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Seven Kenyan ambassadors snubbed by host nations

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In what could turn out to be a stinging indictment of the vetting process of State officers, the fate of seven recently appointed Kenyan diplomats is in limbo because host countries have kept their accreditation in abeyance.

Though the government has been trying behind the scenes to resolve the unprecedented diplomatic development on the postings, it would appear Russia, Turkey, Austria, China, Malaysia, Namibia and Qatar have rejected the new envoys.

And six months after being vetted by Parliament and consequently appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, the seven; Ndegwa Muhoro (Malaysia), Hassan Wario (Austria), Benjamin Langat (Namibia), Johnson Kimani Ondieki (Turkey), Richard Ekai (Russia), Sarah Serem (China) and Paddy Ahenda (Qatar) have yet to report to their foreign duty stations.

Other appointments said to have run into the rare diplomatic headwinds include that of ambassador to the European Union (EU) Phyllis Kandie, who was later replaced by former Cabinet colleague Prof Jacob Kaimenyi.

Contacted for comment, Foreign Affairs Cabinet secretary Monica Juma, who is out of the country on official duties, referred us to her Principal secretary Dr Kamau Macharia. But his office asked us to talk to the Political Desk Foreign Affairs (PDF) and by the time of going to press, we had yet to get a response despite promise to call us back.

A source attributed their plight to their previous assignments in government and questions on personal issues.

During diplomatic posting, the sending state (Kenya) has to inform receiving state of change of ambassador which is followed by providing details known as the Agreem’e to the state.

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It is, however, up to the receiving state to accredit them or out rightly reject them—either with or without documented reasons.

Although it is rare, countries usually reject ambassadors because of their own intelligence agency’s advisory and often would employ delaying tactics until the sending country reads between the lines and appoints a replacement.

And for Muhoro, his former position as Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), might have worked against his appointment as ambassador to Malaysia.

Former Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Ndegwa Muhoro

According to a source that sought anonymity, the Malaysian government has blocked his appointment citing his alleged blighted record during his tenure at Mazingira House, the DCI headquarters.

During his vetting process by the National Assembly, Muhoro whose first appointment to Israel as an envoy did not materialise, was confronted with allegations of spate of extra-judicial killings and unsolved high-profile murders during his tenure.

It is on that premise that sources revealed to People Daily, the Malaysian government under the new tough Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad blocked the former sleuth’s ambassadorial job.

While appearing before the National Assembly’s Defence and Foreign Relations Committee, Muhoro faced intense scrutiny over his record as the country’s top criminal investigator. In a memorandum to Parliament, outspoken lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi asked the committee not to approve Muhoro’s nomination, citing alleged threats to his (Ahmednasir’s) life.

Corruption scandals

And in a continued onslaught on Muhoro in April 2017, the lawyer sensationally accused him of planning to kill him, alleging that the ex- DCI boss had assembled a team of five police officers to kill him, among them an individual he identified only as Kamau, who was to lead the execution of the plot.

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Muhoro, however, denied the claims even as Abdullahi called on the Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet to form an independent team of officers, excluding the DCI to probe his claims.

Former Sports CS Wario’s appointment may have run into trouble after he was charged together with Olympics legend Kipchoge Keino over the Sh55 million Rio Olympic graft scandal.

Former Sports CS Wario

His Principal secretary Ekai was also implicated in the same scandal with their cases still pending before the High Court.

It is, however, not clear why former Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) chair Serem has not been accredited.

She was posted to China but has yet to report to her mission because delays in accreditation, with the populous Asian nation remaining mum on the matter. It is the same case for Ondiek, Ahenda and Langat who are still in the country despite Parliament approving their appointment.

Johnson Ondieki

Ondieki, a former commander of the UN’s 12,500 troops in South Sudan exited under controversial circumstances.

It has, however, emerged that the Foreign Affairs ministry has made spirited attempts to have Langat and Ahenda accredited by Namibia and Qatar respectively.

Paddy Ahenda

The determination is said to be premised on the presumption the two are not tainted by any known scandals.

Benjamin Langat

But a source that sought anonymity told People Daily that the government may concede on those implicated in corruption and other social misgivings.

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“You don’t appear in court over corruption like Wario and you expect to serve as if nothing happened…the government can’t allow someone with tainted image to represent Kenya,” said the source.

The ground could be murkier for Muhoro who had reportedly been rejected by Israel even before President Uhuru appointed him.

Adbullahi had alleged that he got the information about the plot from a trusted senior police officer attached to the DCI, who “revealed” that Muhoro had planned to end the lawyer’s life.

“I left the country on Friday, March 24 (2017), to attend a Commonwealth lawyers’ conference in Australia, then travelled to Sydney, where I stayed for three days until March 30,” said Abdullahi.

He said he later travelled to Dubai and returned to Kenya on April 2, a day before the call from the senior police officer leaking the information.

“My contact warned me to take the information very seriously,” the lawyer claimed.

But Muhoro took a swipe at the lawyer, revealing that he was under investigation for fraud and forgery.

In his unprecedented shake-up, President Uhuru edged-out long-serving Muhoro at the helm of DCI, replacing him with George Kinoti.

