News Categories: Sports,Youth Affairs and Arts

28 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 0 1


Nandi County’s Eliud Kipchoge ran the second fastest marathon in history to win the London Marathon for a fourth time in five years with another supreme run.

Kipchoge, who broke the world record in Berlin last year, stormed to victory 02:02.37.

The rest of the field simply couldn’t handle the pace as Kipchoge put his foot down at the halfway mark and then again with just over a mile left to run.

Kipchoge edged out Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew 02:02:55 and Mule Wasihun 02:03:16.

His time was slightly off his own world record pace of 2:01.39 which he set at the Berlin Marathon in 2018.

“I’m happy to win on the streets of London for the fourth time and to make history,” Kipchoge said.

Asked about his next race, he said: “As usual, I do not chase two rabbits; I only chase one and that was London. I have caught that rabbit so I will discuss with my team what follows. The second option is still open,” Kipchoge said.

Britain’s Mo Farah finished fifth in 2:3:01 behind Kipchoge.

“Congratulations to Eliud and the better man won today. He is a very special athlete and he is humble,” Farah said.

“If Eliud can run those sort of times it just gives us another level of possibility. It’s a different mindset chasing someone and it takes the pressure off me,” added Mo Farah.

In the Women’s race, Brigid Jepchirchir Kosgei was the clear winner of the women’s race after dominating the field with a phenomenal run.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei, 25, won the women’s race in 02:18:20 to become the youngest female winner in London. Vivian Cheruiyot came second in 02:20:14.

It is the Kenyan’s first win in the London Marathon and she crossed the line over a minute ahead of Vivian Cheruiyot.

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24 Apr
By: Edward Sanga 0 0

World vision to partner with Nandi County in youth empowerment.

 Nandi being a youthful government, youth issues are their number one priority and for this reason, many institutions want to partner with the county government purely on youth issues.

World vision is seeking to partner with Nandi County on the Youth empowerment projects. This flagship project began with 6 counties and is now proceeding with the next 8 counties Nandi being the first on the list. Some of the counties to have had the project implemented include Homabay, Migori, Kisii, Siaya, Kisumu. Their main aim is putting their weight on youth issues so as to impact the society positively.

CECM sports and youth affairs with World vision representatives.

Forming a technical working group in a county ensures issues are advocated seriously. Youths are to be educated on aspects of governance, ensure they participate in budget making process, be taught to adopt self sustaining cultures like the saving culture which many youth don’t have. It will also structure a way for the youth to engage and their interests taken care of. The technical working group will have members drawn from several spheres which will have members from the world vision, the youths, the county assembly representatives, education officials and be chaired by the CECM sports.

The CECM sports Elly Kurgat today hosted representatives of the world vision in his office. He outlined the many plans Nandi has for the youth with the most recent one being putting the bodaboda operators in saccos. World vision agreed to among other things work with the county government on the boda boda program.

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21 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 0 1


Nandi Countys’ Mathew Kisorio is the winner of the 42km men’s race at the just concluded second edition of the Eldoret City Marathon held in Uasin Gishu County.

In a tough race, Kisorio and The Standard Chartered Singapore marathon champion Joshua Kipkorir who led most of the race were locked in a tough battle but Kipkorir faded away at the 21km mark with Mathew Kisorio taking charge of the race from the point.

Kisorio, a native of Nandi – The Source of Champions, dominated the race and won in 2:12:38 edging out David Kiplimo (2:12:48) and Kenneth Kemboi (2:12:51) rounding off the podium.

Kisorio said he is now preparing for the Valencia marathon to be held later in October.

“I only had one week to prepare for this race and now I am preparing for Valencia marathon,” added Kisorio.

The marathon, which is the brain child of former world champion Moses Tanui is one of the well-paying races with the winner pocketing over 31000 euros equivalent to Ksh 3.5milion, as the first runners up winning Ksh1.5m as the second runners up took home KSh1m.

