In Summary
  • The majority of Kenyans who took to Twitter and Facebook to mark Moi Day chose different paths: nostalgia, jokes and fun.

  • Opinion was sharply divided among the lot that chose to remember Mr Moi and his regime that was, at some point, marked by single-party rule, detention without trial, repression and dictatorship.

  • Some recalled the positive impact Nyayo era had on Kenya under Mr Moi’s stewardship— including national unity, political stability, expansion of schools and universities and yes, free school milk.

So, what are you up to this Moi Day, the public holiday that is still hanging by a High Court thread?

Nothing major? Breathe easy. You are in indeed good company.

While Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i on Tuesday urged Kenyans to mark the day with selfless acts of service to their community, not many had time to organise and hold major events.

DANIEL MOI

And yes, some visited children homes and donated foodstuff to the less fortunate in the society but the bulk of Kenyans spent Thursday with family and friends.

A good number marked the day in the cyberspace, sharing thoughts and memories of the man who ruled Kenya for 24 years.

But some seemed bored and even went to the extent of questioning why the day was still a holiday in the first place.

“Kenyans are the most confused lot in the world,” tweeted @I_am_AlphaX1.

“What is the logic behind celebrating Moi on #MoiDay when you keep saying he was the worst president ever? Please help me understand.”

Allen Arnold agreed with him: “Surely there's nothing to celebrate about #MoiDay. But because we're Kenyans, we will take it as a drinking day.”

For his part, Adrian Blomfield demanded for some answers from Dr Matiang’i and the Uhuru Kenyatta administration why there was no national plan to mark the day.

“Is there a ceremony in the Nyayo House torture chambers every #MoiDay to commemorate Moi era victims?” he posed.

“If not, why not? Is it because the Moi era never ended? On Thursday, I will remember Robert Ouko, Bishop Muge, Fr Kaiser, Masinde Muliro and all who suffered under Moi.”

NYAYO ERA

The majority of Kenyans who took to Twitter and Facebook to mark Moi Day chose different paths: nostalgia, jokes and fun.

Opinion was sharply divided among the lot that chose to remember Mr Moi and his regime that was, at some point, marked by single-party rule, detention without trial, repression and dictatorship.

Some recalled the positive impact Nyayo era had on Kenya under Mr Moi’s stewardship— including national unity, political stability, expansion of schools and universities and yes, free school milk.

“Moi was a serious political adult; fully in charge of the national homestead he headed. He genuinely cared for National Unity, running a Govt largely representative of the face of Kenya,” tweeted Linus Kaikai, Director of Strategy and Innovation at Royal Media Services.

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