Kenya Former President Daniel Moi is dead
Former President Daniel Moi is dead NAIROBI, KENYA: Kenyan president, Daniel Arap Moi, waves to the crowd while he enters in the National Stadium to celebrates Moi's day in Nairobi Kenya 10 October, 2001. Moi has been heading Kenya for 23 years. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images) Former President Daniel Moi is dead The announcement on Moi’s death was made on Tuesday morning by President Uhuru Kenyatta. “Moi has been at the Nairobi Hospital since October 2019 and had not left the facility until his demise,” his Press Secretary Lee Njiru confirmed. Njiru said the hospital wing where Moi was had been turned into a nursing home where medics attended to the retired president round the clock. Njiru said he had seen a steady decline in Moi’s health over the last three years: from using a walking stick to being confined to a wheelchair. Mr. Moi has been in and out of hospital for several years though he enjoyed good health during and after his presidency. He underwent a knee surgery at the Aga Khan Hospital in January 2017 after he developed complications following a road accident in 2006. In March 2018, his son Gideon and personal physician Dr. David Silverstein accompanied him to Israel for what they said was a routine checkup on the operated knee. Later that year, the former President was admitted to the Nairobi Hospital for another checkup. In October 2019, there were reports that Mr. Moi had been admitted to the same hospital though his Press Secretary denied the claims. Despite his health concerns over the last few years, the ‘professor of politics’ would still receive visitors at his Kabarak home: mostly politicians. They included Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Salva Kiir (South Sudan), former PM Raila Odinga, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and even Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) boss Francis Atwoli. Conspicuously absent from the list was Deputy President William Ruto who in May 2018 was reported to have waited for two hours to meet Mr. Moi but did not. This despite having had close ties to the former President when he served as Secretary General of the then ruling political party KANU, as Assistant Minister in the Office of the President and later as Home Affairs Minister. However on May 4, 2018, it seemed clear to all and sundry that their relationship had remained in the past as his visit to Kabarak was not to be.