Former Head of Civil Service and billionaire dies aged 90

Late Jeremiah Gitau Kiereini. [Photo: Courtesy]

Former Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the cabinet Jeremiah Gitau Kiereini has passed on at the age of 90. he is also former chairperson of the East African Breweries Limited (EABL) and The Cooper Motor Corporation (CMC).

The Makerere University alumni was the first African District Commissioner of Embu in 1963. He rose to the post of Deputy Civil Secretary for Eastern Province.

The billionaire retired in 1984 and ventured into businesses. His 24 years at EABL saw the company’s products tagged ‘Kiereini waters’.

Kiereini grew the East African Breweries that the beers were nicknamed “Kiereini Waters”. [Photo: Courtesy]
He was among the first indigenous Kenyans to plant coffee in 1950s when colonials barred locals from doing so. By time of his death he had 400 acres of coffee farm in Kiambu.

He also authored a memoir “A Daunting Journey” that was published in 2014.

President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned him as a towering reform-minded public servant and patriotic Kenyan who served his country with distinction.

Kiereini’s memoir published in 2014.

Retired President Daniel arap Moi described Kiereini as a key cornerstone among the building blocks of service delivery to the people of Kenya.

He leaves behind his wife Dr. Eunice Muringo Kiereini who was President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s first nurse and Kenya’s longest serving Chief Nursing Officer.


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