The presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s extended family in his foreign entourage is raising eyebrows. Govt officials who travel with the President don’t understand why the younger brother of the head of state is all over the the head of state in almost every single foreign trip.
Muhoho who is also the Executive Chairman of Brookside Dairy seems to run the commercial empire of the larger Kenyatta family. Uhuru’s assumption of the Presidency has seen Brookside acquire almost every competition and partner in the dairy sector including distributors and suppliers. The acquisition has raised questions with the Competition Authority not eager to disrupt the flourishing monopoly.
The recent acquisition of Buzeki Dairy by the firm disrupted the market raising fears over cost of milk. Brookside also acquired Delamere, SpinKnit and Ilara dairies. Brookside now controls over 45% of the country’s dairy market making it the largest in East and Central Africa. Brookside is seeking regional expansion with its eyes set on a dairy firm in Ethiopia.
The Kenyatta family’s commercial interests are in companies like Brookside Dairy, Heritage Hotels, Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) and Mediamax Group. CBA has presence in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania with an asset base of over Ksh 100 billion. In 2011, CBA had only around 35,000 clients, being the M-Pesa and M-Shwari bank, the bank now has more than 6 million clients.
The larger Kenyatta family’s current domineering in State House is raising eyebrows even within Jubilee.