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Revealed: How governors channel public funds to secret CoG account

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Governors have been funding a secret account operated at their Council of Governors headquarters to hire choppers that have seen some adopt the lives of kings.

To beat the stringent procurement rules that would have exposed them, the county bosses remit excess money to the Council of Governors (CoG), part of which is channelledtowards paying for choppers and funding other excesses.

Out of the Sh250 million that has been under the microscope of auditors and investigators, at least Sh150 million was used to hire choppers.

This is what has enabled the county bosses to crisscross the country like kings in choppers paid for by the taxpayer but shielded from accounting.

At the CoG, which is funded by the taxpayer, the chairman is the only one with the privilege of using choppers while on official duties. The chairman has to log in every trip as official to legally get a chopper at the doorstep.

But governors who also wanted to enjoy the privilege decided to make extra contributions on top of the amount required from them and the difference is wired to the operational accountfrom where they hire choppers.

Cannot be tracked

“At CoG, only the chairman has the privilege of using a chopper while on official duties. This must be logged in as official to be legal. However, governors have been using choppers but the payments cannot be tracked back to their counties,” a source familiar with the operations said.

Another source within CoG said the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) has been investigating the scam and interrogated officers and this has scared the council from commenting before the report is released.

It is not yet clear why the EACC has taken too long to conclude the investigations which should have been a straight forward affair.

“An internal auditor who raised the matter was fired and some of the external ones as well as the EACC officers were compromised,” the source said.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya admitted that the CoGhas indeed been booking choppers for governors but maintained that there should be nothing to worry about if the process was followed as required. He said it costs about Sh170,000 (1700 dollars) per hour to hire the choppers and counties factor this in their travel budgets.

“To get the chopper, you send an email to the CEO of the Council of Governors who picks for you the chopper from the list of the prequalified companies and will generate an invoice to be settled by debiting the county account,” Mr Oparanya said.

He however acknowledged that if any of his colleagues has been doing it below the radar, then they were breaking the law.

Mr Oparanya admitted that he has used the service twice and even to attend the funeral of former Nyeri GovernorWahome Gakuru. “We would be called and advised on the costs and a number of governors shared a chopper. There is nothing illegal,” Oparanya said.

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“I cry alone daily in my Sh100 million dollar mansion” Lonely Ringtone desperate for a wife

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Kenyan gospel singer Ringtone is desperately searching for a God fearing wife.

The singer whose real name is Alex Apoko shared a photo on social media of himself gesturing at an empty seat in a lawn depicting he needed a partner.

Ringtone wrote how he cries daily in his Sh100 million mansion, asking God why no beautiful, God loving girl wants to marry him.

“Mimi ni mpweke sana. Am so lonely. Miaka yangu ya kuoa imefika but sijui ntaoa nani. I cry alone daily in my 1m dollars mansion. I ask god why all the beautiful god loving girls dont want me. Please pray for Me🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏,” wrote the singer.

In May this year, Ringtone bought a brand new Range Rover sport 2017 o catch the attention of Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan after declaring his love for her.

His effort failed to charm the Uganda-born socialite.

Instead of getting prayer support, the singer got many women commenting how they are ready to marry him.

One wrote; “We exist dear one its only you who cant see us.”

Another added; “Marry me with my 4kids and your life will be more than good 😂😂😂zari na waschana warembo kando.”

A woman wrote; “Swallow your pride come marry mi socialite wachana nao.”

Another commented; “I love you but it is not good for me to propose to you.”

A user stated; “Vile umesema 1M mansion ndo umeharibu..we ngoja ma gold digger sasa.”

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Woman who allegedely stabbed TV actor to remain in custody for five days

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

The main suspect in the gruesome murder of TV actor Jamal Nassul Gaddafi ,Grace Kananu, will remain in remand for five days.

Ms Kananu was arraigned before Mavoko Law Courts on Thursday morning.

The five days in detention will assist detectives gather evidence in their investigations into the murder which reportedly happened on Wednesday morning at Arks Hotel in Mlolongo.

The suspect had earlier on told police officers that the late Gadaffi fell on a kitchen knife.

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However, it has been reported that the suspect stabbed the deceased after a quarrel.

This is after he questioned why she was dancing and accepting drinks from men who attended a party she had organised at the entertainment spot.

The two had been in a relationship for nine months.

Meanwhile, the family of the slain actor is demanding for justice with an appeal to the police to speed up the investigation and prosecute the suspect.

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No honeymoon for Kenyan man who married two wives on the same day

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27-year-old Tom Junior Mako has been the talk of town this week after marrying two women on the same day.

Elizabeth Simaloi, 25, and Joyce Tikoiyan, 23 were all smiles during the ceremony as they stood on either side of their man in a one-of-a-kind ceremony.

Mako, however, revealed that he might not go on honeymoon due to financial constraints.

“Tough economic times have condemned me and my wives to my residential home in Kajiado. For now, I cannot afford honeymoon.

“How I wish a sponsor would come on board,” he was quoted by a local news website.

Apparently, the trio has been living under the same roof for a year and during this period, Mako got to find out the ‘excitement, worries, fears, strengths, weaknesses, anger levels and general character’ of his wives.

He further added that he made the bold decision to assure the two women that he is not eyeing any other lady.

“I would want to urge young men to shun multiple dating or extramarital affairs. If you must be in a romantic relationship with more than one woman, then take the new woman in your life home so that she can be officially known and recognised by your kinsmen.

“That is the right thing to do,” he said.

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