As Kenyans continue to mourn the death Kenya’s Second
President Daniel Torotich Arap Moi, the internet is buzzed with mixed reactions
after his demise.
Moi died at 5.20am in the morning of Monday February 4, 2019.
As condolence messages continue to pour in, the internet was filled with rest
in peace messages and memories of President Moi’s regime.
Kenyans remember fondly maziwa
ya nyayo, which was free milk that kids in primary school enjoyed during
his error. The other thing many remember about him is the KBC news, which
started with news about him.
Besides Moi was a respected leader who was referred to as Mtukufu Rais. Unlike today where
comedians joke about residents and other prominent political leaders, in Moi’s
regime things were different. Insulting the president was a ‘crime’.
Kenyans also remember how Mo would sack ministers whenever he
wanted. When he decided you were out of is government, it was final.
The slogan harambee
was a huge thing among citizens. He would go to rallies and other public forums
and say harambeee! and the people
would reply nyayooo.
Public holidays such as Jamhuri day were a major celebration
in the country. Kenyans would flock Nyayo stadium to listen to the president speak
not forgetting the choirs that praised him through songs.
However, Kenyans also remember the dark moments that
marred Moi’s era. They mention assassinations and the torture that occurred in
Despite that, many Kenyans applaud the fact that during
his presidency, the economy was not in that bad of a shape. Yes, infrastructure
was low standard but Kenyans managed to put food on their tables and the value
of the Kenyan shilling had a good value.