On February 4, 2020, Kenya’s longest serving President Daniel arap Moi died at the age of 95 after spending over three months in hospital.
Immediately after the demise of the man who ruled Kenya for 24 years, condolences and memories of those who knew Daniel Moi, met him, worked with him and even those who only heard or read about him filled newspapers,televisions and social media sites.
He was eulogised as an icon by some.
Others could however, not forget the brutality meted on Kenyans who contradicted with his opinion during the 24 years reign and had few, if any kind words for Nyayo as he was popularly known.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga who was among top leaders to eulogise him, having been a victim of Nyayo torture chambers in 1980s said,
just like Daniel Moi, he believed in forgiveness and thus had forgiven Kenya’s second president for the brutality he faced under his reign.
Moi’s family had every good word for the patriarch who rose from being a P1 teacher to rule Kenya and outwitted political professors at their own game.
Notably, during Moi’s State burial on February 12, at his Kabarak home, all his children were handed a bible.
Retired African Inland Church (AIC) Bishop Silas Yego who was a close friend and spiritual mentor of Moi said the late Mzee had instructed him to hand over the bibles to all his children as a reminder for them to love God.
Moi was a renowned AIC faithful during his childhood, political and post politics days.
“Mzee’s last wish was for all his children and grandchildren to love God. He told me to ensure all his sons and daughters were given bibles. His favourite verse was Galatians 2:20. Every time we had fellowship he referred to the verse which symbolised his salvation,” Yego said.
To immortalise Moi’s spiritual life, his family inscribed this favourite verse on his epitaph.
Here is what the inscriptions on the flat tombstone read:
“In Loving Memory of His Excellency Daniel Toroitich arap Moi 2nd September 1924 to 4th February 2020. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20.”
The family which announced it will be mourning Moi for 40 days also described Moi as a statesman in further writings on the grave.
“Fare Thee Well World Statesman, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Kinsman and Friend of many worldwide,” read
further inscriptions on the grave top.
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi who was Mzee’s last born son and who was announced as heir to the late president said his father’s demise
was overwhelming but support from friends who were visiting them had enabled them to stand firm during the trying moments.
The Senator echoed Yego’s sentiments saying his father had urged him to love God because that was the only way they would meet in
“He told me and my siblings to love God. His message was that we should not fail to meet in heaven which is only achievable
by knowing and loving God. Knowing that our dad rested in the Lord is encouraging even during this time of grief,” Gideon explained.