Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, the second President of Kenya and the longest serving (24 years) was one of the most feared man during his time.
Moi was known to be a no-nonsense ruler, a statement whose explanation can best be done by opposition leader Raila Odinga and his Nakuru ally Koigi Wa Wamwere, both of whom were detained on Moi's orders for allegedly planning to sabotage his Presidency.
However, Moi too suffered under the hands of his ''seniors'' before taking the mantle, including being slapped on the face twice by James Erastus Mungai, a powerful Police Commandant of the Rift Valley province during the last years of President Jomo Kenyatta's rule.
According to ''The Making of An African Statesman,'' Moi's biography authored by Andrew Morton, he was a powerless Vice President then and though legally superior to the police boss, could do nothing as Mungai was a close friend to the President, with rumors also having it that they were related.
The event took place at the Nakuru State House in 1975 when Moi had just arrived from Kampala, where he had attended an Organization of African Union (OAU) meeting, only to face Mungai who accused him of bringing along guns in a scheme to dethrone the aging Kenyatta.
Moi was strip searched before receiving two slaps from the police boss making him to directly complain to the President who did not do much to salvage him.
Upon Kenyatta's death in 1978, Moi automatically assumed office. Mungai, anticipating a possible revenge, escaped to Switzerland, where he wrote apology letters to the now powerful President Moi pleading for mercy.
Luckily for him, Moi was not interested in revenge and he was allowed to come back and now keeps himself busy with agricultural activities in his large farm in Nakuru.