Veteran Food Science Technologist laid to rest in his Enango home

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The late Yaqub Bwibo
The late Yaqub Bwibo

Hundreds of mourners gathered at Enango village, Butula Constituency in Busia County to witness the burial of the veteran Food Science Technologist Yaqub Jim Bwibo, 63.

Yaqub Bwibo, born in the year 1959, was raised in Enango village where his tribe Marachi of the Luhya people reside most. He was a member of the Omucheka clan.

The deceased got his primary education at Ortum Boarding Primary school in Pokot, joined secondary school in Chewoyet in Kapenguria, advanced his A – level at Strathmore College and later joined University of Nairobi Kabete College where he pursued Food Science Technology.

Bwibo was first employed by KCC Nakuru branch as a production supervisor in the year 1982 and got a transfer to Naivasha holding the same title.

He was then promoted as a production manager to serve in Nyahururu and later the Kitale KCC as the branch manager.

Miritini Mombasa KCC later received Bwibo as their branch manager and after serving for sometime he left to be one of the spearheads of Molo Fresh Milk Company.

Through his innovative nature, Bwibo also took part in starting a milk company in Musoma Tanzania.

Bwibo tapped the Muslim culture in the year 1994 and did a Muslim wedding with his Muslim wife Langoni Mwinyi.

Yaqub Bwibo has had a short history of illness as his doctor Osongo Samson put out in his burial; he was diagnosed of respiratory issues in February and was discharged. He then felt sick on May 24th Tuesday morning and was taken to the hospital and as the doctor was preparing equipment for his service, came back and found him dead by 7:45 am in his hospital bed on the same day.

A Muslim burial was prepared for his send off where family and residents recalled him for his involvement in education programs as schools his children attended where he served as a board member.

He was mentioned as a Mathematician by one of the sons Stephen Ayieko who said his father as being a key player in his career choice and guidance.

Nicanor Mwalalo