Gideon Moi

Gideon Kipsiele Moi (born 22 October 1963) is a Kenyan politician who has served in the Senate of Kenya, representing Baringo County, since 2013. He was elected with a landslide win of over 80%, trouncing his opponent Jackson Kosgei.[1] [2]He is also the Chairman of the Kenya African National Union (KANU), which for decades was the ruling party in Kenya. He is the youngest son of Kenya's second president, Daniel arap Moi, and Lena Moi. His siblings include; Phillip Moi, Jonathan Moi (April 2019), John Mark Moi, Raymond Moi (MP for Rongai), Jennifer Jemutai Kositany, Doris Moi, June Moi.[3]

Gideon Moi
Member of the Kenyan Senate
Assumed office
28 March 2013
ConstituencyBaringo County
Chairman of the Kenya African National Union (KANU)
Assumed office
April 2012
PresidentMwai Kibaki, Uhuru Kenyatta
Preceded byUhuru Kenyatta
Member of the Kenyan Parliament
In office
2003–2007
ConstituencyBaringo Central
Personal details
Born (1963-10-22) 22 October 1963 (age 57)
NationalityKenyan
Political partyKenya African National Union (KANU)
Spouse(s)Zahra
RelationsDaniel Toroitich arap Moi (father)
Children3
Alma materUniversity of Salford (BA)
Nickname(s)Gidi

Personal lifeEdit

  1. WTC Gideon Moi has the following brothers and sisters: Doris Moi, Jennifer Jemutai Kositany, June Moi,Raymond Moi, Jonathan Toroitich, Philip Moi, John Mark Moi.[4] Moi is married to Zahra Moi, with whom he has three children: Kimoi, Kigen and Lulu.

Moi has played polo for the Gilgil-based Manyatta club.[5]

Uniquely for Kenyan politicians, Moi has managed to keep his personal life private.[6][7]

In 2020 February, Gideon Moi, Lost his father, the former President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi.[8] In 2004, July, he lost his Mother Lena Moi who was wife to former President of Kenya Daniel Arap Moi.[9]

Presidential ambitionsEdit

Moi is the leader of KANU political party in Kenya. A favoured son of Kenya's former president, he has been groomed as a presidential candidate by his father. In 2017 general elections, he rallied KANU to support Uhuru Kenyatta for a second term, despite Moi's unease for the candidature which also included his political nemesis and fellow tribesman, William Samoei Arap Ruto.

Moi has announced his intentions and is expected to run in the 2022 Kenyan presidential elections, which will test his political abilities and his ability to fundraise, either from his wealth or from his supporters. Even though he is not now seen as popular as Ruto, it is worth noting there is no national audience poll with him head to head with Ruto. He has continued to serve as a senator and Chairman of the Senate ICT Committee instead of the Cabinet Secretary in Uhuru Kenyatta's government, which was speculated in January 2018.[10]

His party recently formed a coalition agreement with the ruling party to work together within and outside parliament.

ControversyEdit

In August 2007, The Guardian reported that the Kroll report, commissioned in 2004 by President Mwai Kibaki to trace assets of people who were suspected of looting the state, listed Gideon Moi. It reported that Moi was worth US$550 million.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Editor, Daily. "Senator Gideon Moi officially endorsed as Daniel Moi's official political heir". Retrieved 2020-08-19.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Joy and tears among relatives". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  3. ^ Obiero, Gladys Mokeira (2020-02-11). "Daniel arap Moi family: Wife, kids and siblings". Tuko.co.ke - Kenya news. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  4. ^ https://www.africa-confidential.com/article-preview/id/3922/President_Moi_and_the_dynasty_
  5. ^ Daily Nation: June 28, 2007: Polo club celebrates centenary[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "How Gideon built his image during Moi funeral". People Daily. 2020-02-21. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  7. ^ "Moi son's fight over wealth erupts – Weekly Citizen". Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  8. ^ "Kenya's former President Moi dies aged 95". BBC News. 2020-02-04. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  9. ^ "First Lady of Kenya", Wikipedia, 2019-11-15, retrieved 2020-02-13
  10. ^ https://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Leaders-demand-Gideon-Moi-succeeds-Uhuru/1064-4749418-qes624z/index.html | Leaders demand Gideon Moi succeeds Uhuru in 2022 - Daily Nation
  11. ^ Xan Rice (2007-08-31). "The looting of Kenya". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-02-29. He called dakitari Dokitari during his father mourning ceremony