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 Monday, 30 December, 2002, 10:01 GMT
Election diary: Life without Moi
Kenyans greet result
Nairobi crowds celebrate the Kibaki victory

The young man at the Kenya Airways counter at Mombasa airport seems quite friendly.

With a smile, he lets my Somali colleague carry his huge radio set onto the plane.

I am leaving behind a town nursing a massive hangover and in a deep slumber after the opposition's clean sweep in Friday's poll.

It's a rather jerky flight from Mombasa to Nairobi - but my thoughts are elsewhere.

At 27,000 ft above sea level, I can pretend to have a bird's eye view of this nation, which is on the verge of re-inventing itself.

Mwai Kibaki
The new face of Kenya

A young, handsome man who promised so much lost because he was in the wrong party.

On the way to State House is a rather old man who was reduced to a wheelchair in the final days of the run-up to the election by a freak car accident.

Both men represent what's old and what's new in Kenya - the old repackaged as the new and the truly new tainted by a horrible past.

In the shadows, a man destined for his rocking chair at his home in the Rift Valley.

Three men making history in their own way - Uhuru Kenyatta conceding defeat; Mwai Kibaki taking over majestically; and Daniel Toroitich arap Moi stepping down almost gracefully.

Touchdown.

Moi's official portrait still stares down coldly in the arrival section.

Former President Moi
Daniel arap Moi says farewell to the army

A chatty taxi driver rambles on about the Rainbow Coalition's victory and what a great future Kenya now has. Amazingly, other motorists on Uhuru Highway seem more composed than usual.

Ten days is a short time in the life of city.

But in that period, Nairobi has managed to shed its old Moi image and embrace a new, gentle Kibaki face.

As they now say here - everything is possible without Moi.

Click here to read Gray Phombeah's previous election diary
Kenyans choose a new president

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Moi steps down

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