Tens of thousands of Kenyans thronged the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi where the state funeral service of Kenya’s second President and iconic leader Mzee Daniel Toroitich arap Moi was held.
President Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Salva Kiir (South Sudan), Omar Hassan Guelleh (Djibouti), Brahim Ghali (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic), Sahle Work-Zewde (Ethiopia) and Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were among the leaders who attended the funeral service.
President Guelleh said Moi was an outstanding Panafricanist and was the founding father of intergovernmental agency for development (IGAD).
President Kagame also described Moi as a peace loving leader while former Tanzanian Presidents Benjamin Mkapa and Jakaya Kikwete eulogised Mzee Moi as a larger than life icon.
“Moi has lived his life, we should live his legacy,” said former President Kikwete.
Former President Mkapa read a condolence message from Tanzanian President John Joseph Pombe Magufuli in which the Tanzanian leader recalled former President Moi’s leading role in the revival of the East African Community.
Deputy President Dr William Ruto described Moi as a genuine leader who was a mentor to many leaders.
“Mzee Moi was a Panafricanist, a great statesman, selfless leader and father of the nation,” Dr Ruto said.
The Deputy President said Moi was always genuine in his actions and always meant to do what is best for the country.
“He was always genuine, always meant the best for Kenya. He was a true nationalist and patriot,” the Deputy President said.
Former Prime Raila Odinga, who was accompanied by his brother Oburu Oginga, said Moi was a forgiving person. He said Moi will be remembered for the good things he did.
Mzee Moi’s family described him as a loving father with Rongai MP Raymond Moi reading an eulogy on behalf of his siblings.
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi also gave his tribute and described the former President as a loving and dedicated father to him and his siblings.
Mzee Moi will be buried tomorrow at his Kabarak home in Nakuru County.