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“Soko ya fitina, uongo na chuki imefungwa” Ruto to those claiming rift in Jubilee

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, have reassured the country that they are committed to uniting Kenyans amid claims that there are factions threatening to tear Jubilee Party apart over 2022 politics.

Instead, DP Ruto accused the media of peddling falsehoods over the ruling party’s alleged factions.

Speaking on Sunday at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish, Ridgeways in Kiambu County, President Kenyatta said the country’s attainment of its development goals depends on peace and unity.

“There is nothing we cannot achieve…because we are committed to bringing our people together,” Mr Kenyatta said.

The Head of State urged the church’s peace ambassadors to spread their efforts countrywide.

“Where people sow hatred, you shall sow love. Where people sow division, you shall sow unity because at the end of the day that is what shall ensure we take our country forward,” Mr Kenyatta said.

In his sermon, Cardinal Njue asked Christians to be instruments of peace in the family, community and country.

Mr Ruto and former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta also attended the Sunday mass which was conducted by Cardinal John Njue and also marked the official inauguration of the parish.

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Speaking later at the Joy Celebrations Centre in Naivasha, Mr Ruto insisted that the party was united under the leadership of Mr Kenyatta.

The DP maintained that there was no competition with the ruling party either between his allies or those of his boss Mr Kenyatta.

““There no divisions in Jubilee and only those with parochial beliefs are advancing this position,” announced the DP.

He said all the Jubilee leaders we be rallied towards supporting Jubilee’s Big Four Agenda and the fight against corruption.

He termed the ruling party as having a national outlook with strong democratic foundation, telling off powerbrokers.

Soko ya fitina, uongo na chuki imefungwa (the market for vendetta, lies and jealousy is closed) there is no room for naysayers.

“We are committed towards achieving our goals of uniting the nation, building bridges and taking our country to the next level,” said Mr Ruto.

He maintained that he was still the principal assistant to the President having taken the oath of office.

Hakuna mwingine amechukua kiapo kusema atakua msaidizi wa Rais Uhuru Kenyatta. “No one else has taken oath of office to say that he is the Deputy President.”

He, however, said the party will continue reaching out to like-minded leaders in a bid to spur economic growth and unify of the country.

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The DP started his 13-minute speech by quoting the Bible, saying those who know their God shall prosper.

Nakuru County, he explained, was a special place for Jubilee, reminding the faithful that the journey towards the formation of the party started in the area.

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu too maintained that the party was still intact, adding that the leaders could not be dissuaded from engaging in politics.

“Politics is our cup of tea. We must engage in politics but I am calling upon my colleagues not to incite the public,” said the governor.

Early on, more than 40 lawmakers from the Mt Kenya region trooped to the lakeside town to welcome the Deputy President to show their support his 2022 presidential bid.

“We have listened to our electorate and they are fully behind the Deputy President that is why we are here, but we shall not do politics today,” said the MP who requested anonymity.

The MPs said they will employ a different strategy and avoid the 2022 politics on the national platform.

“Our sheer presence speaks volumes on where our support lies,” added the MP.

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PHOTOS: Unmasked: Faces behind Barclays fake cash

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The man at the centre of Sh2 billion fake money syndicate that was smashed at Barclays Bank in Nairobi once jostled for the control of Gor Mahia FC.

Mr Eric Adede, a Nairobi-based businessman-cum-politician, is among six suspects arrested on Tuesday by the Flying Squad officers at Barclays Bank’s Queensway branch.

The fake notes in 100-US-dollar denominations were found hidden in one of the bank’s safe boxes.

Mr Adede unsuccessfully vied for Gor Mahia chairmanship in 2014.

He lost the election after garnering 445 votes behind the current club’s chairman Ambrose Rachier, who got 808 votes.

The man who claimed to own the fake-dollar-haul also tried his luck in the race for Homa Bay Town parliamentary seat in the last general election but lost to Mr Peter Kaluma.

Mr Adede has been attempting to capture sports and political offices in vain. PHOTO | COURTESY | TWITTER

According to the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti, Adede is believed to be the owner of the safe deposit box in which the fake currency was stashed.

However, other police sources told the Nation that Mr Adede could have been acting on behalf of some powerful individuals in government.

