Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi was the President of the Republic of Kenya for 24 solid years. He became the Head of State in 1978 after the passing away of the first President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
As the Vice President then, the death of the President, according to the Constitution then, was to take over as President for a period of 90 days before fresh elections could be held.
Word has it that Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi was scared of becoming President. In fact, when he heard that Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was dead, he took off. He thought he would be killed by those who were closer to power than he was.
But the Constitution then dictated that he was to take over for 90 days. The man was sworn in. He was naive then and was dismissed as a passing cloud which would fade away as soon as it appeared. The passing cloud never passed by. It lingered in the skies for 24 years.
During the 24 years of his rule, Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi and the cronies who surrounded him characterized his rule with massive looting of public resources, crushing the opposition every time it raised its head, assassinating and imprisoning those who seemed critical of the government among others.
There was massive looting of public land, including the partitioning and selling of the Mau Forest, one of the largest waterbed for this country. Although the government is now trying to reclaim Mau Forest, those who ruined it are still walking freely.
In 2002, Moi was forced to leave power after a wave of NARC faced him off. Kibaki became the second President of the Republic of Kenya. During the first term of Emilio Stanley Mwai Kibaki, the economy of Kenya bloomed. Kenyans received free primary education, good roads among other goodies.
The second term of Mwai Kibaki received a setback after the infamous Post-election Violence where Kibaki was accused of having rigged an election. Nonetheless, he soldiered on and handed over power in 2012 to two digital young men, Uhuru Kenyatta and his brother in politics William Samoei Ruto.
The coming to power of the Jubilee government is something Kenyans would live to remember. It is the only government that has made a number of Kenyans miss the times of Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi (you may not agree with this statement but that is your problem).
During the time of Moi, there were thieves, big thieves, and small thieves, who stole public resources but a good number of them invested the same back into the economy. During the time of Moi, at least people had money in their pockets. Money was in circulation and despite the high inflation then, the majority of Kenyans had something to eat.
The Jubilee regime has thieves and thugs who loot everything that comes their way. Unfortunately, after looting, they do not invest back into the economy. They hide the cash into their houses, buy cars and choppers for themselves and their families.
In less than 8 years of Jubilee administration, Kenyans are losing at least one trillion shillings each year to corruption. This is a third of our national budget. In other words, under this administration, corruption is fully budgeted for and catered for by the government through the taxpayer.
Under this regime, companies are closing down, some leaving Kenya and thousands of Kenyans losing their jobs. The SME sector is dying but no one is giving a damn. Kenyans are paying taxes through the nose for Uncle Sam to pay his bills.
Do you miss Moi when you think of Jubilee?
Happy Moi Day.