Symbolic 95? Moi and Two Other Famous African Presidents Who Died at 95

On Tuesday morning, the curtains came falling for Kenya’s longest-serving President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.

Moi, who was born on 2 September 1924, in Sacho Baringo county had served the country for over 24 years since he got into office after the death of the founding President Jomo Kenyatta in 1978.

Daniel arap Moi, then the outgoing president of Kenya, receives a salute by Kenyan armed forces as he is honored at a barracks in Nairobi in 2002. (Sayyid Azim/AP)

But as they say, everything that has a beginning should always have an end, the life of the country’s second president since Independence clocked to an end on Tuesday, January 4, 2019, after 95 years since he was born.

But Moi’s whopping 95 years on earth came as a surprise to many after two famous heads of states in Africa also exited the stage (passed away) aged 95 years old.

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Nelson Mandela, one of the most significant figures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in Africa and the rest of the world surprisingly died aged 95 at his home in Johannesburg in December 2013.

Mandela, who was born on 18 July 1918 died at 95 years old after battling a lunch infection for some time.

Long after Mandela’s death, another celebrated African icon also fell at 95 in 2019.

Famous Zimbabwe’s ‘iron rod’ who is also considered one of the Africa’s longest-serving head of state, President Robert Mugabe closed his chapter after 95 years of living.

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Mugabe, who was born on February 21, 1924, at Kutama Mission northwest of Harare, died on 6 September 2019 after he was hospitalised in Singapore for months for an undisclosed ailment.

He ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years before being ousted from power by the Military through a coup.

The three leaders who have died aged 95, were all considered as icons of liberation and pan-Africanists who dedicated their lives to the emancipation and empowerment of their people.

However, the coincidence in the death of the three leaders all at 95 has set a debate online with many Kenyans giving various speculations on whether the number 95 was symbolic in nature.

Injete Najimesi Death is unpredictable, so don’t court it. You never know when your day will come. Death is no respector of age.As you discuss the death of another, your own maybe lurking round the corner…

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