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Waiguru now says she supports lifestyle audit

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Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has lauded measures introduced by President Uhuru Kenyatta to fight graft and abuse of office by public officials.

Ms Waiguru, who is the Council of Governors vice-chair, said the lifestyle audit ordered by the President is a big step forward in ending looting of public resources.

“A huge problem in Kenyan politics is the pressure from families that want to benefit from their relatives in office. This is why the President has rightly opted for the audit,” said Ms Waiguru at Chatham House in United Kingdom on Wednesday.

She, however, said there a danger is that the fight against corruption may be politicised and used by individuals to harm their rivals because structures put in place to ensure accountability in the country are weak.

MARGINALISED

“But the new Constitution was a key step forward,” she told the audience.

She observed that social media can be a key tool in the fight for greater transparency, but citizens need civic education so they can demand accountability in government.

In a talk titled “Five Years of Devolution in Kenya: Towards Inclusion, Gender Equality and Accountable Governance”, Ms Waiguru addressed the successes and challenges of implementing devolution in Kenya.

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On women’s rights and participation in politics and leadership, Ms Waiguru told the forum Kenya is on the right track, as seen in the 2017 elections.

However, she observed Kenya is still lagging behind other countries in East Africa on women’s representation, including Rwanda and Tanzania

“There were many challenges for me running for governor’s seat as a woman. But I knew that my campaign would have a wider significance for Kenyan women and girls who have traditionally been marginalised in politics,” she said.

MANDATES

“I am determined that after the next election, we will have at least 11 women governors in office. The problem with seeking support from male governors on this is that they think we are after their seats,” she told the audience.

And having been the first Cabinet Secretary for Devolution, Ms Waiguru admitted the first few years of devolution have not been easy.

“Initially there was contestation between central and devolved governments, as well as within county governments over mandates and functions,” she said.

She lauded Jubilee government, saying it remains committed to making devolution work.

“Central government assistance to counties has included capacity building, developing model laws, and conducting institutional reviews to ensure skills are matched to mandates,” she said.

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You were his home nurse, not wife, court tells woman

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The High Court has annulled an alleged Gikuyu customary marriage contracted by a Murang’a businessman and his home-based healthcare giver.

Ms Loyce Wangari Ngigi wanted stake in the estate of Mr Stephen Ngigi Karwigi, who died in August 2013 leaving behind a construction firm and over 40 landed properties (property that generates income for the owner).

At the time of his death, Mr Karwigi was 78 years old and sickly.

Ms Wangari told the court she married Mr Karwigi in 2009 under the Gikuyu customary law and that he visited her parent’s home in Elburgon, Nakuru for payment of Sh30,000 in dowry.

During the 2012 visit, she said, Mr Karwigi bought and gifted her parents with two pieces of land in Nakuru.

No proper celebration

But Justice Kanyi Kimondo dismissed her claim on grounds that there was no meaningful or proper celebration of a Gikuyu customary marriage.

“There was no cohabitation with habit and repute. The relationship between the protestor and the deceased did not reach the threshold of a marriage either by custom or presumption,” the court ruled.

Justice Kimondo added that although there was no contest that Ms Wangari lived with Mr Karwigi from 2009 until he passed on, she did not provide cogent evidence to show that the relationship mutated into a marriage.

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“No reliable evidence was marshalled to show that the relationship metamorphosed into a marriage. They had no children together or any joint assets,” Justice Kimondo said.

Also, no evidence was adduced indicating that the man’s family, friends and community treated her as his wife.

Ms Wangari wanted his estate distributed equally between her and the house of Mr Karwigi’s first wife who died in March 2003.

Cohabited

Ms Wangari argued that she cohabited with Mr Karwigi as husband and wife from 2009 to 2013.

However, the court ruled she had first entered the household to give care to Mr Karwigi because he was diabetic and amputee.

Justice Kimondo said, according to the evidence before court, Mr Karwigi only visited Ms Wangari’s homestead once and the ruracio (dowry) process was never completed.

“It is possible that the deceased may have asked for the protestor’s hand in marriage in his twilight years. But I find that all the requisite stages of a Gikuyu customary marriage, including ruracio and ngurario, were not carried out in this case,” said justice Kimondo.

Further, the court stated that Ms Wangari’s witnesses in court were her blood relatives — her mother and uncle. She failed to provide an independent witness to prove the celebration of a customary marriage.

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The witnesses insisted Ms Wangari was Mr Karwigi’s wife and that “the care to the deceased when he was unwell was incidental”.

She said she lived with the manin his house in Mukuyu, Murang’a County.

Returned to mother’s home

After he died, she relocated to his land in Kiawanjugu and later returned to her mother’s home.

But her evidence and that of her mother were contradictory.

For Ms Wangari, the two plots in Elburgon were part of the dowry while her mother said they were mere gifts.

“The trouble is that the sale agreements were executed on January 21, 2011 and August 17, 2011 respectively, well before the dowry ceremony,” said Justice Kimondo.

The court also held that it was inconceivable that dowry could be paid to the bride.

“This is material since the properties were jointly owned by the mother and the daughter who was the one being betrothed,” said the judge.

In her evidence, Ms Wangari relied on the pictures of Mr Karwigi’s funeral service, the funeral programme and the village chief’s letter which listed her as one of his “survivors”.

But the man’s daughter, Faith Wangui Ngigi, told court that the funeral programme was prepared by the protestor’s friends.

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The daughter said Ms Wangari’s claim for a share of the estate was fuelled by “pure greed”.

Though Ms Wangari had changed her maiden name and adopted that of Mr Karwigi, Justice Kimondo said the change of name was not proof of a Gikuyu customary marriage.

