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Ashley’s boss protests Kabura’s reference as ‘mere’ hairdresser

Ashley’s chief executive Terry Mungai has written to the parliamentary public accounts committee (PAC) protesting the reference of NYS scandal suspect Josephine Kabura as a “mere” hairdresser.

Ms Mungai said addressing Ms Kabura as such is “degrading” to the profession that creates a lot of jobs and contributes to the country’s revenue through taxes.

“We strongly condemn the manner in which Josephine Kabura is constantly being referred to as a “mere” hairdresser either presently or in the past,” read part of her protest letter to PAC.

She went on to regret that a person in the beauty industry was caught up in the NYS scandal.


“I’ll have you know that the average hair and beauty technician at any of my outlets are paid more than doctors and teachers on the government payroll are remunerated – which is quite regrettable, however it is proof of the high regard in which we hold our cosmetologists,” stated Ms Mungai.

The Miss World franchise holder advised members of the committee to accord the same respect to the cosmetologists who “ensure you all look well-groomed and professional.”

Ms Kabura, whose 20 firms received the Sh1.29 billion from the NYS in a series of fraudulent transactions that took place in a span of two years, has been severally described as a mere hairdresser by among others former devolution cabinet secretary Anne Waiguru.

During her appearance before the committee, however, Ms Kabura said she has a diploma and higher diploma in Information Technology and worked briefly for Kenya Data Networks before going full-time into “doing business” with the government.