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Kenya's former President Moi discharged from Nairobi Hospital

By Abuga Makori in Nairobi , Garowe Online
BACK HOME: Former President Daniel arap Moi Image: FILE

NAIROBI - Kenya's former President Daniel Arap Moi was on Thursday discharged from Nairobi Hospital after 10 days in the Intensive Care Unit, the family has confirmed.

Moi, 95, was rushed to the facility for the second time almost two weeks ago but the family kept the public in darkness over his deteriorating health.

Family sources conceded that the nonagenarian was suffering from breathing difficulties, forcing medics to place him under ICU.

His long-time spokesman Lee Njiru on said the retired head of state was discharged after doctors established that his condition had been restored.

"The Moi family has expressed gratitude to all those who offered prayers and sent quick recovery messages," the retired head of state's press secretary Lee Njiru said on Thursday.

Dr. David Silverstein has been monitoring the nonagenarian for decades now and he's the only trusted medic to carry routine checks on him.

Last week, the family disputed claims that Moi had died, accusing social media users of spreading 'conspiracy theories and propaganda'.

“Human health is not a matter to have toyed with so Kenyans should stop the speculation because Mzee Moi is on the path to a quick recovery,” Mr. Lee Njiru had told the press.

It's not the first time health concerns have been raised about the retired statesman. Last year, he was rushed to Nairobi Hospital for treatment.

Months earlier in 2018, Mr. Moi was admitted to an Israeli hospital for over one month in what the family described as 'knee injury'.

In May this year, Mr. Moi could not attend the funeral of his eldest son Jonathan Moi who succumbed to cancer. However, he hosted several top government officials.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was one of few people who visited him on Thursday at his Kabarnet Gardens home in Nairobi shortly after he was discharged.

Moi ruled Kenya for 24 years which were eclipsed with mega corruption scandals, tribalism, maladministration and mismanagement of public resources.

It's during his time that the country was subjected to authoritarianism which saw several civil rights activists and opposition politicians locked for questioning his regime.

The elderly statesman retired in 2002 after serving two terms of five years, a constitutional requisite adopted in 1992 after the introduction of pluralism, 14 years after he introduced single-party democracy.


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