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How Raila Unmasked Matiang’i Impostor in Dubai



On Saturday, April 27, in the United Arab Emirates, President Uhuru Kenyatta reportedly met with the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)  who is the emir (ruler) of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The Emir is said to have raised concerns about problems he was having with his gold consignment that was to be airlifted through Nairobi.The Emir is reported to have produced an audio recording that was replayed to the President purportedly in a conversation between the Royal family’s representative and a Kenyan contact.

The recording is believed to be the same one that was leaked online at the weekend, and which prompted a statement from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji directing the police to investigate the audio clip titled “Wetang’ula exposed in fake gold scam,” apparently referring to Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula.Officials aware of the meeting in Dubai say also present was Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is also the African Union’s High Representative for Infrastructural Development.

The leaders were returning from a summit in China.Raila and Uhuru had stopped over in Dubai for a weekend-long meeting on their way from Beijing, where they had attended the Belt and Roads Forum, a signature project for Chinese President Xi Jinping to connect Africa, Asia and Europe, officials said.

During the meeting, the Dubai ruler is said to have shared with Uhuru the audio that captured a conversation between his nephew Ali Zandi and the Kenyan contact, and also explained how they had been taken in circles in Nairobi over the gold consignment that was to be trucked from DRC Congo and flown out via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.The Sheikh had been told by their Kenyan contacts the gold consignment had been seized at JKIA, but authorities say the Dubai ruler was conned as there was no such cargo.

It would appear Sheikh Maktoum had decided to raise the matter personally with Uhuru because it had been three months since he had lodged a protest with Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i over the gold consignment allegedly seized at JKIA.In the January 20 letter, the Sheikh had requested immediate action regarding the shipment of gold under “our company’s name Zlivia, which is being retained by your authorities in Kenya.

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”The Sheikh had acknowledged that he understood the delay “was caused by the last terrorist attack in your country” apparently referring to the dusitD2 terror attack on January 15.“Nevertheless, now we need your immediate and strong action to release the totality of Zlivia Gold shipment to UAE as soon as possible and according to the instructions by our General Manager Mr Zandi, who is there in Kenya to organise the shipment.”“It is quite urgent to solve this issue the earliest,” the letter by the Dubai ruler had read.

Zandi flew to Nairobi on the eve of Christmas Day, last year – and was still in Kenya by the time the Sheikh wrote to Dr Matiang’i – to try to trace the gold haul from Ndande Tribe in DRC Congo since it had been three months since the deal was sealed with the Kenyan contacts.The scheme started on September 25, last year, when the group approached Zandi, who represents Zlivia Company, a gold trading company based in Dubai.

They had said they would deliver 4.6 tonnes of gold.Zandi had been in Kenya for almost a month and left sometime in February, without the precious cargo. Having reached a dead end, it would appear the Sheikh saw an opportunity in Uhuru’s stopover in Dubai to seek his intervention.  On returning back to the country, Uhuru reportedly summoned his security bosses and played the audio to them.Among those present in the meeting were Matiang’i, National Intelligence Service boss Maj Gen Philip Kameru, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho.

Uhuru expressed concerns over the con games in the country for which JKIA is used as the operational base. The Head of State then demanded immediate action.That order apparently has triggered the police operation that has seen arrests of more than a dozen people and discovery of fake gold in Kileleshwa, Nairobi.The operation has also seen the arrest of businessman Jared Otieno, who was detained over claims he swindled a man from Laos Sh300 million on the pretence he would supply him with gold.

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The police say the operation against those behind several fake gold deals in the country is ongoing and more suspects are set to be arrested. Other officials said the saga was first brought to the attention of the president in early April by Raila. This was after Raila flew to Dubai and met Sheikh Marktoum, who reportedly asked for his intervention to have the said gold weighing 4.6 tonnes released from JKIA.During the meeting at a hotel in Dubai, a Kenyan who has been mentioned in the saga was introduced to Raila as the one who was supposed to supply the said gold from DRC, but the commodity was detained at JKIA.

The Kenyan man was embarrassed when he called a man purporting to be Matiang’i on the phone only for Raila to declare the person on the other end was not the CS.“He put the phone on a loudspeaker and when Raila heard the voice of the other party, he intervened and declared it was not the CS. This ended the conversation,” said an official aware of the issue.It was at that point that Raila is said to have told the Dubai ruler they had been swindled and promised to raise the matter with the Kenyan officials. Raila is said to have flown back to Kenya and met the President and other security officials, and informed them of the saga.

