Former President Moi In mourning

The second president of Kenya is morning the death of a close associate who put Kenya on the global map.

Daniel Torotich Arap Moi close associate died on Tuesday in London where he was being treated for Parkinson's disease.

He will be credited with popularising Mount Kenya Safari Club and putting Kenya on the bucket list of some of the filthiest rich billionaires in the world.

Khashoggi’s House in Laikipia County was especially popular and he hosted some of the world’s richest royals and businessmen, aptly referred as a "billionaire’s nest".

Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, was a flamboyant billionaire who was once a close associate of former President Daniel arap Moi.

In 1978 he spent $7.5 million (Sh750 million at current exchange rate) putting up a lavish farmhouse at Ol Pejeta ranch.

Khashoggi's exploits also helped grow Laikipia’s stature as a pristine wildlife-rich hinterland.

In a statement to newsrooms, his family said Mr Khashoggi spent the last days surrounded by his Italian-born wife, Lamia, his children and grandchildren.

"AK was a pioneer who achieved global recognition in a golden age through his extraordinary business achievements and renowned generosity. Our father understood the art of bringing people together better than anyone.

"He combined commercial acumen with an overriding loyalty to his country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His work always furthered the interests of his country,” said the statement.

The businessman first came to Kenya in 1967 and acquired Mount Kenya Safari Club that he later gifted to his son as a present on his 18th birthday.

The club is currently managed by global chain Fairmont Hotels while Khashoggi’s house is leased to TPS East Africa.


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