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An icon in Uasin Gishu County has rested TRIBUTE TO CHEMWENO, A REKNOWN LARGE SCALE FARMER AT MOIBEN, UASIN GISHU COUNTY A great...

An icon in Uasin Gishu County has rested
TRIBUTE TO CHEMWENO, A REKNOWN LARGE SCALE FARMER AT MOIBEN, UASIN GISHU COUNTY

A great man has rested, a man with a big heart and of unmatched milestones the Duke of Karuna. Many knew him as a great leader, farmer, businessman, educationist and above all a strict Christian.

William Kiptanui Chemweno was a product of sheer hardwork, determination and resilience. He built his own legacy from scratch having worked for the white settler scaling up from overseeing the dairy department to the farm manager due to his disciplined principles and honesty.

Chemweno was a great farmer specialized in Large scale wheat, barley and corns and his produce was sort after by companies all over the country due its quality. He also did dairy farming and always hosted small scale dairy farmers for field days. He also reared goats and sheeps that added beauty when they grazed at the top of Karuna hill. He also did Pig and Chicken farming successfully.

He had businesses from his rural Karuna farm, Singore Centre, Iten town and Eldoret town with interest in restaurants, fuels, residentials and agrochemicals. He owned the Karuna building, Uganda Road opposite National Bank building that host Wills pub and restaurant.

Chemweno loved education and he went an extra mile in shaping up the sector within our ward and our neighbors. He served as patron, board Chairman and board member in many schools in a span of 50 yrs a legacy that is hard to beat. He paid school fees to many and a special mention is bright students from poor backgrounds in St Patrick's Iten and Singore girls where he served as board Chair for many years. He initiated Karuna Primary helped build Sosiyo primary and Secondary, Kabuliot, St Francis Kimuron, Tilatil primary, Singore Primary and many others.

He was a strict Christian of Catholic faith and he never missed to celebrate the Holy Mass. He helped build churches home and beyond, he donated land to churches both in Kapkabai and Karuna farms. He also participated fully in the initiation of Our Lady of Peace Kabuliot Parish.

He was always a story teller who loved visitors and in many occasions hosted his neighbors both in Karuna and Kapkabai for parties, bonding and interaction. People visited his farm free of charge and always  during Christmas children visits his hill for a beautiful view of Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties and others go to hunt for game meat. 

From the people of Karuna Meibeki Ward and Moiben Subcounty we say Fare thee well Mzee. A mentor a father and a leader.

MOSIN KUKO (Shared) .

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