Residents of Narok County have commemorated the life and times of the late former President Daniel Arap Moi by signing a condolences book at the County Commissioner’s office.
Led by Narok Governor Samuel Tunai and County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti, they described the departed icon as a visionary leader who had issues of Maa community at heart.
Tunai said the late president appointed people from the community to powerful dockets during his tenure and nurtured many who are now influential members of the society.
“High ranking personalities from the region though now deceased, including like Ole Tipis, Ole Tip Tip, John Keen, William Ntimama, George Saitoti and Joseph Nkaissery were all nurtured by the late Moi and given powerful dockets to lead,” said Tunai.
The governor recalled that during the 24 year era of Moi as the president, the country was so peaceful that many nations would come to learn from us.
“Leadership is not easy, it requires a visionary leader to head this country for such a long period and still leave the country united,” he said.
He urged area residents to avail themselves for signing of the condolence book, saying most of them were beneficiaries of the free milk programme, popularly known as ‘Maziwa ya Nyayo’ under the fallen statesman.
On his part, the County Commissioner remembered Moi for uniting the country without being biased on the people’s political, religious or ethnical backgrounds.
Kimiti said the late president laid down a good foundation for the country that will be remembered by many generations to come.
“If we start thinking or talking about Moi, we can speak for many days as there is too much we all learnt from him. We pray that his immediate family members find solace in the Lord during these difficult times,” he said.
Environment Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli, Narok West MP Gabriel Togoyo and Narok East MP Ken Kiloku accompanied the county leaders.
Johnston Sadera, the National Chairperson of National Visionary Party (NVP) asked the current leaders to emulate the late Moi, whom he said had good leadership skills that no one dared to challenge.
“The current political bickering is of no help to the nation and our current and future leaders should borrow from Moi,” he said.
By Ann Salaton