Chris Kirubi illnesss and cancer
Chris Kirubi says he's proof that cancer can be cured and appeals to Kenyans to take the test. [ Photo / Business Today ]

Businessman Chris Kirubi has finally spoken about his battle with c****r, and he’s got some good news. “See me as a reminder that c****r can be cured,” he says, speaking for the first time about his battle with c****r, and dropping a strong hint that he may have been cured.

Kirubi was flown to the United States in November 2017 for four months of treatment after being diagnosed with c****r of the colon. In a video to investors, managers and board members of Centum Investment, where he is chairman, Kirubi says his c****r was discovered early enough to be managed successfully.

 But he won’t resume his corner office at Centum Investment any time soon as his condition remains vulnerable. “I am not coming to the meeting today because my resistance levels are very low and I may pick any germs in huge crowds,” he says, looking more energetic. “Next year will be in that meeting and be one of you.”

His revelation serves as a message of hope to thousands of c****r patients and their families many of whom have despaired especially after recent high-profile c****r-related d****s of Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore on 1st July 2019 and Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso on 29th July.

In the video, Kirubi turns into an anti-c****r crusader and offers tips to Kenyans on how to prevent or manage the condition. “Now turning to the d*****e that’s ravaging everybody in the countryside called c****r,” he says, “I will like to appeal to all our members, all our investors that you need to check your status.”

During his treatment, Kirubi went off the public radar for nine months. The first images of a frail Kirubi in March 2018 shocked Kenyans and elicited lots of get-well wishes from across section of Kenyans.

Over the past few months, he started appearing in public at selected functions and was even hosted on a KTN business talkshow, a major sign that he was on his way to full recovery. Last month, he returned to the hospital in the US for check-up, unsettling a number of his fans.

 “C****r is not devastating if it’s discovered in the early stage,” Kirubi says in the video, which has been shared on social media by Capital FM, his digital media division. “Make sure it is discovered in the first or second stage; by that time it is possible to cure c****r. Do not allow c****r to get to the third or fourth stage because it becomes very difficult for the doctors to cure us.”

He said as a v****m of c****r, he wouldn’t want anyone to suffer the effects of the full-blown version of the d*****e. “I am appealing as one of the v*****s to make sure you do not undergo a major a****k of c****r. It is a d*****e that can be taken care of if we test our b***d from time to time to know what is happening to our bodies.”

The flamboyant tycoon, now in his seventies, has invested in several publicly listed as well as private companies and is considered one of the richest Kenyans. He is the single-largest shareholder of Centum Investments with a 28.64% stake and holds leadership positions in more than 10 companies and organisations.

Prayers help but prayers alone won’t cure c****r.

Chris Kirubi, businessman

“I would not like to see any investor in our business get c****r,” he says. “See me as a reminder that c****r can be cured. And I want you to believe in it by taking care of your body. Doctors are available in rural areas and you just have to make an effort to see a doctor to profile your b***d for c****r cells and you will live for a long time.”

Kirubi has a vast business empire from broadcasting (Capital Media Group) to manufacturing (Haco). The Harvard Business School Alumnus heads the board of Nairobi Bottlers, a local franchisee of global beverage firm, Coca-Cola.

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His parting s**t in the video is a message of hope laced with the hard truth of c****r: early diagnosis can save you from an early grave. “Let’s make a motto to defeat c****r,” he says. “Prayers help but prayers alone won’t cure c****r. God helps those who help themselves and to help ourselves we need to check our status.”

“Let’s make a motto to defeat c****r,” he says. “Prayers help but prayers alone without doing something won’t cure c****r.They say God helps those who help themselves and to help ourselves we need to check our status.”


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