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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,11TH FEB 2020-Baringo Senator Gideon Moi moved the crowd at his late father’s memorial service when he recalled about his father – the late, retired President Daniel Moi’s – good sense of humour.
Gideon recounted a time when he was a young boy and Mzee Moi had bought a new car.
“As a young boy, I could not wait to take the car for a drive, but it got into an accident and it was no more,” he said.
Moi already knew the car was involved in an accident and when he saw Gideon, with Bible, in tow, he laughed out loud.
“My father took one look at me and shook his head and burst into laughter. He had a great sense of humour and that was Mzee,” Gideon said.
He spoke during the funeral service for Mzee Moi at Nyayo Stadium on Tuesday.
Gideon also remembered Moi’s love for meat.
“My father had a love for nyama (meat). I remember telling him the doctor has refused it, but he answered back , ‘unaona daktari hapa?’ (do you see a doctor here?) Nothing came between him and his meat. He was a gentleman not only in his dressing but in his attitude. He taught us to always learn to do the right thing,” he said.
The senator thanked Kenyans for standing with his family during the trying time.
“Of all the things my father loved, he most loved you – Kenyans,” he said.
“You (Kenyans) continue to carry us as a family and as a family, we are indebted to you. Asante, asante, asante (thank you).”
Gideon also thanked Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Southern Sudan’s Salva Kiir who had visited Mzee Moi while he was seeking treatment in hospital.
He extended his gratitude to President Uhuru Kenyatta, whom he referred to as a brother and thanked him for his efforts to see that Mzee Moi’s send-off was a success.
He eulogized Moi as a wonderful father and environmentalist.
“He was a gentleman, not only in his dressing but in his attitude and taught us to always learn to do the right thing,” Gideon said.
“He believed in hard work and discipline and had no time for laziness.”