Sports dignitaries expected in Kabarak as legend Paul Tergat’s mother is laid to rest

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 02:29 |
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi (right) condoles with National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) president Paul Tergat following the demise of the mother of the former Esther Toyoi Kipkuna when he visited them at their home in Kabarak, Nakuru county yesterday. Photo/PD/RAPHAEL MUNGE

High profile dignitaries are expected at the home of National Olympics Committee-Kenya (NOC-K) president Paul Tergat in Kabarak, Nakuru County today where his mother, Esther Kogo will be laid to rest.

The former world marathon record-holder said the family had concluded all burial plans as they seek to give their last respects to a woman they described as a pillar of the family. 

According to Tergat, a number of sports officials and government representatives are expected to attend. 

“Everything is ready and we are prepared to send off our mother with the honour she deserves, she has been our legend,” said Tergat.

Mama Kogo’s death was announced on Wednesday by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.

She passed away after being admitted to Mediheal Hospital in Nakuru on Sunday when she was taken ill. 

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi yesterday joined other mourners at her home where he condoled with the family.

“Until her demise, Kogo Esther was a committed woman leader, a dedicated Christian, a prominent farmer who lived a life guided by the values of humility and kindness,” said Moi. 

The Senator said that her active involvement in social development matters of Baringo people had caught the eye of the former President, the late Daniel arap Moi, bringing the two families close.

“Being a close friend to the family of the late President Daniel Moi, the two families inculcated values of hard work and discipline, and we have lost a caring mother,” he added.

He described Kogo’s death as a loss for Baringo County and the country at large citing her great role in mentoring women into development and leadership roles. 

Tergat described his 95-year-old mother as a great pillar in the family, noting that she had moulded them and many others into dependable members in the society. 

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