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Meru Senator Mithika Linturi and Marianne Kitany met, fell in love and got married quietly in the corridors of power. Kitany is the once powerful official in the office of the Deputy President.

But the union seems to have fallen apart five years later.

The dirt crawled out of the woodwork two weeks ago when Linturi was questioned by police after Kitany claimed her husband had threatened to kill her in a domestic brawl in their Runda home, Nairobi.

It is not clear what triggered the fight, but those aware of the case termed the reasons as serious, with Gigiri OCPD Richard Muguai saying although the Senator had not been arrested, there were issues between the couple that the police were “addressing”.

The chasm widened further on November 13, when Kitany sought and obtained restraining orders against her husband and exclusive occupation of the couple’s shared residence.

Further, Linturi has been barred from loitering near the home or areas that Kitany visits often. The restraining order stipulates that he can only contact his wife when permitted by court.

“The Senator is restrained from physically or sexually abusing or threatening to abuse the applicant, the applicant’s staff, their six children and any other person associated with the applicant,” Milimani Commercial Court senior resident magistrate Orenge ordered, adding that Kitany, on the other hand, can enter any of his residences in the company of an officer to collect her personal belongings.

How did this mature, power couple end up making war instead of love barely five years after tying the knot?

From our investigations, when Kitany started dating Linturi, she oversaw a complete makeover of the former Igembe South MP’s rural Amwamba village home on the Meru-Mikinduri-Maua highway.

She demolished the old houses and put up a magnificent new bungalow that is outstanding for its wide windows.

Linturi eventually moved from his Kileleshwa house to Kitany’s house in Runda. If indeed he who finds a wife finds a good thing, then Linturi had found a damn good thing!

The lovebirds formed Atticon Ltd, a construction company, and on March 2017, were awarded a Sh1.2 billion tender to construct three roads in Meru. Things couldn’t get any better.

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According to our sources, the dark cloud hovering over their marriage is related to a business fallout and the death of Edith Kinanu, Linturi’s house help, in October.

The 28-year-old mother of two who hailed from Marega,Tigania East, had been their help for three years.

Kinanu died at Linturi’s rural home in Maua, Igembe South on October 5, 2018 following what her husband Wilson Mwiti termed as a short illness. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital around midnight due to high blood pressure.

But as their help lay dead, the couple were fighting over business and money. According to a statement to the police on October 30, Kitany claimed her differences with the senator arose after she discovered that the directorship of a firm in which she has interests had been changed and she wanted the senator and an assistant probed.

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Edith Kinanu, Linturi’s late house help

According to the information she gave detectives, a search at the Registrar of Companies on October 1 revealed that the firm in dispute had four directors, including Linturi.

However, by October 28, the directors had changed to only Linturi and the assistant who now had 1,100 shares, originally owned by the firm associated with Kitany. The firm owns three parcels of land worth millions of shillings in upmarket Nairobi suburbs.

“She (Kitany) told police that the three parcels of land had been charged to a local bank and that she was in the process of discharging them. She fears the senator may have wanted to have absolute control over the property,” a detective said.

Kitany has further written to the registrar of companies to reinstate the directors of the firm who were allegedly replaced.

According to sources, it is the business disagreement and their house helps’ death that inexplicably darkened their marriage and degenerated into the domestic fight, where Linturi is alleged to have drawn a pistol and threatened to shoot his wife.

Linturi, an insurance broker, was first elected a Kanu MP for Igembe South in 2007. His first wife was a teacher and daughter to a former Meru County Council chairman. He has also previously been in a relationship with a medical professional and a Somali woman.

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Kitany was the IT manager at Kenya Railways before joining the Ruto campaign secretariat prior to the March 4 elections. Before that, she worked in a similar position at the Energy Regulatory Commission and Hamilton Harrison & Mathews Advocates, as well as being a part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Information Technology at the Strathmore University.

Kitany studied at the Nairobi University and Columbia Business School, a business school of Columbia University in Manhattan, New York City. It is one of six Ivy League business schools, and is among the most reputable business schools in the world.

In March 2015, Kitany was accused of allegedly diverting Sh200 million to fund a campaign against then Devolution Cabinet secretary, Anne Waguru.

A report by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission tabled in the National Assembly and the Senate indicated that Kitany used Sh100 million from the Legislative and Inter-Governmental Relations Office to mobilise MPs for “the abortive campaign last July to impeach powerful Cabinet secretary Anne Waiguru”.

The claims had emanated from a confidential document forwarded to the anti-corruption agency by the Presidency on July 31, 2014.

