New York (CABNCTV) – H.E President Uhuru Kenyata officially announced the death of Ex-President Arap Moi. In his announcement, President Kenyata says “the nation had lost a great man”.
Late President Moi was kenya’s longest-serving president, he ruled for 24 years until fierce pressure that forced him to step down in 2002. In 2004, Mr Moi asked for forgiveness from “those he had wronged”.
He ruled over a one-party state from 1978 until 1991, when he was forced to adopt a multi-party system of government following mass protests and diplomatic pressure from Western powers. In office, he was feared and admired in equal measure, and was accused of human rights abuses.
Constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office, he agreed to a peaceful transfer of power to Kenya’s third President, Mwai Kibaki, in 2002. He was a more populist politician than Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta and his legacy was tarnished by economic stagnation and accusations of corruption. (BBC)