Slain athlete Agnes Tirop has been mourned as a star both in Kenya and internationally. Her death was a heavy blow to Kenya and the whole athletic fraternity. Other athletes who spoke during the burial of Agnes Tirop says that she was always been available whenever they needed her help.
As family, friends, athletes, residents of Nandi and many people from different walks of life gathered for the final send off of slain Agnes Tirop, a Kenyan female athlete Viola Jelagat has lost her cold and told President Uhuru Kenyatta to take swift action on the killers of Agnes.
On behalf of the Agnes Tirop's fellow athletes, Viola has conveyed a message to the leaders including Women Representatives. Viola says that many athletes looked upon Agnes despite being much younger. She says that Agnes had achieved so much and many of them admired her.
Slain Agnes Tirop's fellow athlete says that something has to be done immediately to end gender based violence. She affirmed that gender based violence need to come to an end.
"We are here because we are laying our sister to rest but we are also here to raise our voices. We need to be heard as women. Women are not anyone's property. Men need to remember that were also someone's children. Men need to respect us, love us and value our hard-work," Viola Jelagat stated.
The female athlete added that it takes a lot of time and energy to reach to where Agnes was. The athlete pointed out that the issue which is affecting women is because those they elected including Women Representatives to represent them in parliament are not taking their right positions. The athlete says that women reps needs to reach out to the causes of gender based violence.
"My question to HE President Uhuru Kenyatta, how do you feel when an athlete raises a flag so high at the finish line? Do you feel proud? And how did you feel when Agnes died?" the athlete questioned.
The athlete called upon the head of state to pass laws protecting women against gender violence which have become rampant in the county. (Video of Viola during the burial of Agnes).
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