By Mirembe Martina
Kiprotich’s parents are tasting the goodness of their son’s hard work at last.
The elderly couple, James Kiptoi Kiboi and Enserena Cheptum are going to move into the new house anytime soon leaving behind their old house in which they have lived in since 1993.
The elderly couple asked the President for a better house since last year when their son Stephen Kiprotich won the Olympic gold medal. They resounded their plea once again this year after the Moscow win and their plea was paid heed to. On May 6th, a team from the State House visited the family to figure out where exactly they were going to erect the new house.
“We had suggested that the house be built just close to the old one. But they advised us that because the new house need to be overlooking the road, our suggested spot was inappropriate spot and they chose another. There after, they cleared the spot of the bananas and started the construction until July 16 when it was completed,” Kiprotich’s broker, Micheal Ayeko explained.
The new house has three bedrooms, complete with boys quarter, external toilet and a 5000 litre plastic water tank. The verandah of the house is tiled with black tiles while inside there are cream tiles. The house also has access to electricity as it has been wired.
“I never in all my life had dreamt of staying in such a house. Before our current old house was built-in 1993, we had been staying in grass thatched house,” Cheptum said.
Being in the village and now considered the biggest and most expensive, the house has now become a tourist attraction. “Whenever people pass along that road, they stop and marvel at the house. Some who are new to the area even on to ask what wealthy person in government had built the house,” Kiprotich’s cousin, Levy Kiptoyek.
“We are excited about the day we will get into the house because it’s locked and we don’t have a spare key. We can only clean the verandah. When we had a chat with the president, he told us that the house would be built and installed with solar energy and a new television set. I believe that’s the only thing remaining before we check in,” Cheptum said.
The house is going to be handed over to the elderly couple by President Museveni Yoweri himself.