- Presidential aspirant Alfred Mutua has revealed that working in Dubai changed his financial status and stabilised him
- He took the trip down memory lane when he stopped over to be part of the ongoing Dubai Expo 2020
- Mutua also disclosed that he was headhunted by the Kibaki government to be a spokesperson, bringing him back home to serve his countrymen
Machakos Governor Alfred has remembered, with nostalgia, how his years of working in Dubai turned his financial fortunes for the better.
In a post on his Facebook page, the presidential aspirant disclosed that Dubai is the place that stabilised his finances.
He revealed this as he made a stopover for the ongoing Dubai Expo 2020 which started on October 1, 2021, and will run for six months to March 31, 2022.
Moved from Australia to Dubai
He took a walk down memory lane to the days he worked as a lecturer as well as a foreign correspondent in Sydney, Australia before receiving the e-mail that changed things for him.
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According to him, his expansive work got him noticed and he was head-hunted to work in the United Arab Emirates.
“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),” he remembered.
He accepted the offer and moved to Dubai as an Assistant Professor of Communications and Media at Zayed University, a role that enabled him to transverse the Middle East researching and writing.
Took pay cut to join government as spokesperson
Mutua noted that he embarked on making films in the region and at the same time got a lucrative consultancy job with a leading media house in Kenya.
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He also had several weekly columns in newspapers in Kenya, among them Kenya Airways’ inflight magazine Msafiri, tossing him into the limelight as a communications specialist.
“It was then that Kibaki’s Government noticed and found me, and I quit my Dubai job to come to Kenya (taking a huge pay cut), to be the country’s founding Government Spokesperson,” he said.
As much as the new job had come with a pay cut, Mutua is proud that he came back home to serve his people.
After everything is said and done, the governor’s best memory about working in Dubai is that it helped stabilise his financial world.
“I was able to use the monies I made there to clear all loans and buy properties, including land in Kenya. I was also able to buy equipment for my production company (did someone say Cobra Squad?) and undertake many other investment ventures,” he revealed.
He concluded that he feels blessed to have come back home financially stable because of the time and opportunity he was offered in Dubai, something that he will always be grateful to the Almighty God.
Source: Kenya Breaking News Today