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Vol 39 No 25

Published 18th December 1998


Kenya

President Moi and the dynasty

Andrew Morton’s much-vilified biography of Daniel arap Moi (AC 39 No 23) has further lifted the veil on Kenya’s first family. Until now, Moi, divorced from his wife Lena in 1974, has managed to keep his eight children (and his private life) away from the glare of publicity. There is great rivalry among the Moi clan, not least due to the unflattering remarks made by Gideon Moi (his father’s favourite) about some of his brothers and sisters. Both sides are now leaking nasty little anecdotes to journalists. This competition may affect Kalenjin politics after Moi’s departure, and also his personal fortune estimated at over US$3 billion. The capital is held in trust by relatives and friends, and in front companies in Kenya, offshore tax havens and several major international banks (such as Union Bank of Switzerland where the Moi dossier is treated as a matter tantamount to national security).

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