By Nicholas Kipchumba Lelei
Former Statehouse Comptroller Abraham Kiptunai has lost his life. Kiptanui succumbed to a long illness while undergoing treatment at Nairobi Hospital where he has been admitted for several weeks.
The family announced his passing on through a statement to newsrooms. “The Kiptanui family sadly announces the passing of their beloved patriarch, Mr. Abraham Kiptanui in the early hours of Easter Sunday 4th April 2021.”
“Kiptanui passed away peacefully in the presence of his family at the Nairobi Hospital following a long illness bravely borne.” The statement continued.
The family has embarked on funeral arrangements to which the date the statement said ‘shall be announced at a later date.”
Kiptanui was a long serving and powerful statehouse comptroller during former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi’s reign. He served in the position until his retirement in 1996 upon which he was succeeded by his then deputy, Franklin Bett.
Franklin condoled his former boss describing him as a man who did all diligently for the good of this nation, perfectly coordinating all sectors of the government.
“Kiptanui was an incredible boss that even today as I talk of him I still refer to him as my boss. Most successes of the government during his tenure as comptroller are attributed to his impeccable coordination. I learned a lot from him. He trained me yet he was never jealous that I could take over his job.” Franklin Bett told Kass media.
Franklin added, “Kiptanui was a man of faith who loved building churches like his boss, the late president Daniel Moi. He longed for Sunday to come to be in charge and participate in different church developments.”
Mr. Kiptanui hailing from Uasin Gishu county was a renowned businessman and farmer.
He later after retirement unsuccessfully vied for Eldoret East constituency in 2002.