Former Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi dies surrounded by family

Nairobi (dpa) - Daniel arap Moi, who ruled Kenya with an iron fist for two decades as the East African country's second president, has died at the age of 95 surrounded by his family.

His death was announced by the office of the current president Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday.

Daniel arap Moi
Daniel arap Moi
"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," the announcement said.
"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," it said.
Kenyatta has announced a period of national mourning from Tuesday "until the day of his funeral."
The former president will be laid to rest in a state funeral, with "all appropriate civilian and full military honours," he announced.
His son, Gideon Moi, told reporters at Nairobi hospital that his father "passed away peacefully; the family have accepted."
"I give my heartfelt gratitude to all Kenyans," he added.
Moi was in office from 1978 to 2002, a time that was marked by the centralization of power, corruption and allegations of human rights abuse.
The former British colony was a one-party state during much of his rule.
Moi served as vice president under Kenya's first post-independence president, Jomo Kenyatta, before taking over the top post.
The press secretary of the current president Lee Njiru told local TV channel CitizenTV that Moi had been in hospital for a while.
"He has been hospitalized from last year. I have seen his decline," he said to the channel.
"God has declared his will, and we have to abide by it."

Tuesday, February 4th 2020

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