Several light moments ensued at Kabarak during the final funeral service for the late Mzee Daniel Moi, on Wednesday.
Among those who left the audience in stitches was President Uhuru Kenyatta, who shared details of a past cheeky moment, where he was forced to use his wife, Margaret, to get himself out of a sticky situation, with an angry Moi.
According to the head of state, the late Moi had made an early morning phone call to Uhuru over a mistake he has made the previous day.
Knowing very well that he was about to receive a tongue-lashing, Uhuru made Margaret answer the phone and lie to Moi that her husband was not available to speak to him at the moment.
”Kuna siku moja alipiga simu…saa kumi na moja…na mimi nilikuwa najua kwa sababu kuna kitu nilikuwa nimefanya hio siku ingine, nikajua hii simu iko na taabu. Nikaambia mama wewe chukua hiyo (There was a day he called at 5 AM, and I knew I was in trouble over something I did the day before. So I told my wife to receive the call),” Uhuru told an amused audience.
He revealed that although Margaret lied about Uhuru’s whereabouts, this did not deter the late politician from calling again and again.
I once angered former president Daniel Moi and avoided his phone calls because he was a fierce man, says President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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When he called for the second time, Margaret refused to help Uhuru escape Moi’s wrath, and when he answered, Moi unleashed his anger upon him, at one point, hanging up the phone.
”Wacha moto iwake…ikapigwa tena mara ya tatu…nataka ufike hapa na uwe hapa mbele ya saa moja kuisha (He unleashed his wrath…then he called for the third time and ordered me to get where he was in an hour’s time),” Uhuru reminisced as Margaret broke into laughter in her seat.
Uhuru added that he did not, however, honor the summon.
”Mimi nikajua mjinga peke yake ndio anajipeleka kwa moto (I was wise enough to know that only a fool takes himself to be reprimanded),” the president joked.
He added that he thereafter went under for over a week until the former head of state calmed down.