Leaders mourn the death of former Kenyan President Moi

FILE: Daniel arap Moi raises his baton to salute Kenyans during the 34th independence day celebrations in Nairobi,Kenya, on December 12,1997. PHOTO/Reuters

Leaders from across Africa and the world sent their condolences following the death of former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi at a hospital in the capital Nairobi early on Tuesday.

Moi was Kenya’s second president and ruled the country between 1978 when he succeeded the late President Jomo Kenyatta, and 2002, when he stepped down.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli said the country will remember him for his efforts to improve bilateral relations between Kenya and Tanzania and the revival of the East African Community.

The Speaker of Uganda’s parliament Rebecca Kadaga echoed Magufuli’s sentiments noting Moi’s efforts in reviving the EAC and providing a sanctuary for Ugandans during times of political upheaval.

“During his Presidency, which spanned from 1978 to 2002, Uganda went through throes of political instability. Over the period, Uganda witnessed seven regime changes. Many Ugandans fled and found refuge in Kenya,” Kadaga said in a statement.

“We salute Mzee Moi for having been a good neighbour and provided sanctuary for several Ugandans whose lives were in grave danger. And above all, we salute him for enhancing trade and political co-existence between our two nations,” she concluded.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza also sent their messages of condolence.

Patricia Scotland, secretary-general of the Commonwealth, of which Kenya is a member, also mourned the death of the former president.

“I’m saddened to hear about the passing away of H.E. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, the second President of the Republic of Kenya and a friend of the Commonwealth. On behalf of the Commonwealth family, I extend my deepest condolences to his family and to the people of Kenya.”