As CID boss, he was unable to crack the murders of controversial businessman Jacob Juma, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT director Chris Musando and Bunty Shah, the only son of Bobmill Mattresses owner.

 

Source: People Daily

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Vehicle that plunged into Indian Ocean at dawn retrieved

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The vehicle that plunged into the Indian Ocean at dawn on Saturday has been retrieved.

John Mutinda, 46, is said to have sped off and dived into the Likoni Channel, ignoring calls by other passengers as well as ferry officials to slow down.

The body was retrieved earlier and taken to Coast General Hospital morgue.There are reports that he got into a fight with his wife, but the family has not issued a statement to that effect.

Mutinda, a father of two, stormed out of his house at 4.20am.He left behind a widow and twins.

It is still unclear why Mutinda would drive off the ramp in what looks like suicide.

The KFS statement on Mutinda’s death said, “A motorist driving a saloon car whose registration number plate has not yet been established right away after purchasing ticket drove off to the ramps with high speed to the ocean.”

The incident brings memories of the recent Likoni Ferry tragedy where Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu drowned on September 29.It took rescuers 13 days to retrieve the wreckage of their car from the seabed.

Mutinda’s incident was different as the car had only plunged 6m into the ocean, according to the Kenya Ferry Services.It took the Kenya Navy personnel four hours to retrieve the vehicle.

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MP George Theuri buys TV sets for police, but constituents are not amused

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It looks like Embakasi West Member of Parliament George Theuri might not be getting into the good books of his constituents any time soon going by this latest move.

Theuri on Thursday distributed 32 inch television sets to all the 14 police posts in his Embakasi West constituency.

The lawmaker said that the initiative is part of The National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) project to equip all police posts and stations with computers, printers, photocopy machines and furniture.

“Getting ready to deliver TV sets in all our 14 police posts and stations within Embakasi west. This is part of our NGCDF project of equipping our stations with computers, printers, photocopying machines and furniture. Swag na usalama mtaani,” said an elated Theuri.

Residents of Embakasi West however, felt that the MP was directing his focus on the wrong area, and urged him to instead turn his attention to more pressing matters in the constituency fast.

For example, some of the constituents who reacted to the post singled out the poor state of roads and drainage systems bedeviling many of the estates that have seen pools of filthy water and mud hamper access to their homes.

But this is not the first time one of the projects being fronted by Theuri has irked residents instead of attracting praise.

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In 2017, residents expressed their outrage at the new lawmaker after he constructed a swimming pool at Umoja One Primary School using NGCDF cash in the neighbourhood facing perennial water shortage.

Here are some of the reactions his gesture to the men in uniform attracted:

“Missed placed priorities, I pity voters who wake up very early in the morning only to end up voting in clueless leadership. Very sad indeed,” said Weke Henry.

“Thanks mheshi but surely maji inatumaliza mama Lucy road na umoja 2 drainage hakuna kindly do something about it,” wrote Virginia Mwangi.

“Barabara ya Tena apo Rockfields to PCEA MHESH inakaa shamba, Do something,” commented Luke Kamau.

“Drainage in Innercore is pathetic,” stated Paul Owino.

“TV kwa station?” asked Khakabo Fredrick

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VIDEO: Kenya has Big Room for Economic Growth with More Diaspora involvement

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Kenya has Big Room for Economic Growth with More Diaspora involvement

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), there are over three million Kenyans living abroad and this number is continuously on the rise.

MFA correctly holds it that Diaspora possesses immense resources which can greatly contribute to the
transformation of our country as envisaged in the Kenya Vision 2030.

One of the forerunner organisations that has been championing for more Kenyan Diaspora involvement is the Kenya Diaspora Alliance.

This alliance has been lobbying with government, partnering with the private sector and bringing the Diaspora together in various forums.

Such forum pumps energy to all those who believe in Diaspora power, talents, skills and resources.

Speaking during the recent Kenya Diaspora Alliance event at Laico Regency Hotel, George Wachiuri of Optiven applauded KDA, recognizing the need to support diaspora in terms of hiring skills and helping those who want to relocate back to the motherland.

He also asked Kenyan consulate offices to give Kenyans out there full support on their various immigration needs.

He observed that Kenyans living in the diaspora have a big desire to invest back home. They face a myriad of challenges including, inefficient systems, lack of mentorship and lack of the right people to partner with. Optiven Group has been the number one supporter of Kenyans living abroad in mentorship, job creation, lobbying and fostering business partnerships.

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George Wachiuri enumerated how Optiven has been sponsoring many events in the USA, EU, UK, Europe, UAE and African countries. “This is one way of give back and to appreciate those who support the Optiven vision of economically and socially empowering and transforming the society,” said Mr Wachiuri

He emphasized that Optiven involve Diaspora in offering them infrastructure, building & supply of building materials contracts, mentoring those coming back and offering senior jobs.

During the event, Dr. Shem emphasized that diaspora plays a key role to the Kenyan economy and he requested the government to give Diaspora tax incentives by working with various governments to avoid double taxation.

He also invited all Diaspora to a big Event of Diaspora home coming at Ole Sereni

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