This year’s theme ‘Mitigating Climate Change’ is alingned with the current tough climatic conditions.

While congratulating Kisorio, Nandi County CEC Member for Sports, Youth Affairs and Arts Elly Kurgat said , “We came to Uasin Gishu to take our money back to the Source Of Champions.”

“Apart from the annual Isaiah Kiplagat Ndalat Gaa Cross Country to be held in October in Nandi which I welcome all esteemed athletes, we as the Source of Champions will also host the most rewarding half marathon event in the continent in December.” said the Sports CEC.

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04 Apr
By: Luiz Kipkoech Patrick 0 4

Governor Sang Calls On Interior CS To Regulate Agencies Recruiting Kenyans To Work In Foreign Countries

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang on Thursday called on the Cabinet Secretaries for Interior and Coordination of National Security Dr. Fred Matiangi and Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Amb. Monica Juma to reign on rogue agencies that recruit Kenyan Citizens to work in foreign countries.

Speaking when he received a status report of Isaac Kiprotich from Kimngeru Sub location who returned from Qatar where he was stranded after his agent abandoned him, Sang said the Government should vet all agencies offering such services to weed out unscrupulous agencies who have turned the business into a slave trade.

Medical Officers from Kapsabet County referral Hospital accompany Kipngetich to the Hospital for further medical attention.

“I call upon relevant Government Ministries to move with speed and vet afresh all the recruitment agencies in the country to ensure that only the genuine ones are left”

Kipngetich, who was severely injured after he slipped while on duty, was hospitalized for about a month in a Qatar-based hospital
He arrived on Wednesday and was admitted at Kapsabet County Refferal Hospital for further treatment.

Governor Sang added that many youth have suffered and continue to suffer in the hands of slave traders who masquerade as agents of foreign companies.

“We are aware that many youths have suffered and fallen prey to such slave traders who fool them with non existing jobs in foreign countries. When they arrive in those countries, they are misused and made to work for long hours with less or no pay,” Sang said.

The Governor urged the youth to exercise due diligence and do background checks of the agencies before registering with them.

Sang disclosed that his administration was in the process of exploring ways to increase the Internship opportunities for the youth across the county as well as increasing procurement opportunities so that the youth can benefit from and reduce the numbers of those who are seeking employment outside the country.

“We will continue exploring ways of absorbing our youth through our internship program and also increase opportunities for them through procurement opportunities so that they do not have to travel abroad for jobs.”

Already, the County Government of Nandi has placed 250 youths on Internship program in the first phase with another 400 set to be absorbed in July. Additionally, procurement opportunities for the Youth, Women and Persons Living with Disabilities have increased from the Constitutional 30 percent to 50 percent.

It is estimated that more than 100,000 youths are looking for jobs in overseas countries every month due to the high unemployment rates in the country.

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30 Mar
By: Edward Sanga 0 0


In line with governor Stephen Sang’s manifesto where he promised the residents a diaspora link in his government, the county has set up a diaspora office at the Department of Sports Affairs.
The governor, who is passionate about the youth, made clear his intentions of helping the young people secure athletic scholarships to American universities when he introduced Ambassador Peter Rono during the handing of contract letters to the more than 3000 staff.

Ambassador Peter Rono is a former athlete who won the 1,500 metres race in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, beating favourites Peter Elliott and Steve Cram of Great Britain thus becoming the youngest Olympic champion in that category. He is the only child in his family and grew up in a humble background in Kamobo, Nandi County .
Through his links and his foundation, he has helped many youths travel to the US to study, most of them coming from Nandi County. 700 young people from Nandi have so far benefitted from his program, four of them graduating with doctorate degrees recently. Most of these beneficiaries stayed in his house in Kamobo and trained there as he made arrangements for scholarships.
His passion for Nandi and the youth caught the governor’s eye and he brought him on board. Through his office, students will get materials for the SAT examinations after being assisted to secure a place in their university of choice. This will put an end to the use of agents who have always taken advantage of innocent young people and end up fleecing them.
The office is now operational and the youth from Nandi are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity. Nandi has immense potential for growth and prosperity and the office will also help support the growth of small scale projects by youth and women into larger scale enterprises. This will ensure sustainable development and shared prosperity for all.






