April 13, 2024

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President Ruto Orders House for Elite Athlete Kiptum’s Family

Kenya’s President William Ruto has sent engineers to the late marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum’s home with instructions to construct a three-bedroom house.

Kiptum had intended to build a home for his family before being killed in a car accident last Sunday.

The president’s office has denied local media reports that the house must be ready for Kiptum’s funeral next week. The family spokesman stated that excavations have already begun.

The house is being built on a four-acre farm that Kiptum purchased about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from his family’s home in the Rift Valley, where he intended to build later this year.

It is hoped that the house will be completed by the end of the 40-day mourning period. Kiptum’s funeral is scheduled for February 24.

Work has already started on the site (LEMISO MEDIA)

According to police, Kiptum, a 24-year-old father of two, was killed when the car he was driving veered into a ditch.

His Rwandan coach, Gervais Hakizimana, also died in the accident, and a female passenger was injured. Kiptum’s father has requested an investigation, claiming that four unidentified men visited his son days before the accident.

According to local media, the suspects are currently in police custody for questioning following their arrest.

Kiptum died just four months after breaking the marathon world record, shocking Kenya and the athletics world. He had intended to become the first person to run a marathon in under two hours at the Rotterdam Marathon in April.

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