Billionaire businessman Chris Kirubi has responded to calls from a few Kenyans for him to run for the highest office in the land.
According to reports, Kenyans called for the mogul to contest for the presidency in next year’s election following the surprise election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States.
His well-wishers were able to draw parallels between the two businessmen adding that an outsider might also be good for Kenya as a whole.
Speaking at the Angel Fair Africa forum, Kirubi put rumors to bed about going head-to-head with President Kenyatta and other heavy hitters including Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.
”It’s not my space, to be honest. I’ve seen #KirubiForPresident but it’s really of no interest to me,” Kirubi said.
”You can’t be an expert both in business and politics. I don’t think they work very well. Trump is a good role model for that but I haven’t seen him do one single political thing. We can only wait and see.”
Kirubi added that politics is a calling while business was a skill. He said we needed committed leaders as he took a swipe at Trump for bypassing paying taxes, something that he said would hamper his presidency on the long run.
Chris Kirubi also took the opportunity to invite global investors to Africa, arguing that the returns on investment here outweigh other possible destinations.
”It is laughable that foreign investors consider Africa high risk. They make 2 – 4 % return on investment while in Africa we are making 30 – 40 %. African entrepreneurs are being recognized the world over and I am actively investing in start ups; offering both funding and mentorship,” he said.