Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi was born in September 2nd of 1924.
Mzee Moi was known as the professor of Kenyan politics who ruled for 24 solid years under KANU, a party that brought independence in 1963.
Moi was born in Kabarak village, Sacho division of the modern-day Baringo County in Rift Valley.
He was raised by his uncle, Kimoi Chebii, following the demise of his father in his early years. her hails from the Tugen community, which is the sub-tribe of the Kalenjin community.
Kalenjin community is among the immigrants of the Highland Nilotes who occupied the part of Rift Valley, which comprises of areas like Kericho, Nakuru, Nandi, Bomet and Marakwet.
After completing his secondary education at Kapsabet High School, he later joined Tambach Teachers Training College (TTTC) in Keiyo Land. Teaching then was a lucrative career and was respected in Kenya and also amounted as success in the 90s’.
He later taught in school from 1946 to 1955. Later in 1955, Moi entered politics when he was elected Member of the Legislative Council for Rift Valley.
He was the chosen replacement of Dr John ole Tameno, the former representative who had had to quit due to heavy drinking and suspected connections to the freedom movement.
In 1957 he was re-elected Member of the Legislative Council for Rift Valley and became Minister of Education in the pre-independence government of 1960–1961.
In 1960 before independence, he formed Kenya Africa Democratic Union (KADU) alongside Ronald Ngala trying to challenge his counterparts Jomo Kenyatta under KANU.
After Kenya attained independence on 12 December 1963, Kenyatta convinced Moi that KADU and KANU were better off if they merged to complete the process of decolonisation.
Moi yielded to Kenyatta’s pressure and joined KANU forming a government in Independence Kenya.
The new Kenya under Kenyatta saw a powerful alliance between Kikuyus and Luos. However, Moi had a powerful backyard full of his tribesmen and this led to Kenyatta appointing him to the ministry of Home Affairs.
This is where his journey to the top started. He served as president and member of parliament on Baringo North until 2002 when he was ousted under the constitution.