President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, 12 February 2020, led Kenyans in bidding farewell to Mzee Daniel Toroitich arap Moi who was laid to rest at his Kabarak home in Nakuru County.
The former President’s body was lowered to the grave at 4.30pm to mark the end of a sequence of elaborate state funeral rites as the Kenya Defence Forces fired 19 cannons in honour of the man who led the country for 24 years. KDF fighter jets performed a flypast as the cannons were fired.
The family of Mzee Moi gave profound tributes to their father and grandfather through poems and tributes by his children and grandchildren led by his sons Raymond, Phillip and Gideon.
President Uhuru Kenyatta while addressing thousands of mourners at Kabarak University grounds where the funeral service was held, said he considered Mzee Moi a father, a teacher and a mentor who was close to the Kenyatta family since the passing away of Kenya’s founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
“We shall miss him and the greatest gift that we can give him is to emulate him in the things that we do every day. May the Almighty God give this giant of Africa eternal rest and peace until we meet again,” He eulogized.
The head of state added that the Government will work with the family of the late former President to ensure projects initiated by Mzee Moi including a referral hospital in Kabarak are completed.
Deputy President William Ruto during his speech said Mzee Moi will forever be remembered for his passion for education that saw him expand access to education for all Kenyans. He further gave credits to Mzee Moi for making the Kenya Defence Forces the most professional disciplined force on the continent.
Dr Ruto said “Kenya today prides itself as having one of the best work force because Mzee Moi invested in education to give Kenya the most educated human resource not only in East Africa but also on the continent.”
Other speakers of the day who Eulogized Mzee Moi were opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula who all described him as an discerning leader who loved his country.
Rest in Peace Mzee.
By: Linzer Kibebe