Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney’s elder sister, Nancy Cheptoo Karoney, is dead.
Cheptoo, a former teacher, succumbed to cancer on Wednesday, 27th October, at the age of 54.
Cheptoo’s death comes a year after the passing away of their father, Mzee Edward Kiprotich Karoney, who was killed in a road accident in October 2020.
Mzee Karoney, 74, was knocked down by a boda boda rider as he was crossing the busy Kapsabet-Eldoret highway.
News of Cheptoo’s death was confirmed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who mourned her as a great teacher who had served the nation diligently during her long teaching career.
“It is very unfortunate and sad that Nancy has lost her fight with cancer at an age when your family needed her the most. It is even more painful that she has passed away, just one year after the sudden death of your father and family patriarch Mzee Edward Kiprotich Karoney,” the President eulogised.
The Head of State said Ms Cheptoo’s strong legacy shall be carried forward by the thousands of young Kenyans she brought up over the years during her long teaching career, saying that the country “shall forever be grateful for her diligent service.
“As a nation, we shall forever be grateful to Nancy for the invaluable contribution she made in the education sector where she taught many Kenyans who are now serving this great country in various sectors of our economy,” the President consoled with the family and prayed to God to give them the fortitude to bear with the painful loss of their beloved kin.
“At this difficult time of sorrow, I pray that God gives you courage and solace as you mourn your beloved sister, mother, daughter, and friend,” the President said in his message to the family.