Politicians who attended deceased billionaire businessman Chris Kirubi requiem mass have, through their separate accounts, revealed just how much of a silent power broker he was.
Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, and former Nairobi deputy governor Polycarp Igahte separately credit Chris Kirubi for their most memorable political moves
Although little was known about his involvement in politics, Kivumbi.co.ke now understands Kirubi brokered several political power deals both at Nairobi county as well as national level.
According to ODM party leader Raila Odinga, it is Kirubi who approached and convinced him to meet President Mwai Kibaki so as to end the then ongoing post-election violence after the disputed 2007 presidential election.
“Among the two people who approached me to have dialogue was Chris Kirubi. Arrangements were made for this meeting in Sagana where an agreement was reached,’’ Raila Said.
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka had earlier on eulogized Chris as an influential person in his political life without whom he could not have been appointed the country’s tenth Vice President.
Kalonzo who has set his eyes on the 2022 presidency revealed that it was the late billionaire who approached him and convinced him to join Kibaki’s camp at the height of the disputed presidential election which had resulted in violence across the country.
“I personally recall he (Chris Kirubi) came to my house; this was in January 2008 in the company of two other great men. These were Peter Munga and James Mwangi of Equity Bank. The mission was simple…to tell me to act in a manner that could save our country. And that is how I became the tenth Vice President of the Republic of Kenya,” Kalonzo said.
The business fraternity led by Polycarp Igathe further made revelations of how Chris orchestrated a Sonko-Igathe ticket that sent Kidero-Mweke home in the 2017 General Election.
It is believed that being a businessman, Kirubi wanted a safer pair that could ensure a safe and conducive business environment.
Former Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe further revealed that when Kirubi saw politics had stymied business in the capital, he orchestrated the return of the county operations to the National Government.
“When it was impossible to do business in Nairobi, it was Kirubi’s idea to make sure Nairobi is back to National Government,” Igathe said.