‘Total man’ Biwott: All you need to know about the late powerful Cabinet Minister

NICHOLAS BIWOTT [PHOTO | COURTESY]

Former Cabinet Minister Nicholas Biwott died on Tuesday, July 11 at a Nairobi hospital, where he was admitted after a long illness. Biwott died aged 77.

The cause of death is yet to be communicated. According to family sources his body has been taken to the Lee Funeral Home.

Nicholas Biwott was a prominent Kenyan businessman and politician. As a civil servant and later a Member of Parliament he held several senior ministerial and government posts in the 1970s, 80s and 90s and worked with Kenya’s first three presidents, Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki.

Below are highlights of his life:

Holds a Master of Economics degree from Australia

Kipyator Nicholas Kiprono arap Biwott was born in Chebior village, Keiyo District, Rift Valley Province in 1940. He was educated at Tambach Intermediate School (1951-54) and Kapsabet High School (1955-58) before gaining a Bachelor of Commerce (1964) and a Masters in Economics (1968) from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Began public service as a D.O in Meru District

A Member of Parliament for the Keiyo-Marakwet and later the Keiyo South constituency for 28 years (1979 – 2007), Biwott began public service as a District Officer in Meru District (1965 – 1966).

Held 8 ministerial positions

He went on to hold 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).

Successful business mogul

Influenced by his father who established a profitable fruit and vegetable business in Eldoret, Nicholas Biwott went on to become one of Kenya’s most successful businessmen, including a major shareholder of Kenol Kobil and ownership of the internal airline Air Kenya. His companies employ thousands of people and one is listed among Kenya’s top ten corporate taxpayers.

Nicholas Biwott supported numerous projects in education, health and medicine, and assisting small businesses.

Since 1980 Nicholas Biwott has been a member and trustee of the Management Committee and the Advocacy, Publicity and Fundraising Committee of the National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya. Biwott was also a founder and Patron of the Keiyo South Education Foundation that provides bursaries to needy students from primary to post secondary education.

Courtesy of http://www.nicholasbiwott.com.

 

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