The final farewells of Thatcher, Mugabe, Moi and what they do not have in common

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(Daniel Toroitich arap Moi and Margaret Thatcher)

Lady Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s Prime Minister for 11 years that is, from 1979 to 1990. When Lady Thatcher passed away in April 2013, many Brits from all corners of Britain openly celebrated the demise of Lady Thatcher on the streets of different British cities and different British towns, and of note, the song “Ding Dong! The Witch is dead” from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” was sang with jubilation by many Brits, resulting in the sudden rise of “Ding Dong! The Witch is dead” to No. 2 of the British music charts in April 2013, owing to the demise of Lady Thatcher. Lady Thatcher was not accorded a formal State funeral, but was rather accorded a high profile send off that amounted to a “quasi” State funeral. Many British protestors showed up at her final send off, some chanting “Waste of money,” in reference to her “quasi” State funeral farewell;

Robert Gabriel Mugabe served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and as President of Zimbabwe from 1987 to 2017, a total leadership tenure of 37 years. When Robert Gabriel Mugabe passed away in September 2019, very few Zimbabweans were bothered, including his fellow Shona tribesmen, and very few Zimbabweans showed up for final tributes to Robert Mugabe, including his funeral service and burial. Robert Gabriel Mugabe was neither accorded a State funeral nor a “quasi” State funeral;

Daniel T. arap Moi was President of Kenya for 24 years i.e. from 1978 to 2002. When Baba Moi passed away in February 2020, hundreds of thousands of Kenyans from all tribes and from all corners of Kenya, showed up to pay their last respects to Baba Moi, at Parliament Buildings, at his funeral service and at his burial. All venues of Baba Moi’s final tributes were packed to capacity with Kenyans from all walks of life and with Kenyans of all ages, including those who were just young boys and young girls during the final years of Mzee Moi’s presidency. Kenyan flags were flown at half mast, and long forgotten songs of the Moi era of 1978 to 2002 were resurrected and played all round on all Kenyan radio and television stations during the period of mourning of Baba Moi. Baba Moi was accorded a very well attended State funeral, attended by Kenyans from all walks of life. There were no Lady Margaret Thatcher type protests or protestors;

Is Baba Moi therefore really that much of a divisive figure and/or “hated” figure in Kenyan History?

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