Kenya’s former President, Daniel Arap Moi dies at 95.

Former President Daniel Arap Moi, an autocratic leader who ruled Kenya country for 24 years has died aged 95. His death was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in a statement aired by the state broadcaster on Tuesday morning. There’s no information on the cause of his death but reports say he’s been in and out of the hospital for months, treating respiratory problems.

A former schoolteacher, Moi happens to be Kenya’s longest-serving leader, ruling the East African country between 1978 and 2002. Moi enjoyed strong support from many Kenyans but was still dubbed a dictator by his critics. He was seen as a uniting figure when he took over the highest office after the death of his boss, President Jomo Kenyatta who died in office in 1978. Moi also succeeded in keeping Kenya relatively stable and worked towards regional security. However, the economy regressed, poverty and corruption deepened under his watch. He blamed the West for bad publicity and the economic hardships many Kenyans had to endure during his rule.

“Our nation and our continent were immensely blessed by the dedication and service of the Late Mzee Moi; who spent almost his entire adult life serving Kenya and Africa,” Uhuru Kenyatta said in his condolence statement. He also ordered flags to be flown at half-mast until the day of Moi’s state funeral.

Richard Ogundiya

Journalist & Techpreneur. Africa, communications and data.

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