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Mzee Moi eulogised as Pan-africanist peacemaker

Caimile

Feb. 11, 2020

NAIROBI, 11 February 2020, (PSCU) — 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.
The mourners led by President Uhuru Kenyatta were joined by African Heads of State and Government and delegations from across the world signifying the high regard in which Mzee 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.
Others were special representatives of many nations including Namibia, United Kingdom, Qatar as well as foreign envoys based in Nairobi.
The visiting Heads of State and Government were given an opportunity to view the body of Mzee Moi and pay their final respects to the longserving Kenyan leader.
Before arriving at Nyayo National Stadium, the funeral procession went to State House, Nairobi where Mzee’s body was received by President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in a rare military tradition.
President Kenyatta and the other leaders who addressed the mourners said the former President was a peacemaker and a patriotic son of Africa.
“As an avid Peacemaker, Statesman, Pan-Africanist and Champion for a more United and Just world, Mzee Moi spearheaded a number of initiatives that brought lasting peace within our region and beyond,” said President Kenyatta.
“The People of Uganda, the Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, can all testify to the peace and diplomacy initiatives brought under the stewardship of Mzee Moi,” added the President.
President Kenyatta said Mzee Moi brought peace and stability to many nations through the contributions Kenya made through peacekeeping.
“Mzee Moi saw our Defence Forces not merely as an Organ for defending Kenya, but also as a powerful force for good that could contribute to protecting the most vulnerable of humanity from the ravages of civil war and strife,” he said.
The Head of State said the second president of the nation will be remembered for guiding Kenya into political maturity, noting that it was under his rule that Kenya reintroduced multiparty democracy.
President Kenyatta said Mzee Moi sealed his credentials as a true statesman when he oversaw a smooth transition of power in 2002 when his party KANU lost power.
“In doing so, not only did the Second President set a first that continues to be the benchmark to this very day, he also elevated his stature to that of a great patriot and statesman,” said President Kenyatta.
He said even though Mzee Moi has passed on, his legacy will live in each and every Kenyan.
“Indeed, we come, not so much to mourn the passing of a man but to celebrate the life of a Giant of history,” the President said.
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