Welcome to the shortest week of the year. We are still celebrating the life of former President Daniel Arap Moi. Today marks the third and final day for the public to view his body at Parliament Buildings. Tuesday has already been declared a public holiday to allow Kenyans to attend the State funeral at Nyayo Stadium.
Some offices may remain closed until Thursday, the same day that the men’s conference will begin. Friday will be Valentine’s. I know of someone who may go back to work on Monday next week. Some people are so lucky.
To many, Mzee Moi was a dictator who ruled with an iron fist. However, Nairobi Woman Rep Esther Passaris has just revealed an unknown part of the old man. He was kind and compassionate.
In 1997, Mzee bought Passaris her first phone, a big walkie-talkie like Motorolla. It is also during this period that he helped her get her Ksh4 Million from the government. The money had delayed until Moi intervened. You have four million but still, you can’t afford a phone?
A few months later and Passaris lost her pregnancy. We don’t know how Mzee heard about this but he personally called her on the Motorolla he had bought her to comfort her. What a man!
Very little is known about Mzee’s personal life since divorcing Lena in the ’70s. As a single man, there was nothing wrong with the President extending favours to a ‘yellow-yellow’ slay queen.
Here are the stories making headlines this morning:
Tension as Troubled Jubilee Calls Meeting
President Uhuru Kenyatta has moved to end factional fighting in his Jubilee Party by ordering top officials to convene a meeting of MPs and senators on Friday this week.
According to sources, Uhuru directed Deputy President William Ruto, who is the deputy party leader, and secretary-general Raphael Tuju to use the occasion to end the factional wars.
The Day Moi Braved Gunfire at Home
A burst of gunfire rang out at night, shattering the calm at Nairobi’s Kabarnet Gardens, where President Daniel arap Moi was about to retire to bed.
Major Philip Kipkoech Chebet and his soldiers scrambled to secure the president in his official residence.
“It was just after the president had supper and he had gone upstairs,” Chebet recounted. “We switched off the lights and came down with the president.”
ACK Church Boycotts UK Forum Over Gay Bishops
Some Anglican clergy from Kenya have boycotted the Lambeth Conference in the UK protesting the presence of gay senior church leaders.
Anglican Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit says the Church is opposed to homosexuality.
“We are having the Lambeth Conference in the West this year, but some of us have boycotted because of the invitation practising gay bishops. We can’t be mixed,” he said
Two Akorino Pastors have moved to court to stop the burial of former President Daniel Arap Moi. The two argue that Moi should be buried in a public place and not his home in Kabarak. They claim that the Moi family might deny Kenyans a chance to visit the gravesite in future. Do you think Moi should be buried in a public place?