Iten road to be renamed in honour of veteran politician Nicholas Biwott
Two streets in Iten town will be renamed in honour of veteran politician Nicholas Biwott. Biwott died on July 11.
He has contributed socially, economically and politically to the growth of Elgeyo Marakwet county.
Governor Alex Tolgos said the county will also support plans to give Biwott a heroes send off at his Toot home, Chebior sublocation, near Kaptarakwa centre, Keiyo South, on Thursday.
“We will name a street and a road after him because everyone knows his contribution to our county,” the governor said.
Tolgos said burial plans are going on well at the home where Biwott had indicated he should to be buried.
Biwott, popularly known as Total Man or Karnet in Kalenjin, will be laid to rest next to the graves of his parents, the late Mzee Cheserem Biwott and Mother Maria Soti. President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga, and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi are among those expected at the burial.
Officials at Biwott’s owned or co-owned firms will also attend.
Secretary of the funeral committee in Eldoret, Albert Kochei, who is also the speaker of the Elgeyo Marakwet assembly, said Biwott’s body will be flown to the Eldoret Airstrip on Wednesday at 10am.
“There will be a procession to escort the body by road to his home,” Kochei said.
The procession will pass through Eldoret to Biwott’s home, more than 50 kilometres from the town.
The funeral ceremony will be conducted at Maria Soti Girls’ Secondary School, three kilometres from Biwott’s Toot village. An event management firm has been hired to help plan the event.
Biwott’s daughter Esther Koimet with some family members have travelled to their rural home to oversee burial arrangements.