Gideon Kipsiele Towett Moi is a seasoned politician who has been serving as Baringo senator since 2013.
The KANU chairman was recently endorsed by the independence party’s delegates to vie for the 2022 presidency.
He is a soft-spoken politician who has been fighting for the control of Rift Valley with his political nemesis, William Ruto.
Gideon Kipsiele Towett Moi early life
On October 22, 1963, Gideon Moi was born to the late retired president Daniel arap Moi and Mama Lena Moi. He is 57-years-old.
He is the youngest son of Kenya’s second president, who died in February 2020. His mother earlier lost her life in July 2004.
During his lifetime, reports indicated Daniel Moi favoured Gideon more than his other siblings.
Gideon Moi Education
Gideon Moi studied at Kento College Preparatory School located along Gichugu Road, Nairobi, from 1970 to 1976.
He joined Strathmore School from 1977 to 1980 for his O levels. He then proceeded to the prestigious St Mary’s High School in Nairobi for his A levels.
After completing his secondary school education, his father flew him to Stafford University in the United States of America (USA) in 1979. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in economics in 1984.
He ventured into private business after jetting back to Kenya.
Gideon Moi Politics
Gideon Kipsiele Towett Moi has been engaged in active politics since 2002 when he was elected Baringo Central member of parliament on a KANU ticket.
In the 2007 elections, he was swept by the strong Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) wave and lost his seat to long-serving civil servant Sammy Mwaita.
Mwaita bagged 26,603 votes to Gideon Moi’s 7,527.
Gideon Moi made a comeback in the 2013 General Election after he was elected Baringo senator on a KANU ticket.
He floored preacher Jackson Kosgei in a landslide win securing over 80% of the total votes.
In the 2017 polls, he survived the Jubilee wave again, beating the ruling party’s candidate Simon Chelugui.
Gideon Moi is a member of the Committee on Energy, Senate Business Committee and the Standing Committee on Lands, Environment and Natural Resources.
He is Chairperson of the Committee on Information, Communication and Technology.
Gideon Moi and 2022 presidential candidacy
On Thursday, September 30, 2021, Gideon Moi was unanimously endorsed by over 3,000 KANU delegates from 47 counties to run for president in the August 2022 General Election.
His unveiling as a presidential candidate was graced by ODM leader Raila Odinga and One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals.
The KANU boss vowed to empower Kenyans and end rampant graft in the public service.
Gideon Moi wife
Gideon Moi is married to Zahra Moi, who runs a private life.
Zahra graduated from the United States International University (USIU) in 2015 with a degree in international business administration.
She has served on the Tourism Research Institute Board since 2016.
The beautiful woman was the face of Lady Gay lotion in the 1990s. She was also featured in cover newspapers and magazines.
Gideon Moi children
Gideon Kipsiele Towett Moi is the father of three children, Kimoi, Kigen and Lulu.
Lulu received admirers in February 2020 when she paid an emotional tribute to her grandfather, Daniel Moi.
Gideon Moi wealth
After the death of Daniel Moi, Gideon was handed over the baton to lead the family.
According to the 2017 Kroll report, the Moi family is worth over $550 million (KSh 60.8 billion). The wealth was suspected to have been largely stolen from public coffers in the period his father was the headof State.
The family has interests in the banking sector, education, oil industry, insurance, hotel and tourism, media, manufacturing, and airline.