It was a heroic send off for the late former world 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett as deputy president William Ruto promised goodies for the family during his burial on Thursday evening at Simat home in Uasin Gishu County.
Bett was buried like a hero with a 21 gun salute.
The DP said he had carried kshs 2 million for the family and promised to send more two million to educate the family.
“With funds drive from the government, the late children will get full education from the government,” said Ruto.
“We are going to use the money collected from betting firms to improve both athletes’ lives and build facilities across the country,” added Ruto.
Echesa reiterated that Bett died a hero and that is why he was given a hero’s burial.
“Bett died a hero. I met him during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia and became friends. We shall celebrate you as Kenyans and the rest of the world. As a former athlete, who wore those shoes, I know where it pinches most,” added Echesa.