Envoys say Kirubi has left a mark on Kenya’s business landscape ”Capital News
NAIROBI, Kenya June 20 – Industrialist Dr Chris Kirubi who was buried on Saturday at his Bendor farm in Thika, Murang’a County, was mourned everywhere with his legacy embodied in the colorful but moving ceremony.
The ceremony was attended by family members, friends, business associates, politicians and government officials, including Cabinet Secretaries James Macharia (Transport) and Joe Mucheru (ICT).
Dr Kirubi died of cancer on June 14 at the age of 80.
In a message of condolences to his family, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Dr Zhou Pingjian, said, “Dr. Kirubi has left a rich legacy in all sectors which will impact generations to come. ”
He described him as a “respected Kenyan businessman who was interested in various sectors of the economy, including manufacturing, real estate, media and insurance”.
“I offer my deepest condolences to Dr. Kirubi’s family during this time of mourning,” Ambassador Zhou said in his condolence message to the family. The Ambassador’s message of condolence was accompanied by flowers.
The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, through Chargé d’Affaires Eric Kneedler, mourned Kirubi as a successful person who helped shape the country’s development.
“Although DJ CK, as his friends called him, is no longer with us, we recognize and celebrate his achievements not only as an investor in the media industry, but also as a supporter of media freedom. and as someone who improved employment opportunities for journalists and sought to expand the media space in Kenya, ”he said. Kirubi is the owner of Capital FM, HACO industries, Centum Investment which owns Two Rivers Mall, International Life House. He has also served on various boards of directors of companies, including CocaCola.
Other messages of condolence from foreign dignitaries include Ghana and various countries on the continent.
The children of Kirubi led by his daughter Mary-Ann Musangi pledged to build a foundation in honor of their father’s memory. Her older brother Robert lives and works abroad.
According to Mary-Ann, the foundation will focus primarily on youth education and mentoring, health, technology and agriculture.
Mary-Ann vowed to put on her father’s shoes to make sure her legacy lives on.
“With your blessings, I will put on your perfect shoes, but I pray that you allow me to make my own path,” she said.
Kirubi’s son Robert, who spoke at the memorial service at Faith Evangelistic Ministries in Karen on Friday, called for the continuation of his father’s legacy by helping and investing in people for generations to come.
“I call on everyone who understands what Dr Kirubi stood for, to take everything they learned from him and make them take positive steps to focus and keep doing the right things for themselves, their people. family, their community and this country. He may not be physically here, but that is how he will continue, ”he said.
Kirubi’s youngest daughter, Fiona Kirubi from Dubai, mourned her father as an admirable and hardworking man who taught her the trait of being independent, focused and ambitious.
“My dad taught me the meaning of hard work and independence and always aiming for the stars, he taught me that with great blessings comes great responsibility,” she said.
Popularly known on the airwaves as DJ CK, Kirubi was named the second richest Kenyan by Forbes in 2011 in a list dominated by the family of the country’s founding leader, the late President Jomo Kenyatta.
He also made it to the top 40 richest Africans after coming in at No. 31 with an estimated net worth of $ 300 million.