Condolence Message by The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohammed, And Permanent Secretary Mr Joe Okudo On the Passing On of Ms. Esther Toyoi Kipkuna, The Mother of Dr. Paul Tergat.
It is with deep sorrow that I have learnt of the passing of Mama Esther Toyoi Kipkuna, dear and loving mother to Kenya’s Global Athletic Icon Dr. Paul Tergat. She was a caring, selfless and kind mother who raised Dr. Tergat and all of her children with great counsel and careful direction. She instilled the values of discipline, hard work and determinate purpose upon a generation that has served their communities and country with fervour and admirable commitment.
A prominent farmer and devoted Christian, Mama Esther lived a life guided by the values of humility, generosity, gratitude and compassion. I thank her ever so dearly for bringing us an athletic icon who continues to immensely contribute to the development of sports in Kenya and around the world.
On my own behalf, that of the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, Hon. Hassan Noor Hassan, Chief Administrative Secretary, Joe Okudo, Principal Secretary for Sports, Josephta Mukobe, Principal Secretary for Culture and Heritage and in solidarity with the entire sporting fraternity, I pray that the Almighty God grants Dr. Paul Tergat and the entire family of the late Mama Esther Toyoi Kipkuna the fortitude to bear this loss.
Issued on 23rd September 2020
Amb. (Dr) Amina C. Mohamed, EGH, CAV