Daniel arap Moi
President of Kenya
Daniel arap Moi
Daniel Toroitich arap Moi is a Kenyan politician who was the President of Kenya from 1978 to 2002. Previously, under President Jomo Kenyatta, he was Vice-President from 1967 to 1978; he succeeded Kenyatta as President upon the latter's death. Daniel arap Moi is popularly known to Kenyans as "Nyayo", a Swahili word for "footsteps", as he was said to be following the footsteps of the first Kenyan President, Jomo Kenyatta.
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Taking 'Our' Country Back While Grabbing $%@! and Eating Meat
Huffington Post - 4 months
"When someone shows you who they are the first time, believe them." - Maya Angelou The contentious, vitriolic and unpredictable race for the American presidency mercifully entered its final month this week and the consensus is that November 8, 2016 cannot come sooner! In the race for the Republican Party's nominee, Donald James Trump proved all pundits and prognosticators wrong by emerging victorious, in the process besting more seasoned and better-connected politicians. Unfortunately for the party, the real estate mogul's campaign style, persona and (past) private life have also proved to be as mercurial and more damaging than Wikileaks' expose of the inner workings/deliberations of Hillary Clinton's campaign. Audio tapes recently released provided incontrovertible evidence that Donald J. Trump is a crass, misogynistic sexual predator who actually leers at his own daughter Ivanka! Eeewwww! Similarly, though not as revolting has been WikiLeaks' continued drip-drip-drip o ...
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Ethnic Tensions at Kenya's Universities are Becoming more Violent
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Ishmael Munene, Northern Arizona University There were high hopes for Kenya's public universities after the country gained independence from Britain in 1963. Universities were meant to become instruments of national integration. Sadly, 53 years on, that dream appears well and truly dashed. Ethnic tension is a daily reality on the country's campuses. In November 2015 the Masaai Mara University was closed after students from different ethnic groups clashed in the wake of a campus soccer match. Earlier in the year, Moi University was shut down indefinitely after student leadership elections ended in ethnic clashes. Ethnic consciousness has been a part of Kenya's higher education politics since the first decade of independence. Now it is becoming more intense and violent. A history of government control In 1963, Jomo Kenyatta's new government reconstituted the University of Nairobi as a centre for national development. Its role was to promote national unity and s ...
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Helicopter crash kills Kenyan security minister, 5 others in forest outside capital
Fox News - over 4 years
Kenya's internal security minister was killed with five other people when the police helicopter they were travelling in crashed in a forest near Kenya's capital, officials said Sunday. An anti-corruption crusader said the incident calls into question the government's procurement of airplanes and helicopters for its security forces. Internal Security Minister George Saitoti and his deputy, Orwa Ojode, were among the six killed in the crash, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said. Two pilots and two bodyguards were also killed in the crash, officials said. Kenya's government declared three days of mourning for the deaths of the ministers. The death of Saitoti is a "great tragedy that has befallen our country at this time as we are making elaborate preparations to hold peaceful elections," Prime Minister Raila Odinga said at the scene of the crash, a forest in the city's outskirts. It was not immediately clear what caused the ac ...
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Slowly but Surely, Kenya Cleans Up Judiciary
Voice of America - almost 5 years
Kenyan judges are appearing before the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board, set up under the new constitution to clean up the country’s judiciary -- a process which may unearth, and ultimately resolve, some of the country's long-buried scandals. Kenya’s nine Court of Appeal judges were the first to be put under the microscope starting at the end February.  On April 25, vetting board Chairman Sharad Rao announced that four Court of Appeal judges - Riaga Omollo, Samuel Bosire, Emmanuel O’Kubasu and Joseph Nyamu - were found to be unfit to hold their offices, while the other five were cleared. Part of Bosire and Nyamu’s cases were linked to the so-called Goldenberg scandal of the 1990s, in which the Kenyan government subsidized exports of gold largely smuggled from Congo. Kenya lost an estimated 10 percent of its annual gross domestic product through that corruption. In Omollo’s case, he was accused of being authoritarian, inconsistent and failing to show impartiality under former ...
