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‘Partners ran me out of trucking firm’

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A co-founder of multi-million shilling logistics giant Multiple Hauliers has accused his former partners of running him out of the company barely nine years after going into the transport business, lifting the lid on what could be a buried secret of the company’s true beginnings.

Mr Njenga Kariuki Mungai, an 84-year-old businessman based in Nairobi, claims that he was a crucial cog in the formation of Multiple Hauliers but was forced to surrender his stake after a visit by former Criminal Investigations Department boss Noah arap Too to the company’s Industrial Area offices in February 1982.

Mr Mungai alleged that as they were having lunch at the company’s mess Mr Too turned to greet someone seated behind him. Mr Mungai then noticed a gun holstered in Mr Too’s underarm, which the businessman took as credence to rumours that he was to be assassinated.

“When I saw the gun I panicked and thought that I could be killed even that same evening. I left my food and walked out. I drove straight home and decided that I was not going to risk my family’s lives,” Mr Mungai told the Nation at an interview in his California, Eastleigh, home in Nairobi. Efforts to reach Multiple Hauliers’ shareholders did not bear fruit.

Tarlochan Singh, whose number we were able to obtain, did not pick our calls or respond to text messages for several days.

The businessman showed photos they took with his former partners, Rajinder Singh Baryan (current Multiple Hauliers MD), Amrik Singh Heer and Tarlochan Singh Heer when they founded the logistics firm on December 16, 1976.

In those days, most Asians were not allowed to register such companies without a local partner.

The Nation has seen a copy of the business registration form lodged at the Registrar of Companies which has Mr Mungai’s name. It reads: “I hereby certify that a change of particulars has this day been registered in the register of business names in respect of the business name of Multiple Hauliers, which business name was originally registered on December 16, 1976 … Consequent on the registration of such change in particulars Amrik Singh Heer, Tarlochan Singh Heer, Njenga Kariuki Mungai and Rajinder Singh are now registered as carrying on the business at plot number 209/6857, Athi River Road, Nairobi.”

Interestingly, gazette notices from 1978 show that the postal address 41391, Nairobi, was registered to Mr Kariuki.

That is the postal address that Multiple Hauliers uses to date. Before the formation of Multiple Hauliers, Mr Kariuki was a coffee dealer.

A group of Kenyan and Ugandan traders became overnight millionaires owing to illegal coffee trade at the small town of Chepkube in Bungoma County between 1971 and 1988.

Mr Mungai and other traders would buy coffee at Chebukube and sell it to other businessmen who would export it.

He was in the business between 1973 and 1976 where he met Amrik, Tarlochan and Rajinder and they became friends.

By 1976, Mr Mungai had acquired 12 vehicles and a similar number of trailers. His focus was mainly Uganda and Rwanda.

By 1978 Amrik, Tarlochan and Rajinder had 47 trucks through Amithoo Transporters and Safari Garage Limited, while Mr Mungai had 34 trucks and they were now working under the Multiple Hauliers name. Things went on well and Mr Mungai was able to buy a five acre farm in Karen and rent a house in Buru Buru. His first born, Duncan, now 43 years old, was attending Bora Primary School which was a preserve of the well off.

Multiple Hauliers was also growing fast. The company acquired two pieces of land in 1980 for offices and warehouses in Nairobi and Mombasa.

A letter from the logistics firm to then Minister of State G. G. Kariuki requesting for land allocation in Industrial Area seen by the Nation was authored by Mr Mungai.

But after walking out of Multiple Hauliers in 1982, life became tough. One year later, Mr Mungai was evicted from his Buru Buru residence over rent arrears. He could no longer afford school fees so Duncan and his sisters Magdalene and Julia were forced to stay out of school for a year.

Why didn’t he go to court?

“If you don’t have money it is difficult to retain lawyers. Funds were limited and I also had to think about my family. In 1990 I could not afford rent so my family and I moved in with my sister in Huruma for a year before finally moving to this house (California, Eastleigh),” Mr Mungai holds.

Today, Mr Mungai does small brokerage jobs mostly for friends. His wife and daughter Magdalene sell groceries in Gikomba market.

Multiple Hauliers is today one of the biggest logistics firms in Kenya with a fleet of over 1,000 bright orange trucks with blue stripes.

sources: nation.co.ke

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Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee named the new Harambee Stars coach

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Celebrated coach and media personality Jacob Ghost Mulee has made a return to the National team.

