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Moi endorses Uhuru for top job

Posted by Administrator on March 3, 2012

President Kibaki with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and close family members during the burial of former Defence minister Njenga Karume at his Cianda home in Kiambu on March 3, 2012.

President Kibaki with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and close family members during the burial of former Defence minister Njenga Karume at his Cianda home in Kiambu on March 3, 2012.

Retired President Daniel arap Moi caused a stir at the funeral of businessman and politician Njenga Karume on Saturday with another endorsement of Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta for the country’s top leadership.

Mr Moi’s political statement and euphemism changed the tone of the proceedings and marked the highlight of the funeral at Cianda near Kiambu attended by the who is who of Kenyan politics, business, the civil service  and the entire top commanders of the Kenya Defence Forces.

Although there was an allusion to the politics suggested by Mr Moi, the majority of the leaders dedicated their speeches to eulogise Mr Karume, who was cosy with all three Kenya’s Presidents.

President Moi’s endorsement echoed his unsuccessful bid to have Mr Kenyatta replace him at State House when his term ended in 2002.

Yesterday, he suggested that with the deaths of John Michuki and Mr Karume, and the impending retirement of President Kibaki, there was a gap to be filled in the political leadership, and Mr Kenyatta is the man to take over.

“It is now upon the councilors and MPs to support the President (Kibaki) because Central Province has suffered a great loss with the death of these two men. They should get someone to fill that position and the person who can lead here is Uhuru Kenyatta,” said President Moi to cheers from the crowd.

He did not say much more, and none of the other leaders who spoke spent time discussing politics.

In his autobiography, Mr Karume says he entered politics reluctantly and it was perhaps fitting that there was only a little of it at his funeral.

In his speech, delivered entirely off the cuff, President Kibaki said his interest was not in politics, as it was not the topic of the day, and Kenyans know very well how such matters play out.

He said the current MPs would continue to work for the good of Kenya.

Each speaker recalled their relationship with Mr Karume, who died on February 24 at Karen Hospital after a short but painful battle with prostate cancer.

He has been out of the limelight since his coronation as a Kikuyu elder at the Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga shrine in Murang’a in November 2011.

Unlike many politicians, Mr Karume was a man of business before he became a political man, and those who spoke emphasised on his hard work and dedication to peace and national unity.

Mr Karume was born in Elementaita to parents who worked on the farm owned by Lord Delamere and started his business life selling charcoal.

He eventually became the first African to own a shop in Kiambu’s Indian Bazaar and the first to have a cheque book issued in his name.

His casket was in gold and black colours, representing his rise from a charcoal dealer to a wealthy and influential businessman whose assets could easily be compared to gold.

Justice Paul Kihara moved the crowd when he complained, in Kikuyu, of the rampant drinking culture in Kikuyu youth that is said to render young men impotent.

Mr Karume’s last born son by his wife of six years is three-year old Emmanuel Karume.

Perhaps as a reflection of his respect and influence, yesterday’s mass was celebrated by 16 priests, with Bishop David Kamau, Archbishop John Njenga and Archbishop Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki also in attendance.

The Anglican Church the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, African Independent Pentecostal Church of East Africa and a variety of other denominations were also represented.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Moi+endorses+Uhuru+for+top+job+/-/1064/1358954/-/13es2lz/-/

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16 Responses to “Moi endorses Uhuru for top job”

  1. ITHAVETHI said

    Kenya ni ya Wakenya wote. Kenya ni yetu sote. Kenya ni ya Mgiriama, Mteso, mrendille, Msamburu, Mkirinyaga,

    • Omar said

      Its the (Kenyans) people who have the power in their hands to make leaders and yet they’re faced with a tired and geriatric political class, many of whom are well past their sell-by date. Kenya ni ya Wakenya wote!

  2. ITHAVETHI said

    Katiba mapya ina mambo mazuri kwa wale ambao hawajaipitia pitia. Katiba inaelza kinagaubaga kwamba taifa letu la Kenya sio la watu wachache. Kuwa Kenya ni ya pia Mborana, Mgiriama, Msamburu,

    • leo said

      ITHAVETH,the boss always hire the best and the best seem to be the worst most of times.. Look at MIGUNA MIGUNA. Sometimes the best is the worst.

      • ITHAVETHI. said

        Leo, huo ni ukweli. Sikatai, sibishani. Lakini Kenya, kulingana na katiba mpya, ni ya Wakenya. baba Moi alisahau vile. Alisahau hivyo kwa sababu, kati ya Raila, Saitoti, Karua, na wagombania wengine wa kiti cha urais, Uhuru ndiye anayeweza kukinga, kulinda na kuangalia maslahi yake. Ni kwa sababu waswahili hujuana kwa vilemba.

        Desturi za Kenyatta na Moi za kuamini kwamba Kenyatta ni kama uhuru, Moi ni kama Gideoni, Kihara ni kama mkewe Kihara, Kones ni kama mkewe bi Kones, Wamalwa ni sawa na nduguye Wamalwa, Mudavadi ni kama mwanawe Musalia, Kibaki ni sawa na Jimi, na kadhalika, katiba imekataa katakata. Mtindo wa kuongozwa na jamii zile zile, sura zile zile, siasa zile zile, na waporaji wale wale, ewe Leo tunakataa.

        Desturi ya kutawaliwa na kukandamizwa na makabila matano yale yale……sio haki hata. Tumechoshwa na kutawaliwa makabila haya makubwa kama ya Wajaluo, Wakamba, Wakikuyu, Wakalenjin na Wajaluo ambao kwa miaka wameamini kuwa uongozi LAZIMA uwepo kutoka kwa wao wao. Ni sawa, lakini niaminiyo ni kwamba, unapompa yeyote fursa ya kujaribu jambo fulani, aweza naye akafanya vyema kuliko wa kale.

