In Loving Memory
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In loving memory of Chris Kirubi

Who He Was

Dr. Chris Kirubi (h. c.), CBS, was a prominent businessman, investor and entrepreneur with interests in Kenya and the East Africa region. Until his death, he was the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Mauritius in Kenya, having been appointed in November 2016.

He was an alumnus of Insead Institute in France, Handles University in Sweden and Harvard Business School (Owner President Management Program – OPM 29). Much later in life, in acknowledgement of his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship in Kenya, Dr. Kirubi was conferred with an Honorary Philosophical Doctorate in Entrepreneurship by the Swiss Management Graduate School in 2005.

Dr. Kirubi had invested in the Manufacturing, Media, Real Estate, Insurance and Investment Sectors of our economy. He was the Chairman of Haco Industries, and was recognised as one of Kenya’s first indigenous manufacturers having entered the manufacturing sector in the 70’s and for his many years of service formerly as Chairman of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

He was also Chairman of Coca-Cola Nairobi Bottlers, DHL Worldwide Express, Capital FM, International House Limited, and Smart Applications International among others. He was Deputy Chairman of Bayer East Africa Limited.

Dr. Kirubi was also a Director and majority Shareholder in the Centum Investment Group, East Africa’s leading Investment Company.

Aside from his personal work, Dr. Kirubi has been involved extensively with several African Governments. He served on the National Economic and Social Council which was responsible for crafting Kenya’s current blue print for growth, Vision 2030, under President Kibaki’s regime. He also 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).

He was a passionate Ambassador for the Kenya Country Brand and served as Chairperson of Brand Kenya Board from March 2016 – December 2017 when he resigned due to his illness

Dr. Kirubi was passionate about making a difference in the lives of disenfranchised groups and was involved in a number of social causes. Until his death, 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.

Chris Kirubi died on 14 June 2021 after a long battle with cancer.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Friends and family are meeting at his Loresho residence every day from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

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Chris Kirubi's Eulogy

A Memorial service will be held at Faith Evangelistic Church, Karen, on Friday 18th June 2021 at 11:00 am.

He will be laid to rest at his Bendor Farm, Thika, on Saturday 19th June 2021 at 11:00 am. (Parking will be available at Don Bosco Church or The Waterfront, Karen)

Due to Covid protocols, all the above events will be streamed on this platform.

Let us fight cancer together:

Please donate to the Aga Khan Cancer Research Unit and Nairobi Hospice who provide Palliative Care Services.

  • - Aga Khan Hospital: MPESA PayBill Number 694038, Account: Chris Kirubi
  • - Nairobi Hospice: PayBill Number: 982650 Account: Chris Kirubi

May his Soul rest in eternal peace.

“I have fought the good fight I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” - 2 Timothy 4:7

Tributes

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Sigona Golf Club 24th June 2021 at 1:32pm

It is with deep sorrow that the Sigona fraternity has learnt of the transition of Mr. Chris Kirubi on Monday, June 14th, 2021.

On behalf of the Sigona Board of Directors and members, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the entire family.

We pray that the almighty God will rest his soul in eternal peace and give you strength as you move on.

Yours sincerely,

For: Sigona Golf Club

Njoroge Ngahu.

Chairman

Embassy of the United States of America, Nairobi, Kenya 24th June 2021 at 1:27pm

On behalf of the United States Embassy in Kenya, I would like to extend our sincere condolences on the death of Capital FM’s Chairman, Chris Kirubi. Our thoughts are with Mr. Kirubi’s family and friends, and the staff and listeners of Capital FM.

Although “DJ CK,” as he was known to friends, is no longer with us, we recognize and celebrate his accomplishments not only as an investor in the media industry, but also a supporter of media freedom, and someone who enhanced employment opportunities for journalists and sought to expand the media space in Kenya.

Please accept our deepest sympathies during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Eric Kneedler

Chargé d'affaires, a.i.

BOWMANS 23rd June 2021 at 10:44am

I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your Chairman, Mr Chris Kirubi yesterday. Our firm and many of our partners had known Mr. Kirubi for several years. He was a legendary business man and an inspiration to many Kenyans, especially the youth. Our dealings with him had always been enjoyable and we had tremendous respect for him as a friend and client of the firm.


Please accept our firm's sincere condolences. Whilst Mr. Kirubi's presence will be sorely missed, his lessons will be with all of us forever. Please also convey our condolences to the whole Centum family.


