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Kenyans and leaders from across the political divide were united in mourning the death of Kanu-era political supremo Nicholas Biwott who passed on yesterday morning. Biwott died at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted for treatment after falling ill in the morning, following what family members described as a ‘long illness’.
He was 77-years-old. According to his long time aide, William Chepukut, Biwott woke up well yesterday morning before he started feeling unwell at about 9am. “He was rushed to the Nairobi Hospital but shortly after he was dead, ” Chepukut told journalists outside Lee Funeral home where the body was preserved.
President Uhuru Kenyatta eulogised the veteran politician as a man devoted and dedicated to uplifting the Kenyan community and the country. Uhuru lauded his deep commitment to education of young Kenyans through many scholarships he funded, saying “he has left a mark on many young people’s lives”.
Former President Daniel arap Moi, to whom Biwott was a close ally during their days in government, remembered him as a dedicated public servant and an astute businessman and philanthropist.
He added, he had known the deceased since the 1950s. Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his wife Ida, also extended deep condolences to Biwott’s family, his loved ones and friends, saying: “Biwott played a central role in the formation of the modern Kenya State at a critical moment in our history when it was vital to have every hand on deck to ensure that Kenya’s first transfer of power went smoothly.”
Former President Mwai Kibaki said Biwott provided leadership in eight diverse ministerial dockets over and above representing the Keiyo South people for over 28 years.
“I remember the late Biwott as a focussed public servant whose service to the nation in whichever capacity he was assigned,” Kibaki said. Earlier at Lee Funeral Home, leaders especially from the Kalenjin community led by cabinet secretaries Henry Rotich (Treasury), Charles Keter (Energy) and Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago mourned Biwott as a “true son of the soil”.
Governor Mandago said leaders from the Kalenjin community were grateful for the foundation Biwott gave, sentiments echoed by Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter who termed Biwott a mentor.