Demised Former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi might have earned the soliloquy ‘Professor of Politics’ but he was a man with a troubled family.
For years after his retirement, his blue-eyed boy, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi became the face of the Moi family. Rumored to be the apple of his father’s eyes, Gideon cuts the figure of a typical ‘Uncle Tom,’ White man caught trapped in melanin.
It was not until the death of Jonathan Moi that Kenyans curiosity piqued about the little-known lives of the rest of Moi’s children.
Philip Kipchirchir is a retired Major of the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) and is known as the family wildcard. It was reported by Nation that his father enrolled him into KDF straight after high school to knock some discipline into the young man and the army was the way to do it.
Philip Moi secretly wed an Italian woman whom Moi disapproved and who has taken Philip to court over child support and maintenance charges running into hundreds of millions.
Doris Elizabeth Chepkorir Choge is Philip’s twin sister. She has until fairly recently lived a simple and non-controversial life. She married Ibrahim Choge, Jonathan’s rally navigator and son of veteran Nandi politician the late Simon Kiptum Choge, much to the chagrin of her father.
The former Head of State’s eldest child Jennifer Chemutai Kositany was born in 1953. She has led a largely private life and little is known of her business activities.
John Mark is the least known of his siblings. He was considered one of the brightest and most promising in the Moi family after securing admission into Havard University.
Raymond Kipruto, born in 1960, is publicly best remembered for his stint as Vice Chairman of the Kenya Co-operative Creameries. He is the current MP for Rongai Constituency in Nakuru. Then there’s the adopted daughter June Ruto that he also dotted on. June Moi never married, no kids.
See, of his eight children, President Moi did not hide his soft spot for just two; Gideon, the last born son, and adopted daughter June Moi-both of whom controlled the bulk of his Sh300 billion wealth alongside former aide Joshua Kulei as a business proxy. The rest he said, had disappointed him big time.
Aside from Phillip and his dramatic marital life, the other person who has turned the Moi name into fodder for gossip is his grandson Collins Moi. Collins is the son of the late Jonathan Moi
The Moi family was peppered with favoritism with Jonathan as the first victim who took the most knocks. After siding with his mother, the late Lena during her divorce with Moi in 1974, the father turned his back on his eldest son who and grew up in Eldama Ravine with his mother, not State House Nairobi.
Jonathan’s afflicted life has spilled over to his son who was once in court for stealing his own daughter’s phone.
A few years later, he was in the news for dumping the daughter of the late loaded winemaker, Fai Amario in a Kericho hotel before skiving with the Sh100,000 bill.
Mario was turning thirty and Collins promised her a treat. When the bill hit 100k, he slipped away. Detailing their troubled two-year relationship, she said that red flags had started flickering when Collins once brought her chips mwitu and ‘a small soda’ for lunch and a bottle of whisky for himself.
When she questioned the callousness, he beat her blue-black.
“He assaulted me where I had recently been operated, I suffered internal bleeding and blood was also oozing out of my ears,” she later recalled.
His latest woes involve his ex-wife and the mother of two of his children, Glady Jeruto. Collins and Jeruto separated in 2012 who has drawn him into a proctored court battle for being a deadbeat dad to his two children, according to suit papers by his estranged wife who is an aspiring MCA
It can be tough when you’re always broke, yet your grandfather was a President
Amario’s cherry: Marsha Amario, daughter of wealthy winemaker Fai Amario dated Collins Moi in a love affair that went south two years later.
Is Collins bearing the chalice of the accursed Moi name? It is burdening when you steal phones just to afford meals and alcohol when your grandfather ruled for 24 years and amassed wealth sweeping across banking, logistics, warehousing, large-scale agriculture, hospitality, property, real estate, media, technology, aviation, education, horticulture, construction, security, and real estate management.
Collins’s mother, Sylvia Toroitich divorced his father in 2004 over extra-marital affairs. He married two other wives with Collins as one of 12 children. Did that worsen the situation on how Collins turned out?
Collins could be waiting for the spoils of his father’s estate worth a modest Sh30 million. He filed court papers to be a beneficiary of the estate, half of which is a Sh15 million parcel of land in Nairobi’s Industrial Area, Sh10 million as shares in Taro Holdings, and Sh5 million in Nakuru Oil Mills.