NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 1 – For the better part of the December holiday season, Businessman Dr Chris Kirubi did not travel. He decided to relax at his home in Nairobi.
And just like many other Kenyans, he has all reason to thank God for seeing him through 2014 and giving him a chance cross over to 2015.
When I find him at his home, the renowned industrialist starts by explaining how he marked the New Year.
“I had 50 to 60 people here in my house. Instead of going out to hotels, I organised an evening with family and friends and they came with their children. The kids were playing all over. I managed to get them some fireworks. At midnight we had crackers and we welcomed the New Year with pomp and a lot of joy,” he says with excitement.
Kirubi says he has many blessings to count throughout the past year and for him his major one is that he managed to retain employees in his various companies despite tough economic times.
“One of my main achievements is that I kept all of you working. I had all my companies running including Capital FM, DHL, Haco, among others. We are also developing Two Rivers which is one of the largest projects in Kenya and employing over 1,200 people,” he says.
His major disappointment however was the insecurity challenges facing the country but continues to urge media to try and report positive things about Kenya.
His 2015 message to all Kenyans is urging them to support government and private sector efforts of growing the country’s economy with emphasis being on the young people.
“I think there are so many positive things happening in this country of ours. One, the balance of the old and the youthful people is dramatically changing. Three quarters of the country is young people who have a lot of energy to take this country ahead. There is nothing that they cannot do,” he says with optimism.
As he lauds the governments for its continued efforts in fighting insecurity in 2014, his New Year challenge is to increase employment to a level where Kenya will start exporting professionals and less of cheap labour to foreign countries.” And this goes to the Labour Cabinet Secretary to look into this issue: We are tired of exporting nannies and waiters alone.”
Kirubi has also a word for politicians; “politic less and instead focus on fulfilling the promises you gave to voters of improving their living standards.”
Meanwhile, Kirubi who has a huge following on social media, has also a word for his fans, especially those who interact with him through “Ask Kirubi”: There is much more to come. I love you all.”
The businessman also takes the chance to thank all his employees, partners, advertisers, supporters, clients, Capital FM listeners, customers and all those who have in any way supported him in his business and in his personal life. For him, they make him who he is now.
“I wish you a happy New Year and many more years ahead!”