News Categories: Sports,Youth Affairs and Arts

02 Nov
By: Remmy Butia 0


Nandi County is mourning the death of veteran athlete Naftali Bon.

The former 4×400 meters relay champion succumbed on Friday November 2 while undergoing treatment at Kapsabet County Referral Hospital after a short illness.

He competed for Kenya in the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City in the 4 x 400 meters relay where he won the silver medal in a record time of 2:59.6 with his team mates Daniel Rudisha, Munyoro Nyamau and Charles Asati. He shares the cover of the September 1969 issue of Track and Field News with Kipchoge Keino.

Kenya won nine medals at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. The medals included 3 gold medals, 4 silver and 2 bronze.

The gold medals were won by Kipchoge Keino (1500 metres), Naftali Temu (10000 metres) and Amos Biwott (3000 metres steeplechase).

The silver medals were taken by Wilson Kiprugut (800 metres), Kipchoge Keino (5000 metres), Benjamin Kogo (3000 metres steeplechase), Daniel Rudisha, Charles Asati, Naftali Bon and Munyoro Nyamau (4×400 metres relay).

The bronze was won by Naftali Temu (5000 metres) and Philip Waruinge in boxing under the featherweight category.

Naftali Bon was born on 9th October, 1945. He passed on at age 75.

Until his death, he was a resident of Kapng’etuny village, Chesumei Sub County in Nandi County.

Naftali Bon (Centre – Red cap) his son (in blue shirt) together with Benjamin Kogo (left) 3000m Silver medalist SC 1968 Olympics and Amos Biwott (right) Gold medalist 3000 m SC 1968 following the Berlin Marathon 2018 as Eliud Kipchoge Breaks the World Record

The CEC for Sports Elly Kurgat and the entire County department of Sport, Arts and Youth Affairs extends deepest condolences to the family of the late Naftali Bon, whose assiduousness contributed to the development of athletics in Nandi.

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29 Oct
By: Remmy Butia 0


Several years after the need for a new modern athletic facility in Nandi county first became apparent, the proposed Eliud Kipchoge annex sports complex is nearing completion with the new facility set to open in early 2019.

The new sports complex will provide 200-bed residential training camp, a gymnasium, arts studio, a swimming gallery; among other sporting facilities. The first phase will cost 100 million.

“This is real.  Our vision is to create a real facility that is appealing to our athletes and people not just in Kapsabet but across the entire county.  We want to build a sports facility that can be a real tourism component for us and the region and we’re well on our way,” said Sports CEC Elly Kurgat while on an inspection tour of the facility.

“Currently, most budding and established athletes from Nandi County are training in other camps in the north rift region. That  will be a thing of the past, we want to make it possible for them to train at the source of champions,” said the County executive.

Once complete, the training camp will boost the image of the county, which is the source to world renown athletes.

Sports, Youth & Arts CEC Elly Kurgat inspects building works at the new sports complex                                             

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28 Oct
By: Remmy Butia 0


Nandi residents were left basking in glory on Sunday, after the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 2018 produced a master class from her athletes. Not only did Josephine Chepkoech won her first race, but the race was heavily dominated by the Source of Champions names who scooped the subsequent positions 1,2,3,4.

The county government of Nandi sponsored 49 athletes to the marathon. 36 male and 13 female participants. The selection was based on the athletes’ best time and a recommendation from his/her coach.

Nandi Countys’ Josephine Chepkoech won women’s 42km races in the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon on Sunday morning. Chepkoech finished in two hours and 35 minutes ahead of her cousin Cynthia Jerop and Joy Kemuma.

Chepkoech said this was her first marathon and that she had been participating in road races and 10km races.

“I am very happy. I thank God for helping me win the race. I also want to thank the county government of Nandi for sponsoring 49 of us to participate in this race,” she said.

Valerie Aiyabei won the women’s 21 kilometre race followed by Irine Kimais from Nandi County followed by Sylvia Kibet in third position.

Julius Kiprono finished second in the men’s 42km race.

In the men’s 21 km race, Mathew Kiprotich finished first in 1:04:57. Nandi County’s James Kipsang Bett was third.

In the veterans 21km race, Peter Lelei finished in 1:27:40.

Nandi CEC for Youth, Sports and Arts Elly Kurgat congratulated the athletes for flying the Nandi flag high in Kenya’s capital Nairobi and gave an assurance of the government’s continuing efforts to find ways to improve the state of sports in the county.

“Little by little, we can fill in the shortfall that you’ve long been enduring. And pretty soon, you feel the dawn of a better times ahead,” Kurgat said.

The initiative of the marathon is to raise funds to help children below 15 years who are visually impaired.

Funds raised are channeled to the initiative dubbed ‘Seeing is Believing’.