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12 Mar
By: Evans Kipchumba 0 1


The County of Nandi is unchallenged for being the source of World Champions in athletics such track
and field athletics, it boasts of numerous World Champions , who have conquered the world ,
800M world champions who hails from the little village Kabirsang; Wilfred Bungei, Janet Kosgei ,
Pamela Jelimo , Eliud Kipchoge ; (World Marathoner to date) Robert Cheruiyot ( four time Boston
Marathon ), Martin Lel ( London Marathon Champion) among others.
One of the Governor Stephen Sang Manifesto was to have a hall of Fame for Legendary Athletes to
be establish and through this , it promotes Tourism in Nandi County.
Nandi County plays a host to couple of athletic competition and events that attract regional ,
national and international visitors who travel to participate or spectate. These events can be used
as an opportunity to Market and Promote Nandi as a Tourist Destination by partnering with Event
organizers to promote the various attraction sites in the County.

Diversification in sports is more than just participating in the Marathon to win and to get
Financial rewards , it’s also a unique Tourism product. We have unique products and drinks i.e.
famous ‘’ Mursik’’ , most foreigners admire to come and drink thinking it gives the athletes
energy to run.
The unique terrain, environment and the hospitality of the Nandi people will make most visitors
admire and stay longer in Nandi.

We have Nike Camps i.e Rosa Camp where most Marathoners are
produced and it hosts local and international athletes.
Department of Tourism, Culture and Social Welfare aims at partnering with host camps so as to
promote their uniqueness of sports industry.
CEC Mr. Taiy said ”Sports Tourism places Nandi County Globally and as a Department we will
continue celebrating our Athletes’’.
CO Tourism Beatrice Jemurgor  Said ”The unique serene environment in Nandi really promotes
athletes to conquer the World’’.
‘’Nandi is the place to be’’.

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10 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 0


Bornes Chepkirui Kitur emerged third in 21Km Women’s race at the fourth edition of First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero Half Marathon that took place in Nairobi on Sunday morning.

The Women’s category saw Brillian Kipkoech cut the tape in 1:07:02 floor Evelyn Chirchir was second 1:07:03 as Nandi’s Bornes Kitur completed the podium in 1:07:23.

Bornes is the women’s Prague Marathon and the 2017 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon champion.

Emmanuel Bor was position 8 in the men’s 21Km race, Eric Kiptoo position 12.

Among those who took part in the races were First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge and Sports CS Amina Mohamed.

The first three finishers in the half marathon races took home Sh250,000, Sh125,000 and Sh75,000 respectively, while the top three finishers in the 10km were rewarded with Sh100,000, Sh60,000 and Sh40,000 respectively.

The event was attended by prominent personalities among them President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President Dr. William Ruto, Sports CS Amina Mohamed, CS Monica Juna, CAS Ababu Namwamba, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Besalegn, Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, County First Ladies and Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge.

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09 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 0


Beyond Zero Coordinator Angela Lang’at on Saturday at the Nyayo National Stadium Nairobi, received Kshs 200,000 from the County Government of Nandi in support of this year’s Beyond Zero Marathon.

This year’s marathon will be held on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi County.

The cheque was handed over to the Beyond Zero team in the presence of Athletics Kenya President Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei by the County CEC for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech together with the Chief Officer for Sports Kennedy Tanui and the Chief of Staff Priscilla Rono.

While presenting the donation, the CEC for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech commended the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for her passionate effort and desire to make a difference in people’s lives.

On her part, Angela Lang’at said the Beyond Zero healthcare initiatives have had a huge impact on health delivery to vulnerable populations especially in hard to reach parts of Kenya.

“The Beyond Zero impact on the ground is truly amazing and you can see it,” said Angela.

