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The day Moi jailed Uhuru’s cousin

He was jailed for 6 years over planned coup

The day President Moi jailed Uhuru's cousin, Andrew Kibathi Muigai

Former President Daniel arap Moi is known to enjoy close ties with the Kenyatta family, so much so that he is credited as one of the strongest influences in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s journey to politics.

However, the relations have not always been cordial with Moi having strained relations with the Kenyattas for the most part of the 1980s up to the aftermath of the 1992 general elections.

One of the casualties of the poor relations between the two most powerful families in Kenya is former rally driver Andrew Kibathi Muigai who was sentenced to six years in jail on August 8, 1988.


Andrew is Uhuru’s cousin and a brother to Jubilee nominated senator Beth Mugo.

Their father, James Muigai, was the only brother of founding President Jomo Kenyatta.

Andrew was sentenced to jail after he admitted he had met with the then dreaded Opposition activist Koigi Wa Wamwere who had fled to Norway on forced exile.

He was also accused of being a member of Mwakenya, a Marxist underground group that was reportedly planning to overthrow President Moi.

However, Koigi, in his book, I refuse to Die, says that he never met with Kenyatta’s nephew and was likely forced into a confession.


In those days, many political detainees were brutally tortured before being forced to make forced confessions that would send them to prison where conditions were better when compared to the torture cells.

The Kanu government’s brutal actions Andrew and many others political detainees forced a young Uhuru to make a rare press conference in 1990 where he condemned the state’s crackdown on political dissent.

In the 1990 press conference, Uhuru was joined by his blue-blooded elites, Alfred Getonga, Argwings Caesar Kodhek, Peter Mboya, and Francis Michuki, and is largely recognized as his first foray into national politics.

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