The late cabinet minister Nicholas biwott has been linked to all manner of corruption scandals and even assassinations as the epitome of the evil and ruthlessness that assailed the Daniel Arap Moi regime in the 24-year one-party Kanu rule.
But as his final journey began, a new side of the man variously known as total man is seen.
A rare character of the late Nicholas Kiprono Biwott was on display as family, confidantes, and business associates mourned the former powerful Cabinet minister.
Away from the secretive and highly guarded personality that was known of Biwott, whose name was mentioned in the 1990s’ unresolved murder of his former Cabinet colleague Robert Ouko, those close to him disclosed a soft side of the man, away from the clench-fisted persona, revealing him as a statesman, patriot and a philanthropist.
Proof of Mr. Biwot’s polygamous life would however be laid bare when retired Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete revealed that when he received the news of Mr. Biwott’s death he called three of the former minister’s widows to send his condolences.
The requiem gave Kenyans a glimpse into the reclusive family and also the fact that Mr. Biwot played a critical role in the formation of the East African Community in the 1990s.
Former Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura recounted how Biwott went out of his way to give them his private plane to go around the country spearheading the work of the EAC for free.
Sources close to the family claim that the former politician had in recent months split his wealth among his heirs, knowing all too well that his death was nigh.
It is not clear whether his wealth was the cause of his paranoia which would see him change cars several times along a journey. The persistent fear that someone was after his life only helped to pile mystery in the man who died Tuesday morning at the age of 77.
But from what his family and close friends had to say of him on Tuesday, Biwott died loathed by many and understood by few.
Biwott’s passing on offers Kenyans an opportunity to pry into his puzzling life and the business empire he created, mostly at the peak of his political career as a Cabinet minister.
He will be buried tomorrow at his home in Toot village, Elgeyo Marakwet County.