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VIDEO: What killed Jonathan Moi?

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A blow has befallen former President Daniel Arap Moi’s family after he lost a son, Jonathan Moi, who succumbed to cancer at a Nakuru hospital on Saturday, April 20.

Very few people, however, know much about his life as he had developed a tendency to keep his life low key despite the indomitable power that his family wields in the country.

Rally driver

According to reports, Jonathan was a revered rally driver in the country who received numerous awards and participated in various competitions including Caltex Equator Rally which was held in Nairobi Kenya. He drove a famous Toyota Celica. But did you know this, as told by Kumekucha Chris?

 

Before raising to the respectable status, however, the former rally driver had to ward off the negative press after reports hit the headlines that he had murdered a woman identified as Julie Ward back in September 1988.

Gideon Moi (left), Uhuru Kenyatta and Jonathan Moi on Kenyatta Day celebarations in 1980.

Julie Ward Murder

At the time, the first information of the Moi’s son involvement first originated from a Swiss TV crew before it spread to local headlines.

At the time, Ward, a young woman who had traveled into the country for a seven-month wildlife photography excursion, mysteriously disappeared in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Game Reserve.

Mzee Moi’s son Jonathan Moi drives a car.

According to a report by Citizen TV, her father, John Ward, was the first to sense her daughter’s disappearance and took the plane to the Mara in search of her.

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Her father recounted finding remains of her body: the jaw and the lower left leg, that had been burnt, deep in the bushes of Maasai Mara.

The leg had also been chopped off by a blow from a panga or something sharp.

No one has, however, been convicted since the reports hit the headlines.

A Nairobi Law Monthly cover story by John Ward, the father of Julie ward, who gave details of her chilling murder.

1,000-acre Land Case

In May 1994, Jonathan was sacked into a land scandal after a company associated with him sold a 1,000 acre parcel of land that was reportedly part of Ngong Forest.

The land was allegedly sold to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) pocketing a total of Ksh70 million which was a lot of money back then.

In 2017, the Kenya Forest Service gazetted the 1,000 acres as part of Ngong Forest which prompted Jonathan’s company to rush to court to protect the legality of the sale which they lost in 2018.

Former President Daniel Moi.

Elections Trial

In 2002, Jonathan tried his hand at politics when he vied for Eldama Ravine parliamentary seat but lost to Musa Sirma, his father’s long term ally. He reportedly quit after that and served as Gideon Moi’s advisor.

His son, Collins Moi, also hit the headlines in January this year he abandoned his girlfriend at a Kitale hotel.

Jonathan was also a renowned farmer.

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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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