By Samuel Ouma
President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined Kenya’s athletics fraternity in mourning Olympian Agnes Jebet Tirop, who was found dead in her house in Iten town, Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya’s Rift Valley.
Agnes Tirop, 25, was part of the triumphant Kenyan contingent to this year’s delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she represented the country in the 5,000m race and finished 4th in the final.
In a message of condolence and comfort to the family, friends, relatives, and the athletics fraternity, the President described Agnes as a Kenyan hero and champion whose death is a big blow to the country’s sporting ambitions and profile.
“It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete who, at a young age of 25 years, she had brought our country so much glory through her exploits on the global athletics stage including in this year’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she was part of the Kenyan team in Japan,” the President eulogized.
“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people,” he added.
Kenya’s Head of State directed law enforcement agencies led by the National Police Service to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes so that they can face the full force of the law.
According to local media reports, Agnes, a 2019 World 5000m bronze medallist and 2015 senior Cross Country champion, was found lifeless at her Iten home with stab wounds in the belly.