Funeral service for businessman Dr. Chris Kirubi held in Nairobi

The funeral service of businessman Dr. Chris Kirubi is was on Friday held at Faith Evangelistic Ministry (FEM) church in Karen, Nairobi.

Dr Kirubi will be buried at his Thika farm on Saturday, June 19.

He died on Monday aged 80 at his home after a long battle with cancer.

Several leaders have mourned Kirubi as a successful mentor and coach who helped raise a generation of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.

Popularly known on the airwaves as DJ CK, Kirubi was named the second richest Kenyan by Forbes in 2011 in a list topped by the family of the country’s founding leader, the late President Jomo Kenyatta.

He also made it to the top 40 rankings of African richest having listed at position 31 with an estimated net worth of $300 million.

Dr Kirubi also chaired Haco Industries Limited, Kiruma International Limited, International House Limited, Nairobi Bottlers Limited, Sandvik East Africa Limited and DHL Kenya.

The industrialist was also director at Centum Investment: East Africa’s leading investment company listed on the Nairobi and Uganda Securities Exchange.

President Uhuru Kenyatta Mourned Kirubi as a seasoned businessman, entrepreneur, and industrialist who founded and successfully ran some of Kenya’s largest corporations.

Alongside running a successful business empire, the President mourned the late Kirubi as a successful mentor and coach who helped raise a generation of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.

“Besides his celebrated business acumen, Kenya will remember Chris a great coach and business mentor who raised some of our country’s best businessmen and corporate leaders,” President Kenyatta said.

The Head of State eulogised Kirubi as a cheerful, approachable and accessible corporate leader who loved people and interacted with all Kenyans.

“Chris was one of the most accessible corporate leaders Kenya has ever produced. He interacted with everybody and would show up in places where he was least expected. He interacted with Kenyans, especially the youth, on his radio shows, public appearances and writings, through which he shared his experiences in business and life,” President Kenyatta recalled.

Former President Mwai Kibaki on his part termed the late Kirubi as a man of notable charisma, with a clear philosophy from which he derived his sense of purpose and style of engagement.

The former President also pointed out that as a mentor, Kirubi shared a lot of wisdom in his popular “Ask Kirubi” forum.

“Chris was a jolly man. He leaves behind an indelible legacy bedecked with, among other elements, industriousness, determination and public-spiritedness,” concluded Kibaki in his message of condolence.

Some of the leaders in attendance are ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga, Wiper Democratic Movement- Kenya Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani National Congress Political Party (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi, Cabinet Secretary Sports Culture & Heritage AMB.(Dr.) Amina C. Mohamed.





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