Details of Moi's Last Conversation With Gideon

  • Former President Daniel arap Moi's death shook the nation as his prodigy, Uhuru Kenyatta, bore the heavy burden of announcing it and ordering a 14-day mourning period on Tuesday, February 4.

    Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, spent most of his time close to his father. 

    On Wednesday, February 5, a report by People Daily, detailed Moi's last 102 days and gave an insight on his last conversation with Gideon.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) chats with former President Daniel Moi (centre) and his son Gideon at Mr Moi's Kabarak home, Nakuru County, on July 28, 2018

    "He passed away peacefully at 5:20  a.m. and I was by his side. Mine is just to give my heartfelt gratitude to all Kenyans and non-Kenyans for the prayers and thoughts that they have been giving to Mzee and to our family. Thank you all," Gideon stated while speaking with journalists on Tuesday, February 4. 

    During Moi's last days, retired African Inland Church Bishop Silas Yego made numerous visits to Moi and administered the last Holy Communion on Friday, January 31 after spending almost five hours with him. This was reportedly Moi's last wish.

    Sources who spoke to the outlet detailed that it was also the last conversation Moi had with his youngest son Gideon, asking him to ensure that Yego, who retired in mid-January 2020, would offer him the last sacrament and say a special prayer for him.

    This was before Moi, a devoted and longest-serving African Inland Church member, reportedly lost his voice.

    Gideon also took the mandate and directed who would visit Moi, and those who wanted to give company to Mzee had to go through him.

    Moi's condition worsened on Saturday, February 1 and his sons, Gideon, Philip and Rongai MP Raymond converged by his bedside. 

    On Sunday afternoon, February 2, President Uhuru Kenyatta passed by to check on Moi, joining a list of notable individuals such as AU envoy Raila Odinga, Interior CS Fred Matiang'i.

    Despite the family announcing that Moi passed on at 5:20 am, reports claimed that he succumbed to his illness between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. 

    Gideon allegedly called Kenyatta, informed him of the development and put Moi's death time at 5:20 am. 

    A report by The Standard on Wednesday, February 5, stated that Moi had already chosen a song he wished to be played at his funeral.

    Moi chose Forever With The Lord, in the Golden Bells, when launching his music book in 2010.

    "He loved music and in 2010, he told me that I would sing that song when he goes to rest," Fred Ngala, the then-chair of Presidential Music Commission and the current director of music at Kabarak University was quoted. 

    On Tuesday, February 4, Raymond revealed that the burial of the departed statesman was scheduled to take place at Kabarak, Baringo County on Wednesday, February 12. 

    “The family appreciates the speed at which our beloved military and the government apparatus moved in to secure Mzee’s (Moi’s) situation.

    "This gesture has given the assurance that all is well in the days ahead until His Excellency is interred at his Kabarak home when the time comes,” Raymond affirmed. 

    Retired AIC bishop, Silas Yego, who administered the last sacrament to former President Daniel arap Moi before he passed away on February 4, 2020
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