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Baringo’s post-independence Senator William Kiptui eulogized

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Serving and former politicians, professionals, business people and people from all walks of life have eulogized and poured tributes for Baringo’s first senator the late William Kiptui Rotich, saying he was a strong defender of devolution.

The late senator Rotich was laid to rest yesterday at his Benonin farm in Eldama Ravine.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, who read condolences from former president Daniel arap Moi, termed Kiptui, as a brilliant politician whose political career is worth emulating.

The deceased was also known as, “EuTugen’ meaning ‘hand’, due to his support for the opposition Kenya Peoples Union (KPU), led by opposition leader Jaramogi Oginga Odinga   after independence, whose symbol was a hand.

“His service as the first post-independence senator in the famous Legco house was a true reflection of democracy,” added Moi, who said the deceased initiated the Chemusus Dam project which feeds the entire Nakuru County.

The former president condolences further highlighted the deceased generosity and passion for public service besides being a man who was incorruptible, saying his contributions to society will be highly missed.

Gideon Moi termed the death of Mzee Kiptui as a big loss, saying his impact to the people of Baringo was magnanimous.

The outgoing Baringo governor Mr. Benjamin Cheboi termed the late senator as a philosopher, a great politician, a farmer and more important a man of integrity whose life is worth celebrating.

“He was my political advisor before the 2013 elections, and he is actually one of the architects of the current devolution,” said Cheboi.

Former Nakuru Civic leader Boit Cheserem, recalled how they were harassed and even sacked for supporting Senator Kiptui, when he resigned from the then governing party KANU and joined the opposition KPU.

Former businessman now turned elder Mr. Frank Chesang described Kiptui as the person who introduced the first Baringo people to Nakuru to do business.

“He helped a group of young men to purchase a hotel in Nakuru in the early 60’s, something which no other politician has achieved,” said Frank.

The Post-Colonial senator is said to have mentored and inspired many politicians and business people, who include former Baringo North MP William Boit, former finance PS Benjamin Kipkulei, Eddy Koimet, Harold Kipchumba among others.

Mr. Harold Kipchumba, an ODM senate nominee praised the late senator saying he had made a mark in Baringo, and always stood and advised the people to stand for the truth and integrity.

Eldama Ravine Member of parliament Mr. Moses Lessonet said the late was a courageous leader who chose to remain in opposition in the early years of independence, when doing so was almost treated as treason.

Also present was Water Principal Secretary Prof. Fred Segor, who urged residents to emulate Mzee Kiptuis life and Kabarak University Vice Chancellor Dr, Henry kiplagat.

Kiptui served as a senator between 1964 and 1966. He was a clinical officer who treated a number of freedom fighters like Pio Gama Pinto and Dedan Kimathi during their detention at Kabarnet, when he was serving as Baringo Clinical officer in the 1950’s.

He also served in the board of directors of Kenya Ports Authority for 18 years between 1981 and 1999.

The late Senator died of colorectal cancer, at the age of 91, and is survived by a widow, Jenifer Kiptui, two sons, five daughters and several grand and great grandchildren.

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