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Ailing Tycoon Chris Kirubi Loses Top State Job in President Uhuru Shake Up

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has revoked his appointment of multi-millionaire businessman Chris Kirubi as the Non-Executive Chairperson of the Brand Kenya board, Forbes reports.

Brand Kenya, is a state agency mandated to coordinate marketing initiatives for the country through distinguishing Kenyan products, services and concepts.

In a Gazette notice dated July 13, 2018, the ailing Kenyan mogul was replaced with Linus Gitahi, a seasoned businessman and CEO of Nation Media Group, East Africa’s largest media conglomerate.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 (2) (a) of the Brand Kenya Board Order, I, Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, appoint Linus Gitahi to be the non-executive chairperson of Brand Kenya Board. The appointment of Chris Kirubi is revoked,” the gazette notice read.

Kirubi, 76, has been battling acute cancer of the colon and is recovering quietly in Nairobi. One of Kenya’s leading businessmen, Kirubi is the largest shareholder in Nairobi Stock Exchange-listed investment company Centum Investments. His 30% stake in the business is worth roughly $100 million. He also owns the iconic International House in Nairobi, as well as leading media outfit, Capital Group.

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