The former President Daniel Moi was finally put six feet under the soil in an emotional filled ceremony.
Moi’s journey came to an end at Kabarak, Nakuru, where he was accorded a State funeral complete with a 19 gun salute.
The days building to his burial were filled with glowing tributes from every angle.
Newspaper dailies had Moi printed on the first page with praises of his time on earth.
Television stations would hold hours of discussion of the life of the man who ruled for 24 years.
Like every human, the ‘Nyayo’ man was not a saint.
During one of the very many discussions, the deceased was claimed to be a very staunch Christian.
A section of Kenyans, however, proclaimed that the real truth was being cast aside from how a cruel leader Moi was.
Media houses such as Nation Media Group and Standard Group were ridiculed for their lack of professionalism in telling the story of Moi as it known, one capped with dark times.
Daily Nation seemed to have been listening as they finally exposed Moi’s chilling reign as president with the headline dubbed ‘Moi: X-Files’.
The article contained the moments Moi used force and fear to stamp his rule with the likes of the Nyayo torture chambers.
The move was welcomed by netizens who lauded the local daily for becoming brave instead of watering down the reality and truth of who the real Moi was.
Here are some of the reactions:
Gabriel Oguda states, “The Daily Nation have decided that the only love they’re going to give your favourite President is the truth.”
Another netizen identified as Lion Muigai remarked, “Daily nation has decided to serve Moi’s family with reality! Their father was a dictator, brutal and unforgiving! Power is illusional.”
Sammy Monoo pointed out that, “Today’s Daily Nation calls a spade, a spade and not a big spoon.”
Lene Kioko uttered, “The Daily Nation has decided to aim for the bush, not beat around it. Hard truths you will not find in any issue of The Standard for sure.”
— KOT 🇰🇪 (@KOT_Loyals) February 14, 2020
The truth is not relative.
Commendable journalism by the Daily Nation pic.twitter.com/UKof3mjumn
— Msafiri (@jafyaa) February 14, 2020
We have to give it to Daily Nation,
walikuwa wanangoja for the right time to SPEAK OUT THEIR HEARTS,
— ELVIS OTTY ENO (@ELVISOTIENO3) February 14, 2020
what if the daily nation to have published this article before his burial. pic.twitter.com/orcc4auDUC
— Clem (@ClemNgoitsi) February 14, 2020
"Like the dark secrets of the 1990s TV series, beneath Nyayo Platitudes of peace, love and unity was a cold, alien reality of murder, Brutality and inhumanity… " DAILY NATION pic.twitter.com/aQtiPCHOpA
— B o J a c k (@bojackversion) February 14, 2020
Daily Nation x-files… The truth is back pic.twitter.com/HbZGH7dJoa
— nerdOmonso (@OmonsoAnasi) February 14, 2020
— Jay Arts (@JayArts11) February 14, 2020
Daily Nation spills it out…
We need such facts and not politics and propaganda spread day in day out ✊ pic.twitter.com/p0zSEVXw5N
— Kiwia_Snr 🇰🇪 (@DanielKiwia1) February 14, 2020
We are just done mourning our "Favorite " president but Daily Nation is not done with him and they had to bring out the truth days after all guests have left the country.. It's time to face the truth as a nation pic.twitter.com/5cHq3SLXwR
— Ismael™ 🇰🇪 (@ismaelnewts) February 14, 2020
As Mzee rests on, his legacy both good and bad remains engraved in the lives of Kenyans affected directly or indirectly.