News Categories: Youth and Arts

09 Nov
By: Remmy Butia 0 0


More than 10,000 athletes are expected to take part in the 11th edition of the Kass Marathon to be flagged off in Nandi County on November 18.

The runners will get down to a grueling battle at the competition that starts at the Source of Champions.

The flagging point will be at Kapsabet Boys High School gate and end at Eldoret Sports Club for the full race.

The county government of Nandi is sponsoring 1,000 athletes who will participate in the marathon. Registration is ongoing at the county department of Sports, Youth and Arts in Kapsabet town.

The 10KM (for men and women) starts at Eldoret International Airport and finishes at Eldoret Sports Club. The Family fun and corporate race for Children, corporates, groups and companies starts at Barng’etuny Plaza and also finish at Sports Club.

Those eligible to participate for the 42KM, should be over 18 years, for 10KM and 5km is open.

The Kass Marathon extravaganza will be spread across two counties of Nandi and Uasin Gishu. Kapsabet will host a breakfast meet on the day and a big ceremony at the Sports Club in Eldoret.

The race organizers will introduce a running chip which will drag the athletes in four areas after every 10km along the course.

Kass marathon whose main goal is to nurture and discover talent is set to attract world champions as well as budding athletes in the region. The event is a scouting opportunity for new talent in the athletics fraternity.

Sports County Executive Elly Kurgat noted “We are proud to be a part of discovering new talent that will fly the Kenyan flag high. Such is the impact of this event that we as Nandi County are humbled to be a part of a movement that is in line with our mantra transforming lives”.

The CEC was speaking after presenting Kshs.1 million dummy cheque to Kass Media Group CEO Julius Lamaon.

He was accompanied by the Chief Officer for Sports Kennedy Tanui.

The marathon is considered as one of the world’s toughest races, being ran in a high altitude region.

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02 Nov
By: Remmy Butia 0 4


It is all systems go as the county government of Nandi is ready to host this year’s Kenya Youth Inter County Sports Association Games (KYISCA) games.

The fifth edition of the Kenya Youth Inter County Sports Association Games (KYISCA) will be held at Nandi’s Kaspabet showground.

The event will take place from December 15-22.

County Director for Sports Daniel Sitienei said more than 8,000 guests are expected at the week-long sports extravaganza.

He was speaking today during KYISCA governing council meeting held in Kapsabet town where he represented the county executive member for sports. The meeting was well attended by representatives from 22 counties where two CECs Denis Muchimi CEC Sports Kirinyaga County and his Kwale counterpart Ramadhan Bungale, four Chief Officers, twelve Directors and several county sports officers were in attendance.

Nandi County has prepared teams to participate in various sporting activities that include soccer and volleyball for both men and women.

So far 22 counties have confirmed their participation at the national event. The counties are Nandi, Tharaka Nithi, Kwale, Kakamega, Marsabit, Nakuru, Kitui, Wajir, Meru, Narok, Tana River, Garissa, Nyandarua, Busia, Nyamira, Kilifi, Kisii, Kisumu, Trans Nzoia, Siaya, Turkana and Kirinyaga.

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02 Nov
By: Remmy Butia 0 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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10 Aug
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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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