The life of Nicholas Kipyator Biwott. Courtesy of Kenya Broadcasting Company

Senator Kipchumba Murkomen of Elgeyo Marakwet county speaks at Maria Soti

Pres.Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at Maria Soti

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Update on Nicholas Biwott’s death. From Milimani funeral home

Statements following the death of Hon. Nicholas Biwott

Former President Daniel arap Moi

Former President Daniel arap Moi, under whom Mr Biwott served for many years, said he had lost a “dependable friend”.

Mr Moi said “Total Man”, as he was popularly known, was “a dedicated public servant, an astute businessman and a philanthropist”.

“(He) initiated community projects to alleviate the suffering of the people he represented of Keiyo,” he said.

Mzee Moi said Kenya had lost a resourceful man whose service helped the nation.

In his message, the retired president said his prayers were with the family of the fallen minister.

President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Kenyatta said he remembered Mr Biwott as s dedicated servant who touched many lives.

“I was deeply saddened by the news this afternoon that Hon. Nicholas Biwott had left us,” he said in a statement.

“It is difficult to find the words with which to do justice to his long service to this nation.”

He said the former minister, with whom they fought over the ownership for independence party Kanu, would be remembered for two things: his deep devotion to the education of young Kenyans and development.

“He spent decades building schools, hospitals, and every other kind of development project he could. May his generosity never be forgotten,” the president said.

Former Statehouse Comptroller Abraham Kiptonui

 Former Statehouse Comptroller Abraham Kiptonui remembered Mr Biwott as a “servant of the people”.

“Development of the county was dependent on him. I worked with him for long and he had a lot of development ideas. He has done a lot for this country and Elgeyo-Marakwet,” he said.

“He was a brilliant and a great man. He has been an adviser to many presidents who have been in power.”

William Ruto

Biwott was one of the respected leaders in the country whose contribution on the socio-economic and political front was outstanding and will be highly missed,” Mr Ruto said.

“His death is a big blow to the country.”

Mr Ruto, who was recently installed the Kipsigis community spokesman, said even after he left the Cabinet and formed the National Vision Party (NVP), Mr Biwott continued with his contribution to development and preached peace and cohesion in the society.

“Biwott contributed a lot to various development projects in Bomet County and in return his NVP party was rewarded by the voters with one member of the county assembly — John Chepkwony of Chebunyo Ward — who worked closely with CCM affiliated MCAs at the county assembly,” Mr Ruto said.

He called on Kenyans to pray for Mr Biwott’s family during this difficult time.

Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga remembered Biwott as a reformist. “Hon 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 and ensured national unity at a very tense and trying time,” said Raila. He added: “With so many others, I share their loss and we are praying that this solidarity will help give them strength to cope with their loss.

Former President Mwai Kibaki

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,”

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi

 Baringo Senator Gideon Moi said he learnt of the death of Biwott with shock and disbelief. He described the late as a man of few words who made a big impact on the affairs of the country. He said Biwott was a family friend and his death was a big blow to all those who knew him beyond public sphere. Gideon said the country had lost an industrious man whose footprints are implanted in almost all sectors.

Council of Governors Chair Josphat Nanok

Council of Governors Chair Josphat Nanok, showered the fallen leader with praises saying he was a distinguished public servant, who served in Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki’s Governments from 1965 since he joined the civil service as a District Officer. “Hon Biwott was an astute politician, prominent businessman, and farmer and an educationist, whose acts of kindness touched many families in the Rift Valley and the country,” said Nanok. Apart from serving in the Ministry of Trade, and Energy under Former President Daniel Moi regime, Biwott was also the Keiyo South Member of Parliament for over two decades.

Kipchumba Murkomen

Kipchumba Murkomen described Biwott as a great leader. “I had the privilege of competing with him in 2013. While a student, he mentored me politically and even shaped my life by helping me pay school fees,” said Murkomen. Areas governor Alex Tolgos said: “We have lost a prominent son of our land. Aside from politics, he was fatherly and always gave us great advice.”

Local residents

Luka Malakwen said Biwott was passionate about education. “That is why he invested heavily in building learning facilities and sponsored thousands of students. “He would take all candidates for a trip every year to motivate them to work hard. We are really saddened by his death,” he said. Anna Kiplagat said Biwott helped her educate her children. She described him as having a kind heart. Biwott’s long-time friend, Michael Kiplagat ‘Y’ said: “He was like my father. He never harboured any grudge and was a peacemaker fostering unity.”