Adnan Khashoggi

Born 25 July 1935; Died 6 June 2017

The life of Adnan Khashoggi, who has died aged 81, did not imitate art but prompted it. The sybaritic Saudi middleman inspired the image of the influential fixer who spent his days arranging huge arms deals and meeting presidents and tycoons, and his nights partying with beautiful women aboard yachts and planes or in palatial homes.

He was the model for Harold Robbins’ bestseller The Pirate, published in 1974, though he was a rather less glamorous figure than the protagonist Baydr al Fay. The title of a 1986 book by Ronald Kessler referred to Khashoggi as The Richest Man in the World. That claim was as fictional as Robbins’ hero. Khashoggi only spent like the world’s richest man: 12 homes, 1,000 suits, $70m on his third yacht and $40m on a customised Douglas DC-8 described as a flying Las Vegas discotheque. With Khashoggi – who loathed being described as an arms dealer – more was always more.

But by the mid-1980s his influence had waned. His Triad business empire was bleeding cash. The only thing not in decline was his spending. Being Adnan Khashoggi still cost $250,000 a day. The planes, like the yachts and homes, soon went to pay creditors.

Born in Mecca, Adnan was the eldest son of the personal physician to King Ibn Saud, founder of Saudi Arabia’s ruling dynasty. After attending Victoria college, Alexandria, the Eton of Egypt, he was sent to study engineering at Chico State College (now part of California State University). While there he saw opportunities for linking American companies with fast-growing Saudi oil riches.

Khashoggi established an import business, and Mohamed Al Fayed worked for him and married his sister Samira, mother of Dodi Fayed. Both relationships failed. Khashoggi later sold information, some of it fabricated, to Fayed’s Harrods rival “Tiny” Rowland for a $7m loan that he did not repay.

Khashoggi imported Kenworth heavy trucks into Saudi Arabia: one of his first customers was the Bin Laden family’s construction group. The entrepreneur keenly embraced every aspect of American culture that Osama bin Laden later violently rejected. Two half brothers of the future King Saud became his business partners. Khashoggi moved into the arms business in 1962, helping to supply neighbouring Yemen, under attack from Egyptian-backed rebels. He became the agent for Rolls Royce, Marconi, Westland and BAC (British Aircraft Corporation, later British Aerospace/BAe). The rising oil price combined with Arab humiliation in the six-day war of 1967 sent the Saudis on a defence spending spree. Khashoggi was soon the agent for Raytheon’s Hawk missiles, Lockheed’s C-130 cargo planes and Northrop F-5 fighters.

His commissions grew from 2% to 15%. “If you offer money to a government to influence it, that is corruption. But if someone receives money for services rendered afterwards, that is a commission,” Khashoggi explained. However, US regulators did not see it that way. A 1975 US Senate inquiry revealed that Khashoggi had been paid $106m by Lockheed, $54m by Northrop and $23m by Raytheon. The French paid him $45m for a tank deal and the British $7m for helicopters. Lockheed later paid Khashoggi another $100m and Northrop a further $31m.

In feudal Saudi society, Khashoggi, like all agents, was allowed to enrich himself only so long as he paid a large slice of these commissions into the Swiss bank accounts of his royal patrons and provided other services. Khashoggi was always accompanied by his “pleasure wives”, the “flowers on the table” – expensive call girls, models and starlets flown in from around the world. They constituted a currency with which Khashoggi also paid his debts to his Saudi masters and indebted those with whom he did business. “My ability is to understand those with whom I deal,” he said. But publicity about the payments and Khashoggi’s role began the erosion of his influence in Saudi Arabia with the future King Fahd and Prince Sultan, the defence minister. His high profile and profligacy became an embarrassment.

Komu Weru

Our hearts go out to the family of the late Komu Weru in this time of grieving.
We share your sorrow with love and friendship. He was an amazing friend, a husband, a father, a son, a great soul and an exceptional human being.
May he rest in eternal peace.

Mrs. Emily Gatuiri Muriuki

It has been one year since you went to be with the Lord. Though missed, you left us with a legacy and sound heritage that we will continue to emulate.
Fondly missed by your husband James Muriuki Njeru, your children, Mercy Wanyaga, Charles Muriuki, Alice Kirii-Muriuki, Evelyne Muriuki-Githaka, Peter Githaka, Diana Muriuki-Maina and Jacob Maina.Also treasured by your grandchildren Kayla, Calvin, Keith, Joy, Christina and Nathaniel. Dearly missed by brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Your legacy also lives on through your inlaws (tunyanya).
There will be a memorial and unveiling of the cross service at 10:00am on Saturday, 10th June 2017 at the family’s Gakuuri home-Muchagori, Gaturi North, Embu county.

