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How Waititu crafted own downfall

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When Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu successfully shifted his political base from Nairobi to Kiambu in 2015, after losing the city

gubernatorial contest in 2013, he was envied by many.

In fact, the former Embakasi lawmaker popularly known as Baba Yao, used the Kabete parliamentary seat which fell vacant following the death of MP George Muchai, as a launchpad for the Kiambu governor’s seat Waititu aptly captured his political adventure thus: “I just roam just like that, but I always have the favour of God.”

He went on to hand his predecessor William Kabogo an embarrassing defeat both during the Jubilee Party primaries and in the main election.

A day before the 2017 General Election, a confident Waititu had told Kabogo: “The truth of the matter is that tomorrow (election date), I will beat you thoroughly, and please if I do, don’t go to a hospital.” His victory was part of the rise and rise of the streetwise politician, who started as a city councillor, a deputy mayor in the defunct City Council of Nairobi and then a Member of Parliament in 2007 when he was appointed assistant minister.

So popular was Waititu that during the campaigns he coined a slogan, “Rita riri tiracina nyoka na matumbo mayo (This season, we are cremating the snake and its eggs), which he regularly used in his campaign rallies. The “snake” was Kabogo and the eggs were his (Kabogo’s) supporters.

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By cremation, Waititu, who often quipped that his political force was equivalent to a three-phase power line, meant kicking out all Kabogo’s allies for siding with an inept and oppressive regime. And it happened.

But the abrasive politician, who is viewed by many as a man who has little regard for etiquette and the rule of law, appears to be on a major downfall, from his waning popularity in Kiambu where he was voted overwhelmingly to yesterday’s arrest over alleged economic crimes.

The governor who often dons buggy trousers, untucked oversize shirts and a hat, is grappling with allegations of incompetence and presiding over a corrupt administration that has been milking the county treasury dry and using the loot to spruce up his lifestyle.

Waititu was arrested after presenting himself at Integrity Centre, the headquarters of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, after the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered his arrest, his wife Susan Wangari and eight others.

The governor surrendered to the EACC after being sought for hours by the police.

His lawyer Kipchumba Karori, said the governor had been “out of town since Friday evening” when news broke that he was wanted for prosecution.

Proceeds of corruption

“He arrived last (Saturday) evening and he has presented himself now to the authorities. There was confusion,” the lawyer said.

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Waititu and his team are accused of fraudulent accusation of public funds, money laundering, flouting procurement laws, conflict of interest and abuse of office in relation to Sh588 million road tenders awarded to a company belonging to his associate last year.

The Kiambu county boss is expected to face three charges including conflict of interest, dealing with a suspect property and willful failure to comply with procurement law and engaging in fraudulent procurement process and money laundering.

The DPP recommended the charges after the EACC submitted the Kiambu file to him on July 9.

The tenders were awarded to Testimony Enterprise that is owned by Charles Chege and his wife Beth Wangeci, who are expected to be charged alongside Waititu and Lukas Wahinya, the chief officer for roads.

Forensic investigations and bank records show Testimony advanced Sh25 million to Saika Two Estate Developers Ltd owned by the governor and his daughter Monica Njeri to buy Bieneveu Delta Hotel Limited, which is owned by Waititu and his wife.

The hotel received another Shi 8 million believed to be proceeds of corruption from Testimony.

The beleaguered governor, also known as Wakahare (squirrel), a name that was given to him by Kabogo during the campaigns allegedly because of some of his perceived unpleasant manners, is expected in court this morning and once he takes plea, he will have to leave office.

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By Eric Wainaina, PD


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‘I regret…’ Anne Kiguta opens up about posting her daughter on social media

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TV news anchor Anne Kiguta has announced that she would like to share with her fans more about her life.

However, she draws a line on exposing her children to the limelight.

Anne has three children, one from her previous marriage and fraternal twins with Jomo Gecaga.

Responding to a fan who asked her about her babies, Anne posted a photo of her and her twins but blocked out the faces.

In her response she explained,

“Gosh, so many of you have said this… was the number one response. Well, I will have to let you down on that my loves.”

She added,

“I’m rather traditional (believe it or not) so I’m vehemently against it. My babies are are all still too young, including the eldest, to be on social media.”

