Paul Tergat’s mother the late Mama Esther Toyoi Tergat will be laid to rest Friday in Kabarak.
The National Olympic of Kenya (NOCK) President’s mother passed away on Wednesday after a short illness. The athletics legend’s mother had been undergoing treatment at Mediheal Hospital in Nakuru. She will be buried at Chergei, Kabarak, adjacent to the home of the late former President Daniel arap Moi.
Mama Toyoi was the wife of the late Kipkuna Tuitoek Tergat of Riwo Village in Baringo. She was the daughter of the late Kipkurgat Chelagat and the late Targok Chelagat of Sagasak in Baringo County.
Leading the country in mourning Tergat’s mother, Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed eulogised Mama Esther Toyoi Kipkuna as a woman who instilled values of discipline, hard work and determinate purpose upon a generation that served the community and country with fervour and admirable commitment.
“Tergat’s mother was a prominent farmer, devoted Christian and lived a life guided by the values of humility, generosity, gratitude and compassion,” CS Mohamed said.
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“We have lost a loving mother to Kenya’s Global Athletic Icon Dr Paul Tergat. She was a caring, selfless and kind mother who raised Dr Tergat and all of her children with great counsel and careful direction.
“I thank her ever so dearly for bringing us an athletic icon who continues to immensely contribute to the development of sports in Kenya and around the world,” CS Mohamed said.
Several national leaders including ODM Deputy party leader Hassan Joho joined the rest of the country in mourning Mama Esther Toyoi’s passing.