The motion of impeachment sponsored by her husband Mithika Linturi, was later dropped after it was taken up by President Kenyatta and the Majority Leader in the National Assembly, Aden Duale.

The memo had also accused Kitany of irregularly spending another Sh100 million to renovate the Deputy President’s office.

“She has continuously purported to exercise powers and making decisions that are not related to the role of chief of staff. To this end, in flagrant breach and total disregard of laid-down government procedures, Kitany converted Sh100 million allocated to the Legislative and Inter Governmental Relations Office to a confidential vote for mobilisation of MPs,” the memo read.

The memo claimed that Kitany made the decision to renovate the office unilaterally.

“In the previous administration, the office complex seating the Deputy President was extensively renovated and refurbished by the then Prime Minister,” the memo continued.

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“Despite this, the Chief of Staff to the Deputy President has orchestrated extensive and lavish renovations to the same office buildings. The degree of wanton opulence that these renovations have resulted in is a far cry from the government’s austerity programme and unjustifiable in terms of need or priority.”

The memo added that: “There is the lingering suspicion that the sum was heavily inflated.”

It is not the first time Kitany has found herself in the spot over corruption allegations.

The disgraced parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, then chaired by Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba also accused Kitany of being the chief architect in the scandal that saw the Deputy President’s office hire a private jet to fly him to various destinations in West and Central Africa at a cost of Sh100 million.

The PAC report also accused Kitany of attempting to cover up the scandal by transferring most of the employees involved in what came to be known as the “hustler’s jet” case.

Some United Republican Part (URP) politicians said Waiguru, who was on the team that created the new governance structure, awarded herself the plum Devolution position, giving her direct access to the President and considerable power across government.

Ruto is supposed to be the coordinator of government and worked through his chief of staff

Marianne Kitany who, according to multiple sources, wasn’t getting along with Waiguru.

The differences between Waiguru and Kitany date back to when both helped craft new governance structures.

Linturi said that contrary to the reports that he received over Sh100 million from the office of the Deputy President to withdraw the motion against Waiguru, the decision was reached upon consultation with legislators allied to the ruling coalition.

“It is very important that Kenyans understand that I withdrew the motion after we had discussed with my colleagues from the Jubilee Alliance,” Linturi said at the time.

“I have never been bribed or received any money for work not done,” he asserted.

Marianne Kitany

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VIDEO: Optiven CEO opens up about growing up in abject poverty, doing laundry for fellow students

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George Wachiuri, the CEO of Optiven Limited, has opened up about a side of him few people know about. Despite having built a multi-billion Shilling Real Estate Company and becoming one of the most recognisable names in the field, Wachiuri has remained a humble servant, who says he views his customers as associates and greatly respects and values his work mates. 

In an interview with Jeremy Damaris of Kenya Diaspora Media, he tells of how he struggled, lost money and friends, before rebounding “by the grace of God.”

A Certified Public Accountant – CPA (K) and is a former Lecturer at Daystar University, his entrepreneurial spirit developed early, and was awarded the Entreprenuer of the year 1997 by the University of Nairobi.

He is currently a PhD candidate at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

He holds a Masters’s degree in Business Administration (University of Nairobi), and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing option) Degree from University of Nairobi.

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‘Kikambala hotel bombing in 2002 changed our lives’

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The scars on Mercy Neema Mwagambo’s body are a stark reminder of what happened at Paradise Beach Hotel in Kikambala 18 years ago.

On November 28, 2002, a two-pronged terrorist attack hit an Israeli-owned hotel but missed a plane belonging to Arkia Airlines.

A vehicle crashed through a barrier outside the hotel on the Kilifi-Mombasa highway and blew up, killing 17 people and injuring 80 others.

Every year today, Neema and 13 victims of the attack and their families converge at the deserted hotel to pray for the souls of their departed relatives.

However, today could be the last annual ritual as the owner has put the hotel for sale.

Annual ritual

For Neema and other victims, it’s not clear if the prospective buyer would allow them to continue with this annual ritual.

It is an attack that left villages of Musumarini in Kilifi County destitute, negatively affected Israelis’ investments at the Coast and damaged the tourism sector.

“I am trying to sell this property even at a throwaway price,” said Yehuda Sulami, an Israeli, on phone from Tel Aviv, although he did not reveal the price.

Sulami claims that after the attack, there were efforts to push him out of business.

The former special forces officer said he had no money to compensate victims of the attack.

“I’ve faced an avalanche of litigation on compensation. There was no insurance cover on terrorism,” said Sulami.

It is the first time has spoken publicly on the matter.

