They listed a whole host of businesses with David Ndii layering more on his article about Crony Capitalism.
Let's take a look at that empire today https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/corporate/Kenyatta-business-empire-goes-into-expansion-drive/539550-2069704-liwltz/index.html
Uhuru Kenyatta’s assumption of the presidency has injected fresh energy into his family’s commercial empire, putting a number of its units on an expansion mode that is expected to consolidate itshttps://www.businessdailyafrica.com/corporate/Kenyatta-business-empire-goes-into-expansion-drive/539550-2069704-liwltz/index.html
According to the report, The House already owned hundreds and thousands of acres as well as interests in coffee plantations and ruby mines.
On the ruby mines angle, the Washington Post in 1987 had the story of a 1974 grand ripoff involving the first lady and two American miners, John Saul and Eliot White Miller, working ruby mines in Tsavo West
This story has an interesting tie-in to a certain former senator and how Greg Criticos who brought the matter to The House.
"The mines had also got the attention of Beth Mugo, the wife of Kenya’s Ambassador to Ethiopia."
This one's a good read https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/How-fallout-between-two-American-friends-gifted-Muthama-/440808-2993912-7i0w10/index.html
But it wasn't just rubies that were leaving the Tsavo.
The New Scientist in 1975 reported that 10K-20K elephants were being slaughtered in Kenya, with the trade bringing in $10mn a year. The publication also made reference to a couple of "Ivory Queens"
At the time, the Game Dept (now KWS) was involved in the slaughter
In 1973 and 1974, according to The Sunday Times, the Game Department “expended heavy ammunition at such a rate that it was forced to scour the Nairobi gunsmiths for fresh supplies.” https://www.nytimes.com/1975/09/22/archives/elephants-are-declining-rapidly-in-africa-african-elephants.html
The CIA also mentions involvement in charcoal as well as the holding of an export license for 1,250 baby elephant tusks by our aforementioned queens.
And there's more
One of the companies owned by a member of the The House was Inchcape, owned by Peter Muigai Kenyatta and which held the Ford concession in Kenya.
Not sure if it's the same Inchcape that now owns the BMW franchise in Kenya
Onto land now, and the TJRC Report appears to have some insights
It says Kenyatta personally approved the purchase of large farms by his family in the Rift Valley, exempting the transactions from review by the respective land control boards. https://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Kenyatta-led-elite-in-land-grabbing-/1064-1859262-7fe9vsz/index.html
The regime of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, was riddled with land grabbing which was perpetrated by him for his benefit and members of his family.https://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Kenyatta-led-elite-in-land-grabbing-/1064-1859262-7fe9vsz/index.html
Wikileaks has a list of land holdings in acres:
29k Kahawa Sukari
20k Gichea Farm
5k Muthaita Farm
4K Gicheha Farm
3k in Rongai
Amongst these holdings is Gicheha ranch in Naivasha, a favourite of Uhuru Kenyatta.
The more than 4,000-acre Gicheha Farm hosts some 1,000 animals, a majority of them imported from South Africa.
Uhuru's sister, Nyokabi Muthama runs Manda Orchids, which she described thus:
“We only grow our orchids on three acres, but that still makes us the largest commercial orchid growers in all of East and Central Africa,” Nyokabi added. https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/lifestyle/society/A-show-for-flower-lovers/3405664-4107398-u354u8/index.html
In hospitality, The House owns Heritage Hotels which offers 7 properties in 3 different brands:
-Voyager Resort in Mombasa and Tsavo
-Intrepids camps in Samburu and Maasai Mara
-Great Rift Valley lodge
-Mara Explorer Camp
Kipungani Explorer in Lamu https://www.heritage-eastafrica.com/
Y'all love that smooth silky, Brookside goodness, right?
Owned 50% by The House with Danone and the former Abraaj owning 50%
Abraaj paid $18.7mn for a 10% stake in 2009 putting the total valuation at Sh18bn ($187mn) at the time
Market share: 40% https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/corporate/539550-2388592-rn98bxz/index.html
In banking, The House owns a piece of NCBA, which aside from being a custodian bank for MPesa is also one of the founders the lovely Stawi Mobile Lending app
That 13.2% stake was valued at Sh6.6bn in 2019. https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/news/Kenyatta-family-stake-in-NCBA/539546-5321598-1400jmxz/index.html
The Kenyattas control about 13.2 percent of the new entity, a level of ownership that slightly surpasses the 11.75 percent stake that the family of the late Phillip Ndegwa.https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/news/Kenyatta-family-stake-in-NCBA/539546-5321598-1400jmxz/index.html
In media, The House owns Mediamax which they acquired from Rose Kimotho. Mediamax owns The People, Tv stations (Kameme and K24) Radio stations- Emoo FM, Milele FM, Kameme FM, Msenangu and Meru FM.
Rumours of a sale remain unconfirmed
Then there are the linkages to Rai and Timsales
"They have interests in Ngano Wheat farms (Tanzania), Menengai Oil, West Kenya Sugar, Kinyara Sugar Works (Uganda), Sukari Industries (Kenya) and Timsales, which is associated with the Kenyatta family. https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/news/Billionaire-Rai-family-buys-PanPaper-for-Sh900m/539546-3180826-o7k6uxz/index.html
The billionaire Rai family has bought the collapsed PanPaper Mills for Sh900 million, paving the way for reopening of the factory that closed shop in 2009.https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/news/Billionaire-Rai-family-buys-PanPaper-for-Sh900m/539546-3180826-o7k6uxz/index.html
David Ndii also lists a number of companies on his article on Crony Capitalism including:
Koto Housing, associated with Uhuru’s sister and specialising in expanded polysterene (EPS) modular construction technology was cashing in on police housing.
All these family jewels are however dwarfed by the sheer size and audacity of Northlands City, which aims to build a residential, agricultural and industrial metropolis on The House's land near Ruiru. https://twitter.com/surambaya/status/1262315644168671233