Kenya: Moi Mourns His Son As 'Down to Earth and Peace Loving'

Some of former President Daniel arap Moi's family members wait for the start of Jonathan Moi's burial service at Kabarak University on April 27, 2019.

Nairobi — Kenya's second President Daniel arap Moi eulogized his son Jonathan, who succumbed to cancer last week, as a man who was down to earth and peace loving.

In a eulogy delivered on by his behalf by his last born son Gideon, who is also the Baringo Senator, the retired president noted that Jonathan who is was a celebrated rally ace and accomplished wheat farmer was always a humble man.

"As we celebrate the life of Jonathan Toroitich Moi, I stand before you today not as a former president, but as a father who is grieving the loss of his son," the former president said.

To many, he said, he was Jonathan, to others JT, to others simply a rally driver, to others Mheshimiwa (honourable), "but to me he was always my son."

The eulogy was read out by Gideon at a packed funeral service held at Kabarak University, and which was attended by a host of leaders among them Deputy President William Ruto, Chief Justice David Maraga, Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka and ANC Leader Musalia Mudavadi among others.

Ruto in his condolence message assured the family that the government will stand with them always.

President Uhuru Kenyatta's condolence message was read out by his brother Muhoho, who described the Moi family as "our close friends."

"We have associated with this family for a very long time and we continue to do because they are our close friends," he said.

Ruto urged counties to sensitize locals on the need for cancer screening in the wake of increased deaths.

"Most Kenyans die of cancer because it is usually discovered when it is too late and that is why we are encouraging everyone to always get screened for early detection," he said.

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