Former President Daniel Moi is dead, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced in a presidential proclamation.
“It is with profound sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of a Great African Statesman, H.E. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, the Second President of the Republic of Kenya. His Excellency the Former President passed on at the Nairobi Hospital on the early morning of this 4th February, 2020; in the presence of his family,” president Kenyatta said in a statement.
“His Legacy endures in Kenya even to this day, encapsulated in the Nyayo Philosophy of ‘Peace, Love and Unity’ that was his mantra throughout his tenure as our Head of State and Government.”
He was 95 years old.
His death was also confirmed by his family and press secretary Lee Njiru.
At a brief press conference at Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday morning, his son Gideon Moi said his father passed away peacefully.
He expressed his family’s gratitude to Kenyans for the prayers they’ve been making for the former president.
He passed away at night while receiving treatment at Nairobi Hospital.
Moi was president of Kenya for 24 years before handing over to former president Mwai Kibaki in 2002.
He became president in 1978 following the death of Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta the same year.