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REVEALED: Kibaki pushed for his relatives to get scholarships

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It emerged on Monday that former president Mwai Kibaki used his position to push for the award of scholarships to his relatives.

Mr Kibaki’s name was mentioned during the proceedings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly.

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Former head of public service and secretary to the cabinet, ambassador Francis Muthaura, told the PAC that Mr Kibaki directed him to ensure that two children of his nephew, Mr Philip Githinji, got government sponsorship to study in Australia.

The sponsorship of Ian Githinji and Sandra Githinji has seen the government pay about Sh25 million for their education at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Mr Githinji enrolled for a master’s degree in analytics while Ms Githinji went for a bachelor’s degree in interior design.

Although their programmes were to last four years from 2011 when they enrolled, six years down the line they are yet to finish their studies.

The committee members questioned why the two could not pursue the courses locally.

PRESSURE

According to Mr Muthaura, Mr Kibaki directed him to liaise with former Higher Education Permanent Secretary Chrispus Kiamba to have the students assisted after their father lost his job at Oil Libya Company Limited.

“After he lost his job, he could not sustain the education of his children,” Mr Muthaura told the watchdog committee chaired by Ugunja Member of Parliament (MP) Opiyo Wandayi.

“He made an appeal to the president to be assisted through the government scholarship programme. The president considered the request and directed me to present the case to the Ministry of Education,”

Asked by Mr Wandayi to state the relationship between the retired president and Mr Githinji, and why the case was so special, Mr Muthaura said Mr Githinji is a nephew to the president.

“They are personalities who are known to me and you know the pressure that accompanies people in leadership whenever help is sought by the people. The president has discretion in the awarding of things like scholarships. He can intervene to assist anyone- the sick as well [and others] in distress,” he said but did not provide any legal proof to support his answer.

Mr Muthaura wrote to professor Kiamba on August 12, 2011 telling him that the two should be considered because of the “heavy burden Mr Githinji was carrying as a result of taking care of the seven children of his two deceased brothers, in addition to his own family”.

Another letter was to be written to include Ms Githinji in the president’s order, through his then private secretary professor Nick Wanjohi.

VERBAL INSTRUCTIONS

Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo wondered why the president occasioned the use of public resources when the assistance should have come from his pocket.

Dr Amolo also faulted the retired president for violating the Constitution in the communication of his decisions after Mr Muthaura admitted that some, in respect to Ms Githinji’s case, were verbal.

“Instructions of the president must always be in writing but what has been presented to the committee does not even have a seal as per the Constitution,” Dr Amollo noted.

The Constitution requires that a decision of the president, in the performance of any function of his or her office, be in writing and bear the seal and signature of the president.

PLEA

Mr Muthaura pleaded with the committee saying the government was still transitioning to the new constitutional order.

“Sympathise with us because we were under transition and had not yet developed the instruments,” he said.

Prof Kiamba also defended the scholarships saying the president acted within his powers.

“We were helping a Kenyan and the ministry was sponsoring students within the East African region and outside,” he said.

University Education and Research Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) and Principal Secretary Collette Suda faulted the manner in which the scholarships were awarded when they appeared before the committee last week.

“We have a committee that oversees the award of scholarships. This case may have been handled differently,” Ms Suda told the MPs.

Daily Nation

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Robert Mugabe’s most famous quotes

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Robert Mugabe, who died Friday aged 95, and who was Zimbabwe’s president for 37 years, had a long history of making colourful or controversial remarks during his nearly four decades.

He was ousted in a military coup in November 2017.

Here are some of them:

  • On staying in office

2014: “Some are saying ‘Mr Mugabe is old, so he should step down’… No! When my time comes, I will tell you.”

 

 

2008: “Only God who appointed me will remove me — not the MDC (opposition), not the British.”

  • On Independence

Mugabe’s speech when Zimbabwe won independence was more conciliatory.

1980: “It could never be a correct justification that because the whites oppressed us yesterday when they had power, the blacks must oppress them today.”

  • On seizing farms from whites

2000: “You are now our enemies because you really have behaved as enemies of Zimbabwe. We are full of anger. Our entire community is angry and that is why we now have the war veterans seizing land.”

2002: “Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy.”

  • On Britain, former colonial ruler

2001: “The British were brought up as a violent people, liars, scoundrels and crooks… I am told that (former British PM Tony) Blair was a troublesome little boy at school.”

  • On homosexuality and gay marriages

2010: “Worse than pigs and dogs… Those who do it, we will say, they are wayward. It is just madness, insanity.”

2013: “(President Barack) Obama came to Africa saying Africa must allow gay marriages… God destroyed the Earth because of these sins. Weddings are for a man and a woman.”

  • On Nelson Mandela

2013: “Mandela has gone a bit too far in doing good to the non-black communities, really in some cases at the expense of (blacks)… That’s being too saintly, too good.”

  • On Hitler

2003: “I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective, justice for his own people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people.

“If that is Hitler, then let me be a Hitler tenfold.”

  • On Trump

2017: “May I say to the United States President, Mr Trump, please blow your trumpet. Blow your trumpet in a musical way towards the values of unity, peace, cooperation, togetherness, dialogue, which we have always stood for.”

  • On the economy

2007: “Our economy is a hundred times better, than the average African economy. Outside South Africa, what country is [as good as] Zimbabwe? … What is lacking now are goods on the shelves – that is all.”

  • On his marital affair

Before his first wife died in 1992, Mugabe started a relationship with Grace, whom he married in 1996.

1998: “I wanted children and this is how I thought I could get them. I knew what I was doing and my wife knew.”

  • On colonialism

1962: “Africa must revert to what it was before the imperialists divided it. These are artificial divisions which we, in our pan-African concept, will seek to remove.”

2015: “African resources belong to Africa. Others may come to assist as our friends and allies, but no longer as colonisers or oppressors, no longer as racists.”

  • On death

False reports of Mugabe dying were a feature of his old age.

2012: “I have died many times. That’s where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once. I have died and resurrected and I don’t know how many times I will die and resurrect.”

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Selfie-obsessed man gets his fifteen minutes of fame on live TV

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A man has become an internet sensation for pulling the most hilarious stunt during a live TV broadcast.

The incident happened while a journalist attached to South African news channel eNCA was reporting live on the situation in the streets of Johannesburg, following the current wave of xenophobic attacks in the country.

In the video, the reporter, surrounded by members of the public, is seen reporting with full concentration on her task.

However, one of the people standing close to her then decides not to let the moment of fame pass him by.

He goes ahead to try and document the moment on camera and uses his phone to take a selfie.

And that is not all. He goes as far as trying to get the best angle for the selfie by moving his extended hand in different directions right infront of the journalist.

Interestingly, the reporter goes on with her job unperturbed by man’s meddling.

The video, which has been widely shared on social media, has received varied reactions from the online community.

“Anytime is selfie time,” tweeted @AdvBarryRoux.

“I like hw the journalists is minding her business,” said @ceekay.

“He is even looking for the perfect angle,” wrote @bandzandroses.

“Father God abantwana bakho, they’re on another level,” commented @kateR30.

“Once in a life time opportunity. You should grab it with both hands,” said @Mvelase.

“This journalist are going through a lot this time on,” responded @Boikanyo.

“And he’s so nonchalant about it. Come on chief,” said @terencemapfumo.

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Kenyans among victims of S.Africa attacks

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Kenyans are among victims of arson, looting and physical attacks in the ongoing xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Kenyan High Commissioner to South Africa Jean Kamau on Wednesday confirmed that several Kenyans had been attacked in Gauteng Province.

By nation.co.ke

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