The grandson of one of Kenya’s powerful man, Retired Lieutenant-General John Koech, has given a moving tribute at his requiem mass.

He was one of former President Daniel arap Moi’s confidant, he passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020.

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Speaking at his requiem mass at St Austins Parish in Nairobi on December 5, the grandson Mathew Langa’at said,

“Babu, I want to start by saying I miss you already, this is the hardest pill I have to swallow and I love you so much, but God loves you more.

Retired Lieutenant-General John Koech requiem mass

You were my role model, I always looked up to you, and I would always enjoy riding with you and Batiem.

Batiem would say I’m her walking stick and her body guard, and it was amazing riding with you even going to town for your different errands that I had no idea what was going on, but as long as I was with you I was happy.

You’d always push me to be a better man, a stronger man, and I am proud to say that the life lessons you have taught me have built me.

I remember some time ago when there was athletics and we were watching it with you and the rest of the family, Ezekiel Kemboi jumped on someone and Batiem, Uncle Eric and I couldn’t stop laughing and you didn’t see as if it was that funny but you still laughed anyway and seeing your smile would brighten up every dark place I felt I had in me.

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My fondest and best memory I had with you was when we were in the office and you decided to take me for lunch at Java, Yaya Centre where you ordered a dish, you had no expectation that it would be chilli and when you tasted it you immediately called a waitress and asked for a tropical milkshake.

Oh how you loved milkshakes, I will dearly miss
you Babu and I promise as your first grandchild your legacy will live on and stronger than ever.

Till we meet again Babu, I love you so much. Your Grandson.”

Retired Lieutenant-General John Koech requiem mass

May he rest in peace. His funeral mass will be held at Kericho Day School on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

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