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Top Kenyan judges declared unfit for office
Al Shahid - almost 5 years
                Nairobi (Alshahid)-Four senior judges in Kenya have been declared unfit for office in a landmark ruling by a new committee investigating the impartiality of the judiciary. Those dismissed include Justice Riaga Omollo, the appeal court’s president. Judge Omolo was the most senior judge at the appeal court before the Supreme Court was created under Kenya’s new constitution, adopted in 2010. “In all of the highly publicized matters, his decisions appeared to lean in favour of an authoritarian repression rather than open up pathways to open democratization,” Board Chairman Sharad Rao, said in a televised session to announce their report. The Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board said the Judges took sides while making rulings that mostly favoured a respressive regime, under former President Daniel Moi. Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Eugene Wamalwa said sacking the judges would help restore public confidence in the courts, a task he sa ...
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4 judges fired on their day in the dock
Capital FM - almost 5 years
The board said its decision was final and not appealable/FILE NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – Kenya’s most senior judge Riaga Omolo is among four judges who have been declared unfit to serve in the Judiciary, following vetting whose outcome was announced on Wednesday. The Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Board has also dismissed Justices Emmanuel O’Kubasu, Samuel Bosire and Joseph Nyamu. Board chairman Sharad Rao said they found that Justice Omolo was guilty of authoritarianism on the Bench and inconsistency in his judgements of political cases. He also failed to show impartiality during the government of former president Daniel arap Moi. One of the cases cited by the Board involved an election petition filed by Kenneth Matiba against Moi after Kenya’s first multi party election of 1992. The judge, according to the Board, castigated Matiba who was paralysed and was unable to sign the election petition papers. “He castigated the petitioner in an ungenerous, uncalled for manner th ...
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Raila not different from Moi – Ruto - Capital FM Kenya
Google News - over 5 years
He said Mr Odinga was not, in anyway, different from such leaders as former President Daniel Moi who rewarded his sycophants by giving them ministerial positions previously held by those he perceived disloyal. In an apparent reference to the
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Kenya in a Dilemma Over Women Representation - The Women's International Perspective
Google News - over 5 years
Former President Daniel Moi recently said that Women should “not have special seats reserved fro them but should join other people in competing for the sets.” Various women groups and rights activists have proposed a formular of dividing the 290
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Reshuffle That Never Was Stokes ODM Wars - Middle East North Africa Financial Network
Google News - over 5 years
Mr Ruto is also battling a quiet campaign by some leaders from his home turf who include retired President Daniel Moi and his son Gideon, Kanu secretary general Nick Salat and powerful former minister Nicholas Biwott. Mr Biwott is upbeat that his
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Damage to habitat over time has led to the hunger of today - Daily Nation
Google News - over 5 years
Daniel Moi was now at the helm. Initially, the grand old man was sensitive to the environment. But he also mad a curious directive; he outlawed transportation of charcoal which, in essence, meant that people were free to burn charcoal but not free to
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Candidates Must Heed President Kibaki's Advice [opinion] - Middle East North Africa Financial Network
Google News - over 5 years
Many have claimed that Kanu and Daniel Moi actually rigged the 1992 elections. Moi probably did what every other incumbent could have done, but no politician should deny that FORD - as the Americans would say, internally 'screwed' itself up!
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Kibaki: Kenya fully recognizes South Sudan - Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
Google News - over 5 years
The Kenyan delegation includes the Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, former President Daniel Moi, several Cabinet ministers, Members of Parliament and senior Government officials
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Daniel arap Moi
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 82
    On 31 August 2007, WikiLeaks published a secret report that laid bare a web of shell companies, secret trusts and frontmen that his entourage had used to funnel hundreds of millions of pounds into nearly 30 countries.
