Former Keiyo South MP and powerful Cabinet Minister in Moi’s regime, Nicholas Biwott, collapsed in his house in Nairobi and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday (11/07/17).
According to family sources, Biwott took breakfast on Tuesday morning and said that he wanted to go to hospital but collapsed before he left.
He was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Biwott’s death was confirmed by his daughter, Director-General Public Investment and Portfolio, Esther Koimett.
“We confirm that he is rested. Further information will be given once the family meets,” Ms Koimett said, but she did not disclose the ailment that he suffered from.
Leaders mourned the death of the former minister led by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Uhuru said the diligence and intelligence of the ex-minister saw him shine during his time in leadership.
“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,” said Uhuru.
“Now that he has gone to rest, may his generosity never be forgotten. I pray that God will comfort and strengthen his family at this difficult time, especially his wife and children,” the President added.
National Super Alliance (NASA) Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga noted that Biwott was 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.
Former President Daniel arap Moi said he has known Biwott since 1950s.
“Biwott was an astute businessman and a philanthropist who initiated community projects to alleviate the suffering of the people he represented,” Moi said.
He also prayed to God to give the family of the late courage to bear the loss of their loved one.