Daniel Arap Moi, a former schoolteacher who became Kenya’s longest-serving president and presided over years of repression and economic turmoil fueled by runaway corruption, has died. He was 95.
Moi’s death was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in a statement on the state broadcaster on Tuesday.
Moi, who ruled Kenya for 24 years, had been in and out of hospital for months.
Kenyatta ordered national flags to fly half mast from Tuesday until sunset of the day of the burial.
He said Moi, Kenya’s second president, was a leader in the struggle for Kenya’s independence and an ardent Pan-Africanist.
Despite being called a dictator by critics, Moi enjoyed strong support from many Kenyans and was seen as a uniting figure when he took power after founding president Jomo Kenyatta died in office in 1978. Some allies of the ailing Kenyatta, however, tried to change the constitution to prevent Moi, then the vice president, from automatically taking power upon Kenyatta’s death.