He described former President Moi as his mentor. He was first elected MP for Tinderet at a tender age of 32 in 1979, and Moi named him into his first Cabinet.
In a telephone interview with The Standard at the weekend, Kosgey said: “President Moi is my mentor, and I am a role model to many. It has been a long journey in my studies, and I am very happy with my achievement at my age.”
“I have no regrets because I have made it. I want to inspire more people and especially the youth. They don’t have to wait until my age. Now with technology, Kenyans with first or second degrees should further their studies using online opportunities,” he said.
Kosgey encouraged Kenyans to shun lifestyles that could ruin their future and instead focus on boosting livelihoods.
“I served in many ministries including Education, which is paramount. I attended Unesco meetings where we advocated for education for all towards attaining millennium development goals,” he said.
The former MP decried rampant corruption, saying some implicated leaders are fighting to retain their offices instead of resigning as is the case in developed economies.
“We should not stoop too low and allow vices that erode integrity and our economy. Kenyans need to work hard. Even the hustler mentality should not destruct us from achieving goals through hard work,” he added.