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Former hotel waiter narrates how Moi used to be served with traditional foods

Anderson  Tuva, a waiter in a Hotel where  the late  former President, Daniel arap Moi  used  to frequent  during  his  reign as President  on Wednesday  February 5, 2020. Photo by KNA.

A former waiter  at  the Eden Roc Hotel in Malindi where the late retired President Daniel arap Moi used to frequent has narrated how he used to serve the former President  with traditional foods.

Anderson  Tuva, who  is in his late 60s, said the former President used to like boiled foods such as arrow roots, cassava, cow peas and vegetables.

Speaking  to  journalists in Malindi Town on Wednesday,  Tuva said he had been saddened by the death of the former president whom he described as a good man who used to give him and other hotel staff sound advice.

“In the morning Mr. Moi could be served with porridge, and if he was to take bread, he never liked butter. He also did not take any alcoholic drink in the hotel,” he said.

“He did not like meat very much, but whenever we prepared a meal of meat for him, he preferred it boiled and served with plenty of traditional vegetables such as amaranth (mchicha) and black night shade (managu),” he said.

Meanwhile, outspoken Malindi cleric, Thomas Kakala has sent his condolences to the nation, family and friends of the late Moi, who died at Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday morning at the age of 95.

Speaking to reporters in his office at the Jesus Cares Centre (JCC) in Malindi Town, Bishop Kakala described Moi as a pragmatic leader who served all Kenyans without favour.

He said the former President  was God-fearing and that during his tenure, a lot of development was witnessed in the country, noting  the cost of living during Moi’s rule was low compared to today.

By  Tomas  Mbaya/Emmanuel  Masha

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