Prominent Kenyan businessman and industrialist Dr Chris Kirubi, Siaya politician Florence Aluodo and Former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo are dead.
These prominent Kenyans died on 14th June 2021 just hours apart.
Kirubi passed away at 1 pm on Monday, June 14, following a long battle with cancer, according to the family. He was aged 80.
Aluodo died after while receiving treatment at a hospital in Nairobi. She sucummbed after ‘a long illness’.
Midiwo passed the same day in the evening at a Nairobi hospital after a battle with illness, his family said. He was aged 55.
Kirubi was a leading Kenyan entrepreneur and philanthropist with investments in the media, manufacturing, property management, insurance and investment sectors.
The illustrious businessman was the Chairman of Haco Tiger Brands Kenya Limited, Capital Media Group, International House Limited, DHL Worldwide Express Limited, Nairobi Bottlers, and Smart Applications International Limited among others.
He was also the Deputy Chairman of Bayer East Africa Limited as well as director and shareholder at the Centum Investment Group.
Dr. Kirubi was involved extensively with several African Governments. He worked with the Government of Ghana as a Board Member of the Investors’ Advisory Council and as Ghanaian Honorary Consul General in Kenya (2000 to 2008) and was the Honorary Counsel to the Republic of Mauritius in Kenya.
He was also Ambassador for the Kenya Country Brand and served as Chairperson of Brand Kenya Board from March 2016 – December 2017.
“He was passionate about making a difference in the lives of disenfranchised groups and was involved in a number of social causes,” said Centum Limited, in a statement.
At the time of his passing, he served on the Harvard Global Advisory Council (Massachusetts, USA) with a view to advising the institution
on education matters of Africa. He also served on the Institution’s Africa Advisory Council honing in on specific needs of the continent and was a founder Council Member of the AU Foundation.
Dr. Kirubi leaves behind two children, Robert Kirubi and Mary-Ann Musangi.
Aluodo lost to the current Siaya Woman Representative Christine Ombaka in the 2017 general elections.
She vied as an Independent candidate after decamping from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) over claims of shambolic nominations.
She campaigned alongside ODM leader Raila Odinga first cousin, former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo and former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo.
She worked with various Non-Governmental Organisations for more than 10 years.
Midiwo’s cousin Ruth Odinga while confirming the tragic news said the former legislator suffered a cardiac arrest.
The former legislator’s death comes only days after he lost his sister who is set to be buried on Saturday.
Jakoyo served as the MP for Gem constituency between 2002 and 2017. He has been eyeing a political comeback ahead of the 2022 elections.
Prior to the 2017 elections, Jakoyo fell out with Raila’s ODM party and decamped the party to contest as an independent.
His death is, however, an enormous loss for the ODM team that had already lured him back to the fold and had been pegging their hopes of relying on him to help consolidate support.
Jakoyo was also one of the leading champions of the Building Bridges Initiative and had been hoping to use the platform to launch his comeback to politics.