Kenya’s second President Daniel Arap Moi, has died.
In a presidential proclamation, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced his passing.
“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.”
Following the death, President Kenyatta ordered that the nation will observe a period of national mourning from today until the day of his funeral.
The former head of state will be accorded a State Funeral, with all appropriate Civilian and Full Military Honours being rendered and observed.
The Flag of the Republic of Kenya shall also be flown at half-mast at State House, State Lodges, all Public Buildings and Public Grounds, all Military Bases, Posts, and Stations, on all Naval Vessels of the Republic of Kenya, and however elsewhere throughout the Republic of Kenya; from dawn on February 4, 2020 Until sunset on the day of the burial.
“Kenya’s national flag shall be flown at half-mast for the same length of time at all High Commissions, Embassies, Consulates, Diplomatic Offices and other facilities of the Republic of Kenya abroad,” ordered the President.
His longest-serving Press Secretary Lee Njiiru has clarified that the deceased was between 102 and 103 years.
“I will confirm this to you, Mzee had told me not to look at his ID card, I want to correct you, Moi was between 102 and 103-years-old not 95-years-old like everyone is saying,” Njiru said.
Moi passed on at the Nairobi Hospital at 5.20AM on Tuesday.
He was served as president for 24 years before handing over the reins of power to Mwai Kibaki.