Former President Daniel Arap Moi’s first born son Jonathan Kipkemboi arap Toroitich has passed on.
Former President Moi’s Press Secretary Lee Njiru, confirmed that Jonathan Moi died on Friday evening adding that a detailed statement will be issued on Sunday.
The younger Moi a former Safari Rally driver who was in his late 60s was living in Eldama Ravine. He tried his hand in politics but lost.
In a statement, his brother Senator Gideon Moi described him as an amiable, social, down to earth and industrious man.
“We are distraught as family and we ask for your prayers and seek your understanding and indulgence to allow us mourn privately,” the Senator said.
Meanwhile, social media is awash with messages of condolence to the family of the former head of state following the demise of his son Jonathan.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence and encouragement to former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.
In his condolence message, President Kenyatta said JT, as Jonathan was popularly known, was a humble, kind, generous and courageous person. He said JT’s word was always his bond and he was dependable.
The president said many people will always remember JT for his pioneering exploits in motorsport as a rally driver and as a successful farmer, businessman and entrepreneur.
In his condolence message, Former President Mwai Kibaki said Jonathan, a self-effacing and private person, will be remembered for his breakthroughs in motor sporting, farming and business.
Chief justice David Maraga said Jonathan was well known as an outstanding rally driver in the heydays of the Safari Rally.
Sports cabinet secretary Ambassador Dr. Amina Mohamed in her condolences said Jonathan was one of the best and avid rally drivers this country has ever had.