May your soul rest in peace as we celebrate you, Pat, Mum, Grandma.You are always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts.

Romans 8:28 “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose”.Amen

Stephen Mbugua Njau (Wa Muguiyi)

It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the death of Stephen Mbugua Njau (Wa Muguiyi) that occurred on 1/06/2017 after a long illness. Son of the late Thomas Njau and late Monica Wanja. Beloved husband of the late Anne Nyokabi Mbugua and the late Monica Kanyi Mbugua. Father of Edward Njau, Jane Wanja, Julianne Mbugua, the late Boniface Mwaura, Millicent Wairimu (USA) and Gertrude Wanjiru.
The cortege leaves P.C.E.A Kikuyu Hospital Mortuary on Wednesday 07/06/2017 at 1.00am for a funeral mass at St. Anne’s Catholic Church Muthure at 11.00am and thereafter burial will take place at his farm, Mbari ya Njau.
Family and friends are meeting daily at his home, Muthure (Ha Jehovah) from 4.00pm for funeral arrangements.
You fought a good fight, finished the race well and always kept the faith….

David Kipkemoi Korir

It is with profound grief and acceptance of God’s will that we announce the untimely death of Deputy Police Commissioner (Retired) Mr. David Kipkemoi Korir The Former Provincial Police Officer (PPO) Central & Nyanza and Provincial Criminal Invastigation Officer (PCIO) Rift Valley.
Son of the late Kiberege Chemene and the late Bornes Chemene. Brother of Lesebet Cheboingong, Jane Kilel, Rael Tigirei, John Bingei, the late Samuel Korir, Johnstone Korir, Alexander Korir, Alice Mutai, Step Brother of the late Obot Joseph, Obot Eunice, the late Walter Korir, Ester Mebwo, Alice Milgo and Eunice Chemene.
Son-in-law of the late Chebusit Arap Segem and Obot Recho. Husband of the late Norah Korir, Father of the late Phillip, the late Eunice, Joseph, the late Stephen, Margret, Harriet, Benard, Geofrey, Samson and Gilbert. Father-in-law of Norah, Winny, Dorothy, Linda, Joseph Koskei, Hon. Were, Hon. Hillary Koskei.
Family, friends and relatives are meeting at home in Kiptagich everyday.
Nairobi meetings will be on 2nd June 2017 at All Saint Cathedral Church opp Serena Hotel from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
Bomet meetings will be at Bomet Braven Hotel on 6th June, 2017 and at Kapkulumben Home on 7th June, 2017.
There will be a fundraising in Nairobi at All Saint Cathedral Churh on 6th June 2017 at 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
The cortege leaves Lee Funeral Home Nairobi on Friday 9th at 8.00 am and a stop over at Bomet for prayers.Then proceed to Kiptagich for overnight stay, burial will be on the 10th June 2017 on Saturday. Mpesa No. 0722323314.

“If we live, we live for lord; and if we die we die for lord, so, weather we live or die we belong to the Lord” Romans 14:8

Charles Abungu Musiko

It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the death of Charles Abungu Musiko (Mwalimu) of Emergency plus Medical Services-Kenya Red Cross Society that occurred on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 at The Nairobi Hospital. Son of the late John Oganyo Musiko and Maria Pfister Abungu. Step son of Elizabeth Carina Oganyo of Simur Kobier Ugenya. Husband of Anne Adhiambo Abungu. Father of Sandra Atieno, Belinda Awuor and Blessing Akoth. Brother of Wilfred Omware, Paul Rabongo, Dennis Apondi, the late Benard Okango, Simon Rabongo,Vincent Oniware and Angela Apondi. Nephew of Michael Osodo, Alex Ochieng, Paulina Oketch, Josephina Oketch, Sylvester Rao, the late Vitus Oketch Abungu, Alex Kwadi, Maria Gorretty Kwadi, Josephine Okoth. Agatha Rao and Veronica Apiyo. Son-in-law of the late Peter Achapa and Zeinab Achieng’ of Pala, Nyamonye, Yimbo. Brother-in-law of Anne Omware, Millicent Okango, Anna Ndeda, Pacific Apondi, Elizabeth Awuor. Lucy Achieng and Moses Ochieng’. Cousin of Anastasia Augo, Margaret Owino, Richard °ketch, George Okoth. Theodore Abungu, Angelina Adongo, Rose Apiyo, Regina Apiyo among others. Funds drive will be on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 at 6. pm – at Cardinal Otunga Plaza Annex, Charles Abu airobi. The burial will take place on Saturday, 10 June 2017 at Simur Kobiero, Ugenya.

