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US to send prosecutor to Kenya to boost war on corruption

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The US has agreed to send to Kenya one of its top prosecutors to support the country in the ongoing war against corruption.

This was after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti led a delegation for talks with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) deputy director David Bowdich and US deputy Attorney General Bruce Swartz during their week-long visit.

“United States Justice Department is set to attach a senior US prosecutor to strengthen the ongoing anti-corruption efforts. This was revealed by the US deputy attorney general Bruce Swartz during meeting with Kenyan delegation,” Haji said.

The team also met with Head of Public Integrity Section at US Department of Justice, Ms. Annalou Tirol.

“Discussion centered on best practices in dealing with public corruption cases. She pledged continued support to the ongoing anticorruption efforts,” Haji said.

In another meeting, FBI pledged its support in Kenya’s fight against corruption.At the meeting, which took place at the bureau’s headquarters, Bowdich also lauded the anti-corruption efforts by the two.“… Mr. Bowdich lauded the Anti-corruption efforts by the duo and promised full support from the USA Government,” the DCI stated through its twitter account.

The discussions also touched on Anti-terrorism matters where the US promised to help establish a Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force in Kenya.

Haji said the meetings will be crucial and helpful to the Kenyan team that is eager to learn much on issues that include money laundering and corruption at large.

“We will come back richer and well equipped with knowledge on these issues disturbing us. Corruption is allover and need to be tamed,” he said.Kinoti is accompanied by officers from Anti-Terrorism Police Unit and others from his office. He said they are eager to learn from the best police outfit in the world.

US ambassador to Kenya said in an opinion that the US has provided military, medical and disaster response training to Kenya.“Recently, we conducted a course for Kenyan law enforcement officers that taught prosecutors and police advanced techniques on how to disrupt terrorist incidents and successfully prosecute terrorists,” he said.

He added Washington committed to enhance counter terrorism, defence and maritime security assistance and will work with Kenya to help develop its new Coast Guard Service.Organized crime, drug trafficking and human trafficking and intelligence sharing will also be in focus, Haji said.

Kenya extradited the Akasha brothers, Baktash and Ibrahim along with Gulam Hussein, a Pakistani national charged with heading a drug transportation network, and Vijaygiri Goswami, an Indian businessman accused of managing the Akasha organization’s drug business to the US in 2017 where the two are waiting to be sentenced over drug trafficking charges.

They were arrested in Mombasa, Kenya, in November 2014 in a U.S.-led sting operation, in which authorities said the Akasha organization provided 99 kilograms of heroin and two kilograms of methamphetamine to DEA informants posing as drug traffickers.As part of a deal made in October with US prosecutors, each is facing a prison term that could range from 10 years to life.

The brothers agreed then to plead guilty to seven criminal charges, including bribing unnamed Kenyan officials.The terms of the agreement also indicate that the Akashas may each be fined up to $10 million (Sh1 billion) and be required to forfeit all the money obtained through their confessed drug dealings

.The trip comes weeks after Haji led a similar one to UK, Jersey Island accompanied by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission boss Twalib Mbarak.

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Mwana FA, Babu Tale win parliamentary seats

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Diamond Platnumz’s manager Shaban Tale Tale a.k.a Babu Tale and bongo Flava artiste Hamis Mwinjuma aka Mwana FA are the newest celebrity Members of Parliament in Tanzania.

Babu Tale was declared the new Morogoro South East constituency legislator after he went unopposed while Mwana FA was declared the new Muheza constituency legislator.

Babu Tale became the CCM flagbearer after he beat Tanzania’s assistant Agricultural minister Omary Mgumbe, who was the incumbent to clinch the CCM ticket.

Mwana FA, who was vying on the ruling CCM party ticket, floored the opposition Chadema candidate Yosepher Komba, who garnered 12,034 against 47,578 votes.

In August 2020, Mwana FA was among the few lucky CCM members who successfully sought the party’s approval from a pool of 10,367 candidates facing off for 264 parliamentary seats.

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John Magufuli wins second term as Tanzania’s president amid rigging claims

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Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli has been re-elected for the second term, the country’s National Electoral Commission has announced.

In the results announced by National Electoral Commission chairman Judge Semitocles Kaijage in Dar es salaam on Friday, President Magufuli emerged the winner with 12,516, 252 of the total votes cast in the polls held on October 28.

His closest contender Tundu Lisu garnered 1,933,271 of the total voted cast.

President Magufuli will be awarded the winner’s certificate on November 1 in Dodoma at the National Electoral Commission’s headquarters. With the landslide victory in the October 28 polls, the president will go into his second term after improving his 2015 victory margin by 3,633,317 votes.

In 2015, he won the presidential poll by 58.46 percent of the total votes cast after garnering 882935 votes. He beat his closest challenger Edward Lowassa who garnered 6,072,848 votes.

On Thursday, Tanzania’s main opposition presidential candidate Lissu rejected the results of the vote, terming it a fraud.

At a press conference in Dar es Salaam, Lissu, who ran on the Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema), said the figures being announced by the National Electoral Commission could not be verified.

“We do not recognise what happened yesterday (Wednesday) … because it was marred by irregularities in all stages.

Lissu said his party would not accept any results from the polls and called on the masses to “take the matter in their own hands” by engaging in peaceful demonstrations.

Preliminary results showed incumbent John Magufuli was ahead of the pack as stations kept sending in their data. In some stations, Magufuli got nearly five times the vote compared to the total garnered by all the other 14 presidential contenders.

But Chadema and several other opposition politicians said the vote had been rigged in favour of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi.

Zitto Kabwe, the party leader of ACT-Wazalendo, another opposition party, said the elections had confirmed Tanzania’s growth into a dictatorship.

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Jalang’o dismisses favoritism claims raised against Kiss FM  

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Media Personality Jalang’o has been forced to intervene after Parroty Vunulu of the famous Gengetone Group Wanati accused his employer Kiss 100 of denying them an interview.

According to Jalang’o, the contact person for the Lewa hit-makers had only booked one person for the interview and that’s Mejja but unfortunately they showed up at Kiss 100 studios without him.

He added that, following Mejja’s absence, the Kiss 100 crew requested to have one person interviewed from the Group due to Covid-19 restrictions but they refused.

“Parroty Vunulu buda wewe pia utawacha hizoo…your booking them booked only Mejja not you and the team…Nyinyi kufika Kiss Mukambiwa tunaexpect Mejja..mkasema hayuko.

“Mkaambiwa basi mtu moja aiingie juu ya Covid rules za Kiss, 1 Guest…mkasema kama hamuingii wote interview ikae…sasa unaenda kutukanana wacha hizo” said Jalang’o.

On Thursday, the upcoming Gengetone Rapper had accused Kiss 100 of favoritism after their planed interview at Radio station failed to go down.

“I can’t believe our Kenyan media are still discriminating 254 Artists. Just imagine @Kiss100Kenya called us for a radio interview today 8.45am only to get there with @itskabagazi and @oneby_01 and the Producer told us that they only want @mejjagenge ati sisi hawatutambui. Very disappointed by Kiss Fm. Kidole cha Kati,” said Parroty Vunulu.

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