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President Kenyatta Pays a Glowing Tribute to President Moi on His 90th Birthday

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President Kenyatta Pays a Glowing Tribute to President Moi on His 90th Birthday
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  PRESIDENT KENYATTA PAYS A GLOWING TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT MOION HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY  It gives me great pleasure to join the nation, friends and family of PresidentDaniel Toroitich arap Moi in celebrating his 90th birthday. This occasion is nodoubt a monumental milestone in the life of President Moi, just as it is in thelife of our epublic. !e as born as #enya came into being as a colony, andnot only lived, but gre to be an active player in every event that shaped ourcountry into hat it is today.President Moi started serving his community at an early age. It is thischampionship that eventually thrust him to a higher political platform, herehe thrived and became one of our country$s iconic nationalists. !e as one of #enya$s earliest indigenous legislators, serving at the %egislative &ouncil herehe as able, together ith his brothers in the cause, to eventually participatein the %ancaster !ouse negotiations that yielded us a epublican constitutionand Independence. The indefatigable patriot served his people afterIndependence as a minister, vice president and eventually #enya$s longestserving president. Throughout this time, President Moi made his mar', often inhistoric, indelible ays.President Moi is a great believer in national unity. !is belief that leadershipmust do everything to preserve our unity and shun all that threaten it is asalient ethical and ideological beacon, hich should continue to inspire all of us.President Moi is also on record as a leader ho achieved a lot in upliftinghistorically marginalised communities, and in empo ering the ea'. Througha(rmative government programmes as ell as his reno ned philanthropy, heensured that historically e)cluded people made their ay to the table of national fraternity and e*uality. !e opened educational opportunities forchildren from arid, semi arid and pastoral communities and those from poorbac'grounds, thereby touching lives and transforming the country.+specially outstanding has been President Moi$s championship of omen andgirl  child empo erment. -o successful has he been in this regard that many omen managers, entrepreneurs and public servants, as ell as researchers,academics and other high achievers are direct beneciaries of M/ee Moi $ sdeliberate policies. s e spea' today, his legacy continues, ith more girlsenrolling for post  graduate courses than boys in a number of our colleges anduniversities. !is opposition to female circumcision enabled the country tocondently push bac' an insidious thro bac', hich harmed our girls andretarded their development into productive citi/ens.M/ee is an enthusiastic environmentalist. %ong before conservation becamefashionable, he had instituted fully  1edged tree planting and soil conservationprogrammes and rallied the entire nation into 'eeping the land green.In everything he does, M/ee Moi has been inclusive, and shunned everymanifestation of elitism. s far as possible, he strove to incorporate the vie sof ordinary ananchi in formulating policies and in 2overnment decisionma'ing. !is insistence that the ultimate decider and beneciary of a ne   dispensation ould be $3anji'u$ inaugurated an important era of $3anji'udriven$ governance in #enya. !e has al ays al'ed ith 'ings, yet has neverlost his common touch. devout &hristian, M/ee Moi testied his faith by ord and deed ithout fail. Inturn, 2od has al ays stood by him.I have 'no n M/ee since my childhood. !e has al ays been a thoughtful, rm,consistent and punctual man. !e is also 'ind, generous and patient.  greatlistener, he never rushes to conclusions and re1ects thoroughly beforespea'ing. That is hy his advice and arnings are almost al ays prophetic. !epossesses a profound understanding of human nature.M/ee is a great teacher from hom e have all learned a lot. !e is also atalented leader, hose legacy ill al ays resound in the annals of our history.!e embodies the life of our epublic4 it$s humble and tough srcins, gro th,triumphs and setbac's, and blessed prospects.3e must be than'ful al ays for M/ee$s life and service, and al ays let him'no that e appreciate the blessing and inspiration he has been to us. s econtinue the tas' of nation building as he taught us, let us all re1ect on themany ays e can emulate M/ee, and improve on his legacy. 5n behalf of the people of #enya, I am honoured to ta'e this opportunity to ish M/ee a happy birthday. May he continue to enjoy the blessing of healthand long life that e have all ished him and prayed for. I ant President Moito 'no that his birthday is also an historic #enyan milestone, and that the or' he and our founding fathers began continues. Today e rededicateourselves to live as one nation in peace, love and unity.Mungu aendelee 'umbari'i M/ee Moi. 
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