Machakos County Governor Dr Alfred Mutua, perhaps setting aside his marital troubles to find some peace of mind, recently travelled abroad. He passed through Dubai on his way back to Kenya from an undisclosed destination, igniting nostalgic moments in a city that he says made him what he is today.
Dr Mutua, fighting to shake off his estranged wife Lilian Ng’ang’a, chose to share an update on how he made financial breakthrough working in Dubai before returning home to work for government and late join politics. In the Facebook post titled ‘Dubai – The Place That Stabilized My Finances’ – Dr Mutua chronicles his career life from Sydney, Australia, through Equatorial Guinea and Dubai, ending up back home in Kenya as the pioneer government spokesman.
“I was comfortably working as a lecturer and foreign correspondent in Sydney, Australia. I had a PhD and even served as a Communications Director for a massive organization. I was on my fifth year in Australia and things were looking up and up,” he narrates in the Facebook post.
He says many organisations noticed his expansive work and was head-hunted to work in the United Arab Emirates. Dr Mutua says he received an e-mail offering him a job while working on the island of Bioko in the capital city of Equatorial Guinea, Malabo. “I was reluctant at first but a few months later, the thought of being close to home tipped the scales (plus the hefty pay package they offered),” he says.
So Mutua flew to Dubai to become an Assistant Professor of Communications and Media at Zayed University. That set off his journey that would transverse the Middle East researching and writing. That’s when he embarked on making films in the region and at the same time got a lucrative consultancy job with a leading media house in Kenya.
He even ran several weekly columns in newspapers in Kenya, building his reputation as a communications specialist. Mr Mutua at some point worked as a journalist and is best remembered for his articles under the column ‘Msafiri’.
Soon, the Mwai Kibaki’s Government spotted Alfred Mutua and convinced him to quit the Dubai job and come to Kenya – taking a huge pay cut, he says – to be the country’s founding Government Spokesperson.
“It was working in Dubai, though, that stabilized my financial world. I was able to use the money I made there to clear all loans and buy properties, including land in Kenya,” he says. “I also bought equipment for my production company and undertook many other investment ventures.”
The production company, Golden Dreams Company Limited, is remembered for its flagship film, Cobra Squad, which was Kenya’s first ever action movie series. The film reportedly earned him Ksh36 million – first series Ksh25 million and second series Ksh11 million. The company also released a drama series Beba Beba which aired on NTV.
“I came back home to serve my people and I feel blessed that I came back financially stable because of my time and opportunity offered to me in Dubai. For that, I will always be grateful to Almighty God.”