Moi in hospital
The late former President Daniel arap Moi. He died on Tuesday.

Retired President Daniel arap Moi has been admitted to hospital for the second time in two weeks as ill-health and age take a toll on Kenya’s second head of state.

Mr Moi who has been experiencing breathing complications is hospitalized at  The Nairobi Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. There are, however, conflicting reports of when he was admitted, with some sources indicating Thursday last week while others say yesterday, Monday.

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The Star newspaper reports that the 95-year-old former head of state was rushed to the hospital on Thursday last week from his Kabarnet Gardens home, Nairobi. “It is something to do with the breathing system. He is experiencing difficulty in breathing,” the newspaper quotes an unidentified doctor.

According to the Nation, Mr Moi was admitted on Monday for a routine exam.

Mr Moi’s Press Secretary, Lee Njiru, is quoted saying: “It is true Mzee Moi went to Nairobi Hospital today (Monday) but it was for a routine medical check-up. It is prudent and advisable that everybody should go for medical check-up, so Mzee Moi went for a medical check-up.”

Moi’s knee problem

Mr Njiru said Mr Moi’s physician, Dr David Silverstein, will determine how long he will stay at the hospital. “He is expected to go back home but that will be at the discretion of his personal physician; he will make the final decision.”

It is reported that Moi underwent a procedure and was much better on Sunday. Moi was treated for pleural effusion, the accumulation of excess fluids around the lung area, according to reports.

Moi turned 95 on September 2, and celebrated his birthday at a private function at his Kabarak home in Nakuru.

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Mzee Moi, ruled Kenya for 24 years between 1978 and 2002, has been taken to hospital several times for routine examinations, the last time being on October 13.

In March 2018, the former President was flown to Israel for a knee check-up. The problem with his knee began on July 30, 2006, after he was involved in an accident in Limuru while travelling to Kabarak from Machakos, where he had presided over a graduation ceremony at Scott Theological College.

And on January 27, 2017 the former president underwent a minor knee surgery at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.



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