        Na hapo ndipo Baba Moi kakosea. Mzee Moi yungali na ile kasumba ya siku za utawala wake kwamba kina Uhuru, Kamotho, Biwott, Chotara, bargetuny, Nassir, Gumo, mama Steel, Lotondo, Saitoti, Ntimama, Angaine, Kongo, Kamangara, na wenyekiti wengine wa Kanu, ndio wanaoweza kuongozi nchi vizuri. Kama hizo sio siasa za pesa nane, basi Leo nieleze. Kenya ni ya Wakenya wote.

        Mpe mtu kama Poko fursa ya uongozi. Nina ushuhuda kwamba Wabunge wanawake wanaoranda randa hapa na pale eti kwamba wamekuja kuwaakilisha Wakenya kwenye mikutano ya Kimataifa, wamerudishwa nyumbani ni kurudisha mali yote ya umma wanayofuja.

      • leo said

        Thank you bwana ITHABETH. ithe wa beth you are smart alright.PK does it alright for me.At least he respect the dead. Vile viile na wale wale . Kwani unafikilia unandanganya NANI?

    • leo said

      Nime kusikia bwana ITHAVETH but for a moment let’s think about the mastake that GERMAN did when they hired the best. Aliwamaliza.

      • ITHAVETHI said

        Leo ndugu yangu, fikiria jambo hili la uridhi. Anaridhi ekali elfu thelathini huko wilaya ya Taveta. Hizo hazitoshi. Zingine elfu nane Rongai karibu na babuye Moi. Takriban zingine elfu tatu Bahati. Anazo zaidi ya ekali elfu sitini Gatundu, elfu zingine ambazo zimetapakaa toka Mangu, Gicheha Estate, Ruiru, Kiambu na kwingineko. Hayo yote ni sawa.

        Leo, hebu fikiria kidogo na ujiulize, mbona niko Marekani? Ni kwa sababu, kama ilivyo katika maradhi ya ukimwi, hatujawahi kupata tiba ya ugonjwa wa ulanguzi, uridhi wa mapapa wale wale ilhali hawafai kimantiki.

        Let us reshape the political landscape and uproot all those masquerading as the savior of the common man; those that are still living in the dark ages of tribal fiefdoms. Moi’s endorsement of Uhuru is an excuse to give him a carte blanche to deal with his arch rivals, namely Raila, Mutafati, Kalonzo etc.

        Kenyans face a Herculean task of trying to eliminate all elements Ukuyuism, ujaluoism, Ukalenjinism, Ukambaism and Uluhyaism. Moi faces a serious social approbrium that is worsening as old age continue to pull him down. The best option for us Kenyans is to clean the Aegean stable that is lot of most, if not all, our tribal leaders.

        We are faced with a daunting task of wiping out all this former cronies and henchmen who have dominated our political arena since I was in primary school. We can not continue to inculcate and entrench that vices that made us free our motherland in such of fairness, equality and a level playing field. Say AMEN Leo. We cannot continue to sink once more from the depths of academic, economic and social poverty to the heights of political lucre that epitomises the attitudes and rhetorics of tribal leaders.

        Help me to immunise Kenyans from the gail of tribalism and build a united, cohesive and egalitarian Kenya society. Kenya’s molibund glory need to be restored, not by Moi but by us. Moi is an astitute political player who still wants us to fight like pigs while slopping on the troughs. For all practical purposes, tuwaze na kuwazua waliotutenda ili watoto wetu wawe na maisha mema yasiokuwa na vipengele vyovyote vya ukabila.
        Let’s continue championing the gargantuan war against our country’s inheritance by the same old same old who have formed a career as corruption and tribal Czars. Kenya ni yetu sote, Leo. Kimombo ni bure kabisa.

  3. ken nyaga mburia said

    well, Moi is right. uhuru seem to be kenyan next president. Lets surport him.

    • mumbi said

      ken wewe ni mchenzi mno, mbona moi hangedhubutu kuongea hivi mwenda zake karume alipo kuwa hai, ndani mwa boma lake….lol.. my swahili is over. To me it is very disrespectful for moi to campaign for uhuru in njenga karumes home..simply coz hes dead and cannot fight back, it is cowardly, evil and highest level of idiocy!! we all know that karume supported Raila, so why talk about uhuru in his home, total garbage.

  4. Bancho said

    Moi as a private citizen can endorse whoever he wants to, well thats his opinion and he no longer speaks on behalf of Kenyan voters who have the power in their hands to make leaders.

  5. dolly said

    Moi is afraid of Railas’ presidency, he knows what he did to this man. am not a fun of Raila, neither am i Uhurus’. I like to See Martha karua beat the crap out of these craziies.

  6. kihoria said

    Moi hawezi kutuchagulia Kiongozi, kwa sababu yeye alishindwa kuongoza hapo mbeleni.Leave Kenyans alone to Decide themselves.There are so many Leaders in Central Province and educated who can lead Kenya, but who said only a President can come from Central province, Let Moi stop Uchonganishi He knows well that no Kikuyu this time round will enter State House. Am a Kikuyu from Central and I need to see someone else in that House.

  7. leo said

    Baba jimmi put it very well. Niwalewale,vile vile tu. Kwani mnafikilia tuTA kwenda wapi? mAVI YA KUKU. MIGUNA MIGUNA

  8. mwangi said

    Are there no young clean hardworking kenyan men or women? Why do we need to keep recycling? We should have a term and ahe limit to stop this nonsense!

  9. leo said

    kulingana na maoni yangu, Uhuru ndiye anawezatawala hii Nchi. Toro said so. Wale wale na vile vile tu. Kwani unafikilitutakwenda wapi?

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