The mother of businesswoman Ann Njeri Njoroge, who is linked to controversy over the importation and alleged theft of Sh17 billion worth of 100,000 metric tonnes of diesel, has finally broken her silence.
During an interview with Nation Media, her mother, Pauline Wanjiru Njoroge, expressed surprise upon learning that her daughter was wealthy through the media, stating that she had not seen her daughter for the last six years.
“We normally talk on the phone when necessary; I have been praying that one day she will visit me,” Wanjiru said.
She mentioned that the last time her daughter visited her was about four to five months ago.
“She tells me she has been very busy, and I stopped asking her when she will come to visit me,” she added.
When asked about the last time her daughter supported her financially, she said, “I would say she helps me where she can, but I have nothing personal with her. It’s her money, and I don’t know whether she is rich or not. What I know is that she tells me she runs businesses in Dubai and Kenya, but I cannot tell exactly what she does for a living.”
She asserts that she could only determine whether her daughter is rich or not when she visits her at the village.
The mother, who seems to be living in poverty after the death of her husband, resides in a two-bedroom wooden house that would cost about Ksh 500,000 to construct—a stark contrast to the personal fortunes of her daughter.
Regarding her daughter’s personal life, the widow claimed that her daughter is a form one dropout who was not good with books.
“What I know is that she is aggressive, a go-getter, and someone who likes a quiet life,” Wanjiru said.
This comes days after her daughter, Sarah Wanjiku, told Citizen TV in an interview aired Tuesday evening that their mother has been conducting the oil importation business for the last 33 years without cutting corners.
Wanjiku dismissed the stand taken by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) that her mother used forged documents to lay claim to the fuel cargo belonging to two companies.
She said the alleged rightful owners of the cargo were the ones who forged her mother’s genuine import papers and superimposed their details on them.
“It is these exact papers just as they are, removing the names Ann’s Imports and Exports Enterprises and putting in the names of those companies,” she said.
On Tuesday morning, Njeri resurfaced at the high court in Mombasa days after she allegedly went missing after recording a statement at the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road last Thursday.
She said she visited the sleuths on the advice of Energy CS Davis Chirchir after a dispute emerged over the ownership of the Sh17 billion oil.
“I was waiting for my import permit and went to see CS Chirchir who told me the fuel was not mine but belonged to a firm called Galana. I told him I had not signed any deal with Galana, so the cargo was mine. He advised me to go to DCI to record a statement,” she said.