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Dramatic fall of CS Rotich in just 24 hours

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Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge shared a cell at Muthaiga Police Station where they chatted until 2am yesterday, police sources said. Rotich had been driven into the police station at about 6pm on Monday.

Thugge had first been taken to Pangani Police Station, but was later driven to Muthaiga Police Station at around 7pm where he joined his boss for the night.

Following their arrest at their offices on Monday morning, the two men were taken to the offices of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Kiambu Road where they joined 11 other suspects and had their fingerprints taken.

At Muthaiga Police Station, they were ushered into a room that has hosted other graft suspects in the past. Sources said the room is furnished with a table, mattress and blanket.

On Monday night, Rotich was allowed at least five visitors who included his wife and lawyers.Thugge’s relatives and his lawyer also came calling. The main gate to the station was closed as police vetted guests who wanted to visit the two and five other suspects held in separate cells.

The police were reportedly restricting entry because they did not want a repeat of an incident where guests of Dennis Itumbi, who is a suspect in a different case, were given free access at the station two weeks ago prompting the suspension of a senior officer.Sources said Rotich ate dinner that was brought by his family.

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“He seemed relaxed and ready for anything. He and the PS understood, from their experience, why the police have been in need of money to construct and renovate police facilities,” said an officer who asked not to be named.Around 5am, the suspects’ relatives arrived with a change of clothes, tooth paste, deodorant and Vaseline, among other items.

The officers had already taken roll-call and they told the men to prepare to leave for court. The suspects freshened up, changed clothes and ate their breakfast.They were driven to Pangani Police Station where they mingled with officials from the Kerio Valley Development Authority who had also been detained overnight. Most of the KVDA suspects had neither received visitors nor changed their clothes because they had been picked up in Eldoret and brought to Nairobi.

Night in custodyThey all boarded a van that headed to Parklands Police Station to pick up more suspects before it sped towards Milimani Law Courts.

The suspects had spent the night in custody after their lawyers unsuccessfully attempted to have them released on police bonds. They were ushered into the Milimani court cells at about 6.30am and were held there until about 9am when they appeared in court. Rotich had been the first suspect to be picked up from his Treasury Building office before being driven to the DCI headquarters.

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Thugge was also arrested in his office as DPP Noordin Haji issued a statement elaborating his case against the officials.Police teams in Nairobi, Tharaka Nithi and Eldoret had been briefed and put on standby. They had mapped out where the suspects were before driving out to make the arrests.

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UoN masters degree finalist who sells eggs appeals for a job

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A jobless graduate who’s finalising his masters degree is appealing for well-wishers to give him a job. Dennis Obiri Ogola from Ndumbuini in Kabete sells boiled eggs despite having a diploma, degree and is set to complete his master’s programme in early 2021.

“I’m currently doing my masters and I’m in my last semester of the coursework. I have a diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management from the Kenya Institute of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Procurement and Supply Chain Management option) from the University of Nairobi,” says Dennis.

Humble background, hawking eggs, rent arrears

The soft-spoken Dennis hails from a humble background and is the firstborn in a family of six children. Wellwishers enabled him to pursue his studies and he dreams of helping his younger siblings get a good education.

“I was helped by a children’s home to complete my primary school education. I joined high school in the same children’s home and because of my good manners, they offered to further my education. I did my diploma and after scoring a second class (upper division) in my degree, I got sponsors for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme at UoN,” he says.

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Dennis got into the eggs business after another well-wisher was touched by his plight and gave him the startup capital even though the proceeds scarcely meets his needs. On a good day, he makes Sh300 profit which he reinvests in the business, leaving him with peanuts to live off.

“I have some rent arrears but I spoke to the landlord and he’s understanding- but at the end of the day, he wants money.” Photo: Courtesy.

 “After hearing of my situation, an empathetic Human Resource practitioner in a financial institution gave me capital to start this business selling eggs and smokies. In a day, I sell a tray of boiled eggs at Sh600 (Sh20 per egg), making a Sh300 profit. I spend Sh300 on eggs for the next day and use some of the remaining money buy saviets, onions and tomatoes for kachumbari , wrapping papers and tomato sauce. The remainder of the money cannot pay my rent. I have some rent arrears but I spoke to the landlord and he’s understanding- but at the end of the day, he wants money,” he says.

“The far I’ve reached, it’s taken a lot of patience and perseverance. I would like to appeal to anyone with a job to offer me the opportunity. I dream of at least helping my siblings,” concludes Dennis, who has over ten certificates.

You can reach Dennis on 0705446010.

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Aisha Jumwa, aide fail to take plea in murder case

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa and her aide Geoffrey Otieno will spend another night in police cells pending bail ruling in a murder case against them.

The two were arraigned in a Mombasa court on Thursday and charged with the murder of Gumbao Jola who was killed in the chaos that ensued during campaigns for a by-election in Ganda Ward on October 15, 2019.

They denied the charges before Mombasa High Court Judge Lady Justice Njoki Mwangi.

The defence lawyers led by Danstan Omari, Jared Magolo and Cliff Ombeta asked the court to release the suspects on reasonable bail terms.

The lawyers accused the state of frustrating the lawmaker who is also facing graft charges and urged the court to free the two on bail.

Earlier in the day, Justice Mwangi was forced to briefly defer plea taking to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP’s) office to avail missing mental assessment report for Jumwa’s co-accused.

The judge also questioned the validity of Ms Jumwa’s medical report, which the court noted bears a signature that’s not that of a psychiatric known to be conducting the assessments in Mombasa.

The prosecution, however, explained that the medic who appends his signatures on the report has retired and that the procedure was done by his colleague who is currently in charge.

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Comedian Othuol Othuol’s father speaks for the first time following son’s death

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Father to the late Churchill show comedian Othuol Othuol has today spoken for the first time and revealed that he was against his son’s comedy career.

Peter Omondi, Othuol’s father, disclosed that he always felt like comedy was a lazy man’s career which he did not want his son participating in.

Due to his father being against his dream career, the late Othuol Othuol had to leave home in Nyanza unknowingly and go to Nairobi where he joined Churchill’s comedy group.

However, with time as his son’s popularity grew, the late Othuol Othuols’s said that he came to accept his chosen career.

Othuol’s new path and fame brought a lot of popularity in the family that his father had to always be careful wherever he went.

This fact gave Othuol’s father so much pride as he realised that he now had someone to answer to and protect his image.

Speaking about his son’s life, Peter Omondi said that Othuol’s passion for comedy began at a very early age.

He wished that he knew better to encourage his son’s passion instead of discouraging him. He was very proud that Othuol still forced himself to do what he loved.

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“I didn’t want him to do comedy. I always thought comedy was for those who didn’t want to work hard. From that, i knew that you must identify your kid’s talent and be serious with it,” Othuol’s father said.

The 56-year-old Peter, also talked about a side of Othuol Othuol that many people did not know about.

According to him, his son Othuol was a brilliant kid in school who would often be in the first position.

However, he would always turn the tables around and become last in his class in case his parents failed to acknowledge his efforts.

Othuol’s character was also very surprising to his father, as the late comedian always hang out with kids below his age and joke around a lot.

According to Peter, Othuol did not like being around his peers or older kids.

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