Mr Haji has since given police seven days to investigate the leaked audio recording and give him a file for action.The DPP said he had personally received a complaint from victims of the scam claiming that the personality had been dealing with them for some time and invoking the President’s name in their dealings.Preliminary investigation has revealed that the scheme started on September 25, last year, when the group approached Zandi.

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The group reportedly used known gold dealers, including a Russian national, to state that there was a huge amount of gold in DRC ready for movement to Dubai.On September 27, the Kenyans said the gold had been detained by customs officials at JKIA.According to the police, this prompted Zandi to call a Kenyan senator for help.On December 15, last year, the senator flew to Dubai on the invitation of Zandi, for a meeting, during which he assured them he would help secure the release of the gold. However, Zandi declined the demands for cash to facilitate the release and instead flew to Kenya on December 24.His efforts to meet senior Kenyan Government officials were unsuccessful. Instead, the Kenyan contacts took him to JKIA, where he was shown sealed boxes purportedly containing the gold.

Apparently, the extortion ring includes some Government officials who facilitate the movement of their victims to the secure section at JKIA, where they have leased space for their fraudulent businesses.On January 21, Zandi, who was still in the country, was moved to another hotel to meet a “senior Government official”, who would facilitate the release of the precious cargo. Those behind the scheme organised imposters, one masquerading as a powerful Cabinet secretary, who they drove at night in two four-wheel drive cars to the hotel in Karen.Zandi is said to have met the Government official in his car.

The official apparently assured that the gold would be released. He flew back to Dubai after a month. But the said gold never got to Dubai.Police say no such gold was held at the airport. Frustrated, Sheikh Maktoum wrote to Kenya to complain about the scam and demanded action on those behind it. The “seizure” was supposedly the first tranche of a 23-tonne gold consignment that was to be brought from the DRC. Police investigations show the senator flew to Dubai to convince the royal family he would use his connections to have the said gold released.

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Well-wishers put smile on needy varsity student



When the Nation visited Joseph Boke in May at his grandmother’s home in the border town of Sirare in Migori County, he expressed hope that he would one day go back to university and complete his studies.

This was after dropping out of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in 2016 due to his inability to pay his fees.

But one thing that always bothered him was where he would get money to enable him resume his studies.

With this in mind, Boke tried his hand as a bar manager where he worked for a former high school friend. He was being paid Sh5,000 per month. He would also teach in some local secondary schools where he earned between Sh3,000 and Sh5,000 a month.

But while he did these jobs, he was cognisant of the need to go back to JKUAT and clear his studies.

He had been in high school for ten years, sitting the KCSE exam three times and scoring a straight A that secured him placement at the university to study actuarial science.

Having lost his mother in 1994 when he was a child, he and his two siblings, a brother and a sister, were brought up by their grandmother, Maria Mogosi who never bore her own children as she was barren. Among the Kuria people, if a woman is not able to give birth she is allowed to “marry a young woman” who bears children for her. Boke and his siblings found themselves in this kind of cultural arrangement.

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Their grandmother, who exchanges Kenyan and Tanzanian currencies in Sirare town, recounted how she has struggled to have them go through school with the little resources she has.

Boke now expresses his joy after some Kenyan well-wishers contributed towards his return to university.

Because he has always been passionate about teaching, he joined the University of Nairobi’s (UoN) College of Education where he is now pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.

Boke could not return to JKUAT to continue with actuarial studies as the curriculum had when in the three years he was away due to lack of fees.

Among his benefactors is Elizabeth Wanyoike, a Kenyan pastor living in the US.

Ms Wanyoike has pledged to support Boke through his education and take care of his upkeep.

Ms Mogosi expressed her joy and thanked Kenyans and Pastor Wanyoike for helping her grandson resume studies.

Dr Pamela Lunjalu, the assistant dean of students at UoN’s College of Education says more effective policies should be formulated to take care of such cases.

She also says that these cases should be looked into at the local level before students join school but asserts that the government should increase funding for bright but needy students.

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“The University of Nairobi offers many opportunities but these are still not enough for the rising cases of these students. UoN gives students bursaries and work study opportunities. The university is also in constant communication with HELB (Higher Education Loans Board) to facilitate quick funding for the students,” says Dr Lunjalu.

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The rogue police force of Juja -VIDEO



Kenya police are on the spot over brutality and excessive force unleashed on Jomo Kenyatta University students on Monday.

Officers from Juja descended on the learners, who, ironically, were protesting over rising insecurity around the main campus, with blows, kicks and clubs.

Instead of protection, assurances and outlining the steps they would take to ensure the Jkuat student fraternity is safe, the officers chose to give stabbers and muggers a run for their money— rubbing salt in the victims’ festering wounds.