This comes just a day after Head coach Francis Kimanzi and his entire technical team was shown the door.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) confirmed the appointment of Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and has since unveiled him.

Mulee first assignment is to prepare the team that will face Comoros in AFCON Qualifier match that’s set to be played in November.

Kimanzi left the scene after he masterminded what had been tipped to be an unlikely friendly win against Zambia on October 9 at Nyayo Stadium.

He was appointed in 2019 to replace Sebastien Migne who he worked with as an assistant coach.

Mulee return reminds Kenyans when national team charges helped to qualify for the 2004 Afcon edition in Tunisia.

He is also credited to have mentored the current J1 League top scorer Michael Olunga and his appointment has provided an opportunity for the duo to work again at national level.

Under Nick Mwendwa Mulee becomes the fifth coach to have been appointed since he took office in 2016.

Stanley Okumbi took over in February 2016 and exited in October 2017 while Paul Put who led Kenya to Cecafa title took over in November 2017 and left in February 2018.

Migne who led the country to the 2019 Afcon finals but, a Chan qualifying setback against Tanzania saw him part ways with the team on mutual consent paving the way for Kimanzi’s rise to the helm.

Kimanzi remained in charge from August 2019 to October 20, 2020, and he left just days after Mwendwa had secured another four-year term as the FKF president.

Mulee and his technical bench are expected to help Harambee Stars fight for back-to-back Afcon qualifications with two matches against Egypt and Togo already played.

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Lolani Kalu lands lucrative TV job 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Former NTV journalist Lolani Kalu is set to make TV comeback after landing a job in a local upcoming TV station.

The talented journalist made headlines a month ago after his plight after retirement was highlighted with his fans calling on the public to come to his rescue.

Speaking to fellow journalists today, Lolani disclosed that he had just signed a one-year contract with TV47 that will see him become coast regional reporter for the station.

According to the 57-year old, the opportunity came after his fans saw him shooting a personal show with one of the artists he was interviewing having TV47 branding.

The excited fans then called the station to find out if he had signed a deal with them and that is what prompted the young TV station to hand Lolani the contract.

He said that he was very grateful and delighted for having another chance in media, adding that the opportunity to work with the station will help him get back on his feet after financial constraints in recent years.

Lolani hopes to revive some of the shows he had while still on NTV like Gumzo Mtaani and Malinmwengu na Lolani at TV47.

He further promised to give back to his fans who came in scores to support him when his story went viral on social media, making him believe in himself and rise again.

He also lauded supporters who did a fundraiser for him through some of the shows that he has since started since he bought a new camera.

He stated that discussions are in progress with TV47 to schedule the exact date for him to return to the screens after putting pen to paper with the TV station.

Lolani also thanked his fans for believing in his work adding that he spent the money they contributed for him in acquiring equipment including a camera worth Sh370, 000.

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Eldoret’s Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients 

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The surge in COVID-19 cases outside Nairobi has now begun overwhelming hospitals in other counties, among them Moi Referral.

A report by the Standard said that the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret was getting overrun by COVID-19 patients.

Moi Teaching is the second-largest referral hospital in Kenya after Kenyatta National Hospital.

A doctor speaking to The Standard said that over the past two weeks, the hospital had witnessed a surge in COVID cases.

The facility also doubles up as a COVID-19 testing centre.

“The number of COVID-19 cases in MTRH is shocking. It is really sad witnessing patients in respiratory distress. This is so unfortunate,” the doctor, requesting anonymity, told The Standard.

The doctor also revealed that many of his colleagues were down with the virus, which has infected over 45,000 in Kenya.

The number of patients requiring high volumes of oxygen and ICU admission was rising, the doctor said. He also revealed that the hospital isolation wards were full.

Uasin Gishu has emerged as a county to watch as cases surged there in recent weeks.

Yesterday, the county tied with Nairobi, each reporting 116 cases.

The day before that, it came in third with 17 cases.

The area governor, Jackson Mandago, confirmed the fast spread of the virus in his county.

“The surge is real. The disease has spread and we have seen people that we know collapsing and dying, only to test positive for COVID-19 post-humously.” Mandago said.

The county recently buried Huruma MCA, Peter Chomba, who succumbed to the virus.

Indeed, residents in Uasin Gishu have lowered their guards completely.

Sources from the area indicate that people have completely discarded masks and are holding funerals and other large gatherings.

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