Orkoiyot Koitalel arap Samoei, the freedom hero killed in cold blood by British colonialists, was yesterday honoured after President Uhuru Kenyatta kicked off the construction of a university named after him.
The President laid the foundation stone of the Koitalel Samoei University College (below) at the spot where he was tricked and killed in 1905. Koitalel was the supreme chief of the Nandi and is revered all over Kalenjin land.
“As a country, we will not forget those who came before us and stood for justice. Koitalel was a hero for all Kenyans,” said the President as he called on the youth to take advantage of access to education to achieve progress.
He said it has taken a long time but finally Koitalel will get his rightful honour, adding that the new university will be opened in two years. Deputy President William Ruto, who shares the name Samoei with Koitalel, said the construction of the university was an emotional issue for the residents of the county. “On behalf of the people of Nandi county and on my own behalf I want to thank you for starting the journey of its construction,” he said.