A former President of Kenya, Daniel arap Moi, is dead.
Bittertruth Media recalls that Moi ruled the country with an iron fist between 1978 and 2002. His 24-year rule saw his country become a one-party state where critical voices were crushed, corruption became endemic and tribal divisions were stoked and turned bloody.
The former President’s death was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday.
“It is with profound sadness that I announce the death of a great man of an African state,” Kenyatta said in a statement.
He ordered a period of national mourning until a state funeral is held, on a date not yet announced.
The former president died “in the early morning of February 4 at Nairobi hospital in the presence of his family,” Kenyatta said.