Vicky Kones, daughter of the late Cabinet minister in President Daniel Moi’s government, Kipkalya Kones, died of alcoholism.
Ms Kones passed on on April 17 at a Nakuru hospital as she battled alcoholism, drug nd substance abuse.
“It is in the public domain that Chebet bravely battled alcoholism, drug and substance abuse. Perhaps this should serve as a wake-up call to the many, especially the youth, who are currently under the influence,” read her eulogy in part.
Religious leaders as well politicians in attendance lauded the family for opening up about the cause of death.
The deceased’s step mother and Bomet East MP Beatrice Kones said she had undergone a long rehabilitation process at Haven Recovery Centre in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.
“We must do something as a government and leaders to fight alcoholism and drug abuse because it will kill all our children,” she said.
Also present was Nakuru senator Susan Kihika who praised the Kones family for openly talking about the disease that is claiming so many lives especially the youths.
This is a good example to families that hide the truth even when their children are dying because of alcoholism, which is tormenting our young people,” she said.
Her sentiments were echoed by Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot and Soy MP Caleb Kipkemei Kositany.
They all encouraged the youth to shun drug abuse and instead take up engaging activities.
Ms Kones was laid to rest at her her father’s Sirikwa farm in Kuresoi North, Nakuru County.