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Lived a lie? Cyrus Jirongo from a billionaire, polygamous man to a debtor – The Informer




Former Lugari Member of Parliament Cyrus Jirongo

From a billionaire, polygamous man to a debtor.

Meet former Lugari MP Cyrus Lugari who is popularly known for his philanthropic acts.

Having amassed wealth and become a billionaire at the age of 30, Jirongo is remembered for dishing out money during the KANU campaigns in 1992.


Back then, the largest denomination in the country was Sh200 note and the new Sh500 was nicknamed ‘Jirongo.’

The Youth for Kanu 92, an outfit led by Jirongo, was known for liberally dishing out newly-minted Sh500 notes.

Jirongo was so generous that one time when former Cabinet minister Shariff Nassir visited him, he wrote a note to DT Dobie asking them to give Nassir a new car.

Jirongo has walked Nassir to the car park only to discover that the minister was driving an old Mercedes.

That was the kind of man Jirongo was.

He was respected by many as a leader and a man with a generous heart.

Jirongo developed projects such as Saika Estate, Hazina Estate in South B and Kemri Estate on Mbagathi Road.

The “wealthy” Jirongo was associated with companies such as Sololo outlets and Cyper.

Between 1978 and 1981 he went to Mang’u High School and in 1991 he became the chairman of AFC Leopards Football Club.

In 1992, Jirongo and Deputy President William Ruto led the Youth for KANU 1992 movement which was campaigning for retired President Daniel Arap Moi

Jirongo clinched the Lugari seat during the 1997 election. However, two years later, he fell out with KANU.

That notwithstanding, ahead of the 2002 election, he was appointed Rural Development Minister by Moi.


Being wealthy, Jirongo could afford to be polygamous.

He has four wives, the first one is Kalenjin, the second a Kikuyu, the third is Kamba, and the fourth one is a Maasai.

Jirongo said there was nothing wrong with polygamy so long as the man “can comfortably provide for each of the wives”.

“They are what define us as a nation and as a civilisation. I grew up in a society in which polygamy was the only way to go,” Jirongo said.

He said polygamy made him a better man, a better husband and a better father.

The Draft Marriage Bill 2007 seeks to give couples the legal option of polygamy.

It defines marriage as the voluntary union of a man or woman intended to last for their lifetime and states that the marriage could be monogamous or polygamous provided the two parties are in agreement.


But years down the line, a court declared the former presidential contender bankrupt after finding him unable to pay debts amounting to Sh700 million.


Justice Olga Sewe of the Commercial Division said Jirongo’s inability to repay was demonstrated. The money was to be repaid to businessman Sammy Kogo.

The judge ordered an official receiver be appointed as trustee for Jirongo’s estate. The bankruptcy order was granted on September 29, last year.

The former MP is also facing a suit by COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli for alleged non-payment of a Sh110 million debt.

In October last year, Jirongo made an undertaking that he would pay Atwoli.

The workers’ union boss now wants the court to compel him to pay the debt.

On September 19, 2018, the debts and bankruptcy became real when the “billionaire” was forced to spend a night in a police cell.

This was after he was arrested for failing to pay a Sh20 million loan owed to businessman Brian Yongo.

Yongo allegedly loaned Jirongo Sh25 million between 2014 and 2015 but he only repaid Sh5 million.

The registrar ordered Jirongo to deposit Sh5 million cash and a bond of the same amount to secure his release or risk going to remand.

Jirongo could have been remanded but Deputy President William Ruto bailed him out by paying Sh2 million for his bail after he could not afford the amount.

Luhya leaders who included Cabinet secretaries Eugene Wamalwa and Rashid Echesa did a fundraising for part of the money.

Jirongo and Ruto have had a long association since their days in the ‘Youth for Kanu 92’, a lobby group that campaigned for Moi during the first multi-party election.

They later fell out. Yesterday, Eugene deposited his Mercedes Benz car in court as surety for Jirongo.

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Police Deploy Chopper to Rescue Students Lost in Forest for 4 Days –




Three students who went missing after a forest adventure in Mt Kenya, Karatina, Nyeri County, were finally rescued on Saturday after four days in the jungle.

Four days without food, the boys told members of the press that they survived by the grace of God.

17-year-old Anthony Muhoro, Jackson Karuri, 17, and David Mukoma Kinyua, 20, went missing on May 4.

Muhoro is a Form Three student at Gitunduti Secondary School, Karuri is also a Form Three but at Ihwagi Secondary School while Kinyua is a student at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

Also found alive were two dogs that were in the company of the three when they were reported missing.

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The rescue team comprised of police officers who after four days of futile search deployed a National Police Service chopper to locate the students who were on the verge of despair.

In the Saturday search, the Nation reports, the officers teamed up with Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service rangers to comb the forest in search of the students.

In an interview with the local publication, Muhoro revealed that they were hiking when they lost their way back home.

“It was by the grace of God that we survived for four days without food and other necessities. We thought we were going to die and kept praying,” Muhoro said in a phone interview.

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“We literally groped in the dark after losing our way back home. We survived on water and wild fruits since we had not carried any food.”


According to the student, the trio entered the forest through Ragati gate but couldn’t trace their way home hours later.

“We found ourselves deep into the dense woods. I don’t know how far it was from the edges of the forest but we were exhausted,” he said.

“We could not even tell the time since it was constantly dark. That is when panic set in.”

They could not communicate with anyone back at home as their mobile phones lost signals.

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“We started moving in the forest, literary going in circles in a desperate attempt to find our way out,” Muhoro said.

Days later as they moved around the forest with the hope of finding an exit, they ‘miraculously’ met some police officers and forest rangers who alerted the rest of the search team.

Mathira East Police Commander James Baraza, who led the operation, said the trio’s disappearance was reported at Karatina Police Station the same day they went missing and a search operation launched immediately.

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Police in hot pursuit of gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident – KBC



The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

Kiambu based detectives are pursuing a dangerous and armed criminal gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident on Friday, before disappearing with his Toyota Premio as he drove to his residence.

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According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI), the victim had pulled over by the apartment’s gate at Ruaka One River Apartments, unaware that a gang of three assailants was laying in wait for him.

As the gates opened, the driver’s window was suddenly smashed with an iron rod, before two shots were fired in the air from a pistol in an attempt to subdue him.

However, he managed to force his way into the parking lot, but before he could jump out of the car and scamper to safety, the trio caught up with him and roughed him up before grabbing his car keys and phone.

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On receiving the report, DCI detectives based at Kiambaa launched a manhunt for the suspects.

The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

Its rear and front headlights, side mirrors, all tyres, nose guard, boot and radio had been stolen.

Detectives believe that the three suspects are part of a larger criminal syndicate operating within Kiambu County.

They have been targeting taxi drivers while posing as customers, only to turn against them at isolated places, then vandalize their vehicles.

” Some members of the syndicate have previously been arrested and arraigned in court.” Said the DCI

The DCI has cautioned Kenyans on this trend of crime.


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