The entire nation of Kenya has been thrown into mourning following the death of the country’s former President, Daniel arap Moi, who died at the early hours of Feb 4, 2020, at a hospital in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Daniel Arap Moi who was constitutionally barred from extending his stay in office stepped down as Kenya president in 2002.
Meanwhile, the late President was seen as an authoritarian ruler by some critics. He was in power for 24 years before he was barred from extending his stay in office. Should the country had allowed him, probably he would be in power till death. Whereas, those who had sworn their allegiance to him hail the late leader for maintaining stability in Kenya.
The incumbent Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed the death news of the former president. Kenyatta announced the news to citizens of the country. He joined millions of Kenyans to mourn the death of the former president.
In his speech:
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.”
Reasonably, President Kenyatta announced the national mourning of the nation’s former president until a state burial is done.
Daniel arap Moi was born on the 2nd of September 1924. He served as the country’s Home Affairs Minister from 1964 – 1967. Subsequently, he became the vice-president from 1967-1978. Daniel arap Moi became president after the death of President Mzee Homo Kenyatta in 1978.