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REASON WHY DANIEL MOI CARRIED ‘RUNGU’ EVERYWHERE HE WENT

The late Daniel Moi was a Kenyan statesman and politician who was the second and longest serving President of Kenya from 1978 to 2002. He previously served as the third Vice President of Kenya from 1967 to 1978, and succeeded President Jomo Kenyatta following the latter’s death.

During his era, President Moi never shied away from calling out his cabinet secretaries for indiscipline and neither did he hesitate to fire those he didn’t ideologically agree with. This was the most politically stable time in Kenyan history as no one dared cross his path.

one thing that was iconic about Moi is carrying ‘Rungu’ whenever he went also popularly referred to as fimbo ya Nyayo. It remained glued to his right hand for the 24 years he was in power, from 1978 to 2002.

SIGNIFICANCE

Moi’s Baton was similar to that of Jomo Kenyatta’s fly whisk. The first president of Kenya made sure he had it on one of his hands when making a public appearance. The same was true for the infamous rungu, a wooden baton.

Some analysts believed that the baton was a symbol of power and authority, a symbolism borrowed from the Kalenjin community. No matter what people thought of it, the Baton was certainly important to Daniel Moi.

Its origin story is of young men of the Tugen community in Baringo (Moi’s Kalenjin sub-tribe), who were implored by their elders to carry an assortment of small weapons to protect themselves against wild animals.

According to his biographer, Andrew Morton, Moi picked up the habit and carried it to the highest office on the land.

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