Gideon Kipsiele Towett Moi is the youngest son of the second President of Kenya, Daniel arap Moi and his wife Lena Moi. He attended primary school at the elite Kenton College Preparatory School. He was one of the first 24 students enrolled to attend Strathmore College when it opened its doors to secondary school students in 1977. For his A levels, Gideon Moi attended St. Mary’s School, at the same time as President Uhuru.
After his father retired from politics in 2002, Gideon ran for the post of Member of Parliament for Baringo Central Constituency which had previously been held by his father since 1955. He was the MPfor Baringo Central for one term, 2002-2007.
Gideon is the current Senator of Baringo County having been elected with a landslide win of over 80% of the votes defeating his opponent Rev Jackson Kosgei. He is also the Chairman of the Kenya Africa National Union (“KANU”), which is supporting President Uhuru’s re-election bid but has retained its independence from the Jubilee Party, and will field its own candidates for all other electoral positions.
As KANU chairman, he is preceded by Presidents Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
KANU’s decision to support President Uhuru’s re-election campaign came following meetings between President Uhuru and Mama Ngina and the former President Daniel arap Moi. It is reported that the deal reached between them for KANU’s support for President Uhuru and KANU’s co-operation in Parliament, is that Jubilee will not field a candidate for Gideon Moi’s Baringo Senate seat, President Uhuru will give KANU some Cabinet slots, a number of parastatal appointments and plum diplomatic slots.
Gideon Moi has a frosty relationship with Mr Ruto presumably due to supremacy battles for leadership over the Kalenjin community following Mr Daniel arap Moi’s retirement from politics, and Gideon Moi’s potential bid for the presidency in the 2022 general elections.
On a social level, President Uhuru and Gideon Moi share a longtime friendship as do their families.
Gideon Moi is married to Zahra Moi and has three children: Kimoi, Kigen and Lulu.
In his free time Gideon plays polo and has played polo for Gilgil-based Manyatta Club.