Kenya’s former president Daniel Arap Moi dies at 95

(BBC) Kenya’s former President Daniel arap Moi has died at the age of 95.

He was seen his critics as an authoritarian ruler who held on to power for 24 years, but his allies credited him for maintaining stability in the East African state.

Moi stepped down in 2002 after being constitutionally barred from running for a further term.

He was the country’s second president taking over after the death of Jomo Kenyatta in 1978.

In office, he was feared and admired in equal measure, and was accused of human rights abuses. Moi introduced multi-party politics in 1991, but subsequent elections were marred rigging.

He was a more populist politician than Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta and his legacy was tarnished economic stagnation and accusations of corruption.

Moi, born on 2 September 1924 into a farming family, was a close ally of Kenyatta in the run-up to Kenyan independence in 1963.

He served as home affairs minister from 1964 and in 1967 he became the country’s vice-president.

Until the introduction of multi-party politics, Moi was unopposed as president, at elections in 1983 and 1988.

He was elected for a further two terms in 1992 and 1997 in polls that were widely regarded as rigged.

His critics see his rule as the lost years, a time when Kenya was bedevilled corruption, ethnic conflicts and human rights abuses.

They say he stymied economic progress personalising the state, using government resources to award loyalists and withholding them to punish those who did not toe the line.

Alice Nachilembe

Alice Nachilembe is a Journalist who yearns for a better country with leaders being accountable to their mandate without oppressing the governed.

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