In Summary
  • Mr Leitich said that Mzee Moi was happy to see the merger of TNA and URP.
  • He said that the former Head of State was a disciplinarian who would not entertain party wrangles.
  • But the politician said that he is disturbed by the current confusion in the Jubilee Party.

During the clamour for multi-party rule in Kenya, one man stood out as a staunch defender of the existing status quo and frowned at the idea that one-party politics should come to an end.

Wilson Leitich, now aged 84, a politician from Nakuru, even told Kanu youth wingers to chop off fingers of anyone found flashing the two-finger salute which was being used by multiparty crusaders.

Mr Leitich later claimed that it was a "mere joke".

This is the man whom former President Daniel arap Moi, who died on Tuesday, consulted widely during his 24-year reign on the politics of Nakuru.

“There is no major political decision Mzee Moi made as far as Nakuru politics was concerned without consulting me. We were so tight and he shared with me his thoughts on every political move or decision he made in Nakuru,” said Mr Leitich.

TNA, URP MERGER

He revealed that even before President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto merged their parties -- The National Alliance (TNA) and United Republican Party (URP) -- to form Jubilee at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, Mzee Moi called him and they discussed the merger.

“I attended the merger between TNA and URP and, immediately after the marriage, Mzee Moi sent the late MP Mark Too and we went to his Kabarak home and I briefed him on what transpired at Afraha Stadium,” said Mr Leitich.

“Mzee Moi was so happy with Mr Kenyatta and Dr Ruto uniting before the public and kept on referring to Mr Kenyatta as Arap Kenyatta in our discussion, and urged me to rally the Kalenjin nation to ensure Mr Kenyatta gets to State House,” recalled Mr Leitich.

DISCIPLINARIAN

Mr Leitich said that the former Head of State was a disciplinarian who would not entertain party wrangles.

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