Opinion: Kenyans Shouldn’t Pretend To Mourn The Death Of Moi.

 

He is an important figure in the country’s history, not just because he was president for 24 years of the country’s 57 years of independence, but because he has been an influential figure from 1957 when he entered Legico, the colonial parliament, to date

His death also signifies an end of an era, as he was among the very last of the politicians from the KADU era, who was still alive

He was also a unique president, unlike his predecessor and successor, he traversed the country and almost everyone who was old enough during his tenure, had an encounter with him, and has fond memories of him

I remember, we walked from Likuyani to Soy, a distance of six kilometres, to line up along the road, each time Moi was en route to Kitale

Education would be disrupted and all schools closed, simply because Moi was passing in a nearby road

However, like everyone else, he had his highs and lows

Like every coin, he came with two sides, a good side and a bad side, and now that he is dead and we are mourning we shouldn’t forget to enumerate his numerous glaring failures, while talking about useless achievements like school milk

Moi was an absolute dictator who killed and maimed and exiled, to retain power. He was also tribal to the core and a very corrupt man, who ran down the economy of the country, enriching himself and his cronies

It is African that a village chicken thief becomes a hero, upon death, but again there is absolutely no crime in talking about his raids at the coop

Meanwhile, condolence to the families of the 14 fellow hoof eaters, who perished in the Kakamega Primary stampede

I mourn them. I cry my tears for the parents. In this era of austerity, it is important that resources be used prudently, and I don’t see why I should waste my little available tears on some other people who don’t deserve it

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