News 2008


Marathon champion survives another attack

Story by NATION Reporter

15. 02. 2008

World marathon champion Luke Kibet has survived yet another attempt on his life in violence sparked by the disputed vote tallying of the December’s presidential poll.

The Wednesday attack comes barely five weeks after he escaped another one at his Eldoret home.

Speaking Thursday at his Industrial Area Prisons Remand house, Mr Kibet asked the Government to provide security to all athletes.

Dead sheep

The attack occurred at Kinungi, near Naivasha.

Driving from Eldoret, Mr Kibet, in the company of four other athletes, who included Kenya Police’s Jonathan Komen, came across dead sheep strategically placed on the road. When they stopped to clear the road, they were confronted by a group of six men who demanded to know why the driver had “killed” their sheep.

“They did not want to listen to us and when they realised who we were, they called for reinforcement as they wailed and threatened to set our car on fire and kill us,” he said.

At this point, Mr Kibet drew a pistol, which bought them time to board their car and drive from the scene.

The attack is the third on a Kenyan athlete with two others — Lucas Sang and Wesley Ng’etich — already killed.

Mr Kibet, who is due to compete in the national cross country trials slated for March 1 at the Ngong Race Course, is upbeat that he will make the Kenyan team to this year’s championships in Edinburgh. However, he casts doubt on the country’s prospects for the event, which it has dominated for over two decades now.

“It is difficult for many athletes to concentrate on their training whereas their own families are living under constant threats of attacks,” he said, adding that athletes had cut down on the distance and time they take to train.