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    On 28 August 2007, Moi announced his support for Kibaki's re-election and said that he would campaign for Kibaki.
    More Details Hide Details He sharply criticised the two opposition Orange Democratic Movement factions, arguing that they were tribal in nature.
    At the time, the Kenyan press speculated that Moi and Kibaki were planning an alliance ahead of the December 2007 election.
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    On 25 July 2007, Kibaki appointed Moi as special peace envoy to Sudan, referring to Moi's "vast experience and knowledge of African affairs" and "his stature as an elder statesman".
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  • 2005
    Age 80
    In his capacity as peace envoy, Moi's primary task was to help secure peace in southern Sudan, where an agreement, signed in early 2005, was being implemented.
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    After the proposal was defeated in a November 2005 constitutional referendum, President Kibaki called President Moi to arrange for a meeting to discuss the way forward.
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    He spoke out against a proposal for a new constitution in 2005; according to Moi, the document was contrary to the aspirations of the Kenyan people.
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  • 2003
    Age 78
    Some of the evidence of these torture cells was eventually to be exposed in 2003 after Mwai Kibaki became President.
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  • 2002
    Age 77
    After leaving office in December 2002, Moi lived in retirement, largely shunned by the political establishment.
    More Details Hide Details However, he still retained some popularity with the masses, and his presence never failed to gather a crowd.
    Mwai Kibaki was elected President by a two to one majority over Kenyatta, which was confirmed on 29 December 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Kibaki was then wheelchair bound, having narrowly escaped death in a road traffic accident on the campaign trail. Moi handed over power in a poorly organised ceremony that had one of the largest crowds ever seen in Nairobi in attendance. The crowd was openly hostile to Moi.
    Moi was constitutionally barred from running in the 2002 presidential elections.
    More Details Hide Details Some of his supporters floated the idea of amending the constitution to allow him to run for a third term, but Moi preferred to retire, choosing Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's first President, as his successor.
  • 1992
    Age 67
    Moi won elections in 1992 and 1997, which were marred by political violence on both sides.
    More Details Hide Details Moi skilfully exploited Kenya's mix of ethnic tensions in these contests, especially smaller tribes' ever-present fear of domination by the larger tribes. In the absence of an effective and organised opposition, Moi had no difficulty in winning. Although it is also suspected that electoral fraud may have occurred, the key to his victory in both elections was a divided opposition. In 1999 the findings of NGOs like Amnesty International and a special investigation by the United Nations were published which indicated that human rights abuses were prevalent in Kenya under the Moi regime. Reporting on corruption and human rights abuses by British reporter Mary Anne Fitzgerald from 1987–88 resulted in her being vilified by the government and finally deported. Moi was implicated in the 1990s Goldenberg scandal and subsequent cover-ups, where the Kenyan government subsidised exports of gold far in excess of the foreign currency earnings of exporters. In this case, the gold was smuggled from Congo, as Kenya has negligible gold reserves. The Goldenberg scandal cost Kenya the equivalent of more than 10% of the country's annual GDP.
  • 1991
    Age 66
    Moi managed to accomplish this against fierce opposition, single-handedly convincing the delegates at the KANU conference at Kasarani in December 1991.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 54
    Moi owns the Kiptagich Tea Factory, established in 1979, which has been involved in controversy.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009 the factory was under threat of being closed down by the government during the Mau Forest evictions.
  • 1978
    Age 53
    When Jomo Kenyatta died on 22 August 1978, Moi succeeded him.
    More Details Hide Details He was popular, with widespread support all over the country. He toured the country and came into contact with the people everywhere, which was in great contrast to Kenyatta's imperial style of governing behind closed doors. However, political realities dictated that he would continue to be beholden to the Kenyatta system which he had inherited intact, including the nearly dictatorial powers vested in the presidency. Despite his popularity, Moi was still too weak to consolidate his power. From the beginning, anticommunism was an important theme of Moi's government; speaking on the new President's behalf, Vice-President Mwai Kibaki bluntly stated, "There is no room for communists in Kenya." On 1 August 1982, lower-level Air Force personnel, led by Senior Private Grade-I Hezekiah Ochuka and backed by university students, attempted a coup d'état to oust Moi. The putsch was quickly suppressed by military and police forces commanded by Chief of General Staff Mahamoud Mohamed. To this day it appears that the attempt by two independent groups to seize power contributed to the failure of both, with one group making its attempt slightly earlier than the other.
