Jackson Kibor was ready for death. Last year, he sought forgiveness from those he has wronged, especially within his family.
He also forgave those who had wronged him. He was baptised at a ceremony in Eldoret presided over by the Retired Bishop of the AIC Church Silas Yego.
His son Phillip said on Thursday his father was a tough man but he knew he was old and his end was near as his health was not good.
"One has to seek salvation when you know the time to go is near and Mzee did that," he said.
Before his death, he said he wanted to be buried next to his first wife Ether who died three decades ago.
His wish was also in line with the Kalenjin community traditions.
Kibor died on Wednesday night in Eldoret.
The family revealed that Kibor shared out his wealth among all his children. He has 26 children, including 16 sons.
Each son got 200 acres and the daughters got 100 acres each.
Each of them also got a tractor to stand on their own.
Phillip described his father as a "frenemy" with whom they disagreed in ideologies but in the end, they would sit and talk.
He said the family will no longer engage in court battles because his father had asked them to resolve all issues amicably.
"We had court cases for seven years which he won at the end because his main issue was that he wanted us to know it was his wealth. After he won the case, we met and agreed on everything," Phillip said.
"You will not see us in court again because we will resolve everything reasonably."
The home where Kibor will be laid to rest is in Kabenes near Ziwa market in Uasin Gishu county.
On Thursday, his children, led by Loyce and Phillip, said the family had lost its patriarch but he had lived a full life and achieved many firsts.
“He was the chairman of all men and we are saddened that he has left a big void that will be difficult to fill up. However, we do not fear that he has gone because he left a rich legacy for us to emulate,” Phillip said.
Kibor was associated with the 'Men’s Conference' which is held annually as an alternative to the Valentine’s Day.
He once attended the 'Men’s Conference' in 2019 where he gave captivating speeches on his experiences in marriage.
“In matters of love and other issues, I have lifetime experiences which I had to share with the young men," he said.
He had four wives, one of whom is deceased.
Kibor’s home is located on one of his large farms measuring more than 2,800 acres. It was a hive of activities on Thursday as Kenyans flocked in to mourn with the family.
Soy MP Caleb Kostany was among those who condoled the family. He said they have started burial arrangements.
“We have left it to the family to consult among themselves and then give us the date they want Mzee to be rested,” Kostany said.
Rael Chebichi, a member of the family who is vying for the Uasin Gishu Woman Rep seat, said they were grateful to God for Kibor's life.
Other leaders from the region, led by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno sent their condolences to the family.
Kibor died at St Luke’s hospital on Wednesday and his body was moved to the Eldoret Hospital.