Lugari MP Ayub Savula is livid. He has been embarrassed by a newspaper article suggesting drama is his middle name.
“How can newspapers publish that I took a Sh40 million loan to take my two wives on holidays in Dubai? Which bank can give you a loan for such a thing? I don’t need loans to take my wives on holidays,” he seethes.
We are seated at the garden of his Runda home, which he reveals, sits on one acre valued at Sh350 million. It is one of the three palatial homes he owns in Nairobi, and he tables title deeds to prove ownership.
“It is a lie when they write that my Mercedes was repossessed by a shylock. I have three high-end vehicles I haven’t driven in the past one year because I have newer models,” he says, digging into a briefcase at his feet, and extracting logbooks. “The said Mercedes is a car I gifted my son. Here in my compound are all my cars, but not that Corolla, I think it belongs to one of my visitors,” he says, his arms waving over an assembly of European vehicles.
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Dressed in a white polka dot shirt, blue trousers and patent leather loafers, Savula crowns his look with a huge Rolex watch that glints in the morning sun with the same intensity as his clean shaved bald head. “It is my duty to take care of my wives. How will they be viewed by the high society they mingle with if lies about me are published? Lies about their husband’s financially capabilities? All my cars, houses and land have no encumbrances. All are loan free.”
Savula isn’t shy to parade his two wives, who at one point, were arrested with him and hauled off to court over a Sh1.5 billion case by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC). “That’s a case and I don’t want to talk about it. My wives and I did clean business and got paid and we have proven that in court.”
Back to his wives, Savula says he has no time table on which home to sleep in. “I work hard during the day, and drink from seven. So whichever home will be near where I am drinking, is where I am spending the night. I take care of them, I don’t use any enhancers,” he says with a laugh, adding that Viagra is the biggest threat to many prominent men and even his fellow MPs.
“Men must learn to eat natural food and avoid enhancers. So many men die but the prominent deaths caused by Viagra are politicians because they are well known. Hawa watu wanamalizwa na blue pill,” he says, summoning his cook, a busty homely woman who explains Savula’s diet elaborately. For lunch that day, he is eating traditional vegetables, boiled lean meat and a slice of brown ugali.
“God created these things to be done naturally, and if it fails, jump-start it through natural means. Say No to Viagra,” preaches Savula. Answering to whether he will add another wife, Savula is non-committal. “Wives are not a commodity to be bought in supermarkets. I can’t say yes or no, I can’t promise anything, but everything happens as God wills,” he says with a wink, adding that initially, his wives hated each other, but over time, they became close. “The most important thing to do when you have several wives is to take care of them, equally. My first wife lives in Karen, the second one lives in Lavington. The kids go to good schools, we go on holidays together, with rooms next to each other. I am a blessed man, in all sense of the word. Take care of your women physically, financially, emotionally and in all ways,” he says with a cheeky twinkle.
His biggest regret is joining politics. “Had I just remained a businessman, I would be a billionaire ten times over. I spend an average of Sh1 million every weekend, and Sh600,000 goes to funerals. You never get rich by being a politician. You must have other sources of income,” says Savula, who claims that by end of next year, he will have graduated with a PhD.