Saharawi Ambassador presents condolences to Kenyan counterpart on loss of President Daniel Arap Moi

Gaborone (Botswana), 8 February 2020 (SPS) - Saharawi Ambassador to Botswana and Permanent Representative to SADC, Mr. Malainin Mohamed, presented Today his government’s condolences to H.E. Ambassador. Mohamed Sidiye, High Commissioner of Kenya to Botswana, on the occasion of the passing away of the late former President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi, who passed away last February the 4th.

Visiting the High Commission of Kenya in Gaborone to sign on the Condolences Book, the Saharawi Ambassador expressed his and his government’s deep sadness about the great loss of a great son of Africa, and a Kenyan leader who led the country during a sensitive period of its history.

The High Commissioner of Kenya, H.E. Ambassador. Mohamed Sidiye, presented to his Saharawi guest a detailed biography of the late President Daniel Arab Moi, stating his many good qualities and services to the country.

He stressed in particular the personal characters of the late President, who was well famous about his modesty, straightforwardness and high spirit of nationalism.

On his side, the Saharawi Ambassador stressed that “the Saharawi people will always remember that their young state, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, was first admitted in the early 1980ies as a full-fledged Member of the OAU under the Chairmanship of Danielle Arap Moi, in a period when the Moroccan occupation of parts of Western Sahara was strong and dishonorably supported by old colonial powers.”

He further recalled that it was also “under the leadership of Arap Moi, and that of Kenya, that the African leaders joined force to push towards the resolution of the last conflict of decolonization in Africa, leading to the adoption by the OAU Assembly of Heads of State and Government, meeting in its Nineteenth Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa from 6 to 12 June 1983, of resolution AHG/Res. 104 (XIX) on Western Sahara, which formed the basis for the UN brokered peace plan later in 1991.” (SPS)