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Shock as son of city billionaire found dead in his Karen home

Billionaire businessman Jeremiah Kiereini has lost his son, Githae Kiereini, who was found dead in his Karen home on Wednesday.

The 42-year-old’s body was discovered by a worker who called police. Police said the body had no visible injuries.

Until his death, Mr Githae was head of communications at insurance firm Liberty Kenya Holdings, where the business tycoon has a significant stake.

Githae’s brother, Mburu, was also found dead in his house in 2010. Mr Mburu was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2007.

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His death prompted the Kiereinis to donate £25,000 (Sh3.2 million) towards the creation of a stained glass window at London School of Economics Student Centre.

The university, where Mburu obtained an economics degrees, named a section of the building the Mburu Kiereini Room.

The elder Kiereini, a former Head of the Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, is among Kenya’s wealthiest men with interests in real estate, insurance, coffee farming and the hotel industry.

He is also a former CMC Motors chairman, a position that has more recently haunted him over allegations of operating an illegal offshore account.

The tycoon was quoted in past media reports as saying he was among the first Kenyans to grow coffee in the country.