The winners of the full marathon will take home Sh1.5 million, Sh650, 000 and Sh350, 000 respectively. Those who won the half marathon will receive Sh200, 000, Sh150, 000 and Sh100, 000.

In the CEO’s 3 km race category, Durand Guillaume Fairmont Hotels came in first. Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko finishing in the eighth position.

Other participants were Sports Chief Officer Kennedy Tanui, Youth and Arts Chief Officer Nelson Ligaga, Nairobi woman rep Esther Passaris, Senators Aaron Cheryoit (Kericho), Kipchumba Murkomen ( Elgeyo Marakwet), Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, US ambassador Bob Godec and Nandi Sports Officer Lydia Chepng’etich.


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10 Aug
By: Evans Sirma 0

Nandi County celebrates The International Youth Week as opportunities for the youth are unveiled by Governor Stephen Sang

Unemployment is an alarming challenge that has seen educated youth waste away in so many struggles due to the limited job opportunities. The annual graduations that are highly celebrated, be they certificates, diplomas or degrees carry a lot of joy for excellence only for them to mutate into anxiety and restlessness soon after due to the limited job market. Youth end up taking any available opportunities to make ends meet.
The County Government of Nandi through various departments is intentional in addressing the challenges facing the youth in Nandi County.
As the International Youth Week comes to wrap up, the county government is set to unbundle the opportunities that seek to improve the state of the youthful population. The Department of Public Service has unveiled 400 internship opportunities for the youth across the county. This is in line with Governor Stephen Sang’s manifesto that pledged to create internship opportunities for the youth so as to enable them acquire the necessary skills and experience as they enhance their professional growth.

The opportunities that do not require any past working experience is open to any youth with a certificate, diploma or degree from a reputable institution. This will ensure that skilled and deserving youth who may not have had an opportunity to work after their schooling get a chance to work and acquire the required experience as they also serve Nandi County. The interns will be paid a stipend of between Ksh. 8,000 and Ksh. 12,000. Applications can be done through <a href=””/> .

The Department of Education on the other has also opened opportunities for 800 ECD teachers whose successful applicants will have an opportunity to serve for at least three years. The opportunities are spread across all wards in the county as listed in the advert here

Among other opportunities set for the youth on this day include enhancement of the 30% Access to Government Procurement Opportunities. Most youth with start-up companies lack capital even after winning the tenders thus affecting the quality of works done. In a bid to bridge this gap, the county government is set to sign an MoU with Youth Enterprise Development Fund so as to increase the uptake of tenders by youths in the various county departments, and linking up with institutions that provide youth friendly loans for LPOs and LSOs.

On to top of this, the county government is heading towards Performance Based Contracting that enable the youth organize themselves and benefit from the County Government’s funds for maintenance of roads in each ward by performing tasks such as bush clearing, drainage opening, installing culverts etc. Contracts under this program will run for a period not less than 1 year and not more than 3 years.The youth has a role in protecting the environment.

The Department of Youth in conjunction with that of Environment is set to offer youth opportunities to benefit from being engaged in planting trees, establish nurseries and supply the seedlings to the county government under an agreed framework.

Among other programs are entrepreneurial training and start-up support, sponsorship for training and acquisition of technical skills and opportunities for scholarships and sponsorship’s based on talent where the county government will identify, exploit and support in the development of youth talent while engaging stakeholders who can extend scholarship opportunities for such talents.

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21 Jun
By: Evans Sirma 0

Nandi Shine in Special Olympics Kenya Regional Championships

Nandi County won the male and female titles in the Special Olympics Kenya (SOK) regional championships held at Cheptil Scondary School grounds.

Nandi now joins other counties of West Pokot and Uasin Gishu to form a formidable Rift Valley Region Team that will represent the rift region at the national championships.

Rift valley region will participate in athletes, basketball, volleyball, unified bocce and unified football.

Pledged Support

Gracing the event CEC Sports, Youth Affairs and Arts Hon. Elly Kurgat said the county government of Nandi was committed to promoting disability sports and pledged that they will support the team but urged other well wishers to also chip in and supplement to the government’s efforts.

“We are here to support Special Olympics, because as a sporting Ministry, they have a part they have played that has not been significantly appreciated. We now pledge that we have athletes here in Nandi in all different areas, from traditional athletes, to Paralympics, to now Special Olympics,” said Kurgat.

Susan Masila, Special Olympics Kenya National Director, was proud to share the message of inclusion, as well as the proud history of Special Olympics Kenya.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will be the host of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The Games will be held 14 to 21 March in 2019, and be the world’s largest humanitarian and sporting event of 2019.

Special Olympics Kenya will be taking 73 athletes and Unified par

tners who will participate in 12 different sports. This ambitious number will be a first for Kenya, and they are confident they will achieve it, shared Susan Masila.



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