Famed ‘Fimbo ya Nyayo’ the symbol of power


Famed 'Fimbo ya Nyayo' the symbol of power

Former President Moi’s symbol of power and authority- a trademark knobkerrie- forged from gold and ivory will also be at the parliament buildings as members of public stream in to pay their last respects.

It will be the first time many Kenyans will be catching a glimpse of the baton that Moi carried in public during his 24-year stay in power.

Members of the public will also get to glimpse the famous Fimbo ya Nyayo that Kenya’s second president carried in public during his stay in power. Photo: Courtesy.

The knobkerrie famously known as ‘Fimbo ya Nyayo’  was a stuff of legend and urban myth.

It never left the late presidents side and at one time, a replacement had to be flown from Nairobi to Australia when the first one broke in New York.

Lee Njiru, the late president Moi’s press secretary during an interview said his boss was never comfortable in public without his symbol of authority.

The fact that Moi never spoke about its significance in public was a subject of public myth with Kenyans immortalizing the baton in local songs.

The retired president succumbed to a long illness while receiving medical care at the Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday.

He will be laid to rest at his Kabarak Home on Wednesday, February 12.

 

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