Deputy President William Ruto on Friday, July 31 tickled mourners at the burial of the Late track and field athlete Ben Jipcho at his Kisawai Village home in Saboti Constituency, Trans-Nzoia County.
Addressing mourners at the ceremony, Dr Ruto described the late Jipcho as a “great man, who prioritised his family, despite having a heavy responsibility load on his shoulders”.
“Only few men can marry and look after five wives satisfactorily [the way Ben Jipcho did]. [Maintaining five wives] is not easy. Mimi nang’ang’ana na wangu mmoja, na mambo siyo rahisi sana (I have only one wife, and I am striving to make the marriage trouble-free, and I would tell you, it has not been easy)
“When a man has more than one spouse, and all his partners are comfortable, his children are all schooled, and the family looks well-organised, then that man is great, and Ben Jipcho was a great man!” remarked the Deputy President much to the amusement of the mourners
Ruto further donated Ksh1 million to Jipcho’s family, saying the money would be used to cater for his burial expenses and other accrued bills.
Jipcho, a 1968 Olympics 1,500m silver medalist, succumbed to Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS) last Friday, July 24 in Eldoret, Uasin-Gishu County.