May God rest his soul in Eternal Peace.

Haron Kipkech Chebon

The Ministry regrets to announce the death of Haron Kepkech Chebon on 27th May, 2017. He was until his death an employee of the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning, Land Adjudication and Settlement Department, Koibatek Office, Eldama Ravine. Loving husband of Tarkok Kiptui Kaptiei and father of Juma Kiptim, Rose Cheruto, Winnie Kaptuya, Nancy Chebet, Mary Chesire, Faith Chesang and Lina Kandie and a grandfather of seven.

Friends and relatives are meeting daily at his home Kokorwoni, Eldama Ravine for burial arrangements.
The cortege leaves Eldama Ravine Sub-County ‘Mortuary on Wednesday, 7th June, 2017. The burial ill take place on same day at his home Kabingor, Marigat, Baringo County.


Mama Agnes Nyaera Maroro

It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the death of Mama. Agnes Nyaera Maroro of Esani Market, Nyatieno Sublocation Nyamira County, at Texas Cancer Centre Nairobi. Daughter of the late Nyandieka Nyakieni and Elizabeth Bosibori. Wife of the late Samson Maroro. Co-wife of Jerusha Mandere and Caren Mobasi. Mother of Margaret, Jeremiah Maroro (O.D.P.P Kakamega), the late Kennedy, Olipha and Nyanchoka. Sister of the late Makereri, the late Ndege, the late Jemimah, Jeliah, Nyaema, Mabembe, the late Gekondo, Mogambi, Joyce and Agwata. Daughter-in-law of the late Matunda Nyandika and Kemuma Moraa. She leaves behind daughters & sons-in-law, many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Main fundraising will be held on Tuesday, 6th June 2017 at Professional Centre from 5.00pm. There will be a church service on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at New Life SDA Church, Nairobi from 12 noon. The Cortege leaves Chiromo Mortuary on Thursday, 8th June 2017 for over night stay at her Esani Home. Burial will be on 9th June 2017.

    John 1 I : 25

Michael Komu Weru

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing on of Michael Komu Weru through a tragic road accident on 30th May.

Husband of Muthoni Ndungu. Son of Lucy Wairimu Weru and the late Stephen Weru Warui. Father of Kristine, Rayne, Lavinah,Weru and Andrew Komu. Brother of Agnes, Jane. John, Rose,Wambui,Wamuyu, Dave, Carol and Noni and an uncle of many.
Friends and family will be meeting for daily mass at 4:30pm at his home in Mount Kenya Estate, Kiganjo. The funeral ceremony will be held at his Kiganjo home on Tuesday 6th June from 9:30am

Job 1:21 The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name ofthe Lord, Amen.

Agnes Muthoni Muraya

It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the death of Agnes Muthoni Muraya which occurred on 29th May 2017 at Gurunanak Hospital Nairobi.
She hailed from Gikoe village. Kinyona ward, Kigumo Sub-county, Muran’ga County. Beloved wife of Bud Muraya Kamau. Mother of Mary Kimemia (HFC Bank), the late Patrick Kamau, Francis Muraya (U.S.A), Teresia Kamande (Malaa), Lucy Muraya (Ministry of Health), Beth Muraya-Wainaina (Olepolos Banana). Lydiah Muraya (Italy) and the late Grace Munguti. Sister of David N’gan’ga and Beth Ngugi of Kandara. Mother in law of Rev. David Kimemia, Tabitha Kamau, Kendra – Larsen Muraya, David Kamande, jessee Wainaina and Danson Munguti. Grandmother of Tabby, Sue, Aggie, Oscar, Evelyne, Lilian, Solo, Kim, Symo, Morris, Mathew, Brian,Tamara and Zachary.
Family and friends are meeting daily at All Saints Cathedral and at her home in Gikoe village at 5.30pm for burial arrangements. The cortege leaves Kenyatta University Funeral Home on Saturday 10th June 2017 at 8.00 am for funeral service at Matu Primary School’s ground, thereafter the burial will take place at her home in Gikoe Village Muran’ga County.
  In God’s hands you rest in our hearts you remain forever.