“Moi liked vocal MPs and wanted all of them to dance to his tune,” he says.
Wooing criticsAccording to Midika, Moi who took his final bow yesterday at the age of 95 had a unique but effective way of dealing with rebels. He either rewarded them or used his networks to broker a truce. "At first he appointed me as an assistant minister for labour. This went according to his script because the noise began to reduce. He then gave me a full Cabinet position to completely tame rebellion in Parliament," he says. “Moi liked vocal MPs and wanted all of them to dance to his tune,” he says. “Instead of fighting the system from outside, he brought perceived rebels on board so that they could use their energy to defend his regime,” he adds. "Sometimes he could bring the battle to the doorstep of rebels who did not want to toe the line." Now a farmer in Kabar village, the once vibrant legislator says Moi did not fight rebels directly. He used proxies. Keziah Opondo, a Kanu woman leader during Moi’s time says the President made many friends from the region, most of whom he rewarded with big government positions.