President Kibaki yesterday waded into the late Gerishon Kirima family dispute asking them to stop squabbling. Kibaki told the family none of them is superior to the other.
The President asked them not to allow any outsider to drive them into hatred and disunity. He also asked the council of elders who oversaw the burial arrangements of the late Kirima to resolve the family dispute.
Kirima made billions in real estate, auctioneer and Butchery businesses but died as his family fought over his vast financial empire. He leaves behind a series of court cases filed by family members fighting over his assets.
The president’ss sentiments were shared by the deputy prime ministers Musalia Mudavadi and Uhuru kKenyatta who called on the family to unite.
Mudavadi said managing a polygamous family can be tricky adding that it takes resolve, patience and understanding among family members to remain together and protect their property.
He said it is a pity that the country has lost a man of immense experience and business acumen. Kenyatta told Kirim’a family members to work hard so as to be remembered not because of their father’s wealth but for the wealth they will create themselves.
Former President Moi who was also present asked kirima’s family members to follow his footsteps and stop quarreling. He described kirima as a long time friend who stood for equality and honesty. These values, Moi said, made him build his business an empire in real estate and meat industry.
Prime minister Raila Odinga described Kirima as a hero and a humble man who had made his wealth honestly. Environment minister John michuki said Kirima was an industrious person who rose from poverty to become one of the African pioneers of entrepreneurship in the Country.
Thousands of moaners braved the scorching sun at Kiruru Village in Kangema, Murang’a county during the final farewell of the veteran politician and businessman.
Mr Kirima died at the age of 78 years after succumbing to diabetes.He was flown to the UK for treatment in August and later in South Africa in controversial circumstances after brief admission to Nairobi Hospital.
Kirima, who died in South Africa on December 21 last year following a long battle with diabeties, leaves behind a widow, 13 children and 30 grandchildren.
Others present during the burial included cabinet Minister Fred Gumo,former cabinet ministers Charles lumbia and Joseph Kamotho, MPs Ferdinand Waititu, Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, Kamau Maina, Rachel Shebesh and Head of the Civil servants and Secretary to the Cabinet Amb. Francis Muthaura.