76-year-old Butere man reveals why he cycled to Kabarak for Moi funeral

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Nathan Ambuti at the late Moi's Kabarak residence. Photo/courtesy
Nathan Ambuti at the late Moi's Kabarak residence. Photo/courtesy

Nathan Ambuti, the Butere man who drew the attention of the nation after cycling more than 200 KM to attend Mzee Moi’s funeral in Kabarak, Nakuru County has revealed that his friendly disposition towards the late President made him spend four days on the road to cycle to Kabarak. Speaking at the late Moi’s residence, Ambuti expressed his adoration for the retired president, “It was because of the friendship I had with the late Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, due to what he did for Kenya and the rest of the world..I sympathized with him during his reign even during the coup attempt, he went through a lot.”

However, he said he had never met Mzee Moi personally throughout his lifetime, “Although we hadn’t greeted each other, I had planned to visit him while he was ailing but death snatched him before we could interact,” said Ambuti. He added that he was forced to cut short his forays in Trans Nzoia County when he heard of Mzee’s demise.

Ambuti cycled more than 200 KM from Butere to attend Mzee Moi's funeral
Ambuti cycled more than 200 KM from Butere to attend Mzee Moi’s funeral. Photo/Courtesy

On being present during Moi’s visits, he said he was always present in the crowds when the late Mzee Moi visited the Western region, “Where the President is, there are a lot of people, and in the midst of the crowd I was there.” The Butere man has urged Mzee Moi’s family to follow in the footsteps of the retired President, citing his perseverance as a vital trait they can emulate, “I would love to meet bis whole family.”