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Retired President Mzee Daniel Toroitich arap Moi Dies at 95

Former president of Kenya, Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, has died aged 95.

The sad news was announced on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 morning through a presidential proclamation by president, Uhuru Kenyatta.

His statement read; “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.”

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The former teacher who became Kenya’s longest-serving president, ruling for 24 years, from 1978 to 2002 transformed the country’s political landscape with his iron-fist rule. He originally served as vice president under the country’s, founding president Jomo Kenyatta, before assuming the presidential role in 1978 after Kenyatta’s demise.

The former president of Kenya Daniel Toroitich arap Moi will forever be remembered for his legacy, encapsulated in the Nyayo Philosophy of ‘Peace, Love and Unity’ which was also his mantra.

Word from Family

During a brief press conference held at Nairobi Hospital on February 4th 2020 morning, Moi’s son Gideon Moi said his father had passed away peacefully. He expressed his family’s gratitude to Kenyans for the prayers they’ve been making for the former president.

” I was by his side, and as a family we have accepted. Mine is just to give my heartfelt gratitude to all Kenyans and non-Kenyans for the prayers and thoughts that they have been giving to Mzee and to our family. Thank you all.” Gideon said.

The former president’s body has been moved to Lee Funeral Home.

Rest in Peace Mzee Moi.

By: Linzer Kibebe

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