Former powerful Cabinet Minister Nicholas Kipyator Biwott, or Total Man as he used to be called, collapsed in his house in Nairobi and was pronounced dead on arrival at Nairobi Hospital.
The former Keiyo South MP who served in eight ministries during President Moi’s era, had been ailing for a long time.
According to family sources, Biwott had over the past few months, been in and out of hospital, both locally and abroad.
Sources have it that after taking breakfast on the morning of Tuesday, July 11, the National Vision Party leade said he wanted to go to hospital but collapsed before he left.
It is then that he was rushed to hospital but it was too late, he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Announcing his death was his long-serving aide William Chebkutt news that was later confirmed by Biwott’s daughter Esther Koimett, the director-general of Public Investment and Portfolio Management at the National Treasury.
“We confirm that he is rested. Further information will be given once the family meets,” Koimett said without disclosing what her father suffered from.
Biwott has left behind immense wealth which he accumulated during the Moi regime. He owned an airline, a bank, an oil company, a construction firm and the iconic Nairobi’s Yaya Centre, just to mention but a few.
Biwott studied for a Bachelors degree at the University of Melbourne between 1962 and 1964 and during his second visit to Australia in 1966, he returned home with a Masters degree in economics and a wife, Hannie — a Dutch of Jewish origin.