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DusitD2 terror suspect had 47 M-Pesa lines, withdrew Sh5.2 million three days before the attack

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A suspect in the DusitD2 complex terror attack made 13 transactions, withdrawing Sh5.2 million three days before the attack, money believed to have financed the raid.

Abdi Noor Hassan Nuh Nuh, who has since been arrested, is said to have registered as an M-Pesa super agent meaning he could make withdrawals of up to Sh400,000 in a day, said police sources. With a till number in his possession, Nuh would receive and transfer money to his bank with ease.

“He had three days before the DusitD2 attack made 13 transactions of Sh400,000 at a local bank (name withheld) meaning he withdrew Sh5.2 million that day alone,” said a police source privy to the investigations.

He had registered 47 SIM cards under different names which were used to receive and send money to the planners of three terror attacks in the country.

The money, the source said, was wired from a base in South Africa. Investigators said the 47 SIM cards were “registered using different identity cards and names and were only being used on two handsets that were traced to Eastleigh.

The police narrative is that he withdrew the money at the bank in Eastleigh that saw the branch manager, Sophia Njoki Mbogo, arrested.

Police say Mbogo allowed huge amounts of money to be withdrawn via the bank without notifying the Central Bank as required in law.

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The source also said that the suspect was in contact with the attack chief suspect Ali Gichunge even during the raid before the latter was gunned down.

Sources said Nuh, a Somali national who came into the country in 2017, was the key point-man and planner of the DusitD2 attack, the Garissa University College and the Mpeketoni attacks.

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He was picked up by police from his rented house in Roysambu where he has been residing since he came into the country and acquired a Kenyan national ID card.

Yesterday, the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti, while confirming the arrest said detectives were making good progress in the matter.

He said 20 suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the attack. On Friday last week, nine suspects were arrested in Mandera and have since been ferried to Nairobi for interrogation.

Meanwhile, detectives have arrested the driver who ferried the terrorists to the DusitD2, the scene of attack which left 21 people dead.

The man from Murang’a is said to have driven the terrorists from their hideout to the scene.  He fled immediately after dropping the five men.

Another individual who is in custody is Ismael Sadiq Ibrahim who is believed to have been in constant communication with Gichunge and his wife Violet Kemunto.

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“His phone was actively used to send money to the attackers and we believe it was meant to fund terrorism,” police said, adding that they need to obtain all his financial records.

Abdinoor Maalim Osmail, a lawyer, is the other suspect who police believe received Sh100 million in a period of three months.

Source: People Daily

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ODM’s Edwin Sifuna maintains referendum will only cost Sh2 billion 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna has differed with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) budget on the impending referendum budget after it claimed that it will cost taxpayers nearly Ksh. 14 billion.

Speaking from Chungwa House, Edwin Sifuna claimed that IEBC’s projected budget was exaggerated adding that it was a way of trying to embezzle public funds.

He further added that if the budget was looked into clearly, it should not be more than Ksh. 2 billion.

“The Chickengate scandal has already taught us that what seems like overshooting the budget and wanton wastage is in fact clear manifestation of theft. We are certain that if we left the chicken out of the IEBC’s so-called budget we can deliver a referendum at a cost of no more than Sh2 billion,” Sifuna stated.

On Thursday 29 October, ODM party leader Raila Odinga issued a statement breaking down the cost of the referendum.

He stated that among countries with an established tradition of holding regular elections, the cost per voter ranges from approximately $1 to $2.

He pointed out that there is absolutely no excuse why Kenya, with a long history of holding elections, should pay more.

“In a country with government institutions including police stations, schools, national and county government offices, and government vehicles in every corner in addition to a fairly well-developed transport infrastructure, we should be able to conduct a one ballot referendum at no more than Ksh. 2 billion for 20 million voters,” Raila stated.

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Raila pointed out that the commission needs to be overhauled alleging that the reasoning alludes to schemes to rip off the country during elections.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati responded to Raila Odinga’s breakdown stating that his statement was very unfortunate, lacking objectivity and lacking understanding in the conduct of elections.

Responding to the Chebukati’s statement on Raila, Sifuna noted that his sentiments were laughable because they come from misrepresented logic.

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Kamene Goro slams Aisha Jumwa for dating married man 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kiss FM radio presenter Kamene Goro has lashed out at Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa for being in an affair with a married man who happens to be her bodyguard.

Speaking during her morning show which she co-hosts with renowned comedian Jalang’o, the former NRG radio presenter stated that she was disappointed with the news given that Aisha Jumwa’s bodyguard already has a wife.

Goro went on to wonder why a married man would go out of his marriage when his responsibility is to protect it.

“I am disappointed in Aisha Jumwa because the man she is dating already has a wife. My problem is that the duty to protect marriage is upon a man but most do not do that. If you wanted all sorts of ladies why get married?” she posed.

Jumwa is said to have been in an affair with her bodyguard identified as Geoffery Otieno for close to six years.

However, her co-host Jalang’o defended the sharp-tongued MP stating that the legislator has all means to know if her bodyguard was married.

He added that Geoffery’s wife knew of the affair stating that maybe the two had already officiated their union.

“Aisha Jumwa has all the instruments to know if her bodyguard is married or not. The relationship has been going on for six years so Aisha knew the guard is married, the bodyguard’s wife knew and so does everybody else. Who told you that Aisha and the bodyguard had not officiated their union?” Jalang’o asked Kamene.

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Jumwa’s relationship with Geoffery became public after the court was told of their affair during their hearing where the two were charged with murder over the death of a man in 2019.

According to a pre-bail assessment report presented to the court, Geoffrey is also married and a father of two.

Otieno has been working as Jumwa’s personal assistant and security manager since 2016.

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Zawadi Mudibo confirmed as Larry Madowo’s replacement at BBC 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

BBC Africa on Friday October 30 confirmed Zawadi Mudibo as the new Business Editor following Larry Madowo’s exit.

Through an internal memo, Newton Ndebu, BBC Africa Programmes editor, revealed Mudibo would fill the position for one year.

“Zawadi has been holding the position in an acting capacity and following a competitive process, is now confirmed to the role for the next 12 months. He is a talented and dedicated journalist, with over a decade’s experience reporting Business News in Africa.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to the BBC Africa Business leadership team who, have alongside Zawadi, led the BBC Africa business teams through a protracted leadership transition,” reads the memo in part.

Zawadi Mudibo, Claire Muthengi and Peter Wakaba led the Business team on rotation during the one-year transition period.

Last year in July, Larry Madowo took a sabbatical leave where he went to study economics at the University of Columbia.

After completing his studies, he returned to the BBC but as the US correspondent working for both TV and radio.

He could not contain his excitement on rejoining the BBC team as he took to his social media announcing his first piece would be in a Covid-19 ICU ward.

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Besides furthering his studies at the Columbia University, Madowo also won the 2020 Philip Greer Award for financial writing courtesy of his thesis on the aftermath of an e-commerce firm, Jumia’s listing on the NSE stock exchange.

His successor, Zawadi Mudibo is a successful bilingual journalist with experience in reporting news for the African audience.

Before he joined the BBC, Mudibo worked at K24TV as a deputy business editor, senior anchor and reporter.

According to reports, Madowo allegedly poached Mudibo from local TV stations to strengthen BBC Africa’s business team.

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