The mother of businesswoman Ann Njeri Njoroge, entangled in controversy surrounding the importation and alleged misappropriation of Sh17 billion worth of 100,000 metric tonnes of diesel, has broken her silence in an interview with Nation Media. Pauline Wanjiru Njoroge expressed astonishment at discovering her daughter’s wealth through the media, revealing that she hadn’t seen Ann for the past six years.
“We usually communicate on the phone when necessary, and I have been praying that one day she will visit me,” Wanjiru remarked. The last time Ann visited her mother was about four to five months ago, with Ann citing her busy schedule as the reason for infrequent visits. Wanjiru mentioned that she has stopped asking when Ann will come to visit her.
When questioned about financial support from her daughter, Wanjiru stated, “She helps me where she can, but I have nothing personal with her. It’s her money, and I don’t know whether she is rich or not.” Wanjiru indicated that she could only assess her daughter’s wealth when she visits the village.
Living in poverty since her husband’s death, Wanjiru resides in a modest two-bedroom wooden house valued at approximately Ksh 500,000, a sharp contrast to her daughter’s considerable fortune.
Regarding Ann’s personal life, Wanjiru asserted that her daughter is a high school dropout who was not academically inclined. “What I know is that she is aggressive, a go-getter, and someone who likes a quiet life,” Wanjiru commented.
This revelation follows Ann’s sister, Sarah Wanjiku, defending their mother’s involvement in the oil importation business for 33 years. In an interview with Citizen TV, Wanjiku disputed the Kenya Ports Authority’s claim that their mother used forged documents, arguing that the rightful owners of the cargo had manipulated her mother’s genuine import papers.
Ann Njeri resurfaced at the high court in Mombasa after allegedly going missing, addressing the dispute over the ownership of the Sh17 billion oil. According to her, Energy CS Davis Chirchir advised her to visit the DCI after a disagreement emerged regarding the ownership of the fuel. Ann maintained that the cargo belonged to her, not a firm called Galana, as suggested by Chirchir.