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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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Amina Mude changes tune on break up with Ben Kitili

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Amina Mude wife to KTN news anchor Ben Kitili has recanted breakup break up statement, saying one moment of anger prompted her to write something stupid that was quickly blown out of proportion.

In her update, Mude made it clear that she is still married to Kitili and its her duty to respect and protect her husband.

She further stated that she has learnt her lessons the hard way, reminiscing on Kitili words when they got married that “marriage is not a bed of roses”.

“Hey babe @benkitili I remember when we got married, you told me ‘listen Mulky after all is said and done, marriage is not a bed of roses’ I just smiled and thought ni zile advise zako mingi za life.

“But last week it was so clear that you were right, one moment of anger made me write something stupid and the bloggers blew it out of proportion. I have learnt my lessons the hard way. As a wife, it’s my duty to respect and protect my Husband.

“And so, I want to clear the air, Ben and I are married. He will always be the man i love and honour all the days of my life,” shared Amina Mude.

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The mother two went ahead and deleted almost all her photos on Instagram, leaving only 7 pictures that captures her weight loss journey.

Amina Mude’s clarification comes days after she raised eyebrows with her statement that she had broken up with her husband barely after two years in marriage.

“Ben and I are currently ‘separated’. I don’t know what the future holds but am grateful for the beautiful memories and definitely the beautiful kids we made. It’s been one month of pain and tears but I know that one day the light will shine,” wrote Amina Mude.

Ben Kitili and Amina Mude made their union official in November 2018 at the Attorney General’s office before they hosted a reception party for their close friends and family members.

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Kirinyaga MCAs head to the High Court to challenge Senate rulling

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kirinyaga MCAs have filed a Petition to challenge the Senate ruling on Ann Waiguru’s impeachment case at the Kerugoya High Court.

The ward reps through their lawyer Ndegwa Njiru want the county boss to be charged afresh stating the upper House did not adhere to Constitutional requirements in handling the impeachment case.

Confirming the filing of the petition on Tuesday, July 7, the lawyer said the court should counter-check the report presented by the select 11-member committee that was chaired by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala as it was a “pure mistrial”.

“Let the court decide on the legal propriety of this Senate report on the impeachment of Governor Anne Waiganjo.

“We cannot allow state organs funded by greengrocers to abdicate on the Constitutional duties with impunity. We are filing today,” Njiru argued.

Njiru wondered why the Senate cleared the governor despite the massive evidence on corruption presented to the committee.

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“How can the Senate find that money was lost in the county and fail to punish those responsible?,” he posed.

The MCAs want a three-judge bench to hear their petition.

“We shall ask the Chief Justice to set up a three-judge bench once we are given a hearing date,” the lawyer said. We shall raise issues which have never been raised in this country.

“My clients were not satisfied with the trial so they will continue fighting until justice is served,” Njiru old the press after filling the petition.

Waiguru was impeached on Tuesday, June 9, after 23 out of 33 MCAs voted to kick her out of office.

After the Kirinyaga County Assembly speaker notified Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, the House voted to have a 11-member select committee to probe the allegations levelled the governor.

The team in its findings cleared the governor saying the impeachment did not meet the threshold to impeache her.

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Shock as mother plunges children, herself into river

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Luyekhe village on the border of Kakamega and Bungoma counties is still in shock after an expectant mother threw her three children in to a river and then jumped in.

Winny Kulangwa, 24, threw the children into River Nzoia at Mikua area about 9pm on Sunday. Luckily, one of the children survived to tell the story.

By last evening, search for bodies of Ms Kulangwa and her two children aged one and four, was still going on.

Villagers joined divers deployed by Kakamega County to look for the bodies in the swollen river. The woman is said to have to have taken the children to the nearby Nzoia Bridge and threw them into the water, one after the other, starting with the eldest, a seven-year-old girl, who survived.

The woman lived with her elder sister Alice Matende at their parents’ home. The girl who survived is a pupil at Mbaya Primary  in Kakamega. Locals described her survival as a miracle. Kulangwa’s relatives said she returned to Luyekhe a week ago from her matrimonial home in Mautuma, Kakamega and showed no signs she was disturbed.

The girl said her mother asked them to accompany her to the shop.

However, when they got to a certain shop, she insisted that they proceed to a different one.

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“It was dark and when we reached the bridge, my mother asked us to close our eyes for a surprise. She then grabbed me and threw me into the river. I was swept away by the water. I clutched onto some roots on the edge of the river,” the traumatised girl said.

She continued: “I struggled and got myself out of the river. I walked back to the bridge and I found no one. I broke down. Moments later, a man picked me up and took me to his house.”

Mr Joseph Chom, a resident of Mautuma who found the girl, said he had seen light from a spotlight coming from the bridge before he heard a child cry.

“She later explained to me what had happened,” he said. “I called my village elder and area chief before reporting the matter to the police.”

Residents said Kulangwa’s spotlight and a handbag were found at the bridge. Matende said she left Kulangwa and her children in the house but did not find them when she returned.

At first, I thought she had gone to a neighbour’s house only to learn later that her children were also missing.

“I had left her with my daughter. When I returned, I asked my daughter where she had gone, and she said she left with her children. We were later informed that she had drowned her children and herself,” she said.

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Kulangwa’s grandfather Moina Omutoko,73, said she never complained about anything. Mr Martin Anyonge, a local Kenya Red Cross officer, said it has been a challenge retrieving the bodies because the river is swollen.

By STandard.co.ke

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