Reports have emerged that former Kenyan authoritarian leader, Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi is dead. His death is said to have occurred in the early hours of today, February 4, at Nairobi Hospital, he was aged 95 years when he died this morning.
Recall that between 1964 & 1964, Arap Moi was Kenya’s home affairs minister, and in 1967, he became vice-president to President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, a position he held until 1978 when he was sworn in as president following the death of Jomo Kenyatta.
During his 24 years reign as president of Kenya, his rule was authoritarian, crushing every opposition with ruthless force.
In 2002, Moi was constitutionally forced to step down as president and thereafter barred from running for any public office.
Announcing the death of Moi to the world, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s statement said,
“It is with profound sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of a Great African Statesman, the Second President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.
“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.”