Biwott’s body flown to Eldoret then driven to Elgeyo Marakwet

Hundreds of people turned up to pay their last respects to veteran politician Nicholas Biwott, whose body was yesterday flown to Eldoret and transported by road to his rural home for burial today.
The body was received at the Eldoret Airstrip by his family, led by his widow Hannie, children, led by Esther Koimett and hundreds of people.
Uasin Gishu Senate aspirant Margatet Kamar was also present.
It was escorted in a convoy of more than 100 cars for a distance of 50km to the home. At the border between Eldoret and Elgeyo Marakwet, huge crowds turned up and police were deployed for control.
On arrival at the home, residents were allowed to view the body. He will be buried at his Toot village home in Elgeyo Marakwet.
Also at the airstrip to receive the body included governors Jackson Mandago of Uasin Gishu and Alex Tolgos of Elgeyo Marakwet, who also escorted it to the home.
Mandago and Tolgos said the region had lost a kingpin and the gap will be difficult to fill.
two aircraft used
Two Air Kenya aircraft were used to fly Biwott’s body and his family to Eldoret.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto are among those who will attended the burial. “Biwott was a great son of our region and we mourn his death, but more importantly, we will cherish the legacy he has left us. He played a key role in our counties in the region,” Tolgos said.
Mandago said Biwott was loved by many people in the region and he condoled with Kamar.
He said the county has set aside Friday as a special day to bid farewell to Biwott who died aged 77, after a long illness.
Keiyo elders and youth, led by Paul Kibet, said they would give Biwott a hero’s sendoff.
AIC Bishop Silas Yego will preside over the burial after a funeral service to be held at the Maria Sotti High School, which is owned by Biwott’s family.
The funeral service will be done at the school before the burial.
The veteran politician, who was also the leader of the National Vision Party, will be buried near the graves of his parents. He had declared his support for Jubilee before his death.
An events firm has been hired to help organise the burial, which is expected to be attended by thousands of people from Keiyo South, where he served as MP for almost three decades.

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