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Former Kanu strongman Nicholas Biwott dies at city hospital

Former powerful Cabinet minister Nicholas Kipyator Biwott is dead.

Mr Biwott, popularly known as ‘Total Man’, passed on at a Nairobi hospital after a long illness, his personal assistant said.

His body has been moved to Lee Funeral Home.

Born 77 years ago, Mr Biwott bestrode Kenya’s political landscape like a colossus in the post 1982 attempted coup era — helping retired President Daniel Moi deal with the growing opposition.

Most of his peers hold that when the story of Moi is exhaustively told, he will occupy a number of chapters.

Even though Mr Moi had a vice president, it was an open secret that Total Man was closer to the Head of State and no one in the Cabinet dared to go against his word. There would be serious repercussions.

Sources indicate his health had taken a downward spiral in the last one year. He has been in and out of hospital.

Total Man’s death is yet another personal loss for President Uhuru Kenyatta, coming less than a week after the demise of Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery last Saturday.

Mr Biwott’s National Vision Party of Kenya (NVP) had endorsed Mr Kenyatta for a second term in office and he was one of the key opinion leaders he was relying on to campaign in the North Rift.