CEO OF Centum Investment Company and Kenya business mogul Chris Kirubi has been reported dead after a long battle with cancer.
The news of his death was made public on Monday through a report gathered from his family.
He was a great indigenous entrepreneur who made a difference in many people’s lives.
The Centum Investment Company CEO Chris Kirubi businessman has been in and out of hospital receiving treatment for the disease including when he was flown to the US for specialised treatment in 2017.
In a part interview, Kirubi noted that he was diagnosed with the disease after he had had a normal working day characterised by a number of business meetings before retiring to his home in Kitisuru, Nairobi.
While resting at home, the tycoon started experiencing fever and called his private doctor who tagged along with a pathologist.
“They took my blood and quickly ran checks only to return to tell me that I was very sick and needed to go with them to the hospital. They rushed me through the emergency section straight to the High Dependency Ward at Nairobi Hospital.
“I’m told my eyes were yellow and my fever was shooting through the roof. From there it was a series of tests for the next few days as they observed my situation,” Kirubi narrated.
According to a recent interview, Chris Kirubi revealed that his cancer was discovered by mistake.
Slightly more than a year ago, he has begun his day as usual with a flurry of business meetings and retreated to his palatial home in upmarket Kitsuru later that afternoon.
While home in the leafy suburb Kirubu started experiencing fever and he called his doctor who came with a pathologist.
“They took my blood and quickly ran checks only to return to tell me that I was very sick and needed to go with them to the hospital. They rushed me through the Emergency section straight to the High Dependency Ward at Nairobi Hospital. I’m told my eyes were yellow and my fever was shooting through the roof. From there it was a series of tests for the next few days as they observed my situation.
“When they finally finished, they broke the news to me that I had stage two cancer, which was affecting my internal organs including the lungs and kidneys. They said I needed to fly out of the country urgently for treatment,” the 78-year-old told the Star.
Kirubi then flew to Boston in the US where doctors ran further checks and started treatment.
“These are some of the best oncologists you can get and I’m lucky that I made it there. What followed was a struggle. It was painful, unsettling and the medication was sometimes very strong,” he said.
Former Safaricom CEOBob Collymore, ex-Kibra MP Ken Okoth and former Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso are among the influential personalities who recently succumbed to cancer.
Despite the challenges, Kirubi never lost hope. He believed in God and the doctors who were treating him.
Sir John Kirubi was a Kenyan businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist. He was a director at Centum Investment Company, a business conglomerate, where he was the largest individual shareholder.
Kirubi was ranked the second richest man in Kenya and 31st richest in Africa with a net worth of $300 million in the 2011 Forbes inaugural ranking of Africa’s 40 richest people.
He ranked behind only the Kenyatta family, who were ranked richest in Kenya in 2011 with a net worth of $500 million. However, in 2012 , Forbes dropped Kirubi from the list of Africa’s 40 richest.
Chris Kirubi is also the non-executive director of 8 Bayer East Africa Limited, (9) UAP Provincial Insurance Company Limited and (10) Beverage Services of Kenya Limited.
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