Why Moi Chose Uhuru As Successor

A couple of years back, the late retired President Daniel Arap Moi caused quite a stir in the country following his remarks at the burial of former Defence Minister Njenga Karume that were interpreted to mean an endorsement of Uhuru Kenyatta for the presidency.

Both Kenyatta’s allies and critics at the time said the remarks were unexpected. But was that the case?

Well, in yet another video dated years back, Moi is seen endorsing Uhuru for presidency.

While making the endorsement, the late former head of state notes that he had seen the country heading in the wrong direction.

Mzee Moi cites that politics of division and tribalism had taken over.

According to him, Kenya needed a strong man who could deliberate the nation from politics of division and tribalism.

Mzee Moi then announced that he had chosen Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of the nation’s founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, as his successor.

Among the reasons Mr Moi gave was that the then 41-year-old, who became an MP for the first time in 2002, would be “easily guided”.

Uhuru served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gatundu South from 2002 to 2013 when he vied for presidency on a TNA ticket, deputized by Dr William Ruto who led URP party.

They later in 2017 broke their parties to form Jubilee party, a ticket they used to retain presidential powers.


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