President Museveni Tuesday joined thousands of Kenyans and other mourners to celebrate the life of President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.
President Museveni said he dealt with Moi from the time his National Resistance Movement came into power in 1986 and has known him, over the years, to be a patriot who truly loved his country and the East African region.
The Ugandan leader recounted how Mzee Moi helped resolve a diplomatic tiff between Kenya and Uganda during his early days in leadership saying Mzee Moi had a forgiving heart and was always ready to reconcile with those with whom he had differences.
“In Africa, leaders are like doctors. You must properly diagnose what ails your country lest it stays in perpetual trouble. Presidents Moi and Jomo Kenyatta did a good diagnostic job, explaining why Kenya has been stable.”
Museveni said this is exemplified in Moi’s decision in 1964 to fold his KADU party and join KANU.
This was patriotic and set a base for unity for Kenya and its sustained peace and stability.
President Moi was a true East African, Museveni noted.
He did not only work for the political and economic integration of the region but had a real emotional attachment to it.
“On several occasions he asked me to let him visit places in Uganda that he felt attached to.”
“I also remember him as a very conciliatory person. In 1987, when some troublemakers misled him to close the border with Uganda, he was open to talks. We met in Teso, Kenya, resolve the issues and worked closely.”
He added: “On my own behalf and that of Ugandans, I therefore send my condolences to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Moi family, Kenya and the region upon loss of this icon. May his soul rest in peace.”