African leaders mourn longest serving Kenyan President, Daniel arap Moi who dies aged 95
London, Feb. 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)– Tanzanian President John Magufuli has led African leaders in mourning former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi who passed on Tuesday morning at Nairobi Hospital.
President Uhuru Kenyatta announced his death, saying the nation had lost a “great man”.
Mr Moi was Kenya’s longest-serving president. He was in office for 24 years, until intense pressure forced him to step down in 2002.
“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.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni described Moi as a leader who maintained stability in Kenya after the death of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and was always passionate about the East African regional integration.
“He had an orientation towards Africa as opposed to Europe as most leaders of his time,” said Museveni.
Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye also mourned the former president.
“From humble beginnings and with a humble, submissive demeanour. President Moi emerged to become a skilful statesman! His main legacy is affording Kenya a peaceful transition to another leader. Can now rest in peace,” he said on his official social media handle
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted: “I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of former Kenyan President H.E. Daniel arap Moi who passed away today. May his soul Rest In Peace.”
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza also sent his message of condolence to the family of the former president.
“On behalf of the People of Burundi and on my own behalf, I join the Kenyans and all African well wishers in expressing sympathy to the family of His Excellency Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, former President of the Republic of Kenya, following his demise,” Nkurunziza tweeted.
Igad Executive secretary Workneh Gebeyu eulogised Mr Moi as one of Igad founders, noting that the organisation will forever be indebted to him for his valuable contribution to the region.
Regional body East African Business Council (EABC) extolled Moi as one of the key figures in the re-birth of the East African Community (EAC).
“His passing is a great loss to the people of East Africa and the business community in the region. He remains strong in our hearts and it’s our duty to keep his vision of a borderless East Africa alive; for the economic growth and prosperity of our beloved East African Community,” EABC said in a statement.
Kenya has declared an indefinite period of national mourning following the death of the country’s longest serving ruler Daniel arap Moi.
The country will observe a period of national mourning from Tuesday until the day of his funeral, which has not been set.
Mr Moi will be accorded a state funeral, with all appropriate civilian and full military honours being observed.
President Kenyatta also ordered that flags be flown at half-mast “as an expression of public sorrow” from Tuesday until sunset on the day of Mr Moi’s burial.
A local newspaper has tweeted that Kenya’s former President Daniel arap Moi will be buried on 12 February at his rural home in Kabarak in the Rift Valley.
A funeral service will be held on the previous day, it says.