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Uhuru donates Sh100 million for Eliud Kipchoge library

Friday November 22 2019

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (right)

Eliud Kipchoge (right) is awarded the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (E.G.H.), one of the nation's highest civilian honours, by President Uhuru Kenyatta during Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Mama Ngina Waterfront park in Mombasa on October 20, 2019. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

TOM MATOKE
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has given out Sh100 million towards the building of a new library in honour of world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha delivered the cheque in Kipchoge's home village of Kapsisiywa in Nandi County on Friday.

The CS said the President would personally visit the school and have it commissioned within the next six months.

"President Kenyatta has to day given out Sh100 million to build a new library in honour of what Kipchoge did for Kenya," the CS said.

Kipchoge made history as the first man to run a marathon in under two hours when he clocked 1:59:40 at the “Ineos 1:59 Challenge” on October 12 in Vienna, Austria.

Kipchoge’s time was not recognised as a world marathon record since it was not a World Athletics-certified and rated course.

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Magoha warned government officials who would attempt to embezzle the money from the President that they would be sacked.

He explained that Kipchoge had petitioned the President to build a new library and school complex in his home village and the Head of State dully responded.

Local leaders lauded the President for his noble gesture.

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