By Sylvester Okumu,
November 8th, 2017,
Serial entrepreneur and business tycoon Chris Kirubi have flown to the United States for specialized treatment, a source privy to the information has revealed.
Kirubi who is the director of ICDC and Centum-one of Kenya’s most profitable firm was in a top local hospital for a period of two weeks before flown to the US.
The revelations come after an internal memo was shared by Centum boss James Mworia to the staff updating them of Mr. Kirubi’s unavailability.
It noted that the businessman had traveled to the US for further ‘Investigations’ dispelling rumors that he has been in a critical condition at an Intensive Care Unit –ICU for the past few days.
The internal memo by Mworia was shared to Centum’s staff last week.
Mr. Kirubi who has been a vocal supporter of local enterprises is in his seventies and has interest in vast business areas. As the chairman of the Brand Kenya Board, he is tasked to market Kenya to investors, both local and foreign.
He is the single-largest shareholder of Centum Investments with 28.6 percent. The firm is listed and trades at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE).
Centum is a holding company for his vast business empire and for the past few years, it has bankrolled ambitious property development projects including Pearl Marina in Uganda and the recently opened Two Rivers in Gigiri Nairobi.
He has occasionally revealed that entrepreneurship and growth of local enterprises are key for the growth of Kenya’s economy. He has key business interests in many projects and has cited property development as a key foundation to his vast business empire. He owns the iconic International House at the city center of Nairobi which hosts a number of his companies. It is also alleged that the top floor of the building is his residential home.
Mid this year reports emerged that he owns 45 percent of Bayer East Africa, an agrochemical firm with German origins. This widened his vast portfolio especially after reports emerged that Bayer EA was merging with the local arm of Monsanto as part of a larger deal that is valued at close to Kshs 6.2 trillion.
Mr. Kirubi is one of the country’s most prolific businessman and holds leadership in many organizations including Nairobi Bottlers-the local subsidiary of Coca-Cola brand. The firm accounts for 47 percent of all the beverages Coca-Cola sells in Kenya.
The alumnus of Havard Business School also owns Sidian Bank, Capital Media Group and is a renowned deejay.
Mr. Mworia ignored further inquiries on Dr. Kirubi’s health ruling out any further comments on the matter while terming it a private affair.
“Kirubi is well and I saw him off on Monday at the airport. We have since spoken on multiple occasions and I do not wish to make any further public statement,” said Mworia.