The once powerful Cabinet Minister in the Kanu administration lived a life shrouded in secrecy and mystery.So discreet was Mr Biwott that even on his death, most Kenyans had no idea where he lived, his children and the number of houses and properties he owned. Not even his former boss, retired President Daniel arap Moi, knew where he lived.
At his requiem Mass and burial, the man who served in eight ministries and was nicknamed ‘Total Man’, was only eulogised by his Israeli wife, Hannie, and grandchildren. Also present were Hannie’s two co-wives, university lecturer-turned-politician, Prof Margaret Kamar, and Kalista Lessie.
A wealthy man who had interests in aviation, hospitality, agriculture and the oil industry, Mr Biwott’s life was not without controversy as his name was adversely mentioned in the death of his former cabinet colleague Robert Ouko. His name was however, expunged from the inquest files on the orders of the court.
He would later earn the title Bull of Auckland after an incident in which he was accused of harassing a hotel worker during a foreign trip. Before his death in July at Nairobi Hospital after a long illness, Mr. Biwott had been reported dead numerous times through fake social media reports and rumours.