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Breaking: Business tycoon dies in US hospital

Edson Meroka
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Erustus Onchwari in a past event. [Photo/Onchwari Facebook]

Erustus Onchwari, the pioneer entrepreneur and mentor of the Abagusii community in the US, was pronounced dead five days ago at a US hospital, it has now emerged.

News about his unprecedented death remained top family and friends secret before it was eventually made public by his business partner Peter Raini on Friday morning, five days after his demise.

"He was so full of business ideas and how could be used to make the community better,” he said. 

“His passion was really what struck me about the guy. One of the first businesses he started was car towing after he moved to Minnesota from Texas, and I tell you I have never seen someone so passionate about car towing. He was always looking further (down the road) than the rest of us, and we ended up being business partners along the way," said Pius Raini, co-owner of Time Motor sales.

“Erastus’ energy and ability to think big really inspired those of us in business, I think that Masters in Economics of his gave him some edge. On a personal note, I will miss his positivity, his energy and just as a friend. Our (business) community owes him a debt of gratitude and I am a better person for having known him.”

Mr Onchwari besides offering business and investiment mentorship programmes in Kenya and US, was a renowned philanthropist throughout Gusii region where he also educated many needy students.

The 58-year-old millionaire is also credited for creating many job opportunities for Gusii community in the US and is said to have owned several companies in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he passed on after being rushed to hospital.

It is not clear whether or not he's body will br flown to Nyamira for burial but notably, he holds dual citizenship and was a big fan of Gusii politics.

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