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President Kenyatta to be among passengers of KQ’s first ever direct flight to USA, buys ticket

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President Uhuru Kenyatta will be among the dignitaries flying on Kenya’s national carrier (KQ) inaugural flight. The president received his ticket for the historic flight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on Monday, January 15.

The national carrier is expected to commence direct daily flights from JKIA to JFK starting October 2018. The flights are aimed at reducing flight time between the two cities from 22 hours to 15 hours. The good news was confirmed by Kenya Airway’s chairman, Michael Joseph, indicating they will officially take off in October this year.

Top CNN business anchor Richard Quest is also scheduled to fly on the inaugural flights which is set to feature on his renowned business show, Quest means business. This was also confirmed by the Airways Managing Director Micheal Joseph who said the renown business journalist already reserved a ticket for his show.

TUKO.co.ke earlier reported that the flight scheduled for October 28, 2018, already has its flight schedules loaded onto their system and travelers can start booking. Those planing to travel are expected to do the booking early in readiness for the first ever direct flight to United States of America.

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ODM Politician among those arrested over Ksh2 Billion Fake Cash at Bank

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A politician was on Tuesday arrested in connection to the fake Ksh2 billion that was discovered at a safety deposit box at Barclays bank, Queensway branch.

The owner of the safety deposit box, Dr Eric Otieno Adede, had vied for the Homabay Town Constituency seat in 2017 but lost to Peter Opondo Kaluma.

The identities of other individuals being held in connection to the fake cash syndicate are Ahmed Shah, who was posing as an investor, accomplices Elizabeth Muthoni and Irene Wairimu Kimani as well as Boaz Ochich and Charles Manzi who are bank officials.

The bank clarified that the contents of the deposit box were only known to the politician.

Initial reports had stated that the money seized was Ksh17 billion but Directorate of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti clarified that the money was valued at Ksh2 billion.

The money had been kept in the safety deposit box in denominations of $100 bills.

 

 

Dr Eric Otieno Adede’s poster for the 2017 General Election

Tuesday’s bust comes barely a month after DCI detectives discovered Ksh32 billion in fake currency at a house in Ruiru, Kiambu County.

The police revealed that the currencies, which included both local and foreign, was linked to one of the suspects who impersonated President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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The currency, estimated to be in billions, had been traded out to unsuspecting Kenyans in Shillings, Dollars, Japanese Yen and other denominations.

In an earlier report by Kenyans.co.ketwo of the seven suspects lived lavish lifestyles with one owning a fully furnished 10-bedroom house in Karen and the other having spent Kshs 5 million on a wedding attended by MPs in 2017.

The suspects included Duncan MuchaiIsaac WajekecheWilliam SimiyuDavid Luganya, Anthony Wafula, Gilbert Kirunja and Joseph Waswa alias Henry Waswa.

Clockwise: Ahmed Shah, Erick Adede, Irene Wairimu Kimani, Elizabeth Muthoni arrested in over to fake Ksh2 billion syndicate

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Police impound two more luxury vehicles which are registered as motorbikes

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Detectives on Tuesday impounded two top of the range vehicles which were registered as motor cycles.

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said the two vehicles, a Range Rover Overfinch and a Mercedes S500 with registration numbers KBN 591A and KBG 330E, reportedly belonged to an official of the Nairobi County.

The vehicles were found in his premises and inside the boot of the Mercedes police officers also recovered two pairs of number plates KCR 985U and KCR 196P.

The recovery comes just three days after detectives impounded two vehicles for evasion of duty through an organized racket which purports that they were manufactured at a fictitious company in Mombasa.

The two Mercedes Benz (registration numbers KCR 565 W and KCR 195 P) which were impounded on Saturday, belonged to Ms Cynthia Wanjiru Gitonga and Mr John Mwangi respectively.

According to the DCI, the two cars were declared as having been manufactured as trailers in a Mombasa-based firm.

Just last week the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) intercepted three high-end fuel guzzlers at the Mombasa Port which were on transit to Uganda.

The three vehicles – a Range Rover Sport, a Range Rover Vogue and Land Rover Discovery – confirmed stolen in Interpol’s motor vehicles database were reportedly concealed in a container which was supposed to be ferrying household goods.

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Flying squad discover billions in fake currency at Barclays Bank branch

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Police in Nairobi have stormed a bank in the city centre in search of fake currency.

Detectives from Flying Squad stormed into Barclays Bank, Queensway branch, located on Mama Ngina Street at 1pm on Tuesday.

According to the star, flying Squad officers have intercepted billions in fake currency at Barclays Branch.

The Star reports that police sources said the owners were using the money to con people.

“It’s fake and was found inside a safe in the bank,” the sources said adding that they are currently investigating the matter.

 

Barclays in a Tweet said the fake cash belonged to a customer who has a safe in the bank

A customer who holds a personal safe deposit box at our Queensway branch was this morning intercepted by police at the branch. Police are currently investigating the contents of his safe deposit box. We are assisting the authorities to investigate this matter fully.” 

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