Moi hits out at civil societies, tells Kenyans to back State
By VINCENT MABATUK
| February 3rd 2014
|Daniel arap Moi PHOTO: COURTESY|
By VINCENT MABATUK
Former President Daniel Moi has asked Kenyans to stop relying on civil societies and support what the government is doing.
Mr Moi explained that it is elected leaders who run the government and who are in a position to lead the citizens to prosperity and not the civil societies.
“Who are these civil societies? Do you know who their chairmen are and their agendas,” the former head of state asked mourners during the funeral ceremony of Sylvia Tungo Cox, who was his sister in-law.
He said some Kenyans accused him, while he was in office, of being an obstacle to them on their way to the Promised Land, unaware that he meant well for them.
“You wanted to reach Canaan then. Some told me off. I do not understand if now you have reached that place, but I hope you have,” said Moi.
The ex-President fronted Uhuru for presidency and even endorsed him in 2001 but Kenyans, especially those from the Rift Valley and high-ranking Kanu officials ignored his advice and voted overwhelmingly for retired President Mwai Kibaki.
Speaking at Kipsongon Village, Baringo County, Moi also reminded Kenyans about the dangers of consuming illicit brews.
“The rate at which lives are being lost because of the illicit brews, which are easily accessible to the youth, is not good. Abandon these (brews) and go to church,” said the former President.
He advised the local residents to shun irresponsible drinking so that they can achieve their dreams and positively contribute towards development in the society.
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Rongai MP Raymond Moi, Hellen Sambili (Mogotio) and former assistant minister Fred Gumo were among the leaders who were present.
Tungo died two weeks ago while undergoing treatment at St Mary’s Mission Hospital in Nairobi.
Senator Moi described the late Tungo as God-fearing and hardworking and called on mourners to emulate her character so that they can become reliable people in the society.
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