Dennis Onsongo | Nation Media Group

From Kirubi to Ciano, Uchumi was a sinking ship

What you need to know:

  • The supplier roll had not been verified.
  • The number of goods claimed to have been supplied differed from what was on the shelves.
  • CEO Jonathan Ciano’s wife was among Uchumi’s top suppliers and she was paid in full and on time despite inflating costs.


Businessman Chris Kirubi was believed to have the Midas touch. As a man who had built several successful companies, his entry into Uchumi Supermarket as a major shareholder was expected to infuse the kind of ingenuity required to turn around a sinking ship.