Museveni said, when Moi succeeded his boss, Jommo Kenyatta, the first president and father to Uhuru Kenyatta the fourth and current president of Kenya, many people thought that the country was going to go up in frames.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has expressed his
sadness over the death of former Kenyan president, Daniel Arap Moi. who breathed his last at Nairobi Hospital on Monday night. Speaking to Kenyan Television KTN,
Museveni credited Moi for working not only for peace in Kenya but also in East
Museveni said, when Moi succeeded his boss, Jommo Kenyatta, the first
president and father to Uhuru Kenyatta the fourth and current president of
Kenya, many people thought that the country was going to go up in frames.
stability in Kenya, for a long time, I remember some people were worried after
the death of Mzei Kenyatta in 1978 that things might go wrong, but they didn’t;
he maintained peace there for more than 20 years. That’s why we were running
there as refugees because there was peace,” Museveni said.
He added that Moi
was a Pan Africanist who believed in the unity of Africans. It was this belief that
together with Hassan Mwinyi, the then president of Tanzania that they revived
the defunct East African Community.
“He was an Africanist and whenever we would
bring up the subject of East African community, he would totally be in support
and he would always take the lead…Maybe we didn’t achieve 100 percent, but we definitely
achieved 50 percent because the East African Community is now there,” Museveni
Museveni and Moi had an on again and off again relationship although in the
open they put up an appearance of camaraderie. The two according to Museveni, first
met in 1979 during the reign of Godfrey Binaisa when he was a minister
after the collapse of the government of Idi Amin.
Moi was to later mediate a
peace deal between Yoweri Musveni’s NRA rebels and the young government of Tito
Okello Lutwa who earlier on had overthrown Milton Obote as president of Uganda.
A deal that was signed in December, commonly known as the Nairobi Peace Agreement
never lived to see the light of the day as, the NRA swept to power a little
over a month after the signing of the agreement.
For the 16 years that they
were both presidents, Moi visited Uganda several times to attend national
functions such as Independence and NRM celebrations, the swearing in of
Museveni both in 1996, and 2001 among others.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has
declared an indefinite period of national mourning until Moi is buried. Proclaiming his death, Uhuru eulogized Moi as
a national hero.
“That as an expression of public sorrow
the Flag of the Republic of Kenya shall 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 4th February, 2020
Until sunset on the day of the Burial,” Uhuru’s proclamation said.
visited the Kenyan High Commission in Kampala on Tuesday, the flag was flying at half-mast
in honor of a man who ruled Kenya with an iron fist until 2002 when he gave up
power and anointed Uhuru Kenyatta as his successor.
However a collation led by
Mwai Kibaki was able to defeat Moi’s Kanu party and before his death, he had buried
the party he had used to unflinchingly crackdown on any form of dissent, whether
political or otherwise.