The moneyed elite are about three things: wealth, power and prestige. Omar Lali had none
By Undercover Reporter
To marry her playboy guka from Lamu, Tecra Muigai, heiress to the Keroche billions, took Omar Lali to Naivasha, and asked for her parent’s blessings. After all, she had even become a Muslim, and again they had known why she spent two weeks with them and months on end in the Island where Omar operates his luxury boat, breeds dogs.
Tecra’s parents, tycoon brewers Joseph and Tabitha Karanja, shook their collective heads against the affair. The elite are of a “uniform social type” and Omar Lali, from a fisher background, was not one of their own.
Children of the wealthy attend particular high end schools and colleges. Even socialization is in home parties or exclusive member’s clubs. You mingle and marry within your social circle.
The moneyed elite are about three things: wealth, power and prestige. To be accepted, a new comer has to bring any of the three to the table. Omar Lali Omar had mostly invested in spotting women who brought wealth, power and prestige to his table.
The sheltered life of the wealthy can be boring and curiosity that killed the cat, can have some checking out how the other half lives
The upper crust don’t look kindly at bottom drawers coming to divide, and not multiply, especially their wealth. And not when, like Omar Lali, you are shrugging into retirement with a pension tethered on breeding dogs. They also fear any pregnancies that might result in depleting the gene pool; weakening the family tree with offspring that take to breeding, not brewing.
But most importantly, there is that unspoken matter of protecting the family picture from shame. What will people say? Ngai fafa, all that bushy gray hair is all you saw in that guka?
But undeterred, Tecra left Naivasha and flew with Omar to Lamu where she was at home chewing miraa, snorting narcotics, smoking shisha and drinking madafu cocktails, rusha roho taarab playing in the background.
The sheltered life of the wealthy can be boring and curiosity that killed the cat, can have some wanting to check out how the other half lives away from chauffeurs and chefs. See, the way Nairobi girls troop to Kenyatta Market and Umoja to braid their hair, Tecra, had the whole of her mother’s salon in their Runda home to herself.
But she opted to lounge in Lamu. And with her by his side, Omar was going to eat life with a big spoon: Just why are broke blokes lucky with rich babes?
Well, rich girls psychologically, view bankrolling broke men as their contribution to saving humanity. Having more money, they wear the trousers in the relationship, commanding their men as they would servants at home. Being mostly jobless, they put such dudes on a short leash. They also believe they have no money to cheat on them, but with playboys, such assumptions have come to grief. Broke men, on the other hand, stick to their lane, bend backwards. But more importantly, being broke comes with compensatory talents that dispense with blue Pills.
Educated in the UK and Italy, she was that child rich families hide
Now Tecra is dead, tragic fall from a flight of stairs. She was too drunk, glucose drips helped reduce the alcohol in her blood, hospital records from King Fahd hospital in Lamu revealed. Pressure from her family, pushed by a failed politician, saw the records erased. Alcohol, drugs…not good when making medical claims. Oh! and how about browbeating Omar’s four sisters and five brothers, force him to confess he did the pushing? “Rich people will never be your friends,” lamented his mother, Aisha Mohamed Lali. “We are mere poor peasants.”
Tecra Muigai, educated in the UK and Italy, was that child rich families hide: a brewing family with an incorrigible drunkard, druggie, a footloose adventurer who ran out of money from escalating bar bills, but not from drinking Summit lager which bankrolled her lifestyle.
Tecra and Omar were oceans apart, but his boat brought them closer as was being worldly wise
From living in upscale Runda, Nairobi, a house which resembled an embassy, Tecra found her freedom in Lamu where residents, suffocated by humidity, sometimes take beds out and sleep along narrow corridors.
If opposites attract, Omar Lali Omar, was just the magnet: A Muslim from a fishing family, but who spotted the vulnerable rich when they boarded his luxury boat.
Tecra and Omar were oceans apart, but his boat brought them closer as was being worldly wise, a notorious playboy, Father Abraham with point-five children abroad. Tecra, on the other hand, was a renegade; thumbing her nose at the family business where she was director of Strategy and Innovation, but she never quite stepped her foot at Keroche Breweries where she had secured work for some of Omar’s relatives.
In fact, Tecra’s more famous sister, Anerlisa Muigai had an engagement party in which her family paid flight tickets for Omar’s sisters to prepare Swahili dishes in Naivasha.
That is now water under the bridge towards Kizingitoni, Lamu archipelago, as Tecra Muigai was buried at the family’s Naivasha home on May, 16.