Fiona Farha Kirubi, the last-born daughter and Chris Kirubi’s third child introduced herself to mourners at her father’s burial ceremony on Saturday, June 19.
While reading her eulogy, Farha admitted that most people were not as familiar with her as Robert Kirubi and Mary Musangi, her siblings who were well known.
She broke down on the podium prior to reading the eulogy and her siblings showed her love by standing beside her and supporting her throughout her speech.
“I want to thank you all for being here to remember and celebrate the life of my dad, Chris Kirubi. To those gathered here who I haven’t met, I am Fiona Farha Kirubi, the youngest of his children,” she affirmed.
In her eulogy, she recalled how she at first denied being the tycoon’s daughter, how Kirubi and her spent time and bonded, her marriage, and how she would tell her son (Kirubi’s grandson) stories about his grandfather.
When I was a child, I was terribly subconscious of our shared Kirubi permanent forehead and wide smile and I would try to hide his traits. However, as I grew older, I have come to embrace our unique physical traits which connect us and I am more proud of my forehead and a big smile and who would who have thought I’d married an amazing dentist.
I wish he would have met the new addition to the family, my 7-month-old son Mufasa who would carry the name Kirubi. I promise to tell him all about his Guka when he grows up.
I grew up with my mum and I learnt that the words and encouragement that my dad had trouble expressing came out through his successes and achievements
My dad taught me the meaning of hard work and independence and to always aim for the stars. He taught me that with great blessings come great responsibilities
As a young adult living in Dubai, I remember accompanying my dad to endless meetings, driving around and it was during these moments that we would bond as father and daughter in our own way
I admired how he would have discussions late into the night even though I was so exhausted I would be completely in awe of how he could continue going and going and going and gave everyone he met his time and he was never short of living with words of wisdom.
He would break down my business ideas and had a way of looking at the future in terms of business.
All his grandchildren will carry his legacy into the future. He is no longer in pain and is resting. Rest in peace papa.
The Unending Fight for Chris Kirubi’s Multi-Billion Shilling Empire
According to our reliable sources, the family is scheduled in the coming week to begin holding a series of succession meetings with lawyers and business executives with whom the late Kirubi shared board positions to discuss future structures of Kirubi’s business empire.
At the center of the dispute is Kirubi’s little-known Dubai-based daughter Fiona Farha Kirubi who was systematically omitted from funeral arrangements by step-siblings Maryanne and Robert who publicly approved of a glossy funeral program that declared themselves as Kirubi’s only two kids.
As we went to the press, Fiona Farha Kirubi was allowed to read an emotional tribute to her dad as the “last born” of the late business magnate but behind the scene, stakeholders were independently preparing themselves for a court battle which analysts say is expected to morph into an embarrassing public implosion of
Fiona Farha Kirubi who works as an investment banker in Dubai had jetted into Nairobi when reports reached her that her father was gravely ill and nearing his last days.
To her utter shock, she was denied entry to Kirubi’s heavily fortified Kitsuru mansion which had since been converted into a luxury ICU ward.
Matters got worse when Maryanne and Robert printed eulogies showing Kirubi had only two children, a development indicative that there were plans to disinherit her.
Fiona Farha Kirubi immediately contacted her lawyers in Nairobi with instructions to put an immediate court injunction barring her step-siblings from being sole administrators of her father’s vast estate. The lawyers are now sitting and waiting for further instructions to file suit.
Meanwhile, Maryanne who married to lawyer Andrew Mukite Musangi is also growing increasingly restless by rumours amongst the Kirubi clan that her husband has been branded a gold digger.
Chris Kirubi’s exact wealth portfolio is unknown but experts have estimated him to he worth a staggering Sh50 billion and his death has complicated matters for his children. As at his last moments, doctors prognosis showed he only had days to live and he was advised to make a will. It is not clear if this will was ever made.
In what observers say may open a can of worms, both Maryanne and Robert are increasingly growing suspicious of Kirubi’s business “sons” Polycap Igathe and James Mworia who know more about the dad’s business deals than themselves.
Before he became running mate to Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, 48-year-old Polycarp Igathe had worked for 10 years as CEO in Haco Industries one of Kirubi’s foremost companies. He currently works as Chief Commercial Officer in Equity Group Holdings but has remained close to the late Kirubi but has remained close to his mentor.
Mworia who is now 43 is CEO of Kirubi’s Centum Investment Company, the largest publicly traded private capital firm in Eastern Africa.
Together with Aisha Hussein, Kirubi’s long serving Executive Assistant, Igathe and Mworia have more than passing interest in how Kirubi’s succession will unfold and are key in ensuring the business empire he founded remains standing.
Observers were also predicting that Kirubi’s unknown children who had no role apportioned to them during the funeral will start emerging and demanding their right to inheritance of their late father’s estate and this will be resisted by the known children leading to a vicious court room battle.
With talk that some board members had started intermeddling with the late tycoons assets, stakeholders are now viewing each other suspiciously and it remains to be seen who will emerge as the legitimate administrator of the vast estate of the late Chris Kirubi.