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Now fake gold boxes found at Barclays Bank

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Additional safe deposit boxes and fake gold weighing 70kg were yesterday found at the Barclays Bank Queensway branch, Nairobi, raising fears that many fraudsters could have used the bank to defraud Kenyans of millions of shillings.

A team led by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti yesterday camped at the bank for about three hours with the Barclays Bank of Kenya management and the Head of Security, George Maracha.

Kinoti and the Flying Squad boss Musa Yego visited the bank a day after four fraudsters and two bank officials were arrested and fake Sh2 billion found in a safe deposit box at the bank.

The main suspect and safe owner was brought back to the bank at around 4pm under tight escort and taken to a room where Kinoti, the bank officials and other detectives had a meeting.

Bomb disposal experts, led by one Munyoto, a Senior Superintendent of Police, were called in after an object resembling an explosive was found in the strong room.

However, the consignment was established to be fake gold that had been kept by the fraudsters, with the full knowledge of some bank officials.

Suspects identified

Investigations revealed that the main suspect, Erick Adede, and other fraudsters, were also dealing in fake gold after some was found in another safe box at the same bank.

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Reports indicated a suspect, who was charged at a Makadara court for defrauding a foreigner, also kept some boxes at the branch. Following the arrests, DCI headquarters on Tuesday night revealed the identity of the suspects.

A foreigner who had been posing as an international investor was identified as Ahmed Shah while the two female suspects were named as Elizabeth Muthoni and Irene Wairimu Kimani.

Investigations revealed that the suspects were colluding with bank staff from the Queensway branch.  Last evening, the two staff members were released. The alleged complainant was also grilled for the second day.

Hours after the identity of the four suspects was revealed, a number of victims reported new cases to the police.  Two of them reported that they had been swindled of Sh5.8 million by the fraudsters.

The DCI boss said the complainants had recorded statements with the police after positively identifying the suspects.

Kinoti urged members of the public, who had fallen victim to the suspects, to report to police.

True identity

Kinoti also advised banks to enhance security and establish the true identity of customers and all items taken in for safekeeping.

This, he said, would ensure criminals, including terrorists, do not take advantage of such lapses and that banks are not used for money laundering and storing weapons or other dangerous stuff.

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source: People Daily

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Google honours Mekatilili Wa Menza 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Google is celebrating Mekatilili wa Menza, with a doodle of the Kenyan freedom fighter made visible on its search engine platform on Sunday.

Known for inspiring the Giriama people to resist colonial rule, circa 1900, Mekatilili wa Menza is revered as one of the nation’s first Mau Mau fighters.

“The recognition of Mekatilili Menza by Google goes along way in reinforcing what we believe in as Kenya National Heroes Council and a country.

“We believe our Heroes deserve better. They have played their part in nation building. We must affirm them at all times so that we can inculcate the culture of Heroism; the culture of service.

“We shall ensure more of our female heroines are unearthed, highlighted and feted. Other than giving birth to many celebrated our women were at the fore front of our liberation, our struggles and our future remains solely in their hands.

“That is the spirit of the Kenya National Heroes Act,2014 and what we stand for as a Council,” said Amb. Yvonne Khamati-Yahaya, the CEO of the Kenya National Heroes Council.

Mekatilili wa Menza led the Giriama people in the early 20th century and is commemorated during the festivities of the traditional Malindi Cultural Festival, an annual celebration of local history and pride.

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She was born in Matsara wa Tsatsu during the mid-19th century.

By the early 20th century, British colonial rule had threatened the sovereignty and freedom of the Giriama people with forced labor and taxation.

At a time when women’s power was limited within her society, Menza was compelled to organize her people against colonial control.

The Google Doodle artwork features a depiction of Menza leading the energetic kifudu dance that called so many to action.

The artist behind the Google doodle is Wanjira Kinyua who is based in Nairobi

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CS Matiang’i addresses relationship with DP Ruto 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i sent tongues wagging after he opened up on his relationship with Deputy President William Ruto.

In an interview with NTV’s Mutuma Mathiu, the CS was put to task to come clean on his relationship with the DP amid reports of tension after he took over some of the roles that were previously performed by the DP.

Asked about his relationship with the DP, the CS responded with a curt “I don’t know”, denying any knowledge of the existence of any special relationship with the DP.

He added that the latter is the Deputy President of Kenya and such is their relationship.

The CS was also put to task to come clean on any perception of conflict between him and the DP in exercising his responsibility (as a Super CS) a role that was perceived to be that of the DP but which was handed over to Matiang’I by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“In exercising that responsibility, does it create a perception that this is a job that should have gone to the DP…There is no conflict of roles? Asked Mutuma.

“I don’t know of any perception, The Deputy President is the DP of Kenya, what is my relationship with governor (Anyang’) Nyong’o? he is the governor of Kisumu county..”, Matiang’i said.

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The CS has been hailed as a performer with many opining that he should be on the ballot in 2022, seeking to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Among the latest to throw his weight behind Matiang’i is health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

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Reward Raila with presidency in 2022, Murathe asks Kenyans 

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Jubilee Party vice-chairperson David Murathe has asked Kenyans to prepare for Raila Odinga as president in 2022.

Murathe, a very close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta, said it was time for Kenyans to reward the African Union envoy with the presidency for his struggle and fight for a democratic Kenya.

Speaking to KTN News on Saturday, August 8, the former Gatanga MP said 2022 would be a Nelson Mandela moment for the country as Raila would be a one-term transitional president.

He said the 75-year-old Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader will clear the way for a generational change in Kenya’s political order.

“We think it’s time Kenyans rewarded the years of struggle of Raila Amollo Odinga. They owe it to him. It’s like Mandela, and 2022 will be a Mandela moment.

“And we would also like to tell him (Raila) to be a transitional president who will then nurture the young generation to take over in 2027,” he said.

According to the vocal politician from the Mt Kenya region, there shall be a poster during 2022 campaigns which will have a portrait of the handshake partners.

“Assuming we go by the formation unveiled at Bomas, we will probably have a prime minister coming from Mt. Kenya.

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“You may have a deputy prime minister coming from coast and the other possibly from the Rift Valley,” he said.

Murathe said Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka should give Raila a chance to try his luck for the last time.

“I don’t know what the arrangement is on the NASA side but if you ask me I would like him (Kalonzo) to also let Raila run,” he said..

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