Meet David Kalua: The man who gave Moi a fresh rose each day for his suit


Meet David Kalua: The man who gave Moi a fresh rose each day for his ...

Bishop David Kalua is the man behind the fresh rose boutonnière that always adorned the lapel of the late Daniel arap Moi suits.

Kalua, who served at State House for over ten years, said Mzee Moi was his close friend and loved his hard work.

When Kalua secured his employment as a gardener at State House, his responsibility was to plant vegetables and flowers.

Bishop Kalua with his wife, Deborah Kalua during an interview. Photo: Courtesy.

According to him, Moi found the flowers very attractive and ordered him to always cut a flower for him every day.

Kalua also revealed that the flowers which he planted at the entrance of State House were always guarded to ensure that no damage came to them.

The vegetables he planted were the ones Mzee Moi would eat at State House: the former President was very particular about the food he ate.

Eulogizing his friend, Kalua described him as a God loving man who never missed a church service.

He said Mzee Moi also cherished his children a lot and had a special love for education, attending countless harambees during his 24-years reign in aid of school construction.

His wife, Debora Kalua said that her husband of 88 years had pursued a course in beauty and landscaping.

Bishop Kalua and his wife enjoy a light moment at their home during an interview. Photo: Courtesy

He first worked at prison training college, where the late president used to visit, noticed his work and liked it.

When the gardener at statehouse retired, Kalua was hand-picked as the replacement

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