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Governors snubbing summons to be arrested



Governors snubbing summonses to be arrested


Kenyan Governors who defy summons to respond to county matters under probe will soon be arrested and arraigned in court.

This is after Senate watchdog committee said it will enact a law allowing senators to issue warrants of arrest to the insolent governors.

According to Senate Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Moses Kajwang, on Thursday, told The Star that his team will put the law proposed by the outgoing prosecutions boss Keriako Tobiko in place to deal with rogue governors.

The Director of Public Prosecutions last year asked PAC members led by former Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong’o to introduce new provisions in the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Bill, 2014 to issue warrants of arrest and fines to uncooperative governors.

Tobiko advised senators following Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya’s failure to honor the committee summonses to respond to audit queries on suspicious county expenditures from the time he assumed office in 2013.

“We will tighten loopholes in the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges law. There are big gaps in the law, hence, need to be strengthened in totality considering that our devolution is barely five years,” Kajwang said.

Senators relied on the DPP to have governors defying committee summonses be prosecuted but the High Court barred the prosecution’s office from using the Penal Code provision to prefer charges on belligerent county bosses.

The court, instead, directed that uncooperative governors should be punished under the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act provisions.

The Act, however, lacks the provision for parliamentary committees to independently issue warrants of arrests and fines, among other penalties.

The Homa Bay Senator, reiterated that his committee will ensure all the 47 governors appear before them to account for billions of county funds they receive from the exchequer.

“If you have nothing to hide, why would you not want to appear before Senate? I want to ensure that governors are treated in a dignified manner when they appear before my committee because they are also elected leaders,” he said.

The committee is expected to grill former top county leaders who are now senior government officials.

The officials include Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka (ex Bungoma governor), Senate Majority Chief Whip Susan Kihika (ex Nakuru County Speaker), State House Comptroller nominee Kinuthia Mbugua (former Nakuru governor) and Cabinet Secretary nominee Ukur Yattani (former Marsabit Governor).

They are expected to respond to audit reports for 2015-16 financial years the Auditor General Edward Ouko presented to Senate last December.

The reports accuse them for suspicious expenditures and irregular management practices while in office before the August 2017 general election.

“In the event the committee requires information, it will be proper for us to call people who were holding those offices,” Kajwang said.

“Whether it is Kihika, Lusaka or former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma, they still have a duty to respond to audit queries raised in their personal capacity. We will call them because we have constitutional powers to summon anybody.”

Kajwang put the auditor general on the spot for breaking the law by delaying to release audit reports for Senate to scrutinize and hold culpable public servants accountable.

“We received the 2015-16 audit reports in December; therefore we are one year behind. This is unacceptable and the auditor general will have to tell us challenges he faces in beating the constitutional timelines,” Kajwang said.

Article 229 of Constitution and the Public Audit Act require the auditor to release the reports to Parliament after six months of closure of the financial year for MPs to scrutinize within three months and write a report.

The County Public Accounts and Investment committee chair stated that they need to work closely with Ouko’s office in terms of building capacity for auditors to do proper auditing and release reports on time.

“If he is fully convinced that there is need to amend the constitutional audit timelines, it should be put on the table,” Kajwang said.

He pointed out that Senate should also reinstate House committee on Implementation to ensure all resolutions members make in terms of recommendations are quickly and fully acted upon by relevant government agencies.

Kajwang disclosed that Senate had many challenges with investigating agencies such as the DPP’s office, EACC and CID in the last Parliament on acting on recommendations forwarded to them.

“We are sure the DPP will have new leadership, DCI already has new leadership and we will engage with them so that once Parliament makes a recommendation they act immediately,” he said.


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VIDEO: For Kimani Wanguhu, 22 years in US have borne fruits as he owns 2 successful business in two worlds




Meet Wilson Kimani Wanguhu. He has lived in the US for 22 years where, besides getting an education, he has also learnt the ropes. Just like many who have relocated from Kenya to US, it was not easy at the beginning. When he landed in the US in 1996, he struggled to pay his fees and sustain himself. “I used to flip burgers and later sold petrol at a gas station,” he says.

But now those are distant memories. His entrepreneurial streak has seen him venture into business and he now sells insurance in the Atlanta, Georgia and water in Nakuru, Kenya.

Wanguhu has put up systems that enable him to run businesses in both cities effectively and his story is an example of the impact of remittances from Abroad. He  says having lived in a country where systems function like clock work, setting up shop in Kenya has had its fair share of challenges.

The former CEO of Kim Media Group and publisher of Kenya Empowerment Newspaper is however upbeat and quite happy with what the has achieved so far. He co-owns Ameritrust Insurance Group and has teamed up with his mom and his younger brother, Ezekiel Manyara, as the co-proprietors of Riftdrops Limited, a water bottling Company with its headquarters in Nakuru.

“If you are doing well in Kenya, stay there…,” he advises would-be migrants. He spoke to Alex Chamwada in this week’s episode of  Daring Abroad. Here is his story.

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Kenyan Community Church in Ohio, US invites you to a fundraiser this Sunday



This Sunday March 25th ,  Go Ye Outreach Ministries in Columbus, Ohio will be having a fundraiser as it seeks to get a new place to worship The Lord.

“Over the past year, we have experienced tremendous growth with people coming forward to serve not only in the church but also in the community. With growth we need a bigger facility and more resources to continue to sustain this,” says Mr George Njoroge, the Media Director.

“We would like to invite you to help support us to build this house for the lord. We need the support of the community. This church will be here to be used by the community at large and by anyone that needs it,”  he adds.

The function starts at 1230 on March 25th 2018 at 4251 Maize Rd, Columbus Ohio 43224.

Donate online.



Thank you and may God bless you.

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Heart-rending photo of ailing Njambi Koikai after surgery moves Kenyans



Radio journalist Njambi Koikai has posted a photo of her admitted in a United States hospital that has moved thousands of her fans, who are wishing her a speedy recovery.Koikai, a former radio presenter with the Nation Media Group, has been battling Thoracic Endometriosis, an abnormal growth of endometrial cells outside the uterus, which has seen her move from one hospital to another both in Kenya and overseas seeking treatment.

She says she has been in hospital for two weeks now and had four chest tubes inserted and also needs a walker to go to the bathroom and for physiotherapy.

She laments the endometriosis, which first manifested when she was 13 years old, had spread so much and the scar tissue plus the placement of wrong chest tubes back at Kenya created the mess.

“My cardiothoracic surgeon here cannot believe all what had been to my chest and right lung area.
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Before the disease took a toll on her, Njambi was popular figure in the entertainment industry. Through her Street Empire Entertainment Company, the former Metro FM and QFM host and DJ organised and held various gigs across the country.

She is now appealing to well wishers to assist her financially through Jahmby Koikai Fund. Paybill Number is 490681. She has previously undergone a series of surgeries, the last one being in the United States last year.

We wish her a speedy and full recovery as soon as possible.

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