Kimoso Sub-Location Retired Assistant Chief has entered his third day of 354 kilometres charity walk to Nairobi to raise funds for the completion of Kabarnet stadium.
Joseph Malatit Chebii, 61, started his 14-day trek on Wednesday 6am at his remote Eron home village in Salawa, Baringo Central.
The 61 year old man is looking forward to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa and Kenya Olympic Committee President Paul Tergat, who is from Baringo.
Wearing a white dustcoat and carrying a flag bearing the message ‘Kabarnet Stadium Tuokoe’, he said that he also hopes to meet Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and part of Baringo Members of Parliament.
“Our stadium has not been completed since it was commissioned in 2014 by our first governor Benjamin Cheboi. I saw that it is a nice cause if I raise funds for its completion through this charity walk.” He noted.
The retired chief said that his move to raise funds for the stadium was triggered by the number of youths idling and engaging in drug abuse instead of playing in the stadium.
“It is a shame that our children do not have a place to play and discover their talents but instead are drinking illicit brew and using drugs that are not good for their health.” Said Chebii.
He also noted that he hopes to reach his destination in 14 days saying that he plans to trek 25 kilometers every day.
“Despite my old age I will walk along Marigat-Nairobi highway for 14 days and my journey starts every morning at 6am and ends at 5pm.” Said the retired chief.
He added that he has carried fruits, water and honey that he is going to eat and drink while in his mission.
“I am going to add honey into the water and it is going to re-energize me as I walk on the scorchy Sun.” he narrated.
He vowed not to board any vehicle or accept lift saying that it is an act of patriotism calling on good Samaritans to help him in paying for his food and accommodation.
“I know more than 350 kilometers is not a joke but I am going to make sure I reach Nairobi by foot.” He noted.
He added that he does not blame anyone for the delayed completion of the stadium citing that he understands that there are limited resources in the country and thus the need to look for well-wishers to fund the stalled stadium.
“I do not blame anyone for not completing the project because I know there aren’t enough resources in the country and I hope to find good Samaritans to help us in completing the stadium.” He said.
He said that he is doing it for the next generation noting that, it is the only thing he can gift them.
He urged leaders to join hands and see that Kabarnet stadium has been completed.
“I plead with our leaders to join hands and raise funds to complete the stalled Kabarnet stadium, it should be a world class.” He pleaded.