- Mabel Muruli was a UK-based businesswoman and founder of Kimberly Group
- Kakamega Governor confirmed her death, saying he learnt about it this morning
- An upsurge of coronavirus cases has been recorded in Kakamega county
Mabel Marks Muruli nee’ Lusanji Muruli, the billionaire businesswoman who coined a fortune in the UK real estate market, has died of COVID-19.
In 2017, Muruli vied for the Kakamega County gubernatorial seat. She lost to the incumbent Wycliffe Oparanya.
Virus Ravages Kakamega
Her death comes only a day after that of the county’s chief of staff Robert Sumbi.
“I’ve learnt with shock and sadness the death of Mama Mable Muruli. Kakamega has lost it’s hardworking, committed, courageous & humble daughter whose contribution towards the growth of our County will be missed. May God grant her family fortitude & strength to bear the loss,” governor Oparanya said via Twitter.
A Real Jewel
Former Senator Bonny Khalwale who also rested with Muruli and Oparanya in 2017 described Muruli as “my sister” and a “real jewel.” In a move to contain the ravaging spike in cases in Kakamega, Governor Oparanya this week directed all the county staff to undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19.
Muruli was the founder of the Kimberly Housing Group, UK. She run an asylum-seekers housing project which reportedly had assets of over £10 million (Ksh1.4 billion)