KAMPALA – The speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has revealed that the former President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi played a pivotal role in the revival of the much cherished East African Community (EAC).
The deceased died on Monday, February 3, 2020, and his death was announced on Tuesday morning by President Uhuru Kenyatta who has sent his condolences to the family.
In a statement dated February 4, Kadaga has sent out his condolences to the parliament and the people of Kenya for the loss of their former president.
Acording to Kadaga, Moi has been a friend and a good neighbor to Uganda.
“During his presidency which spanned from 1978 to 2002, Uganda went through many throes of political instability. Over the regime, Uganda went through several regime changes. Many Ugandans flied and found refuge in Kenya,” she said.
She added that, “We salute Mzee Moi for having been a good neighbor and provided sanctuary to many Ugandans whose life was in grave danger. “
Kadaga thanked the deceased for enhancing trade and political co-existence between the two nations. (Uganda and Kenya)
Moi has been in and out of hospital in the past years.
According to Wikipedia, Moi became president as a result of the death of the then president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
Through popular agitation and external pressures, he was forced to allow multiparty elections in 1991; he led his party, KANU, to victory in the 1992 and 1997 elections. Prior to becoming President, he served as the third Vice President of Kenya from 1967 to 1978.
Moi is popularly known to Kenyans as Nyayo, a Swahili word for “footsteps”, as he often said he was following in the footsteps of the first President, Jomo Kenyatta.
He also earned the sobriquet “Professor of Politics” due to his long rule of 24 years, the longest in Kenyan history to date.
At 95, he was currently the oldest living former Kenyan president.