One thing is clear when 76-year-old Nathan Abuti speaks; he genuinely loves the departed ex-president Daniel Moi.
How else can one explain Abuti’s decision to cycle over 200 km to Kabarak to attend the burial of the late former president?
He was almost turned away by security officials when he arrived at Moi’s home Kabarak home in Nakuru County after four-day journey.
However, Abuti was finally allowed into the home of late ex-president on the evening of Tuesday, February 11 to pay his last respects to the man he has adored his entire life.
“ I’ve always admired Moi, I felt pity for him during the coup attempt in 1982. I never got to meet him in person but I was always praying for him. I also wanted to pay him a visit at the hospital but unfortunately he passed on before I could so,” he said in an interview with KTN.
Bwana mmoja kwa jina Nathan Ambuti kutoka Butere kaunti ya Kakamega, ameendesha baiskeli Kilomita 245 hadi Kabarak tayari kujumuika na waombolezaji kwa mazishi ya Mzee Moi hapo kesho @Ali_Manzu @KTNNewsKE #MoiFinalJourney #KTNLeo pic.twitter.com/VFATRBJuOh
— KTN News Alerts (@KTNNewsKE) February 11, 2020
In photos shared online, the self-styled peace ambassador is seen signing a condolence book in Moi’s Kabarak Home.
According to a message from Gideon Moi’s office by one Lex Ander, Ambuti was finally allowed into the home on Tuesday, February 11, after his plea was highlighted on social media.
“And we finally traced the man and took him to Mzee’s home to say pole! whoever highlighted, thank you. The old man is very happy,” he wrote.
“I would not wish to miss the funeral of the man who was an icon of peace not only in Kenya but across Africa,” he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto are among the leaders expected to attend the burial slated for Wednesday, February 12.
Moi will be buried with full Military and Civilian honours, the second burial of the kind after the country’s founding father Jomo Kenyatta.
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