenyatta again surprised the nation when he allowed the funeral procession and the body of Mzee Moi to State House, Nairobi where Moi’s body was received by himself and first lady Margaret Kenyatta in a rare military tradition. The event which was full of pomp, color, coordination, choreography, honour and power, was executed as was planned.
Why Uhuru did all these
Unknown to many, President Moi introduced Uhuru Kenyatta to Politics, gave him the KANU ticket to vie for Gatundu South parliamentary seat in 1997 elections which he lost to Moses Mwihia who vied on Mwai Kibaki’s Liberal Democratic Party.
In 1999 Moi appointed him the chairman of Kenya Tourism Board, where he started working closely with Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru.
Moi then proceeded to nominate him to Parliament in 2001 after the resignation of the late Mark Too and immediately nominated him to be the Minister of Local Government. It’s the same year that he was made the First KANU National Vice Chairman.
In 2002 Moi declared the KANU Presidential candidate. He lost to Mwai Kibaki.
What Moi did to President Uhuru Kenyatta could have informed the words that Uhuru used to mourn him.
First he hailed Moi as a “great son of Kenya, a cherished brother, a loving father, a mentor to many, a father of our nation and a champion of Pan-Africanism.”
Secondly, he termed Moi as an iconic leader who played a role in fighting for Kenya’s independence and spent most of his lifetime in the service of the nation.
Adding, “The sun has set on a truly extraordinary man. A masterful yet thoughtful leader. A suave yet firm diplomat. One who served the nation with dignity and honour. One whose wisdom and diplomatic finesse kept Kenya, both relevant and neutral, even as the whole world was in the grips of the Cold War,”
Thirdly, he described him as a peacemaker and a patriotic son of Africa.
“As an avid Peacemaker, Statesman, Pan-Africanist and Champion for a more United and Just world, Mzee Moi spearheaded a number of initiatives that brought lasting peace within our region and beyond,” he said
He also termed him as a great patriot and statesman.
“We come, not so much to mourn the passing of a man but to celebrate the life of a Giant” he recommended.