This is why Kenyans think Polycarp Igathe is Chris Kirubi’s son

Polycarp finally reveals his real father.

Vivo Energy Kenya Managing Director Polycarp Igathe on Tuesday hit headlines after Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko named him as his running mate in the August 8 General Election.

Igathe, who is a successful businessman has often been rumored to be the son of well-known billionaire Chris Kirubi.

However, this is not true.

Speaking to a local daily Igathe divulged that this could have been propagated by the mere fact he worked in Kirubi’s company, Haco Tiger Brands for a long time.

The 44-year-old was the regional Managing Director for East Africa at the fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer for a decade.

"Kenyans think that if you work in a company for long, a company owned by someone else, you can only be their son," he said.

Igathe divulged that the lie has worked to his benefit several times.

"But you know, I love it.  Get bought a lot of drinks as a result. When I run into people who want to associate with me because of that myth, oh I take advantage of it and just order a very expensive whiskey,” the MD mentioned.

Mr. Igathe draws a lot of inspiration from his father, who was a stock’s accountant.

“I have never seen somebody more honest and clear in his intentions. He is very humble. My role model is my father and I love to spend time with him,"  the father of three noted.

He was also the chairman of Kenya Association of Manufacturers and a director of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, the apex body for the private sector in Kenya.

In February Mr. Igathe came to the public after Nominated Senator Paul Njoroge threatened to shoot him for attempting to close down his Shell petrol station along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.


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