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Waititu set to step aside as governor after being charged with graft

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Justice Mumbi Ngugi’s July 24 ruling that governors charged with economic crimes vacate office for the duration of their trial, does not bode well for Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu.

But even as Mr Waititu will be charged as expected, Justice Ngugi’s ruling will be weighing heavily on the governor’s mind as he could be barred from his office as well as running the county affairs for up to two years.

Once he is charged, he will be required to stay away from office for the duration of his trial which could last years. Effectively, Mr Waititu’s deputy Dr James Nyoro would be taking over the running of the county. Dr Nyoro and Mr Waititu have had turbulent relations since they were elected on August 8, 2017.

In the ruling, Justice Ngugi held that governors like other civil servants should step aside once charged for a criminal offence and their roles completely taken over by their deputies for the duration of the trial.

Elsewhere, a group of politicians opposed to Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid wants Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu to resign over graft allegations facing him.

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Led by nominated MP Maina Kamanda, Kieleweke group said the corruption allegations facing Mr Waititu were serious and he should step aside.

Speaking in Olkalau, Nyandarua County on Sunday, Mr Kamanda criticised Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen for saying that a certain community and DP Ruto allies were being targeted in war on graft.

The governor, his wife Susan Ndung’u and other county staff have been accused of irregularly awarding tenders amounting to Sh580 million.

Mr Waititu, however presented himself at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission offices in Nairobi on Sunday.

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The nominated legislator said the war on graft should not be politicised.

“No community should carry the burden of one individual. Everyone should carry his or her own cross,” Mr Kamanda said.

Mr Kamanda also backed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s position on funds for counties. He said that the county chiefs should show what they had done with previous allocations.

President Kenyatta last Thursday dismissed call by governors and senators for more revenue allocation to counties saying the government has no money.

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The President asked the counties leaders to utilise what they have and curb corruption in counties instead of demanding for more funds.

He said the 2022 politics was derailing President Kenyatta’s development agenda.

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Mr Kamanda called on Mt Kenya leaders to back President Kenyatta’s development agenda and stop empty politics.

He welcomed President Kenyatta’s planned visit to Mt Kenyatta region to inspect projects.

-Nation.co.ke


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How I made my first million

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At what age did you make your first million? 

I was 19.

How did you make it? 

I was running a creative design and printing agency. I bid for and won an order to design and print marketing materials for a global NGO which has offices in Kenya.

How did you spend or invest it? 

I re-invested most of it into the business by buying more machinery to reduce costs associated with outsourcing. I also set up a new business with a friend – a movie shop in Nairobi CBD.

The biggest money mistake you have ever made? 

Setting up the movie shop was the greatest money mistake – but I picked up two of the greatest business lessons. One, to never divest too early, and only invest in a business you understand well.

What is the best investment you have ever made?

 I would say investing in myself and in my exposure through travel. Travel has made me see endless possibilities for innovating new products, business models and solutions in the African market. A combination of the international exposure and strong local market understanding is priceless.

What is the worst purchase you have ever made? 

The movie shop. I bought a ready business that I did not understand and it went crumbling down. We eventually closed it a few months later.

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If you had a spare million or two, where would you invest it right now?

I would invest it in my current business – a software technology company. This is because I believe the business has potential to become a great success.

What is the biggest money lesson you have learnt about growing it and making it work for you? 

Initially, we all have to work for money. However, I have learnt that the wealthy person has learnt how to make money work for them, through consistently investing what one earns.

Where do you learn about finances? 

I read a lot of books about real success stories from entrepreneurs because I believe entrepreneurship is a great way to create wealth, while creating value in the society. I also stay curious to learn about different investment vehicles because I know I shouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket.

Any financial myths you think should be busted? 

Money is not the root of all evil; greed may be. Money is a good thing because it can create freedom and prosperity, if well spent.

What two personal finance rules do you follow? 

Live within your means; and work to make money as a tool to accomplish real goals. Real goals are not just about making “enough” money, because it is almost impossible to define “enough.”

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Investing or saving…Which one carries more weight?

Investing. However, they go hand to hand as saving to invest is acceptable.

One can get rich easily… but how does one stay rich? 

By constantly making calculated investment risks, and always striving to be wealthy, not rich.


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The life lessons I learnt from a brief stay with my grandfather

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With the schools closed, my parents got tired of me and my three siblings quarrelling and sent us to the village to stay with my grandparents.

More than any book or class, this visit taught me so much about appreciating what I have in my life and being open to the differences that I was blind to.

I protested going to the village at first, but now I am happy I did.

I had never liked being around my grandfather for so long because he is such a strict disciplinarian.

However, staying around him taught me why he is the way he is. He taught me about the value of hard work and integrity.

My grandfather is not one to stand lazy and idle people. So he taught me that I needed to structure my day to the tasks I needed to accomplish and spend time in the evening enjoying leisure.

So in this plan, we wake up in the morning to sweep the compound clean. My sisters then join my grandmother in the kitchen to make breakfast, as my brother and I help grandfather feed the cows before milking them.

Tending the animals

After breakfast, we would all go to the farm to weed. The afternoons were more of reading and playing. My brother soon gravitated towards tending the animals while I enjoyed working on the farm with my grandmother.

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I also loved fetching water from the stream. We then spent the evening watching television to catch up with the news.

The discipline also made us more mindful about how our lives affected others, even when no one was watching.

We carried enough sanitisers and face masks to last us the duration of our imposed stay. We were careful because our grandparents were at that age of being vulnerable to the virus.

I noticed that many villagers were sceptical of the existence of Covid-19. They argued and dismissed the global pandemic as a hoax.

Some said they were yet to see anyone who had succumbed to the virus. Some were really tickled to see us donning face masks all the time, but we stayed true to the act knowing my grandparents’ lives depended on it.

This is how my grandfather raised my father and his eight siblings, and I am happy I got to learn this.

by nation.co.ke


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Foul smell leads to recovery of couple

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Decomposing bodies of a couple that has been missing for more than a week were found in their house in Laini centre off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, yesterday.

A foul smell emanating from the house of the 72-year-old-man and his wife, 62, led to their recovery. Police have launched investigations into the incident.

There were conflicting reports about the deaths with some claiming that the two were murdered while others suspected that they could have died of carbon monoxide emitted from a jiko.

Police declined to give names of the deceased until the next of kin are informed. Emotions ran high as locals viewed the bodies.

A village elder, Moses Mwathi, revealed that the couple was working in a quarry before they went missing.

Mwathi said neighbours thought that they had travelled to their rural home but got concerned after a foul smell started emanating from their house.

“On checking they noticed that the house was locked from inside and the bodies could be seen lying on their bed,” he said.

Police gained access into the house after breaking the door. The bodies were taken to the mortuary

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru said initial investigations pointed to carbon monoxide poisoning from a jiko.

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“We can’t, however, rule out murder at this moment and only a post-mortem examination will establish the real cause of the death,” said the police boss.

And in the nearby Kinungi village, a 35-year-old farmworker committed suicide by hanging himself in a house.

The body was found by his employer before police were called in. Jim Kimani, a friend to the deceased, said he was in low spirits over debts.

“He claimed that some people he owed money were harassing him but we never thought that he would commit suicide,” Kimani said.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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