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Moi’s last words to Gideon

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Moi’s son Gideon with military chief Samson Mwathethe, Interior CS Fred Matiangi and Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai

“When he saw I was starting to become emotional, he told me, my son, to accept life, you must accept death. But there is also life after death,” Gideon recalled, “Be strong my son when the time comes because I am going home to my father.”

Those words, he said, “are comforting me, and I am hoping that I will have such strong faith.”

Gideon spoke during meetings with leaders who include Governors, Senators and other guests who have been streaming the home since Tuesday when Moi died.

“I am thankful to you Governors and my colleagues from the Senate. We are grateful for the respect that every Kenyan has shown towards our family during this period. May our God bless you all,” he told them.

Moi, who ruled Kenya for 24 years, died on Tuesday morning after a long illness and will be buried at his Kabarak home, Nakuru County on Wednesday next week.

The government is planning to accord him a state funeral that will be preceded by a national memorial service on Tuesday at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The government has declared Tuesday next week a public holiday to honour the retired president.

Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua announced that there will a public viewing of the body at Parliament buildings from Saturday to Monday, ahead of the Tuesday national memorial service.

“The cortege will leave the funeral home at 08:05 A.M. on Saturday 8th February 2020; and will be conveyed to Parliament Buildings with the casket being draped in the National Flag and escorted by the Family of President Moi,” Kinyua said.

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