This year’s event is special, especially to people living with disability as they are fully catered for.

The event will for the first time act as a Paralympics qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Through the Department of Sports, Youth Affairs and Arts, the County Government of Nandi sponsored 20 athletes for the event, noted Kennedy Tanui the Sports Chief Officer.

Since inception in January 2014, Beyond Zero continues to play a key role in the elimination of preventable maternal and early childhood deaths as outlined in the Beyond Zero Campaign.

The success of Beyond Zero is well demonstrated by the progressive improvement in key maternal health indicators as well as HIV prevention and management especially in Nandi County. There has also been an increase in stakeholder participation and goodwill, all necessary for a healthy population.

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03 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 0 2


Defending champions Saniak Boys High School on Sunday retained their Handball crown as the Nandi County Secondary Schools Term One Games came to a close at Mosoriot Teachers Training College.

Saniak defeated their bitter rivals Samoei Boys High School in a fiercely contested final encounter.

Saniak Boys receiving their trophy

During Sunday’s mouth watering final clash, Saniak Boys, who are also the regional kings, took an early lead drilling home 23 against 16 for Samoei Boys.

In girls category, St. Francis Chepterit Girls triumphed.

In boys’ rugby 15s finals, Kapsabet Boys High School retained their title after they defeated Tindiret Boys Secondary School in a fiercely contested final encounter.

In rugby 7s, Meteitei were announced the champions.

In girls’ hockey, St. Marys Girls Tach Asis were crowned new winners.

Laboret Boys Secondary School retained the boys’ title.

In basketball, Kapsabet Boys and Cheptil Girls were crowned champions in boys and girls categories respectively.

The competition was being used to select schools that will represent Nandi County at the Rift Valley Region Secondary Schools Term One Games that will be held from 11 – 15 March 2019 at Tambach High School in Elgeiyo Marakwat County.

The occasion was graced by the County Chief Officer for Sports Kennedy Tanui, Kenya Secondary School Heads Association(KSSHA) and Kenya Primary School Heads Association(KPSHA) representatives, Knut and KUPPET representatives, County Director of Sports Daniel Sitienei, Acting Director Youth Affairs Caroline Kilach and a number of staff from the county department of Sports, Youth Affairs and Arts.

The Sports Chief Officer who also on behalf of the county supported the games by donating Trophies, Certificates and refreshments appreciated the good foundation that the teachers and the parents are building for the boys and girls. Further, he challenged the current form fours, the other classes and schools in the county to work hard for the betterment of the county as Knowledge is power, information is liberating, education is the foundation of progress in every society and family.

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27 Feb
By: Edward Sanga 0 0


The National Cross Country Championship was held on Saturday, February 23 at the Eldoret Sports Club in Uasin Gishu County.

The scenes witnessed on Saturday were reminiscent of the 2016 Rio Olympics trials held at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium where also fans thronged the stadium to its capacity.

The Championships was meant to select the Kenyan team for the World Cross Championship slated for March 30 in Aarhus, Denmark.

That was the first ever national championships to be held outside Nairobi and Eldoret town which is backyard to many athletes in the country. As predicted many fans thronged the Eldoret Sports Club facility to the brim.

Nandi County’s Olympic and World 3,000m steeplechase champion Conselsus Kipruto, World 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi will also be making his maiden appearance in Denmark after making the team of mixed relays.

World 3,000m steeplechase record holder Beatrice Chepkoech also from Nandi will be joining the Kenyan team. This shows how seriously athletes take Cross Country competition.

The power of sports is beyond the medals earned by athletes as it brings together people from different parts of the country not forgetting foreigners who show up.

Aside from the multitude of the athletics fanatics the championships also brought six governors led by host Jackson Mandago, Elgeyo Marakwet boss Alex Tolgos, Paul Chepkwony (Kericho), Josephat Nanok (Turkana) Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), Stephen Sang (Nandi) and Patrick Khaemba of Trans Nzoia County.

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