Born 82 years ago, Kiptanui, a Kalenjin of Keiyo sub-tribe, died on 4th April 2021. Kiptanui earned the trust of former President Daniel arap Moi who entrusted him with statehouse coffers. Kiptanui’s demise follows that of his former boss President Moi and other KANU trustees like Hosea Mundui Kiplagat, Nicholas Biwott and General John Koech.
Kiptanui managed Moi’s diary and statehouse affairs with flair and glare and this earned him love and loathe in equal measure. He was exalted to the position in 1983 following the death of Andrew Limo Ngeny. Kiptanui served for 13 years and retired in 1996.
His close friends described him as a soft-spoken administrator with unmatched expertise in governance. According to his successor, Hon Franklin Bett, Kiptanui was known for his allegiance to Moi as well as a strict firm rule. Besides Nicholas Biwott and Sumbeiywo brothers, Brigadier (Rtd) Chebet, Donald Buigut Kimutai, and Brigadier (Rtd) Boinett, Kiptanui was Moi’s point man in the Keiyo community.
After he retired from the public service, Kiptanui led a quiet life trying his luck in business and agriculture. However, until his demise, he has been battling court cases that emerged after KANU was defeated in 2002.
Kiptanui was a responsible husband to Mary Jeruto Kiptanui. A doting father to Hilda and Jinaro Kibet, Patrick and Sheila Kiptanui, Rose and Kioko Ndolo, Beatrice Kiptanui, Ben and Anne Kipchirchir, Chris and Janice Sang.