Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has blasted leaders who have elicited political narratives around the issue of political and family dynasties in Kenya, saying the late Mzee Daniel Moi, the late Jomo Kenyatta and the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga weren’t rich and they worked their way to the top. The AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development, who was speaking at the funeral service of the late Mzee Moi at the Kabarak University Grounds said Moi rose from a very humble background, joined the nationalists movement and became the second President of Kenya. “Mzee Kenyatta also came from poverty, Jaramogi also came from poverty, so nobody can talk about dynasties,” he said.
He said Moi’s children are also struggling like other Kenyans, “Gideon has a right just like any other Kenyan to vie for any position that he wants in this country,” adding that there are no entitlements arising from certain families. At the funeral service, Moi’s son and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi was handed the mantle, the replica of “Fimbo ya nyayo” by Raymond Moi, a symbol of his political succession from the late Moi.
Raila also lauded Mzee Moi’s influence, and touched on their previous love-hate relationship. “Eventually we met here (Kabarak). He sent Chesire to come and look for me..and we had a very long discussion, until we said we forgive each other and we shook hands, that was the first handshake,” he said, amidst cheers from those attending the funeral service.