By Daniel Edyegu
MOSES Kipsiro may be struggling to rediscover the form that propelled him to international spotlight in 2010.
The former 10000m and 5000m Commonwealth champion even withdrew from the longer distance of the just concluded World Athletics Championships in Moscow due to a hamstring injury.
Yet despite all the troubles he has endured during his running career, Kipsiro remains among Uganda’s legendary athletes after scoring the commonwealth double gold in the 2010 New Delhi Games in India.
It’s partly this that has seen the Government build for Kipsiro a house in Brukoyen village, Barawa parish, in Kapchorwa Town Council.
Kipsiro has expressed gratitude to Government arguing that it would inspire upcoming athletes in the country to work harder.
“We are not yet decided, however, on whether to shift from Bukwo to Kapchorwa. I will have to sit down with my wife (Bena Chebet) to make a final decision on this,” Kipsiro said.
Victor Byaruhanga, the construction engineer who oversaw the works explained that the house, whose construction was funded by State House, would soon be handed over to the athlete.
The three-bedroom house with a tiled roof is perched on Brukoyen hill, close to a rocky cliff. Kipsiro, who comes from Bukwo, has another permanent residential house in Bukwo where the family resides and a giant commercial house.
In Kapchorwa Town Council, he has a four-apartment rental house. The new house is his fourth in Sebei region.
Another source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the construction of the new house started on May 4 and major works were completed in July.
Like the house built for Stephen Kiprotich’s parents by the Government in Tegeres Sub County, Kipsiro’s house is furnished with floor tiles both on the verandah and inside.
Kipsiro’s house, however, has a bathtub and is slightly more expansive compared to that of Kiprotich’s parents.
“There are just minor items that the engineers need to put final touches to in the kitchen. Electrical wiring has been done but it will require another pole to draw the transmission line closer to the house for connection purposes, but that will be done by Kipsiro not Government. The house equally lacks a lightning conductor yet this area is prone to lightning strikes that often claims lives,” the source explained.
“Besides, the house has been plumbed with water pipes but it can’t be connected on the existing water grid because this place is located on a higher altitude (Brukoyen hill). That will mean the water pressure won’t be adequate to push water to the facility,” the source added.
Gravitational flow scheme
As an alternative, it has been established, Government plans to build a gravitational flow scheme tapping water from River Cheseber, which originates from Mt. Elgon.
The new scheme, which has already been surveyed, will serve the Kiprotichs home area in Kapteret, and will be extended Kipsiro’s home in Barawaparish and other parts of Kapchorwa.