Nicholas Biwott dies aged 77

Nicholas Biwott dies aged 77

Former powerful Cabinet minister Nicholas Kipyator Biwott is dead.

Biwott, popularly known as ‘Total Man’, passed on at a Nairobi hospital after a long illness.

Sources indicate his health had taken a downward spiral in the last one year. He has been in and out of hospital.

The late politician’s body has been taken to the Lee Funeral Home this afternoon.

Biwott demise comes as another loss for President Uhuru Kenyatta, less than a week after the death of Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery last Saturday.

Until his death, he was the party leader of National Vision Party of Kenya (NVP).

The party had endorsed Mr Kenyatta for a second term in office and he was one of the key opinion leaders he was relying on to campaign in the North Rift.

Biwott, who served as Member of Parliament for Keiyo South for 28 years before losing his seat in 2007, had been out of the public limelight in recent times as the country gears to hold its general election in under a month’s time.

The 77-year-old who served as a civil servant, MP and government minister during which time he has held eight senior ministerial positions, had a career spanning over three decades.

Biwott previously had to refute rumours over his death peddled on social media, at one point threatening to take legal action against those behind the false claims.

He was a close confidant of retired President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, holding ministerial positions in the Regional Development, Energy, Foreign Affairs and Trade and Development among others.

He also served under founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s administration as Personal Assistant to Agriculture Minister Bruce MacKenzie between 1968 and 1970.

Biwott was also a business man and is regarded as one of Kenya’s wealthiest men with major interests ranging from agriculture, real estate, and energy.

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