He said while he sympathised with those who lost their loved ones or suffered injuries, he lost his lifetime investment and close friends and “there was no one to comfort me.”

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Among the 17 who perished were 14 Kenyans and three Israelis. The deserted hotel is arguably the only remaining mark of Israel investment in Coast.

Prior to the attack, over 100,000 tourists from Israel had made Mombasa and Kenyan Coast their second home away from home.

“Arkia Airline used to bring in between 250-270 guests per flight. It had operated Mombasa route for close to seven years before the attempted missile attack,” said Sulami.

After the attack, the airline stopped flying the route and Israel investments at the Coast started dwindling.

Sulami claimed that what followed was a number of litigation and attempts to force them to close down the hotel.

“We became the target yet the Kenyan government had promised to assist the affected persons,” said Sulami, without providing any evidence of the alleged persecution.

The victims of the attack narrated to the Saturday Standard on how they were neglected by the Government and the owner of the hotel.

For instance, Neema cannot walk as her legs were seriously injured. She was working at the front office at the hotel.

On that fateful day, she was helping a guest check in as her colleagues were overwhelmed by the number of tourists.

“Had I remained inside the hotel at my work station, may be I would not have been injured this way,” said Neema.

November is a peak season for the tourism sector in Coast. On that day, as a group of 230 guests were leaving the hotel, another 250 tourists were checking in. All the guests were Israelis.

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“I reported early for duty on that fateful day and was looking forward to a rather busy day since we had huge check in and check out for guests,” she said in an interview.

At the gate, a troupe of Girima dancers were doing their jig to bid goodbye to outgoing guests and welcome the incoming ones.

Most of the incoming tourists had already been ushered in to the waiting lounge at the reception but a small group had joined the traditional dancers.

“What followed was a huge bang followed by fire all over the Makuti-thatched hotel,” Neema said, adding that she found herself on the ground.

Neema could not walk so she crawled to the swimming pool. She had suffered serious burns allover her body and decided to jump into the swimming pool to cool herself.

“I was taken to hospital in Mombasa and later airlifted by a military aircraft to Israel for specialised treatment at Jerusalem Hospital. I spent four weeks receiving treatment for my broken legs and burnt face and back,” she said.

The Kikambala bombing incident also robbed the family of Mufidha Mohamed of its breadwinner, Wildred Oyaro Owuor, who used to operate a taxi business at the hotel.

“My husband suffered a ruptured stomach. He died 21 days after he was admitted at Pandya Hospital,” Mufidha says. She was breastfeeding Zaki, their last born now 18 years, when the attack happened.

She said with the death of her husband, she was left as the sole breadwinner to fend for her five children.

“It has not been easy for us all. I have tried to venture into business with very little success,” she said.

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Today Mufidha, her children and a few other survivors will converge at the blast site to hold prayers and commemorate those who died.

“Today we shall go to the hotel which has now closed down to hold prayers. It is a ritual I’ll do until I meet him in the next life,” says Mufidha.

Dr Sam Ikwaye, Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (Kahc) Coast branch executive officer, says the events of the fateful day have had a long impact on Kenyan tourism.

Travel advisories

Dr Ikwaye says it is after the Kikambala bombing that key foreign tourists source markets started issuing travel advisories against Mombasa and the Coast region.

“This was the start of a very bad beginning for Kenyan tourism,” Ikwaye said.

He explained the Kikambala bombing marked the first time the industry experienced serious external shocks and has never fully recovered.

“Neighbouring nations too and the world experienced our pain years after we had suffered and today terrorism has been recognised as a threat not just synonmous with Kenya, but the world over,” he said.

Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo said it is unfortunate that no compensation was made to those who suffered the brunt of the terror attack.

“Both the national and county governments should be compelled to assist surviving families. This will not take away completely the suffering they have endured but will offer some sort of comfort to those affected,” said Justice (rtd) Madzayo.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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‘We had invested…’ Churchill reveals how the pandemic has hit him

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Comedian Churchill says just like any other business, coronavirus has hit him too.

Churchill, real name Daniel Ndambuki has been doing ‘The Journey Series’ on his TV show which is originally a stand-up comedy show that attracts thousands of viewers.

Speaking to Mpasho, Churchill revealed;

“We had invested quite some amount in the production of the show. And now, you can’t use that gear, you have to put all that aside. You cannot set up something so big for like 200 people, that is loss-making. It almost takes us to where we began. We remain positive though”

Adding;

“I am happy with all that is happening from all other comedians.”

Churchill said this after the launch of TuKo App, which he is the brand ambassador.

Churchill Photo By Charlene Malwa

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