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Retiree who drove Uhuru to school remembers young Uhuru loved riding bicycle

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Mugo Karuga looks like any other retiree who has retreated to the rural village after years of service, but interactions with him reveal a man who rubbed shoulders with one of the most powerful families in Kenya.

Karuga drove President Uhuru Kenyatta to St Mary School in Nairobi on a daily basis in a limousine when he was young.

The retired General Service Unit (GSU) officer recalls how he would drive the young Uhuru, his brother Muhoho Kenyatta and sister Nyokabi Kenyatta from Gatundu to school using a Mercedes Benz 280 SE model registration number KPS 810.

Karuga’s razor-sharp memory is still intact. He recalls that when the first family was on holidays, the young Uhuru spent most of his time playing.

“Uhuru loved riding his bicycle and at times he would ask me to ride it with him and feel its comfort, which I gladly did,” Karuga now aged 77 years narrates.

Karuga says during holidays, he would be in charge of manning the gate, but Uhuru would ensure the cooks served him with decent meals.

Removed shoes

“If there is something I miss, it is those delicious meals the first family used to serve since my young friend would never let me go hungry,” he says.

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Karuga who retired in 1997 at Wang’uru Police Station also remembers with nostalgia one incident where barefooted children from a school in Central Kenya came to Gatundu to entertain the president.

“As the children entertained the first President, I saw Uhuru rush to the dais and whisper something to his father and he immediately removed his shoes to join the choir,” he said.

The grandfather who has turned to farming, Karuga recalls how the President ordered him to take the children and after entertaining him to the nearest Bata shop in Thika where they were each fitted with a new pair of shoes, including their teacher.

“Had Uhuru not done what he did, perhaps his father would not have seen the need to have the children who had entertained him fitted with new shoes,” he noted.

Karuga remembers how he used to interact freely with the then Head of the Presidential Press Unit, Kenyanjui Kariuki within Mzee Kenyatta’s Gatundu home where many delegations visited on a regular basis.

Kind person
“Since I am from Kirinyaga, Kenyanjui and his friends fondly called me Nyaga, meaning, a man from Embu since our dialect is different from that of the Kikuyu community,” Karuga said.

At his rural Gatumbi village home, Karuga lives with his son Njiru who was born at the Gatundu District Hospital in 1972 soon after he was enlisted in the presidential guard squad. He joined the Police Force in 1966.

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Karuga’s wife Annet Njeri says Mama Ngina Kenyatta is a kind person who was always concerned with the welfare of those who served the family at Gatundu.

Karuga now practices mixed farming on his one-acre plot where he has planted coffee, tea, macadamia trees and subsistence crops .

He says he was separated from Uhuru following the death of the founding father of the nation in 1978.

“When Moi came to power, he brought his own presidential guards and those of us who served under Kenyatta were transferred to various police stations across the country where all of us have since retired,” Karuga says.

“One thing I would desire is to meet president Uhuru and laugh with him as we did when he was young,” Karuga says.

The last time the President visited Kirinyaga County at Kianyaga, he asked the county government to arrange how I could meet him but the meeting has not happened.

Karuga is, however, grateful to the government for recognising his efforts and giving him an honour credited for his service to the first family.

THE UHURU I KNOW
Mugo Karuga used to drive the first family’s children to school.

He says a young president Uhuru loved riding his bike during holidays

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The retired General Service Unit officer says President Uhuru Kenyatta would always ensure he got a decent meal when they were at their Gatundu home during holidays and one day made his father buy shoes for barefoot school children who had visited their home to entertain the late President Mzee Kenyatta

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Nakuru suppliers of bad maize ‘will still get pay’

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Traders who supplied bad maize with high levels of aflatoxin in Nakuru county will be paid as no sample was taken to the Government Chemist for testing.

The revelation came during the interrogation of Disaster Chief Officer Ann Njenga by a county assembly committee on Tuesday.

However, Ms Njenga clarified that only two wards out of the 55 were affected.

“Going to tell a supplier now that the maize he or she supplied had aflatoxin and it was not examined by the Government Chemist is difficult right now,” she said.

Hard time answering

She added that, most of the food in Viwandani stores had a 10 per cent aflatoxin level, which is acceptable. However, other bags had a 19 per cent level of aflatoxin, but had already been distributed to residents.

Naivasha East MCA Stanley Karanja claimed a person died in the sprawling Kaptembwo neighbourhood of Nakuru town after consuming the bad maize.

However, Ms Njenga, who had a hard time answering questions from the ward reps said, “I’m not aware of any death during the food distribution.”

The MCAs faulted Ms Njenga for giving the committee “half-baked” information. For instance, she said that out of the Sh25 million the assembly allocated, 10 per cent went to logistics.

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However, when pressed to give a breakdown of the logistics costs, she failed to give the answers.

“We need to know which logistics costs were paid for and by how much in the next meeting,” Minority leader and Olkaria MCA Peter Palanga said.

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Rhonda MCA Timothy Kabutu said procurement was flawed as no advertisement was made in the local dailies as required by law.

The committee said that, Ms Njenga was not fully in charge of the Covid-19 food distribution, leading to the confusion in the process.

As a result, Mr Karanja, the Naivasha East MCA, said, “some of the produce was given to other beneficiaries such as internally displaced persons (IDPs), who were not identified by the ward committees.”

“Everybody wanted to have a [piece of] pie, and chief officers in the Education and Youth dockets interfered with the exercise.”

However, Ms Njenga defended the food distribution saying that apart from a few challenges, it was “transparent” and “a success”.

The committee was also concerned that the ward level committees had not been paid their allowances. Ms Njenga told the MCAs that, payment had been made in 20 wards. She blamed poor data entry, which was being corrected, for delays.

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