Former cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott. PHOTO | FILEFormer cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott. PHOTO | FILE
By NAHASHON MUSUNGU

Even in death, information about former powerful politician Nicholas Biwott still remains something of a mystery, if his obituary on local dailies is anything to go by.

Mr Biwott, a former Cabinet Minister during the retired President Daniel Arap Moi’s Kanu era and reportedly one of Africa’s wealthiest persons, passed away early this past week.

Details of his family, private life, business operations and political dealings remained mysterious when he was alive. Now in death the same remains the same.

CONSPICUOUS OMISSIONS

At the Lee Funeral Home, hours after his death, a teary Biwott’s daughter Esther Koimett confirmed her dad’s death, and immediately added that “other issues will be made public later.”

Death and funeral announcements have since been published on local dailies albeit with perhaps deliberate omissions of such important details as his date of birth.

Former Cabinet Minister Nicholas Biwott's obituary. PHOTO | NATION

Former Cabinet Minister Nicholas Biwott’s obituary. PHOTO | NATION

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Also conspicuously omitted are in the obituary are the names of his family members – including parents, wives, children and grand children. There is also no mention of his extended family or his final resting place.

Biwott, known to be a close ally and confidant of former President is said to be survived by three wives and eight children.