Meet the Aide-de-Camp that was with Moi till death, his role now

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(Lt-Col Alexander Kiprop Aide-de-camp of Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya)

Aide-de-Camp (ADC) is the officer(s) who always stand behind the President in public.

Some of the roles of ADC apart from the routines such as closing and opening the doors to the President include; carrying items of the President including speeches, receiving from the President any item that may have been handed to the boss including gifts.

The second President Daniel Arap Moi had several ADCs. The first one was Major Macharia whom he ‘inherited’ from Jomo Kenyatta, he was later replaced by Major Peter Ngugi Ikenye who was followed by Colonel Wilson Boinett, who later rose to become the Director-General of the National Security Intelligence Service. After Boinett came Colonel Alexander Sitienei then Lt-Col Jonathan Rono who later become a Maj-Gen  in charge of Eastern Command.

At his point of retirement, Moi had Col Stephen Boiywo on tow. Boiywo was later to leave and was assigned other duties as commander of the Kenya Armed Forces that ended the Sabaot Land Defence Forces menace in Mt Elgon.

The ADC Lt-Col Alexander Kiprop who was seconded from the Tank Battalion is the one who finished the race with Second President of the republic of Kenya Daniel Moi. 

By the time of his appointment, he was just a major from the Tanks Battalion.

On Saturday when the remains of Daniel Moi was being moved from Lee Funeral Home to Parliament of Kenya, Lt-Col Alexander Kiprop wore his ceremonial military attire and was sitting in front of the gun carriage carrying Moi’s body.

To be an ADC is simple; one has to work on their diets, be averagely young and physically fit to withstand long hours of standing and walking around the President; working closely and if possible friendship with escort commander to ensure no loopholes, be a uniform officer.

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