Anne continued,

“In fact I really regret having posted my eldest at all. Mummy already has a pretty public life. They deserve their privacy.”

But not to break her fans hearts, Anne promised,

“A reference every once in a while but nothing more than that for a long long time.  Hope  you understand.”

In another post she still emphasized,

“That is my son. Quite the charmer. If only I could tell you half of what they say! But all these are are to me sacred moments…really can’t share much more.”

Not to be daunted though, Anne promised to talk about other aspects of her life.

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Here are the various topics she is open to talking about.

By Mpasho.co.ke


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Shock as man ‘resurrects’ in a Kericho mortuary

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There was drama at Kapkatet sub-county hospital in Kericho on Tuesday night when a 32-year-old man who had been presumed dead and taken to the mortuary regained consciousness close to three hours later.

Mortuary attendants were getting ready to embalm Peter Kigen’s body when they noticed some movements.

Kigen, a resident of Kibwastuiyo village in Bureti Constituency, is said to have collapsed while at home before his family took him to hospital.

His younger brother, Kevin Kipkurui, said he was present when Kigen collapsed. With the help of their cousin, they took Kigen to the hospital at 5.30 pm.

“When we arrived at the casualty department, we met a doctor who asked us to register the details of the patient at the reception while he attended to him,” Kipkurui, who was still in shock, told The Standard.

After registering the patient, Kipkurui said he was again asked to the National Hospital Insurance Fund desk for further documentation of his brother.

Kigen reportedly suffers from a chronic illness.

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“When I went back to the casualty department at around 7.45 pm, I learnt my brother was dead. A nurse told me that he died long before we arrived at the hospital,” Kipkurui said.

He added: “The nurse later handed me a document to take to the mortuary attendant before my brother’s body was moved to the morgue.”

However, at 10.30 pm, Kipkuriu said, as they were waiting for embalming of Kigen’s body, they were informed that in fact, he was not dead.

Mortuary attendants who mummified the body told them that Kigen had regained consciousness.

“The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked. We could not understand how they could move a person who is still alive into the mortuary,” Kipkurui said.

Kigen, who spoke from his hospital bed yesterday, said he was shocked to learn that he was thought to have died and even taken to the mortuary.

“I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?” he said.

Kirui, who donned his light-blue hospital uniform, was nevertheless happy to be alive and vowed to dedicate his life to evangelism once he’s discharged from hospital.

“I did not even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life,” he said.

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The hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot said Kigen was in critical condition when he was brought in.

Dr Cheruiyot said: “His relatives presumed he was dead and did not even wait for certification of death. They moved him to the mortuary, on their own.”

He said the clinical officers at the casualty were busy attending to other critically ill patients when Kigen was brought in, including an epileptic and a diabetic patient.

“They asked Kigen’s relatives to give them some time but they accused the clinicians of taking too much time and decided to take him to the mortuary. It was while the mortician was getting ready to embalm his body that she noticed some signs of life,” said Cheruiyot. He said the mortician informed the team at the casualty department which took Kigen back and begun resuscitating him. The process took three hours before the patient was stabilised.

“The patient was later taken to the ward and is responding well to treatment. We hope to discharge him in a few days,” Dr Cheruiyot said yesterday.

He added: “I advise those bringing their loved ones to the hospital to follow the laid down regulations. Before a body is moved the mortuary, it has to be certified by a clinician. In Kigen’s case, we can only say he was lucky, especially because of our qualified mortician who checked him before making any move,” said Cheruiyot.

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The bizarre incident saw local MCAs, led by the Majority Leader Hezron Kipngeno, storm the hospital. This is after Chelanget MCA Hezborn Tonui demanded a statement from the heath committee over the incident that shocked the county.


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VIDEO: 28 year old Kenyan woman marries a 60 year old German and tongues can’t stop wagging

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Ciru Njuguna is 28 and her husband Greg Twiss is 60. Please don’t let that age gap fool you, these two deeply love each other and they are living their best life together.

But when people say Ciru is just after Greg’s money and he will end up in a septic tank, that gets to her. She is not ashamed of her relationship and strongly urges the public to let other people be.

“My German husband is older than my father. People say I am his slave and he is a colonial master,” she says.

She sat down with Lynn Ngugi for this exclusive episode of Tuko Talks and this is her story.


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