Mary-Ann Kirubi locks grip on late father’s estate with latest spectacular power game

Mary-Ann Kirubi, the late Chris Kirubi’s eldest daughter, is proving by the day why she was the apple of her father’s eye. Her latest corporate maneuver which has been carried out with the clinical finesse of a surgeon, and the immediacy of a general, has shown that she learned all which she needed to, during her days as her father’s apprentice. In one felt swoop, she has reorganised the composition of the Centum board, putting in motion a string of readjustments that play into her final end game.

Deciding to fill sensitive and crucial positions with loyalists, she has engineered the appointment of her husband, Andrew Musangi, as a board member of the powerful real estate firm, Centum Real Estate. Centum Real Estate is a subsidiary of Centum Investment Company, which is among the assets that the late billionaire Chris Kirubi had major interests in.

Centum Real Estate has developments spread across Kenya and Uganda in high-end locations including Vipingo Development, Palm Ridge Apartments, Pearl Marina Estates Ltd, Centum Development Kenya Ltd and Uhuru Heights Ltd.

Currently, Mr Musangi serves as Jubilee Party’s national elections board chairman.

Mr Musangi, a lawyer, is the proprietor of Mukite Musangi and Company Advocates which he founded in 1998 as a managing partner.

He is also the chairman of GenAfrica Asset Managers as well as the chairman of Public Procurement Regulatory Board.

Kirubi was until his death a director at Centum Investment Company, a business conglomerate, where he was the largest individual shareholder.
He was the Chairman of Haco Industries and is recognised as one of Kenya’s first indigenous manufacturers having entered the manufacturing sector in the 1970s.

He was also Chairman of Coca-Cola Nairobi Bottlers, DHL Worldwide Express, Capital Media Group, International House Limited, and Smart Applications International among others.

Kirubi was Deputy Chairman of Bayer East Africa Limited.

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    Written by Joshua Wanga

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