Former President Mwai Kibaki eulogised his predecessor President Daniel Arap Moi as a true statesman adding that his commitment to hand over power in peace after two decades as Head of State demonstrated he was a noble person who had his country at heart.
“Daniel Arap Moi’s legacy is deeply etched in the unfolding memoir of our nation. His contribution to the Kenya we all desire is also indelibly tattooed in the annals of our national history,” a statement sent to newsrooms read.
Mr Kibaki served under the patriarch as Vice-President for 10 years, from 1978 to 1988. He was also a health minister from 1988 to 1991, again under President Moi’s reign.
Yesterday, Kibaki praised Mzee Moi saying his mastery of politics of peace helped avert crisis in the country and the region. “Over time, I have had a chance to appreciate the best of Mzee Moi’s statesmanship and skillfulness in the conduct of statecraft both during the blissful and tumultuous moments that Kenya has traversed,” said Kibaki.
“With time, his mastery at thwarting crises became legendary as was his ability to assert state authority. That is largely how Kenya stabilised as a number of countries in the region and continent suffered disruptions and long periods of civil unrest.
“As the political atmosphere in Kenya progressively underwent transformation, so did President Moi. To his credit, it is during his tenure as Head of State when political pluralism was reinstated in Kenya. Clearly, the return of multipartyism has opened up Kenya’s democratic space in ways hitherto unimagined,” he added.
Kibaki added that the deceased was and remained a servant and a person of the people even when he retired.