Former Cabinet Minister Kenneth Matiba’s wife,Edith Matiba, is among the many Kenyan politicians who were victims of former President Daniel Moi’s autocratic regime.
Although Moi and Matiba had been great personal and family friends in the 1960s and 70s, the relationship between the two leaders took a toll during the struggle for multiparty democracy in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The struggle turned bloody,resulting into arrest and detention without trial of Mr Matiba and a host of other politicians with dissent opinions.
In a past interview with the nation,however, Kenneth’s wife said she wished she had an opportunity to meet Mzee Moi just to make it clear he did not have any bitterness for what President Moi had done to her and her husband.
She added that since Kenneth’s detention, she had only met the former Head of State on two occasions and in very brief encounters that she did not get a chance to broadly talk to him.
“Now what are your personal feelings towards Mr Moi given what happened?”Daily Nation posed.
“Funny enough..I have no bitterness. But I keep on…(pauses and looks out to sea) asking ‘Why? Why did he do this? It’s a question I can’t answer. And I wish I have an opportunity to ask him. I have met him twice,” Edith narrated.
Matiba died after long battle with stroke which he had suffered when he was detained and tortured in 1990.
While at Kamiti Maximum prison ,second liberation hero refused medication as a way of protesting his detention without trial,leading to the stroke.
He was 85 years old at the time of his passing.