A former President, who ruled Kenya with an iron fist for two decades as the East African country’s second President, Mr Daniel Arap Moi is dead.
The death of Mr Moi, who died at the age of 95 was announced by the office of the current President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.
President Kenyatta said: “It is with profound sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of a great African statesman, Arap Moi, the second president of the Republic of Kenya. “The former president passed on at the Nairobi Hospital in the wee hours of Feb. 4, in the presence of his family.”
The present Kenya President has announced a period of national mourning from Tuesday until the day of his funeral, noting that the former President will be laid to rest in a state funeral, with all appropriate civilian and full military honours.
His son, Mr Gideon Moi, said his father passed away peacefully and that the families had accepted it. “I give my heartfelt gratitude to all Kenyans,” he said.
Mr Moi was in Office from 1978 to 2002; he served as vice-president under Kenya’s first post-independence President, Jomo Kenyatta, before taking over the top post.