Daniel arap Moi

Home of Kenya's ex-leader Moi to get solar power plant

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the government will establish a solar power plant in President Daniel arap Moi's home town in honour of his service to the country.

He was speaking during the burial service for the late leader, saying he would be missed:

Moi held my hand from the time my father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, passed away. I have lost my father, my mentor my teacher and let me say that truly we shall miss him.

May God grant this giant of Africa eternal rest and peace until we meet again."

William Ruto: We're graduates of Moi's school of unity

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto has eulogised former President Daniel arap Moi as an icon of peace, especially in the restive Rift Valley region.

He said Mr Moi had mentored many present-day politicians to prioritise peace and unity.

"This Rift Valley shall continue to be the valley of peace and we will continue to turn it into a spring of politics of unity," he said.

"Moi taught us hatred is a burden you should not bear and that tribalism is stupidity - don't have a place for stupidity."

Raila Odinga: Moi was a Kenyan hero

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has struck a reconciliatory note in his final tribute to former President Daniel arap Moi, despite the two men's bitter past.

He has told mourners at Mr Moi's burial:

"We send him [away] as a hero of our country... we forgave each other and made our peace."

Mr Odinga was imprisoned for six years by then-President Moi's administration over his suspected role in the 1982 attempted coup.

'Moi made me MP through a phone call'

Kenyan politician Moses Wetangula has recalled how former President Daniel arap Moi telephoned him in 1993 to announce his nomination as an MP.

Mr Wetangula said:

"Moi called me and said, 'Congratulation Moses, you are one of those I have nominated to parliament.'

"That phone initiated my journey into politics."

In Kenya, nominated MPs are those given direct endorsement to parliament by their parties.

The limited slots are shared among political parties depending on the number of seats they win in a general election.

Daniel arap Moi 'loved sacramental wine from Israel'

A US cardiologist has revealed that Kenya's former President Daniel arap Moi had a love of sacramental wine.

David Silverstein, who was Mr Moi's personal doctor for 42 years, was speaking at Mr Moi's burial service.

He said Mr Moi enjoyed sharing sweet kosher sacramental wine from Israel with him.

The wine would also be shared with former Attorney General Charles Njonjo. He said they used to call it "dawa ya wazee", Swahili for "old men's medicine".

An excerpt of the doctor's tribute at Mr Moi's burial service was shared on Twitter by Kenya's K24 TV:

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He also confirmed that Mr Moi liked eating meat - something his son had said at the state funeral on Tuesday.

Dr Silverstein said he always travelled with Mr Moi and part of his job was "to ensure they did not eat exotic animals such as cats, snake, dog or drink buffalo milk when we were in China".

Moi's family handed Bibles in line with his last wishes

A King James Bible
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"He loved the Bible," funeral-goers were told (file photo)

The grieving family of Kenya's former president has been handed Bibles at his burial.

Presiding bishop Silas Yego said he had to honour the late leader's wish and give Bibles to his eight children.

Former President Daniel arap Moi had five sons and three daughters.

The wives of his late son Jonathan and another son, John Mark, who was not present at the burial, were given Bibles.

"You know he loved the Bible, we will give you the Bibles," Bishop Yego said before issuing the family with Bibles.

Moi's granddaughter defies custom to pay tribute

A granddaughter of late Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, Talissa, says she felt obliged to break custom and speak during his burial.

"I know the wazee [elders] don't let the grandchildren speak but I thought its right to speak about by granddad," she said.

Talissa Moi lightened the mood by telling a story from her childhood, about her brother wondering why their grandfather was on television.

Kenya's Citizen TV shared a video of the moment:

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Moi's burial service under way at university grounds

Mourners at Mr Moi's home in Kabarak
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The burial service of former President Daniel arap Moi has started at the Kabarak University grounds, in Nakuru, in the Rift Valley region.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have arrived for the service.

The BBC's reporter Roncliffe Odit says thousands of mourners are seated in giant tents pitched at the grounds.

The burial service will be led by the Africa Inland Church (AIC) where the former president worshipped.

Mourners seated at the burial service of Mr Moi.
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Thousands arrive at Moi's Kabarak home for burial

Ferdinand Omondi

BBC News, Nairobi

Thousands of people are streaming into the farm of Kenya’s former president Daniel arap Moi in Kabarak, Nakuru in the Rift Valley region, where he will be buried today.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to headline the burial.

The main highway from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to Nakuru been restricted to passenger vehicles to allow for a smooth traffic flow for mourners.

The military is guiding the proceedings for the former commander-in-chief who ruled for 24 years.

Once more the public will be allowed to view the body before he is buried in a private ceremony.

Kenya is saying goodbye to a leader whose legacy has been the subject of much debate.

Some will remember him as a statesman, while critics have made constant reference to years of repression, tribalism and corruption under his reign.