Retired President Daniel Moi registers for Huduma Namba as Kenyans rush to beat tomorrow's deadline.

Better state funeral.

This is actually funny, you are trying to insinuate that moi actually tried running an economy :D:Dand he just dint loot, okay then.
Also, you are trying to insinuate that he made us love one another and we sat around singing kumbaya like their weren’t state sanctioned killings of certain tribes in RV.

What I will say is running a newly independent country isnt easy.

I dont condone alot of the stuff he did. But in the end he did keep the country together and pass on the mantle to the next leader. And lets not forget kenya is still the biggest economy in east and central africa.

Kenya as a country will have its missteps. Practically every young country does.

By Miguna Miguna*
December 19, 2009

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For a former bare-feet goat herder and son of poor peasants to have risen from rags to become the president of Kenya in a short period of 15 years, Daniel Teroitich arap Moi was either a genius or a beneficiary of the most intricate historical conspiracy of all times. For starters, Moi never went beyond the colonial grade four. That is not the stage in any educational system where anyone learns about theories, principles or political philosophies. At grade four, they do not teach human psychology or social order. In fact, going by my own experience in rural Kenya, they didn’t even start teaching English properly until grade six. Even in today’s virtual age of technology and communications, grade four pupils can hardly comprehend how the world works. So, the fact that Moi can scatter comprehensible English syllables is a feat to marvel.

This is particularly the case when one considers that Moi was an elementary school teacher in the Rift Valley before joining politics. And coming from a tiny Tugen community, Moi shouldn’t have had a fighting chance even within the wider Kalenjin communities. After all, at one time or the other, he had able challengers from the Kalenjin communities with solid educational backgrounds like Jean Marie Seroney and Dr. Taita Towett.

The climb was sharp and steep. It was also difficult and tortuous. Moi started off as a Kenya African Democratic Union (Kadu) politician. Unlike the nationalist Kanu, Kadu was financed and used by the British colonialists as a means to undermine the independence movement. Kadu purported to represent “smaller” communities in Kenya; those who “feared” that the bigger communities like the Luo and Kikuyu would dominate them if self-governance was achieved by Africans.

After political independence, Moi lingered on in Kadu until the party was disbanded. Then, he joined Kanu and became Jomo Kenyatta’s loyalist. And within three years, Moi became the third vice-president of Kenya, having taken over from Joseph Murumbi who had succeeded Jaramogi Oginga Odinga but suddenly resigned due to disagreements with Kenyatta. Both Jaramogi and Murumbi quit over ideological differences with Kenyatta. However, Moi had no strong philosophical convictions and beliefs. What he fully understood and practiced was the politics of survival.

No amount of inconveniences and roadblocks the Kiambu Mafia constructed in his path to stardom could stop Moi. He either gingerly circumvented or persevered through them. Along the way, he used the opportunities and privileges closeness to power accorded him to acquire wealth and retain a small loyal team that he could rely on. Charles Njonjo and Simeon Nyachae fall under this category. So that when Kenyatta eventually died in 1978, Moi was able, through a mixture of luck and circumstance, to assume power.

Like a true genius, Moi used the aborted 1982 coup attempt to consolidate power and crash perceived or real threats. Soon all political parties except Kanu were banned and opponents detained, exiled, killed or reduced to penury. Moi increasingly used his power to extend control over the economy, social and cultural spheres. “Tawala Kenya” and “Nyayo” songs were pervasive on the airwaves. Print media fell under the Nyayo spell. Before long, Moi and his coterie focused on public land as a theatre for control and a source of personal wealth. Loyal politicians, senior army officers, diplomats and political fixers were rewarded with public land. In the process, forests, public toilets, roads – name it – were invaded, occupied and converted into personal property by the politically well-connected.

