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VIDEO: Raila’s PA clears the air after claims the ODM leader fainted in Tanzania

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The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has dismissed claims that Raila Odinga fainted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and was rushed to hospital.

The party’s communications director who doubles as Raila’s Personal Assistant (PA), Dennis Onyango, clarified his boss is doing fine in Dar es Salaam.

In a brief statement issued on Sunday, January 27, evening shortly after the said rumours started circulating on social media, Onyango said the ODM party leader only stepped on a podium that was falling off and that it had nothing to do with his health.

Hon Raila Odinga is fine in Dar. Images of security people holding him emerged from a step on the podium that was falling off and not anything to do with health. Thanks though to everyone who has expressed concern,” he clarified.

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How MP Gachagua moved Sh12 billion in just seven years

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On the list of wealthy industrialists, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua hardly features. His billionaire status has been baffling state agencies, which are now seeking to understand how the Mt Kenya politician made his fortune.

The Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) is investigating how Sh12.5 billion passed through Mr Gachagua’s three accounts for seven years and whether money laundering was involved.

Before the agency moved in, the MP allegedly withdrew Sh7.3 billion, disbursed it to various companies and invested a portion in some assets. As a result, the agency could only locate Sh5.2 billion.

The three accounts are being held at Rafiki Micro Finance and ARA has written to the bank seeking clarification on the money trail.

In one of the accounts, the MP allegedly received Sh5.83 billion and withdrew Sh5.831 billion, leaving a balance of Sh773,000.

In the second, a fixed deposit account, he allegedly received a total of Sh827 million and Sh792.9 million left the account, leaving a balance of Sh35 million. It is this money trail that is exciting ARA investigators.

Secure tenders

Although Mr Gachagua is a director and shareholder of several companies, which he has used to secure tenders from state agencies, parastatals and county governments, ARA says it wants to establish whether he used them to launder money.

Mr Gachagua may, in the interim, lose Sh200 million, which have since been frozen, to the state if an application by ARA goes through.

 In the third, also a fixed deposit account, the MP is alleged to have received Sh5.87 billion and Sh705 million was withdrawn, leaving a balance of Sh165 million when the account was frozen in May.

Court documents showed that Mr Gachagua received a total of Sh347 million from several companies, including Sh112 million from Encarta Diagnostics, Sh7.5 million from Wamunyoro Investments, Sh58 million from Rapid Medical Supplies and Sh103 million from Specific Supplies.

Business associate

Some of the money was later transferred to the two fixed deposit accounts while he wired Sh12.9 million to his spouse Dorcas and Sh9 million to Toyota Kenya and Taitan Motolink.

The agency investigated a total of 33 accounts associated with the MP and his companies, including Wamunyoro Investments Ltd, Crystal Kenya Ltd, Machine Centre, Technical Supplies and Services Ltd, Skytop Agencies and Specific Supplies Ltd.

The agency said Mr Gachagua and an associate identified as Anne Kimemia, who traded as Jenne Enterprises, were involved in a complex money laundering scheme in collusion with his companies.

Some of the funds were from Kwale and Bungoma counties, which paid Sh112.4 million to Encarta Diagnostics.

Development funds

Other payments were made from Ministry of Lands (Kenya Informal Settlements Programme), state department for Special Planning, Ministry of Health, Mathira Constituency development funds, Nyeri county government and the National Irrigation Board.

The agency says that on July 15, 2015, Jenne Enterprises received Sh30 million from Rafiki disguised as loan disbursement.

But on the same day, the firm wired Sh28.5 million to Wamunyoro Investment, where Mr Gachagua is a director and shareholder. The documents show Jenne Enterprises also transferred Sh10 million to Wamunyororo Investment on April 3, 2017.

The following day, the same firm wired another Sh5 million to Mr Rigathi’s personal account.

Former District Officer

 “There are reasonable grounds to believe that the said accounts received and are holding funds, which are believed to be proceeds of crime and the accounts were used to execute a complex money laundering scheme in an effort designed to conceal, disguise and hide the nature, source, movement and disposition of the funds,” the petition stated.

The agency stated that within the said period, there were massive suspicious cash withdrawals, inter and intra-bank transfers from other accounts to the accounts under investigations and other banks accounts owned by Mr Gachagua in suspicious complex money laundering schemes.

The agency said they received information in March this year of suspected complex money laundering schemes and proceeds of crime.

The agency opened an inquiry and subsequently applied for and was issued with warrants to investigate the accounts.

Further, the documents stated that after being transferred to companies or businesses entities, the funds were ultimately moved to a fixed deposit account, which is the MP’s personal accounts.

A key ally of Deputy President William Ruto, Mr Gachagua is arguably one of the richest MPs in Mt Kenya and follows in the footsteps of his brother, former Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua, who died in February 2017.

A former student leader at the University of Nairobi, he was a close ally of former President Daniel Moi.

As a District Officer in Kiambaa, Mr Gachagua kept the opposition on its toes — if they insulted the President.

At one point, Mr Gachagua was Uhuru Kenyatta’s personal assistant when he was the Local Government minister.

by Nation.co.ke

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‘He had fallen in the bathroom two weeks ago’ Family of dead Eldoret MCA Peter Chomba say

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It’s a gloomy day for the people of Eldoret after their MCA Peter Chomba collapsed and died as he was being treated at the Eldoret hospital.

Chomba was MCA for Huruma ward which is the largest in Eldoret town.

A family source said the MCA who was serving his third term, fallen  had two weeks ago in his bathroom and had been undergoing treatment for injuries.

“This morning he felt unwell while at his house and was rushed to hospital where he died as he was being treated”, said a family member.

Chomba was mourned by Deputy President William Ruto, his close ally.

‘Peter Kiiru Chomba was a political powerhouse, a lustrous debater and a renowned warrior for equal justice, especially for the low-cadre businessmen like Mama Mboga.

Mheshimiwa Chomba was modest but vocal. He was formidably firm, persistent with unwavering dedication to public service.

We celebrate the marvelous life he led and the indelible legacy that he leaves behind.

Our gratitude and thoughts to his family and their loved ones, the people of Huruma Ward and the Uasin Gishu County Assembly during this grieving time.

Rest In Peace Mheshimiwa.’

He will be greatly missed for fighting for rights of the business community in Eldoret especially hawkers.

May he rest in peace.

By Mpasho.com

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Kenyan MPs set to join Jerusalema craze

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Kenyan MPs are set to join the Jerusalema craze next Wednesday when they shoot their own version of the challenge.

Majority Leader Amos Kimunya informed the MPs to turn up in large numbers not only for the shoot on Wednesday but also for practice on Monday and Tuesday.

“The jig will be led by the Speaker himself so I encourage you to come out in larger numbers; it will also be an opportunity for you to exercise,” Kimunya told the MPs.

He said the Jerusalema challenge will showcase the work done by Parliament and show solidarity with those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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However, some MPs seemed to be clueless about the challenge with Emuhaya MP Omboka Milemba asking what the craze was all about.

“I wanted to ask that the leader could elaborate because I and maybe a few of us don’t know what this thing is, I don’t know whether it’s a challenge show because some of us could also be talented and we want to be part of it and show our challenge,” Milemba posed.

Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo, one of proponents of the Jerusalema challenge, explained that it has become a theme song for the COVID-19 pandemic and exemplifies peace in diversity.

She urged all members and staff to participate so they can encourage those affected by the virus 19.

Nominated MP David Ole Sankok said he has practiced enough times and will relish a chance to dance alongside the Speaker and other MPs.

“We were practising today (Thursday), we really did dance and I am sure I have reduced some weight….and even persons with disability are encouraged to dance because I was dancing with my crutches, I am sure if you were there you would have enjoyed, so I also encourage you when we will be dancing dance alongside me because I will teach you some important moves,” Sankok quipped.

Thousands of people around the world, including priests, police, ministers and frontline workers, have posted clips of themselves dancing to South African house song Jerusalema.

The up-tempo gospel groove has provided a moment’s relief across borders and language barriers.

Yet 150 million YouTube views later, the song’s producer is still not sure why. During a past interview with Reuters, Master KG said he was in “disbelief”.

“Early this year, around January, I thought the song had reached its peak,” said Master KG, real name Kgaogelo Moagi. “And then out of nowhere the song came back.”

By Citizen Digital

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