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Leaders appeal for Kelvin Kiptum’s widow’s employment by government

By Antynet Ford

Several leaders attending the burial of Kelvin Kiptum, World Marathon record holder’s burial service in Elgeyo Marakwet have appealed for his wife to be given a job.

Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei appealed to Elgeyo Marakwet governor Wesley Rotich to give Asenath a job at the county.

He said a job at Elgeyo Marakwet County would keep the widow closer to her home and her children who are still very young.

“It is my request to the governor to consider employing Kiptum’s wife within the county so that she remains here or near the family as she takes care of their young children.” Tuwei appealed.

Keiyo South Member of Parliament Gideon Kimaiyo on his part has called on the head of State, president William Ruto to give the widow a job at the national government.

He said that it was good for her to be empowered to be able to take care of the kids.

“The family had hoped that Kevin would now change their lives, but he is no more. I want to ask you the president to give Kevin’s wife a job at the national government so that he can take care of these children.” Kimaiyo stated.

Kiptum whose burial service is underway in Elgeyo Marakwet, has left behind a widow, Asenath Rotich, and two children.

The athlete died on February 11 alongside his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana in a road accident along the Eldoret-Ravine road.

Kiptum’s death happened six days after the IAAF ratified his record of 2:00:35.

Kiptum broke Eliud Kipchoge’s world record in Chicago, in October last year, running 26.1 miles in two hours and 35 seconds.

Yesterday, Elgeyo Marakwet’s governor said that the county will name a road in the county after the fallen athlete.

According to governor Rotich, in doing so, Kiptum’s name, history, and legacy would be remembered by generations to come even those who never knew him.

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