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Other suspects arrested in the swoop by Flying Squad and detectives from DCI are Mr Ahmed Shah, Mr Boaz Ochich, Mr Charles Manzi both said to be bank’s officials, and Ms Elizabeth Muthoni and Ms Irene Wairimu Kimani.

The DCI describes Mr Shah as a “fake investor” whom Mr Adede was using to dupe businesspeople into parting with their hard-earned money.

The DCI describes Mr Shah as a ‘fake investor’ whom Mr Adede was using to dupe businesspeople into parting with their hard-earned money. PHOTO | COURTESY | TWITTER

Mr Ochich and Mr Manzi are said to be Barclays Bank officials.

Little is known about the two female suspects, Ms Muthoni and Ms Kariuki.

In a statement, the bank on Tuesday said Mr Adede had concealed fake currency in his personal safe deposit box against bank rules, including restrictions of items that can be held in the box.

“According to the police, the individual in question had concealed the counterfeit banknotes in his personal safe deposit box. This is also against the bank’s rules and regulations,” the bank said.

“The contents of personal safe deposit boxes are not part of the bank’s deposits and are only known to the client; however, these may not include items prohibited in terms of the law.”

Ms Elizabeth Muthoni. Little is known about her. PHOTO | COURTESY | TWITTER

The bank said it would cooperate with police to ensure the suspect is brought to justice.

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“Barclays Bank of Kenya has already notified its primary regulator, the Central Bank of Kenya, and assured it that it will continue to provide active assistance to the police until the investigation has been completed.”

Safe deposit boxes are offered to clients for the storage of vital documents such as title deeds, logbooks, marriage certificates, insurance policies, jewellery, foreign currency, educational certificates among others.

Ms Irene Wairimu Kimani. Little is known about her. PHOTO | COURTESY | TWITTER

Detectives say Mr Adede had been spotted a number of times displaying the contents of the box to strangers.

Police sources said the owners were using the money to con people.

The latest bust adds to growing list of fake cash hauls that have been discovered in the capital and neighbouring towns.

The fake-dollar haul that was found at Barclay Bank’s Quuensway branch on March 19, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY | TWITTER

Last month, police from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit, nabbed fake foreign cash amounting to Sh32 billion in a residential house in Ruiru town.

The large sums of fake foreign currency seized by the police in recent months have raised concerns on whether Nairobi could be turning into a base for transnational fake cash cartels.

source:nation.co.ke

 

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Zambia High Commissioner dies while receiving treatment in Nairobi

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Zambia High Commissioner to Kenya, Her Excellency Brenda Muntemba-Sichilembe has died.

The 49-year old High Commissioner has been receiving treatment since she was involved in a fatal road accident at Machakos on February 26.

Foreign PS Macharia Kamau has confirmed the death.

Ms Muntemba-Sichilembe was initially admitted at the Machakos Level 5 Hospital, and then flown to Nairobi and operated on to stem internal bleeding where she was admitted in Intensive care unit (ICU).

Prior to her appointment to this role, she served as Chief Program Officer at UNESCO in Zambia.

More to follow…

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VIDEO: Police arrest flashy city businessman for flashing gun at Kileleshwa guard

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Police have arrested a suspect caught on tape brandishing a pistol at a security guard in Kileleshwa during a row over a parking spot.

The suspect, initially thought to be a foreigner, has since been identified as flashy Nairobi businessman Kevin Obia alias Kevin Kleigh, alias The Don.

Mr Obia was part of a group of visitors at an apartment block in Kileleshwa on Saturday when the confrontation occurred.

Police said they were are finalising investigations and will charge him in court.

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Mr Obia’s gun has been confiscated and police are trying to establish whether the firearm certificate he presented is genuine.

He has been released on police bond. Police say he will be charged by Thursday after they conclude their investigations.

Obia is well known in Nairobi’s high-end entertainment circles and is often described as a “flamboyant businessman” in media reports.

He is already facing charges of pretending that he could sell 7kg of gold to Mr Christian Gallati, an Austrian national for which he obtained the Sh13.7 million during a meeting at a hotel in Nairobi city centre.

Source:Nairobi News

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