Former Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe has revealed that the late Chris Kirubi was the man behind the idea of him running with Mike Sonko for the Nairobi governorship post.
While addressing mourners during Kirubi’s requiem mass at Faith Evangelistic Ministry church in Karen on Friday, June 18, Igathe revealed that Kirubi wanted to create an enabling business environment in the city, with the idea.
“It was Kirubi who designed the Sonko-Igathe ticket. And we were very glad about that design even if the mission did not succeed as was intended,” Igathe said.
“It may be worthwhile to let you know how many things we did with Chris. When it was impossible to do business in Nairobi, it was Chris who came up with the idea to make sure Nairobi goes back to the national government politically,” Igathe added.
A businessman, Igathe also credited Kirubi for the skills and knowledge he has adding that they have been a blessing to him in his corporate life.
“He taught me the art of business. He told me to treat customers as human beings with needs not human beings with wallets,” Igathe said.
The Chief Commercial Officer in Equity Group Holdings further euologised the late business mogul as a mentor and coach who brought to the fore a generation of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.
“Chairman was a great friend, we had a special bond. By saying he was a great friend he called me to take a ring site seat in his life. He was a confidant, he was my mentor,” he said.
Also in attendance of the requiem mass, are ODM leader Raila Odinga, his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka and ANC chief Musalia Mudavadi.
Other leaders present at the service are Cabinet Secretaries Najib Balala, Amina Mohamed, Jubilee Vice – Chairman David Murathe, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula.