- The former President remembered King'ori as a man who exhibited great leadership skills, integrity, and dedication to service.
- He hailed Kiptum’s achievements, especially becoming the first man to ever finish a marathon in under two hours and one minute.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned retired Senior Assistant Inspector General King'ori Mwangi and World Marathon Record holder Kelvin Kiptum.
In a statement, the former President remembered King'ori as a man who exhibited great leadership skills, integrity and dedication to service.
Uhuru said his professionalism and dedication to service saw him rise through the ranks right from when he joined the Kenya Police Force in 1988 to his retirement in 2022 at his last posting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
King'ori died Sunday, February 11 in a hospital in Nairobi where he had been admitted.
His family sent a message to his friends to announce his death.
“We wish to inform the public of the death of Mr Kingori Mwangi, a retired police officer. Kingori passed on this morning at a Nairobi hospital where he was receiving treatment. The family will update the public on the burial plans. Kingori Mwangi Family” read the message.
The former Head of state also condoled with the sporting fraternity following the demise of Kelvin Kiptum who was the men’s marathon World Record holder.
He hailed Kiptum’s achievements, especially becoming the first man to ever finish a marathon in under two hours and one minute.
"May the Almighty Lord grant both families grace and fortitude during this difficult period," Uhuru said.
Kiptum and his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana died in a tragic road accident Sunday night in the Kaptagat area along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road.
Kiptum is said to have been the one driving the vehicle heading to Eldoret when the accident occurred.
“The accident happened around 11 pm. The car had three occupants, two died on the spot while one was taken to hospital,” Elgeyo Marakwet county commandant Peter Mulinge said.