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September 22, 2018

5-Minute-Interview: I was framed for murder for defending squatters' land

Francis Kirima is the chairman of Zimman Settlement Scheme Society in Kasarani and a youth mentor.
Francis Kirima is the chairman of Zimman Settlement Scheme Society in Kasarani and a youth mentor.

I'm good at....management and making friends.

I'm very bad at.....telling lies.

The last book I enjoyed reading is.....Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

The most surprising thing that happened to me is.....I was framed and charged with murder for defending land belonging to squatters.

A common misconception of me is....I am too strict. I am just firm and straightforward.

One of my worst childhood fears was....telling lies.

My ideal night out is......attending an overnight prayer vigil with my family.

In another life I'd have been.....an economist, a paralegal officer or a farmer.

If I was a politician, I would........empower the disadvantaged people in society.

The best age to be is ....55. One can relax and enjoy the fruit of his youth.

The best part of my job is.....empowering my clients economically and counselling those who are depressed.

The most challenging part of my job is....making people obey the law and understand the risks of breaking it.

My greatest regret is...........venturing into matatu business. I only owned the vehicle but the money belonged to the crew, police who demanded bribes and mechanics.

Historical figures I most identify with.....Kenya's founding President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

Living leader I most admire....President Uhuru Kenyatta.

My greatest achievement is.....helping squatters to get back their land, which had fraudulently been taken from them.

My favourite author is.....Chinua Achebe.

My greatest possessions are.......wisdom and knowledge.

In moments of weakness. ..I pray to God for strength and guidance.

If I was to die in five minutes, my last words would be......Dear God, forgive me for wronging You and please forgive those who wronged me.

Francis Kirima is the chairman of Zimman Settlement Scheme Society in Kasarani and a youth mentor.

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