Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney on Wednesday, 14th October, paid a glowing tribute to her late father, Mzee Edward Kiprotich.
The former media consultant at Royal Media Services (RMS) said she drew the best values from her father.
Mzee Kiprotich was knocked down by a boda boda rider on Tuesday, as he crossed the busy Kapsabet-Eldoret highway.
He was taken to Kapsabet County Referral Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Karoney narrated how she received the sad news that her dad had been involved in an accident.
“I received a call from a family member, who told me what had happened. In the background, I heard some people screaming and I could tell all was not well.
“I reached out to CS Fred Matiang’i (Interior) and told him I needed a police chopper to evacuate my father. Within minutes, the chopper was ready at Wilson Airstrip.”
But before she flew to Nandi County to airlift the 74-year-old man to Nairobi for further treatment, she got another call confirming her worst fears – her father was no more.
“I had to travel nevertheless because my father was a Muslim, so he had to be buried the following day. We did the funeral arrangements overnight.”
According to Karoney, her growth in the media industry from a junior reporter to top managerial positions was shaped by her disciplinarian father.
“Many people always think I am tough in my work. My dad taught me never to settle for less. I remember he could make us repeat work on the farm if it was substandard,” she added.
The funeral was attended by two governors, five Cabinet secretaries and a host of senior government officials.