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Why Kirinyaga’s Anne Waiguru campaigned with Raila in Kibra

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Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru joined ODM leader Raila Odinga and other politicians in a tour of Kibra, Nairobi, on Sunday out of respect for his March 9, 2018 handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Ms Waiguru explained her presence alongside Ukambani governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) and Charity Ngilu (Kitui).

“We must say in plain truth that the country is peaceful because of the handshake. We will protect it,” she said.

“The others who claim they want to bring developments are just baiting you. They are a one-man guitar, unlike Imran who is the fruit of handshake.”

Bernard Imran Okoth, brother of the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth, is the Orange Democratic Movement’s candidate for the by-election that will take place on November 7.

His key rivals are McDonald Mariga of Jubilee Party, who has been campaigning with Deputy President William Ruto; Khamisi Butichi of Ford Kenya, whose leader is Bongoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula; and Eliud Owalo of Amani National Congress, whose leader is Musalia Mudavadi.

Mr Odinga, Mr Wetang’ula, Mr Mudavadi and Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka are members of the National Super Alliance. Mr Wetang’ula and Mr Musyoka decided to work together in the Kibra mini poll.

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Ms Waiguru asked her supporters to vote for the handshake.”

“We know our votes are 22,000 in number. Kikuyus, I urge you to vote for the handshake,” she said.

“We are not afraid … we are not shaken by cheap politics. Tumekataa kupangwa(We have refused to be manipulated).”

Regarding the Building Bridges Initiative, she asked the people to support it as “that’s where the 2022 government will come from”.

“We shall make the government in 2022 and this country will flow well,” the governor said.

In his address, Mr Odinga said he drew “much joy” from seeing a huge crowd demonstrate love for peace.

“This is a different gathering; the first after handshake with President Kenyatta. We said we won’t turn back until Kenya changes for the better. [We want] better reforms that will kill tribalism, corruption and plunder of resources, electoral fights, youth unemployment and poverty, and bring peace,” he said.

He added, “The handshake will build a new Kenya without tribes. They all will be just Kenyans. Every Kenyan in here rightfully. Oneness then development follows … none is isolated [sic].”

Regarding alliances, he said, “Some say I invite people to my bedroom. What’s wrong with inviting people to my bedroom? Are they not friends? Hawa wanasema ni wapumbavu tu (Those talking are stupid).”

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He thanked the governors who campaigned with him, saying they recognise the need for Kenyans to unite.

Siaya Senator James Orengo criticised Jubilee’s candidate, saying, “In the Constitution, to be an MP you have to know mother tongue, Kiswahili and English. Mariga knows none. He even doesn’t know sign language”.

He added, “Content and integrity are important. We cannot allow people without a history to stand in the same rostrum with Raila Amollo Odinga. The way to ensure that is to take Ruto home by voting in Imran.

Mr Orengo also spoke of the BBI, saying it will produce the next government.

“We must approve the BBI,” he said.

by nation.co.ke

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Grace Wakhungu: Family raises Sh800 million fine

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The larger Awori family has raised a whopping Sh800 million in a bid to secure the freedom of one of their own, Grace Wakhungu, who is serving time in jail over corruption.

Wakhungu, was handed 69 years in jail or a Sh707,725,562 million fine.

Wakhungu alongside Sirisia MP John Waluke were handed the hefty sentences for their role in a maize import scandal which saw the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) lose Sh297 million in 2009.

A source from the Wakhungu family said despite some challenges, they were on course to secure her freedom.

“The sentencing of granny is not something that was taken lightly by Wakhungu’s siblings, both here in Kenya and Uganda,” said the source.

Due to the robust family network, a system was quickly put in place to have money raised without delay.

“In fact, we outdid ourselves by raising close to Sh800 million, being contributions from family members through the sale of assets locally and abroad, personal savings and ‘silent’ funds drives by friends.

“However, we are somehow stuck, because we have the amount ready but the DPP, EACC and KRA are sending threats our way,” the source added.

He disclosed that Wakhungu’s immediate family had raised Sh197 million.

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The immediate family consists of the former CS Judy Wakhungu and her siblings Ben Wakhungu and Susan Wakhungu-Githuku.

