Soi Member of Parliament Caleb Kositany is without doubt a controversial politician. He says it as it is, and it has seen him rise past politicians more experienced than him, to emerge as the DP’s unofficial spokesperson. This has regularly made him the target of countless criticisms and accusations. However, most of these have always come from sections opposed to his Hustler Movement boss William Ruto. Nevertheless, for the first time, Kositany found himself facing the anger of his own home people, and it wasn’t pretty.
Yesterday following Kenya’s win in the 800 m men’s final at the Tokyo 2020 delayed Olympics which saw the country clinch its first gold in the tournament, Kositany rushed to congratulate the duo who won, but got their names all wrong. This attracted a flurry of comments from a section of his followers from his home area who expressed disappointment in his mistake.
Walter Kipchirchir briefly said, ”Mweshimiwa, it’s ferguson rotich”.
Another one called @RotichBenson8 called upon him to first confirm with his inbox while J.J Thompson also disputed his version of names.
Surprisingly, Kositany hadn’t bothered to correct the tweet, and it still read the same at the time of going to press.
Emmanuel Korir won the men’s 800m final, leading home a Kenyan 1-2 in 1:45.06. The 26-year-old athlete, who is the sixth-fastest 800m runner of all time, stormed to the front to take an impressive gold ahead of teammate Ferguson Rotich (1:45.23).
The bronze medal went to Poland’s Patryk Dobek who finished the race in 1:45.39. Korir vanquished Botswana’s Nijel Amos – the fastest man in the world this year over 800m – who finished eighth in 1:46.41.
There was always going to be a new gold medallist in the 800m, after double Olympic champion (London 2012 and Rio 2016) and world record holder David Rudisha withdrew from contention due to injury in May. And with the legend missing it left the door open for others to write their names in the history books.
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