The final bow: Jonathan Toroitich Moi 1954-2019

The late Jonathan Toroitich will be laid to rest at his home in Kabimoi, Eldama Ravine, Baringo County today.


A requiem Mass for retired President Daniel Moi’s first-born son and Safari rally race will be conducted at the Kabarak University graduation square.

According to Kabarak University’s Vice chancellor Henry Kiplagat, who is chairing the burial committee, after the mass service, the body will then be taken to Kabimoi for interment.

Jonathan died on Saturday at a Nakuru hospital after battling cancer.

The journey to Kabarak began early in the morning after prayers at the Lee Funeral Home’s chapel. Jonathan’s body made a short journey to Wilson airport.
Two light aircrafts – one carrying the body and another with the family took off for Kabarak airstrip.
At Kabarak airstrip, they were received by Jonathan’s sons and then made a 10-minute journey to Kabarak University graduation square.

The mass service has attracted over 10, 000 mourners.

A number of political leaders including William Ruto, James Orengo, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula are among the dignitaries attending the funeral.

Jonathan Moi has been eulogized as having an ‘understanding of rural life and its simplicity and the communal approach to life’s challenges’.
His eulogy was read by Capt (Rtd) Phillip K. Moi.

Jonathan’s wife Sylvia Moi in her tribute, said JT’s teaching and tough love, will guide them along the rough terrains of the life ahead.

“Our world will never be the same without you JT. You have been propelling force to our forward march of life. You slipped away so fast and so sudden and left us dumfounded. Questions are more than answers we can think of. We trust in our Lord to hold us together as we mourn your demise,” she said.

His son Wayne Kiprop Moi described him as a good man full of ambition, love and affection.
“To some he was a champion, to others he was a teacher. To me, he was a hero and source of strength and inspiration. He was a giant among men who could do no wrong,” his first son Clint Kiprono said.

Capping her tribute with a poem by Leanne Brady, her daughter Barbara Jebet said her father taught them a lot about what matters and just how to be happy.

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