A nephew of the jailed granny gave a donation of Sh100 million while her brother, former Vice President Moody Awori is said to have given his family’s and personal contribution of Sh135 million.

Wakhungu’s sister, Dr Mary Okello, the founding director of Makini Schools, is said to have donated Sh28 million.

The family and friends of Dennis Awori, a former Kenya ambassador to Japan and who has headed several blue chip companies, are said to have raised Sh15 million.

The family of former Ugandan MP Aggrey Awori contributed Sh41 million, our sources disclosed.

The families of Wakhungu’s deceased brothers Hannington Awori and Prof Nelson Awori are said to have contributed Sh93 million for their kin.

Others who are said to have given contributions include family members Christine Hayanga, Henry Awori, Willis Awori and Ernest Awori who are reported to have raised a total of Sh54 million.

A funds-drive organised by Wakhungu’s family members locally and abroad separately raised Sh236 million.

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Police officer arrested in Sh124,000 M-Pesa fraud 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Detectives in Thika town, Kiambu county, have arrested a notorious police officer accused of defrauding three M-Pesa agents KSh 124,000 in a single day.

Police constable Isaiah Monda Ontita attached to Matasia Police Station in Ngong, Kajiado county, was arrested on Sunday, August 02, after officers were tipped off by the affected M-Pesa agents.

According to a police report filed at Thika Police Station, it was alleged that the officer who is currently on interdiction had approached an M-Pesa agent in Thika town while wearing a full police jungle fatigue.

The officer told M-Pesa operator Jane Wanjiru to deposit KSh 58,000 to his M-Pesa account.

“It was reported by one Jane Wanjiru, an M-Pesa agent Maizama Con Bidii Shop that today a customer approached her in full police jungle fatigue uniform and requested for a deposit of KSh 58,000 to his M-Pesa account,” read the police report.

After receiving the money on his phone, the officer claimed he had not seen the M-Pesa SMS and could not pay the cash.

However, according to police investigations the suspect had received the SMS and deleted it immediately.

He later moved to Jomarg Network M-Pesa shop and applied the same trick where he defrauded the business owner KSh 17,000.

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The suspect did not stop there. He then visited Mermay Thika Communication and stole an additional KSh 49,000 using the same trick.

Upon realising they had been defrauded by the police officer, the second and third victims arrested the man with the help of the public and escorted him to Thika Police Station where they recorded statements.

It was then established that he was a police officer attached at Matasia Police Post but had been interdicted.

Notably, it was not the first time for such a case given three suspects were recently arrested in Kiambu and Nakuru counties for defrauding M-Pesa agents.

To execute their alleged fraud, the suspects approached M-Pesa agents as dealers in pretext of selling SIM cards and other products at discounted prices.

They then switched the agents’ M-Pesa phones before stealing their float in the process.

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Uhuru warns Kang’ata over statement on BBI  

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has called out his right-hand man in the Senate, Irungu Kang’ata, over his recent remarks in which he threatened to sabotage the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

The Senator told the Opposition senators to pass the controversial revenue sharing formula and that failure to do so would lead to rejection of the handshake by Mt Kenya region.

According to a report by Taifa Leo, the president was reported to have issued ‘gag orders’ against Irungu asking him to desist from making such sentiments and instead to leave the matter to him.

The president’s action against Irungu came after senators voted against formula which was in turn blamed on the chief whip over his remarks threatening the handshake partners.

Confirming the president’s action, Kang’ata said he had been in talks with the head of state and had decided to stop commenting on the matter.

“I have been in talks with the president severally, and I have now decided to stop addressing this matter in public until we solve the standoff,” said Kang’ata.

The president is reported to have taken control of the matter and instructed Treasury CS Ukur Yattani to organise for meeting with governors to find an alternative way to share the money.

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The money to be released is meant for paying salaries and in the fight against COVID-19 while waiting for senators to end the stalemate over the revenue formula.

The meeting will be attended by Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, chairman Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya, Senate majority leader Samuel Poghisio, chief whip Kang’ata and chairman for CoG’s Finance Committee Wycliffe Wangamati.

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