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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,10TH FEB,2020-Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga Monday joined Kenyans in paying his last respects to former President, the late Daniel Arap Moi, at the Parliament buildings in Nairobi.
The former Prime Minister was seen lifting a black fly-whisk handed to him by his son Raila Jnr three times before bowing down in honour of a man he has called a freedom fighter, humorous and cheerful.
In a brief meeting with his sons Raymond and Gideon, Odinga narrated the journey Moi and his father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, who also served as a Vice President,
“Mzee was a freedom fighter,” the former Prime Minister said.
“He and my late father, were among the team of first Africans to be elected in the Legislative Council of Kenya (LegCo) way back in 1957.”
Odinga is among politicians and activists who were detained in Nyayo chambers within the then Nairobi provincial headquarters during the 24-year rule under Moi after the failed 1982 coup, when he was charged with treason and detained for 6 years.
However, in his condolence message last week, Raila indicated that he has since forgiven Moi, who is Kenya’s longest serving President.
“I came to know him for the first time in 1958 up,” he said. “I have known him for a long time and he has done a lot of things to this country.”
He added that, “today is not a day to say anything much. Just to convey our condolences.”
Odinga was also accompanied by his wife Ida.
Prior to handing over power to Mwai Kibaki in 2002, Moi publicly asked for forgiveness from “anyone I wronged while in office.”
In neighbouring Ethiopia, at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, a moment of silence was observed Sunday by African leaders on the second day of the 33rd AU Ordinary Summit.
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said, “Africa had lost one of its illustrious sons”.
Moi leaves a mixed legacy.
During his tenure, corruption became endemic and tribal divisions were stoked and turned bloody, but many also credit him for a period of relative peace in Kenya in a region roiled by conflic