I woke up to the hashtag #GoToHellMoi on Twitter and going through it, realized how Kenyans have been waiting for this day to pour out what they felt for the second President of the Republic of Kenya, Daniel Kapkorios Toroitich Arap Moi.
What Kenyans were saying through the hashtag were the bitter truths that would land someone a one-way ticket into the grave or a through-pass to the Nyayo torture chambers during the reign of Mzee Moi as Kenya’s longest-serving President.
As Kenyans say what I consider the truth online, the so-called mainstream media has been singing hosanna, from morning to evening, heaping praising and sanctifying Mzee Moi. According to the mainstream media, Mzee Moi is an angel who is already at Heaven’s gate just waiting to enter and dine with the Almighty himself.
Despite the fact that Moi did some good thing, it should not be a justification of putting all the terrible things he oversaw as President under the carpet. It is unfair to the generation that never lived during the time of Moi for the media to sell lies to them instead of telling things as they were.
It is not a surprise that our media has long been branded as #GitheriMedia, who only capitalizes on sensational issues while remaining too lazy to find out little obvious facts about a subject. For instance, the mainstream media has been claiming that Moi lost to Mwai Kibaki in 2002 when even a fool knows that Moi did not run for the presidency in 2002.
If Moi was good, let those he did good things to sing his praises. Let them write good stories about him. As for me, I still hold the view, like many others that Mzee Moi was a dictator who oversaw the plundering of a nation, the effects of which are still being felt to date. Moi was a dictator. During the Moi’s time, people closer to him looted this country to the last coin, justice was per dictated by Mzee, those who stood against him were arrested, clobbered, detained, and some killed.
The death of Mzee Moi cannot make us forget the Wagalla Massacre. Innocent people were shot by the military on orders of Mzee Moi. The death of Moi should not make us forget the ethnic clashes that rocked parts of this country, sponsored by him and the people closest to him. The death of Moi should not make us forget the political assassinations of such figures as Father Anthony Kaisa, Robert Ouko and others.
Let us respect the dead. Yes. I agree. But let us say the truth. Kenya’s mainstream media should be ashamed for failing Kenyans on this subject. Our politicians, especially those he tortured should be ashamed of their hypocrisy on this matter.
As for me, I mourn the victims that Moi ordered to be killed. I also mourn the 14 innocent souls that lost their lives in Kakamega during a stampede. As for Moi, let those he did good things to mourn.