The officers in full combat gear mutated into a rogue force as they battled to restore law and order after the protesting student blocked sections of the busy Thika Road and brought business around Jkuat to a standstill.

In one of the ugly scenes captured on camera, five male police officers are seen brutally assaulting a defenceless male student.

In the video that has since gone viral online, the officers take turns in raining kicks on Allan Omondi lying on the ground.

Omondi is a fourth year-student pursuing a degree in Food Science Technology at the Juja-based campus.

As the student in a red t-shirt and blue jeans attempts to regain consciousness and scrambles to his, one of the officers kicks his head with a heavy boot.

The powerful kick sends him sprawling back to the dusty ground as the other officers descend on him with clubs.

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One of the police men is seen attempting to trample Omondi’s head, as if to finish him.

While the condition of the student, who was later arrested and locked up, was not immediately known, he most likely sustained serious injuries.

Omondi, who is asthmatic, was remanded at Juja Police Station for more than five hours, did not have an inhaler and no sweater.

According to Ian Duncan, Omondi’s friend, he was released from the cell on Monday night and handed over to his mother.

The officers also broke the gate of one of the hostels and lobbed teargas, subjecting the students to inhuman treatment.

It is this violence that drew the outrage of Kenyans, with many questioning effectiveness of the ongoing police reforms as others demanded action on the rogue officers.

“Just watched a very disturbing video of police brutally beating an individual alleged to be a Jkuat student,” tweeted Mwalimu Dida, a former presidential candidate.

“I don’t know why all those officers would choose to beat up unarmed person who is already on the ground and is not resisting arrest. Can the IG clarify this incident?”

Lucy Kamunya said there was no difference between the police officers and criminals who were giving Jkuat students sleepless nights.

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“The police ganging up with the same people who rob students to beat up students says a lot about the security of comrades in Juja,” she tweeted.

The violence caught the attention of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and Inspector-General Hillary Mutyambai who have ordered investigations.

“I have observed the events at Jkuat today with profound concern. The use of force by police is clearly outlined in the National Police Standing Orders,” he tweeted early Tuesday.

“I have spoken to the IG and we both agree that firm and decisive action shall be taken against any officer who used excessive force, within the next 24 hours.”

Mr Mutyambai ordered the Internal Affairs Unit to investigate the matter and make recommendations for action within 24 hrs.

“It is important to note that all police officers have gone through a rigorous and professional training on management of riots and unlawful assemblies,” he said in a statement.

“Officers have also been trained on the need to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, and that, use of force must be legal and of necessity to the needs of justice; it must be applied to the extent that it remains proportionate to the gravity of the offence and with full accountability.”

He vowed action against officers who will be found to have broken the law.

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“Officers are further reminded that police action should never be punitive; it should focus on maintenance of law and order, and processing offenders for court,” he said.

According to the Constitution, police officers are only allowed to use excessive force when their lives are in danger.

But even as Dr Matiang’i and Mr Mutyambai vowed action, Juja police boss Dorothy Migarusha defended her officers, saying they exercised restraint during the operation.

“Despite finding it tough to handle the situation of about 30,000 demonstrators, police officers didn’t fire even a single live bullet,” said Ms Migarusha.

Investigations into the operation, she said, were ongoing.

“Any officer who shall have been found to contravene the law will be punished,” she said.

But she dismissed the video on the assault, saying it she could not verify its authenticity.

Kiambu County Police Commander Ali Nuno said they were racing against time to identify the rogue police officers.

“The officers are from Kiambu, they are not from outside and we will have identified them by close of business today,” he told the Nation on phone.

“I can assure you if any officer broke the law then they will be individually held responsible.”

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Meet Anne Okoth wife to Kibra’s new MP Imran Okoth



They say behind every successful man there must be a woman and for Imran Okoth that woman is his wife, Anne Ithara Okoth, his companion of many years.

Although not much is known about her she was seen by her husband’s side in the just-concluded Kibra by-elections.

Imran Okoth and his wife Anne

Many might wonder why Okoth is called Imran what many do not know is that he is a converted Muslim.

He decided to convert to Islam owing to his upbringing in Kibra where most of his friends were Nubians.

“He never left Kibra. He has spent his whole life there. He settled there and is married with children. The name Imran is not an alias. That became his name after he became a Muslim.”

Imran Okoth

Imran was declared the winner on Friday morning after garnering 24,636 votes to beat Jubilee’s McDonald Mariga.

Mariga conceded defeat when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) figures from 40 out of 183 polling stations showed he was second.


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