That is the origin of Kiptagich tea estate. Kiptagich is a massive tea estate with a modern factory located within the Mau forest water tower. It covers more than 5,000 acres. The tea estate is in public land. Apparently, Kiptagich “belongs” to former President Moi. Public records disclose that Moi never paid a dime for the land; never invested a penny to clear it; never spent anything to buy seedlings; and never purchased the factory equipment. In other words, the land, tea plantation and infrastructural developments belong to the public. It means that Moi has been extracting hundreds of millions of profits annually from a public asset without guilt. There are rumous that Kiptagich owes Kenyans billions of Shillings in unpaid taxes, workers paid from public coffers and Ministry of Works tractors working in the farm without payment to the government.

Understandably, Kiptagich is very close to Moi’s heart. He loves the farm and factory. They are his cash cow, so to speak. Any inkling that Kiptagich might be repossessed by the people of Kenya makes Moi not just nervous but violently confrontational. Yet no one – not even Moi - has claimed that he purchased the land or that it isn’t on the Mau forest complex. Moi and his supporters have not indicated that the proceeds from the tea estate are being donated to charity or used in the public interest. If Moi bought the land, he has not stated from whom and for how much. However, if he simply took the forest land when he was President, he must still explain to us why he did so. Kenyans are also interested to know why he deserves compensation of Sh 760 million for public land he has been unlawfully profiting from.

After Moi has produced credible answers on the Kiptagich tea estate, we should also ask him a follow-up question on how he acquired Kabarak University. Later, we will seek explanations from the intractable genius about the construction and use of Nyayo House torture chambers.

*The writer is a Barrister & Solicitor in Canada & Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He is also the Advisor of the Prime Minister on Coalition Affairs & Joint Secretary for the Permanent Committee on the Management of Grand Coalition Affairs.

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Ukweli ukijitokeza uongo hujitenga…vibaraka wa Moi wanakazi kubwa ya kutetea huu upuzi.
I think Miguna is now living up to the expectations of what many had hoped for…Start calling these fools out bila kuficha kisha tuone kama watajitetea.

Hehe, when Moi took over, 15 years after independence, Kenya was still a newly independent country? Okay.

That’s the average Kenyan for you. Always happy to defend mediocrity or outright incompetence.

True. Like, seriously.

You mean, you will never have the influence Moi had? Ningekutoanisha but realized you maybe drunk.

patieni baba moi heshima zake

My fren, its not a matter of defending mediocrity, but seeing the state as an entity that will long outlive you or me or former president moi.

15yrs is not a long time in the life of a man. Now, in the life of a state, 15yrs is like the blink of an eye. Countries like Britain have been around for like a thousand years. Na bado ziko.

I am not defending moi or his deeds. I am only seeing his presidency in the context that in his time when very few Africans were highly educated. But the truth is, out of these educated Africans, fewer still were in a position of power. Its obvious that one of these Africans would have to lead us. My argument is that as a product of his time, he didnt do too badly.

You cannot look back now that independence is here and say that all these people who came before you were mediocre simply because they lacked the opportunities you have today to be educated and therefore see them in a different light. They did what they could, fought with what they had, so that we could have a better future, Just like we should do what we can for the generation after us to have a better place in the world because remember Africa is still the poorest continent but prospects for the future are looking good.

Lets look at the Maji Maji rebellion. Were these people stupid or did they fight with all they had? Would we say (in our time) that it was a ridiculously stupid way to fight? Was it really? That fight was fought with what they knew and in the process advanced our thinking to a better way to fight for our rights. We probably wouldnt be in this position today if they did not fight.

Moi came from a time when Africans were almost never educated. Kibaki was I think the only educated guy in his family. These guys came from a time when their fathers were laughed at for taking their kids to school rather than them tending to livestock. Kenya in 1978 had to choose from such characters to lead them.

I think many Kenyans are so used to mediocrity that actually expecting a government to do anything but steal and do things right is beyond their imagination they simply can’t fathom it.

:D:D:D Moi was able to steal 100s of billions of shillings, set up different companies in different countries to siphon money, buy 10,000 acres in Australia, buy property in the UK worth millions of pounds…but yet he was too uneducated to use all that money to develop the country??? Okay theno_Oo_Oo_O

true, kila mtu anachungulia kaburi