Arusha motorsports official mourns Toroitich

23Apr 2019
The Guardian
Arusha motorsports official mourns Toroitich

FORMER chairperson of the Arusha Motorsports Club, Walter Maeda, has mourned the sudden demise of Jonathan Toroitich, the son of retired Kenyan President, Daniel Arap Moi, saying the late JT brought major revolution to motor rally events in East Africa.

FORMER chairperson of the Arusha Motorsports Club, Walter Maeda.

Speaking in Arusha, Maeda said Jonathan Toroitich was not only a friend to all motor rally enthusiasts in both Kenya and Tanzania, but also a former classmate having shared classrooms at Nairobi School.

 “At 64 we were also age mates and regularly visited each other in Arusha and Nairobi,” said Maeda who is the one of the prominent business persons of Arusha heading the Regional Chapter of Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture Commerce (TCCIA).

“I am shocked, he was such a good person a reliable friend and a person one can always rely upon,” said Maeda, who was drafting an official condolence message and explained that he will be traveling to Kenya to bid farewell his former class and rally mate.

Jonathan Toritich passed away at his Nakuru home, on Good Friday evening of the 19th of April 2019 having succumbed to cancer.

Apart from being a large scale farmer, Jonathan Toroitich was an avid rally driver who never missed an event and was always in Arusha participating in a number of motor sporting feats in Tanzania. He offered plenty of advice, assistance and support to this form of expensive sports.

He won more than 800 accolades in his lifetime. All earned from active motor sporting activities.

Usually, during this time, in April, it used to be the month of the National ‘Safari Rally,’ motor championships in Kenya and this time around, Jonathan would be spinning the wheels somewhere, unfortunately also it happened the time of his departure from the world.

An agriculturalist by profession, Jonathan was the first born of Kenya’s second Head of State, Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, and his wife the late Hellena Bomet. Former president Moi has eight children, five sons and three daughters.

They are Jonathan, Gideon, Philip Moi (a retired army officer) and his twin Doris Elizabeth Chepkorir, Jennifer, June, Raymond Moi, who is a Member of Parliament for Rongai, and John Mark.