How Kenneth Matiba lost his Sh5bn empire

Kenneth Matiba. FILE | NATION

Legendary reggae artiste Bob Marley once said, “Your worst enemy could be your best friend and your best friend your worst enemy”.

This might as well describe the friendship Kenneth Stanley Matiba had with former President Daniel arap Moi. After succeeding in politics, getting a stable family and building a vast business empire that was once estimated to be worth more than Sh5 billion, orders by Mr Moi, his close friend, bit off a large chunk of what was a great life.

While Mr Matiba’s family stuck with him to the bitter end, the torture he underwent following orders by retired President Moi robbed him of part of his cognitive functions, a thriving political career and his business empire while testing the lengths his family would go to stay by his side.

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