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January 21, 2019

Leaders mourn Biwott

Total Man Nicholas Biwott
Total Man Nicholas Biwott

Daniel Moi: I have known Biwott since the 1950s both of us being leaders from the Rift Valley then. Biwott served in various ministerial positions in my government and was a dedicated public servant, an astute businessman and a philanthropist who initiated community projects to alleviate the suffering of the people he represented of Keiyo. Biwott was a dependable friend and his public service had an impact on the Nation. I pray to God to give the family courage to bear the loss of their loved one.

Uhuru Kenyatta: Throughout his time in government, his diligence and intelligence shone through. These were the qualities that propelled his rise through the ranks of government; and these are the qualities that he put at the disposal of the Presidents he served, and of his countrymen. They were balanced by his private warmth, his wit, his attention to detail, and his love of family.

All those who knew him well will also remember two other aspects of his character. First, his deep devotion to the education of young Kenyans: He funded many scholarships, and never ceased to insist that young men and women take every opportunity to improve themselves. Many of us have cause to be thankful for this aspect of his character. Second, his dedication to uplifting the community and the country. He never forgot where he came from, which is why he spent decades building schools, hospitals, and every other kind of development project he could. May his generosity never be forgotten.

Raila Odinga: 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.

Musalia Mudavadi: The late Biwott served in various capacities in the Cabinet, while representing Keiyo South constituency in Parliament. Together with the late GG Kariuki, they represent the passing of the first generation of young technocrats at Independence who later graduated into eminent political leaders of their time.

Despite his larger-than-life personality as the Total Man, I knew Biwott as the least publicity-seeking politician.

Biwott's legacy of developing education infrastructure in Keiyo remains a shining example.

Josphat Nanok: On behalf of the governors and the county governments, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends.

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