Once described by his eventual successor Mwai Kibaki as one akin to “attempting to cut a mugumo tree using a razor”, former President Daniel arap Moi made challenging and outsmarting the independence party Kanu an arduous task.
But since he left office in 2002, Kanu, now chaired by his son and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, has been on a downward trend.
The rains that beat Kanu and the Moi family, which started in 2002 when the party lost the presidential elections for the first time in the country’s 39-year post-independence history, came in torrents in the subsequent polls in 2007.
In that election, just five years after Mzee Moi handed over power to his successor Mwai Kibaki, his family faced opposition in the Rift Valley.
Moi’s sons Gideon, Jonathan, and Raymond were in the race for election as members of Parliament in Baringo Central, Eldama Ravine, and Rongai constituencies, respectively, all on a Kanu ticket, the independence party that had become synonymous with Mzee Moi in his 24 years, four months and eight days at the helm of Kenyan politics as president.