May his soul rest in peace.


Kind regards,

PARAS V SHAH

Managing Partner

Ashleys Kenya Limited 23rd June 2021 at 10:36am

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the unfortunate demise of Dr. Christopher J. Kirubi, who was a corporate giant and visionary. On behalf of Ashleys Kenya Limited, I would like to pass my heartfelt commiserations and condolences on the passing of a great man.


This is an immense loss as he was big part of us choosing the Two Rivers as a preferred location for an Ashleys Coiffure & Spa, as his vision was so persuasive and compelling.


On a personal level his loss is all more painful as he was a friend of the family.


We pray that God comforts and guides the family and the entire Centum fraternity as you navigate this great loss.


Yours Faithfully,


TERRY MUNGAI, EBS

FOUNDER & CEO, ASHLEYS KENYA LIMITED

MAJID AL FUTTAIM 23rd June 2021 at 10:28am

It is with complete shock that we received the news of the sudden passing of long-serving director of Centum Investment PLC and Chairman of the Company's Board Finance and Investment Committee, Dr. Christopher J. Kirubi EBS.


On behalf of Majid Al Futtaim Retail Kenya and on my own behalf, allow me to offer most profound condolences to the family, friends and the entire Centum Investment Company PLC for the passing on of Dr. Chris Kirubi.


For us at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, we do not only recognize Dr. Kirubi as a successful business personality, but also as a thorough gentleman and an instrumental business partner who was always there to support Carrefour Kenya when we were setting up our operations. I have had the honour of meeting Dr. Kirubi personally several times and have always learnt something inspiring every time.


We pay our respects to Dr. Kirubi for his contribution to the betterment of the lives of many Kenyans particularly through the creation of businesses which employ thousands of people and play a major role in the economic development of the country. We will remain enriched and continue to draw inspiration from his legacy as a recognized and respected businessman.


Please convey our heartfelt condolences to the whole of Centum Investment Company PLC. We take this opportunity to wish you and the team strength during this painful period.


May His Soul Rest in Peace.


Yours faithfully,

Franck Moreau

Country Manager - East Africa

Tazama Africa 23rd June 2021 at 10:10am

It was with profound grief that we have learnt of the passing away of Dr. Chris Kirubi. He was a very well respected customerof our Tazama Gallery Ltd.


We will miss his charismatic personality and business acumen.


Please accept our deepest condolences to the management of Centum Investments PLC, his related companies, family and the friends of the deceased.


May the ALMIGHTY rest his soul in eternal peace.


Yours Faithfully,

TAZAMA AFRICA LTD.

AUTO ELEKTRA & BUILD-ALL LTD 23rd June 2021 at 8:56am

It was with profound grief that we learnt of the passing away of Dr. Chris Kirubi.


We will miss his charismatic personality and business acumen.


Please accept our deepest condolences to the management of Centum Investments PLC, his related companies, family and the friends of the deceased.


May the ALMIGHTY rest his soul in eternal peace.


Yours Faithfully,

AUTO ELEKTRA & BUILD-ALL LTD

Homecare & Hardware Ltd 23rd June 2021 at 8:52am

It was with profound grief that we learnt of the passing away of Dr. Chris Kirubi. He was a very well respected customer of our Tazama Gallery Ltd.


We will miss his charismatic personality and business acumen.


Please accept our deepest condolences to the management of Centum Investments PLC, his related companies, family and the friends of the deceased.


May the ALMIGHTY rest his soul in eternal peace.


Yours Faithfully,

Mohammed T. Bhaiji

Director

Homecare & Hardware LTD

OASIS UNIFORMS LTD 23rd June 2021 at 8:46am

We have learnt with great shock and disbelieve the passing of Dr. Chris Kirubi, we at Oasis Uniforms Ltd wish to convey our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you, family and friends and pray that the Almighty God gives you all the strength to bear with this great loss.


Chris was a great entrepreneur, philanthropist and investor in multiple sectors. He had a clear philosophy from which he derived his sense of purpose and style of engagement which made him clearly stand out.


Chris has been a mentor to many and an inspiration to even more, Kenya at large has lost a great man and during this so very hard time, we at Oasis Uniforms STAND WITH YOU.


Poleni sana.


Best Regards,

Kesar Nazir

Director - Oasis Uniform.

ochieng okumu, websites mogul. 21st June 2021 at 10:40pm

You've inspired many, lived a fulfilling life and completed the race. May your soul rest in peace.