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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Keiyo elders meet, plan a hero’s send-off for Biwott on Thursday

Some of the Keiyo eldes at a meeting in Eldoret town on Saturday. They said Biwott will be buried with the highest respect / MATHEWS NDANYI
Some of the Keiyo eldes at a meeting in Eldoret town on Saturday. They said Biwott will be buried with the highest respect / MATHEWS NDANYI

Former Cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott will be buried on Thursday at his Toot village home in Elgeyo Marakwet.

Elders are preparing to give him a hero's send-off.

The elders, who met in Eldoret, said Biwott had unmatched leadership qualities and as such would be buried with the highest respect from his Keiyo community, which he served as MP for almost three decades.

The elders, led by Benjamin Kattam, Zadock Chepkieng, Moses Yator, Wilson Chesonok and Elijah Kosgey, together with youth leader Paul Kibet, said burial arrangements are in progress.

President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto will attend the burial. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at the AIC Milimani in Nairobi and the body flown home on Wednesday.

“Biwott was a hero. We lost a man we may never be able to replace in many generations to come,” Kibet said.

He said many lies have been told about Biwott.

“For example, people say he would change vehicles many times while travelling for security reasons, but that was not the case,” Kibet said.

He said Biwott only did so because of the many people who always wanted to see him.

Kattam said three schools named after Biwott will be renovated and expanded in his honour.

“He valued education and ran the best bursary scheme when he was MP and through that many families in Keiyo benefitted a lot. He has left a very strong legacy for our community,” he said.

Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos said the county has lost an industrious person who made valuable contribution to society.

Earlier it had been indicated that the body would be flown to the Eldoret Airstrip and then driven by road to his home to give residents of Eldoret an opportunity to pay their last respects. This is, however, yet to be confirmed. Biwott had his private offices, and several businesses and homes in Eldoret town where he operated from most of the time.


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