8 Things You Need To Know About Nicholas Biwott Before His Death

Kipyator Nicholas Kiprono arap Biwott is Dead.  The veteran Kenyan politician died aged 77 at a Nairobi hospital after a long illness. He served as a civil servant, Member of Parliament and government minister, during which time he has held eight senior ministerial positions, worked alongside Kenya’s first three presidents. Here are some of the things you need to know about the late ”Total Man ”

1.Biwott was born in Chebior village, Keiyo District , Rift Valley Province in 1940.Biwott grew up herding these flocks in keeping with
Kalenjin tradition.

2.Biwott entered government service in 1965 as the District Officer in South Imenti and Tharaki , Meru District (Jan 1965–66).

3. He worked with Kenya’s first three presidents, Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki.

4.He held eight ministerial positions including: Minister of Regional development, Science and Technology (1982 – 1983); Minister of Energy and Regional Development (1983 – 1988); Minister of Energy (1988 – 1991); Minister of East African and Regional Co-operation (1998 – 1999); Minister of Trade and Industry, Tourism and East African Cooperation (1999 – 2001) and Minister of Trade and Industry and East African Tourism (2001 – 2002).

5.One of his companies  is listed among Kenya’s top ten corporate taxpayers.

6.Biwott is one name on a long list of Kenyan politicians and civil servants associated with the Moi era to have travel restrictions imposed on them by the United States  and the UK.

7.In 2000, a Nairobi court awarded Mr Biwott record damages of Sh30 million arising from a case in which he sued a British journalist for linking him to the Ouko murder in a book entitled ‘Dr Iain West’s Casebook’.

8. He was one of the oldest and longest serving  politician in Kenya.

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