Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, the youngest son of former President Daniel Moi, described his father as a forgiving man, a gentleman in his attitude, a man of his word, and one who was passionate about his faith.
Addressing mourners at Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, on Tuesday 11th February, Gideon illustrated the virtue of forgiveness, which was displayed by Mzee Moi. He said that one day, he crashed his father’s brand new car and he knew quite well what would follow.
To ask for forgiveness, he took a Bible in hand and went to meet his father, who had heard about the accident, On seeing him, he just shook his head and laughed.
“He took one look at me, shook his head and laughed,” he said.
He also told of his father’s love for meat, particularly ribs and how he defied his doctor’s advice to keep off the delicacy.
“Mzee alipenda nyama sana, kuna wakati nilimwambia daktari amekataa akaniuliza kama nimeona daktari hapa, (Moi liked meat a lot. I once told him a doctor had said he should not eat meet and he asked me if I had seen a doctor there)” said Gideon in hilarious Kiswahili.
He thanked fellow Kenyans who had spared their time to pay their last respects to the departed leader, as well as the several heads of state and other dignitaries, who took time from their schedules to visit President Moi at Nairobi Hospital.
“As a family, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, compassion, and support you have shown our family. Asanteni!.”
The man, who ruled the country for 24 years, will be buried on Wednesday 12th February, at his Kabarak home in Nakuru County.