By Isaac Blessings
Kitengela became the third town in Kajiado county to gain the status of a municipality after Ngong and Kajiado. The growth of this populous town is attributable to the high number of companies in the area that have created employment both directly and indirectly. A sizeable number of people have also invested in real estate thanks to the affordability of land.
In this article, WoK takes a look at the famous people who have invested in Kitengela as well as their investments.
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Senator Mithika Linturi
Mithika Linturi is the current senator representing Meru County. Linturi has invested in land and properties in Kitengela through his different companies. The details were first revealed in 2019 during a court battle between the senator and his ex-wife Marianne Kitany. The former Chief of Staff to DP William Ruto claimed ownership of some of Linturi’s properties located in Kitengela which include land titled Kaputiei North/ 10724 which is worth Ksh 4.2 million, Chuna Estate Kitengela which is worth Ksh 56 million, piece of land L.R No. Kajiado/Kaputiei North/10444 worth Ksh 7.2 million, a plot worth Ksh 100.8 million – L.R.NO. Kajiado/Kitengela/25310 and shares at Kitengela International School.
William Ruto is the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya having been in the position since 2013. He is also in the presidential race through his party United Democratic Alliance (UDA) in the August 9th 2022 general elections. Ruto has invested in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) sector-owning the Kitengela Gas Company. This was according to a report that was released by the Interior Security Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in August 2021. Matiang’i revealed this during a Parliamentary committee sitting on Administration and National Security that there are 10 police officers guarding Kitengela Gas Company which is owned by Deputy President William Ruto.
Alex Mwakideu is a veteran journalist having been in the field for over 15 years. He currently hosts a breakfast show at Milele Fm – a radio station owned by MediaMax limited. Mwakideu owns a car wash in Kitengela named Pampered Car Wash. At the beginning of this year, he opened up a restaurant just opposite his car wash named Pampered Village Restaurant. The restaurant which mainly specializes in Swahili dishes is located along Acacia road, off the Kitengela – Namanga Highway just behind Ola Petrol Station. He is also constructing a multi-million house in the area that is expected to be complete by the end of this year.
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Felix Odiwuor alias Jalango is a popular comedian, radio host and aspiring politician who will be vying for the Langata constituency parliamentary seat in the forthcoming general elections. Jalango has invested in Kitengela through land and property. A few years ago, he bought a piece of land in Kitengela together with his long-time friend Alex Mwakideu. The duo are currently construction a multi-million house in the area in a project dubbed #JengaNaAlexNaJalas. The two occasionally share their progress and construction in their YouTube channel which has surpassed over 38,000 subscribers.
Mwalimu Churchill is a comedian, radio presenter hosting the morning breakfast show at Classic 105 and the brains behind the Churchill show that airs on TV47. Mwalimu Churchill has invested in Kitengela through a famous nightclub known as Pavilion XV. The restaurant which hosts different guest DJs and appearances from the top musicians in the country has become a talk of the town since it was opened a few months ago. The details of Churchill owning the nightclub were revealed by Jalango during an exclusive interview with Mercy Atis on the #BongaNaJalas show that aired on Jalango TV YouTube channel on December 15th 2020.