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Nakuru expectant of Geoffrey Kirui’s win at Boston Marathon

Nine men in the field have posted times of 2:06 or faster, and Americans Scott Fauble, Colin Bennie and Scott Smith have sub-2:10 times

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Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Marathoner Geoffrey Kirui. Photo/NGPU

The 125th Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, October 11, but with a notable change. This is the first time the race has been held in the fall. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, April’s date for the race was postponed to October. 

This will be the fourth Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) to be held after Berlin Marathon, London Marathon and Chicago Marathon.

Among the notable figures in today’s men marathon race that kicks off at 15:37 pm Kenyan time is the 2017 Boston Marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui (2:9:37), who hails from Keringet, Kuresoi South in Nakuru County.

Before he left for the marathon last week, he took time and met Governor Lee Kinyanjui who assured him of his support and that the entire County was behind him in prayers to see him win. He added that his administration is investing in sports development in the region.

“We have injected Shs120 million in the first phase in the area has an altitude of about 2,400 metres above sea level. Once complete, the camp is expected to nurture local talent especially the youth and ensure they continue with their education as they train,” he stated.

He said he was planning to hold an annual marathon in Keringet once the academy is completed. The academy is expected to change the face of Keringet and we urge those recently issues with title deeds not to sell their land.

The sports facility will come with other benefits to the entire community because athletes, coaches, physiotherapists and guests will need complementary services such as accommodation and recreational facilities.

Four men’s champions are the people to watch in the race, including a two-time winner who nearly won a third, will run Monday: Lelisa Desisa (the 2013 and 2015 champion who finished second to Cherono by two seconds in 2019), Lemi Berhanu (2016), Geoffrey Kirui (2017) and Yuki Kawauchi (2018). Nine men in the field have posted times of 2:06 or faster, and Americans Scott Fauble, Colin Bennie and Scott Smith have sub-2:10 times

List of past Boston Marathon winners

Men

Year Runner (Country) Time

2019 Lawrence Cherono (Kenya) 2:07:57

2018 Yuki Kawauchi (Japan) 2:15:58

2017 Geoffrey Kirui (Kenya) 2:09:37

2016 Lemi Berhanu (Ethiopia) 2:12:45

2015 Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) 2:09:17

2014 Meb Keflezighi (United States) 2:08:37

2013 Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) 2:10:22

2012 Wesley Korir (Kenya) 2:12:40

2011 Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) 2:03:02

2010 Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (Kenya) 2:05:52

2009 Deriba Merga (Ethiopia) 2:08:42

 

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Atheists fault petition seeking to deregister society

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

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President of the Atheists in Kenya Society, Harrison Mumia

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

Former Juja MP, Dr Stephen Ndichu has moved to court seeking to have the Atheists in Kenya Society suspended on grounds that its continued existence is unconstitutional.

In a statement, the society’s president, Harrison Mumia says the petition is an assault on religious freedom and an insult to the diversity of the Kenyan people.

“We find the petition repugnant to a good conscience,” he stated adding that Dr Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist who seems to harbour paranoid fantasies about the dangers of atheists existing in Kenya.

He further accused Dr Ndichu of seeing enemies where there is none and that the society was surprised, but not shocked as religion has historically inhibited progress.

He vowed that the society would do everything within its power to defend its right to remain a registered society and urged Kenyans to support fighting the petition.

On Sunday, the society said it will be writing to President William Ruto seeking an invitation to State House, just like the evangelical denominations.

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Uhuru Gardens ready for Madaraka Day fete, says PS Kibicho

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Madaraka Day

This year’s national Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County will be open to 30,000 people, up from 10,000 in 2021.

Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Interior, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said this follows the relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures.

“Children will also be allowed in on the celebrations this year, and we expect county celebrations to happen too,” the PS said while on an inspection tour of the venue.

The PS said the government decided to move the celebrations from the County rotational back to Nairobi because it will be the last event for the current administration before it exits office.

“Because of the significance of this particular Madaraka day, being the last for this regime, we decided to celebrate it at Uhuru Gardens to break the tradition of celebrating it in counties,”

He revealed that preparations were currently at 90 percent complete and expressed confidence that all will be set for the event as the country marks 59 years of self rule.

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Queen Elizabeth mourns Kibaki as a great Statesman with commendable legacy

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Queen Elizabeth II has mourned former President the late Mwai Kibaki eulogizing him as “a great statesman”.

“I was sorry to receive the news of the death of Mwai Kibaki. He had a lifelong record of service to the Kenyan people. It will be of deep sadness to your country to have lost a great statesman, but Kenya can take pride in the legacy of his leadership. I send you and the people of Kenya my condolences at this loss,” the message read.

The British High Commission further affirmed its close ties to Kenya and renewed its assurances to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The British High Commission avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya the assurances of its highest consideration,” the High Commission said.

The late Kibaki passed away on 21 April 2022, aged 90.

President Uhuru, who issued a proclamation that he would be granted a state funeral with full civilian and military honours, announced his death.

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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