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He Helped Our Struggle – Museveni Mourns Kenya’s Moi

President Yoweri Museveni has hailed as “a great leader” former Kenyan leader Daniel Arap Moi, who passed away Tuesday aged 95.

Moi breathed his last early this morning at Nairobi Hospital “in the presence of his family,” according to a statement issued by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Museveni, in his condolence message on Tuesday afternoon, said Kenya, East Africa and the entire continent has lost a great leader.

He went on to recount how Moi, who ruled Kenya from 1978 to 2008, had been pivotal in Uganda’s own struggle against dictatorship.

“I first met Mzee Moi in 1979 after the defeat of Amin,” Museveni recalled.

“Later, when we waged the Liberation Struggle, he was critical and we kept him abreast of our struggle. He actually worked as a mediator in the 1985 Peace Talks.”

Museveni further hailed Moi’s efforts toward regional integration.

“Him, Mzee Hassan Mwinyi and myself revived what had become the defunct EAC.”

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“He was a true Pan-Africanist, who worked closely with the masses. He was also a deeply religious person. My condolences and that of Ugandans to His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, the Moi family and all Kenyans on the passing of this icon.”

Uganda’s leading opposition leader Col Dr Kizza Besigye also joined in commiseration

“From humble beginnings and with a humble, submissive demeanour, President Moi emerged to become a skilful statesman,” Besigye said.

“His main legacy is affording Kenya a peaceful transition to another leader.”

 


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