Museveni Mourns Arap Moi, Credits Him for Championing EAC Integration

Museveni chats with Moi in hospital in Nairobi last year.

President Yoweri Museveni has joined African leaders in mourning the death of former Kenyan President, Daniel Arap Moi.

News of Moi’s death broke on Tuesday morning. He died at the age of 95 from Nairobi Hospital where he had been hospitalized.

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta declared national mourning in honour of the second President of Kenya after Jomo Kenyatta.

Several African Presidents have been pouring out tributes and honoring Moi as an outstanding leader.

Museveni said the news of Moi’s death was saddening.

“I learnt with sadness about the death of Mzee Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, the former president of Kenya”. 

“It is no doubt that Kenya, East Africa and the entire continent has lost a great leader. I first met Mzee Moi in 1979 after the defeat of Amin,” he added.

He described Moi as an icon, and an active East African who supported the East African Community and its integration. 

“Him, Mzee Hassan Mwinyi & myself revived what had become the defunct EAC. My condolences & that of Ugandans to H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, the Moi family and all Kenyans on the passing of this icon”.

In May last year while on a State visit to Kenya, Museveni visited Moi who was hospitalized.

Tanzanian President, John Pombe Magufuli said Moi will be remembered for his remarkable leadership and the effort to strengthen the East African Community relationship.

“On behalf of the Tanzanian government, I pass my heartfelt condolences to the president of Kenya and all Kenyans for loss of the retired president Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi. Tanzanians remember him for his remarkable leadership and the effort to strengthen the East African Community relationship,” he said.

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed and Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza also paid tribute to Moi and condoled with the family.

Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga said; ” To his credit, President Moi gave in to the clamour for change and allowed the country to return to multiparty politics. He was constantly able to ease pressure in the country through incremental reforms”.

Moi was the second President of Kenya from 1978 to 2002. He served as the third Vice President of Kenya from 1967 to 1978.

At the age of 95, he was the oldest living former Kenyan president at the time of his death.A professional teacher, Moi worked as a teacher from 1946 until 1955 when he entered politics. He was elected Member of the Legislative Council for Rift Valley. 

He became Minister of Education in the pre-independence government of 1960–1961.In 1960, Moi founded the Kenya African Democratic Union (KADU) with Ronald Ngala to challenge the Kenya African National Union (KANU) led by Jomo Kenyatta. 

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