Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga on Friday 18 June 2021, praised the late businessman and tycoon Chris Kirubi, saying that he was always against quick money and corruption.
Speaking during the funeral service of Kirubi at the Faith Evangelistic Ministry church in Karen always hated corruption as he said that there are very many ways of making money without having to steal.
The former Prime Minister went on to say that those who always get money through back doors run around making donations in schools, women groups, and churches.
“Those who steal run around giving donations to schools, women groups and then come to churches and donate billions,” he said.
The ODM party leader also revealed that the late business mogul convinced him to dialogue with former President Mwai Kibaki after the 2007 general elections.
He said that it was he (Kirubi) and another individual whose name he withheld that convinced him to meet Kibaki.
He told the mourners that it was following a meeting with the fallen businessman and another individual that led to the infamous Sagana meeting that helped end the post-poll violence.
Wiper Democratic Movement party leader Kalonzo Musyoka who was also in attendance, also praised Kirubi telling the mourners how he played a role in his political career by negotiating his Vice President post in 2008.
He recounted how he was approached by Equity chairman Peter Munga and Kirubi at his home after the bungled 2007 election.
Kalonzo said that Kirubi told him not to be senseless, and he had to rise and save his country.
He said that Kirubi came to his house in 2008 with Peter Munga and the reason was simple, he had to act in a manner that would save the country.
Kirubi is survived by two children (Robert Kirubi and Mary-Ann Musangi) and five grandchildren. He died on Monday 14 June after a long fight with Cancer.
Robert eulogized his father not only as a man who was generous and intelligent but also as an individual who loved a good argument.
Other leaders who were in attendance include, Ford-K leader Moses Wetangula, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi, former Presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth, former Nairobi County Governor Polycarp Igathe, among others.