Beatrice Kones reveals last message son sent her before taking his life

Saturday March 09 2019

Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso (right) condoles with Bomet East MP Beatrice Kones during the burial of Collins Kipyegon Kalya at Kaporuso village on March 9, 2019. PHOTO | VITALIS KIMUTAI | NATION MEDIA GROUP


Bomet East MP Beatrice Kones on Saturday revealed that her son Collins Kipyegon Kalya took his life after sending her a message while she was away in South Africa attending the PANAFRICAN parliament.

Mr Kipyegon, the third born of former Minister Kipkalya Kones and Beatrice, died last week in Nakuru town.

“He sent me a message stating he was taking his life and I should take care of his children. The action was unwarranted as he did not lack anything,” said Mrs Kones.

She said: “Kipyegon was my son, my driver and partner in farming enterprise… He was the only apolitical member of the family.”

She said it was unfortunate the current crop of youth cannot cope with life, which has resulted in rising cases of suicide.

“Counselling centres should be set up in every ward in the country to assist youth and the professional counsellors should visit schools,” said Mrs Kones during her son’s burial.



The Deputy President William Ruto was among a host of leaders who condoled the family following the loss of their son.

In his message conveyed to the family by Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, Dr Ruto described the late Kipyegon as a “hard working independent-minded youth.”

“I learnt with great sadness the passing on of Kipyegon and I know how unexpected death of a loved one adds to the grief,” said Mr Ruto.

He said: “The deceased wanted to make a difference for himself, his family and community through farming and was a role model to youths engaged in agriculture.”

Kipyego left behind a widow Miriam Chelangat and three sons.

He was buried at Kaporuso village in Bomet East Sub County.

Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso, former Governor Isaac Ruto, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and several MPs were among mourners at the funeral.