    Prior to 1978, he served as the third Vice President of Kenya from 1967 to 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Moi is popularly known to Kenyans as "Nyayo", a Swahili word for "footsteps", as he often said he was following in the footsteps of the first President. He also earned the sobriquet "Professor of Politics" due to his long rule of 24 years, the longest in Kenyan history to date. Moi was born in Kurieng'wo village, Sacho division, Baringo County, and was raised by his mother Kimoi Chebii following the early death of his father. He is of the Kalenjin people. After completing his secondary education at Kapsabet High School, he attended Tambach Teachers Training College in the Keiyo District.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 38
    Moi was elected to the Kenyan parliament in 1963 from Baringo North.
    More Details Hide Details Since 1966 until his retirement in 2002 he served as the Baringo Central MP and only served as a vice-president until 1978 when he became the president. However, Moi faced opposition from the Kikuyu elite known as the Kiambu Mafia, who would have preferred one of their own to be eligible for the presidency. This resulted in an attempt by the constitutional drafting group to change the constitution to prevent the vice-president automatically assuming power in the event of the president's death. The presence of this succession mechanism might have led to dangerous political instability if Kenyatta died, given his advanced age and perennial illnesses. However, Kenyatta withstood the political pressure and safeguarded Moi's position.
    After Kenya gained independence on 12 December 1963, Kenyatta convinced Moi that KADU and KANU should be merged to complete the process of decolonisation.
    More Details Hide Details Accordingly, KADU dissolved and joined KANU in 1964. The only real challenge to KANU's dominance came from the Kenya People's Union, starting in 1966. That party was banned in 1969, and from that point onward Kenya was a de facto one-party state dominated by the Kĩkũyũ-Luo alliance. However, with an eye on the fertile lands of the rift valley populated by members of Moi's Kalenjin tribe, Kenyatta secured their support by first promoting Moi to Minister for Home Affairs in 1964, and then to vice-president in 1967. As a member of a minority tribe Moi was also an acceptable compromise for the major tribes.
  • 1960
    Age 35
    He became Minister of Education in the pre-independence government of 1960–1961.
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  • 1957
    Age 32
    In 1957 Moi was re-elected Member of the Legislative Council for Rift Valley.
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  • 1955
    Age 30
    In 1955 Moi entered politics when he was elected Member of the Legislative Council for Rift Valley.
    More Details Hide Details In 1960 he founded the Kenya African Democratic Union (KADU) with Ronald Ngala to challenge the Kenya African National Union (KANU) led by Jomo Kenyatta. KADU pressed for a federal constitution, while KANU was in favour of centralism. The advantage lay with the numerically stronger KANU, and the British government was finally forced to remove all provisions of a federal nature from the constitution.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 25
    Daniel arap Moi married Lena Moi (born Helena Bommet) in 1950, but they separated in 1974, before his presidency.
    More Details Hide Details Lena died in 2004. Daniel arap Moi has eight children, five sons and three daughters. Among the children are Gideon Moi (Senator http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Kanu-gets-new-lease-of-life-after-poll-victory/-/1064/1714934/-/m9aea2z/-/index.html, Baringo County), Jonathan Toroitich (a former rally driver) and Philip Moi (a retired army officer). His older and only brother William Tuitoek died in 1995. He is a member of the Africa Inland Mission Church. Video
  • 1946
    Age 21
    He worked as a teacher from 1946 until 1955.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Born
    Born on September 2, 1924.
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