Mombasa richest businessman TSS laid to rest

Amid fights for control of his vast empire

The late Mombasa tycoon Tahir Sheikh Said popularly known as TSS. PHOTO

Wealthy Mombasa businessman Tahir Sheikh Said, popularly known as TSS, was laid to rest on Wednesday, January 11.

The tycoon who has left behind a multibillion-shilling empire, was buried at Saragoi cemetery, joining other notable leaders including Sheriff Taib who were buried there.

Former Chief Kadhi Sheikh Hammad Kassim led thousands of mourners for last prayers at TSS Mosque along Haile Selassie Avenue.

TSS burial
Casket bearing the body of tycoon Mombasa businessman Tahir Sheikh Said when it was lowed for burial at Kikowani Muslim cemetery in Mombasa on January 11th 2017. PHOTO: JOHN CHESOLI/THE STAR

Leaders present to pay their last respects included Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar, politician Suleiman Shahbal, former Kisauni MP Anania Mwaboza as well as Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s elder brother Abubakar.

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The plane carrying the businessman’s remains landed in the country on Tuesday from South Africa where Said had been receiving treatment before his passing. The body was then taken to his family home at Kizingo.

TSS was remembered by leaders as an icon whose death is a big blow to the society that depended on him. He was known for helping the less fortunate.

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He had his footprints in almost every sector of the economy perhaps the most visible one being the transport industry thanks to his easily recognisable TSS buses.

Also, the business owned Milly Fruits, the company behind the Picana juice/soda brand.

He was also in the real estate and milling businesses, and had ventures at the Coast and other parts of the country. Just recently, his sons were involved in a fight for control of his vast empire.

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It is reported that Sabir Tahir Said and his younger sibling Sheikh Noorein Twahir are embroiled on a bitter row for the control of the transport segment of two firms namely; Transmara Logistics Ltd and TSS Pop Service Stations.