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By EDDY KAGERA

Over the past few days, social media has been awash with reports that fallen former Kanu strongman Nicholas Biwott would be laid to rest in a gold-encrusted casket.

Turns out it was all fake news. A reverse search of the picture on Google reveals that the image was lifted from Nigerian blogs from 2015.

Indeed, it was Nigerian shrewd businesswoman and politician Mama Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, alias HID, who was buried in the casket on September 19, 2015.

Her burial lasted 11 days.

CHIEFTAINCY

HID was the First Lady of Western Region, Nigeria and held the chieftaincy of the Yeye Oodua of Yorubaland, says Wikipedia.

She was wife of Nigeria’s independence hero Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo who rose to become the Prime Minister of Western Nigeria.

Cunning Kenyans took advantage of the vast but secretive wealth of Mr Biwott to push the fake news.

Other reports also suggested that his family shipped in a new Jaguar hearse for his final journey.