October 29, 2019 (GMN) - President Daniel arap Moi was on Monday taken to The Nairobi Hospital for the second time in two weeks for a routine exam.
Mr. Moi's long-serving Press Secretary, Lee Njiru, allayed fears about his health saying, "It is true that Mzee Moi went to Nairobi Hospital Monday but it was for a routine medical check-up.” He added: “It is prudent and advisable that everybody should go for a medical check-up, so Mzee Moi went for a medical check-up.”
Mr. Njiru said Mr. Moi's physician, Dr. David Silverstein will determine how long he will stay at the hospital. “He is expected to go back home but that will be at the discretion of his personal physician; he will make the final decision.”
However, a family source who did not want to be identified told the Nation that Mr. Moi was rushed to the hospital on Saturday after developing breathing complications.
The source said he underwent a procedure and was much better on Sunday, having been removed from a life support machine. Regarding the speculation, a family source said the information was incorrect and asked the Nation, “Do you have aged or aging parents?"
The former President turned 95 on September 02, a birthday that was celebrated at a private function at his Kabarak home. Mzee Moi, who ruled Kenya for 24 years between 1978 and 2002, has not been inactive in politics in the recent past but has been in the limelight due to the delegations he has been receiving at his Kabarak home.
The former President has been taken to the hospital several times for routine examinations, the last time being on October 13, 2019, On March 11, 2018, the former President left the country for Israel, having been booked for a knee check-up.
The problem with his knee began on July 30, 2006, after he was involved in an accident in Limuru. Mr. Moi was then traveling to Kabarak from Machakos, where he had presided over a graduation ceremony at Scott Theological College.
On January 27, 2017, the former president underwent minor knee surgery at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi. (Daily Nation)