- The Governor says he is in Dubai on his last leg of his foreign trip before jetting back into Kenya.
- A few days ago, Lilian Ng’ang’a too narrated her professional journey in an interview with a local newspaper.
As the whirlwind surrounding his acrimonious break-up with erstwhile lover Lilian Ng’ang’a settles down, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has ‘resurfaced’ online.
Mutua shared a photograph of himself outside Dubai Mall in Dubai, casually dressed, and bearing the caption, “still a bit jet lagged – but quite happy and relaxed.”
He says he has spent a few days in Dubai, “the place that stabilized my finances.” Mutua is en-route from the US, as the controversy surrounding his break-up continues to hog media headlines. Yesterday, he lost the first round in a property battle with Lilian after a Nairobi court ruled out his prayer for transfer of the case to Machakos.
“I feel motivated to share,” he says in the opening of the screed about his professional journey. “I was comfortably working as a lecturer and also as a foreign correspondent in Sydney, Australia.”
With his PhD, he says he worked as a Communications Director “for a massive organization” in Australia. He excelled (“things were looking up and up”) and was subsequently head-hunted to work in the United Arab Emirates.
Alfred Mutua in Bioko
The offer came via email, Mutua recalls. At that time, he was in Bioko, an island in Equatorial Guinea capital Malabo. “I was reluctant at first but a few months later, the thought of being close to home tipped the scales (plus the hefty pay package they offered).”
The offer was to work as an Assistant Professor of Communications and Media at Zayed University, Dubai. It was here, Mutua says, that he grounded himself financially. “I was able to use the monies I made there to clear all loans and buy properties, including land in Kenya.”
It was also at that time that he purchased equipment for a production company. The company’s magnum opus was Cobra Squad, an action drama series that aired on a Kenyan television station.
“I embarked on making films in the region and at the same time got a lucrative consultancy job with a leading media house in Kenya. I had several weekly columns in newspapers in Kenya (remember Msafiri?) and was becoming reknown as a communications specialist.”
Mutua recollects that he was poached by President Mwai Kibaki’s administration “to be the country’s founding Government Spokesperson.”
“I quit my Dubai job and came to Kenya (taking a huge pay cut),” he adds. However, Mutua says the offer as an opportunity to “serve my people”, for which “I will always be grateful to Almighty God.”
Lilian Ng’ang’a ‘s Revelations
Whilst his social media followers have questioned the timing of the publication of this abridged bio, it is not lost on keen observers that it comes only a few days after his ex-lover too narrated her professional journey in a newspaper interview.
The duo met on a Kenya Airways Nairobi-Mombasa flight in March, 2011. Lilian was an airhostess while Mutua was, at that time, the Government Spokesman. She had previously worked at the Safari Park Hotel as a cashier and front-office staff.