Son of ex-Kenyan president Moi dies

Saturday April 20 2019

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Jonathan Toroitich Moi. He died in Nakuru on April 19, 2019. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Jonathan Toroitich Moi, the son of former Kenyan president Daniel Moi has died.

He died Friday evening in Nakuru, a town 160km southeast of Nairobi, ex-president Moi's Press Secretary Lee Njiru confirmed Saturday.

It was not immediately clear what caused Mr Toroitich's death.

In a brief telephone interview with Nation, Mr Njiru said the family will issue a detailed statement on Sunday.

“I have been asked by the Moi family to tell Kenyans to respect their privacy at this mourning period of their beloved kin,” said Mr Njiru.

Mr Toroitich was a celebrated Safari Rally driver.


Jonathan Toroitich Moi was a celebrated Safari
Jonathan Toroitich Moi was a celebrated Safari Rally driver. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Years ago, Easter holidays meant one thing in Kenya, the Safari Rally and it is a coincidence that Mr Toroitich has died during the Easter holiday.

Mr Toroitich's brother, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, said Saturday, "Jonathan will be remembered for his daring exploits in the racing tracks, in muddy and dusty tracks, during this time of Easter."

Mr Toroitich was also a prominent farmer and involved in real estate business.

Former president Moi has eight children, five sons and three daughters. They are, Gideon, Philip Moi (a retired army officer) and his twin Doris Elizabeth Chepkorir, Jennifer, June, Raymond Moi, who is Rongai MP and John Mark.

Their mother Lena Moi died in 2004.