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Nairobi Governor Sonko to spend two more nights in police cells

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his co- accused will have to remain in police custody for two more nights pending the ruling on his bail application in the graft case.

Sonko lawyers had applied for bail application, arguing that the governor was sick and needed medical attention, but Prosecution team opposed the application saying the governor was a flight risk having escaped from jail before.

While setting the ruling date to Wednesday at 11am, the magistrate ruled that the governor be treated in the presence of the prisons’ authority.Sonko and his co-accused comprising county officers and directors of companies denied multiple corruption and economic crimes charges before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi on Monday.

Prosecution team led by Gitonga Riungu and James Kihara had objected Sonko’s release on bail, citing the 1998 incident in which he was convicted for failing to appear before a Mombasa court three times in his previous cases.

The prosecution referred to the instance where the Shimo La Tewa Commissioner of Prisons advanced claims that Sonko escaped from lawful custody after going to Coast General Hospital for treatment.But Sonko’s defence team rebutted arguing that his alleged escape from Shimo La Tewa is a malicious claim aimed at mudslinging him.

The accused face nine charges including conspiracy to commit offence of corruption, willful failure to comply with procurement laws, conflict of interest, abuse of office, unlawful acquisition of public property, deceiving principal, money laundering and acquisition of proceeds of crime.

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In the soup are also county officials who have been charged with benefitting from the irregular procurement and payments. They are County Secretary Peter Mbugua; Head of Supply Chain Management Patrick Mwangangi; Negotiation, Tender Opening and Evaluation Committee members Edwin Kariuki, Lawrence Mwangi, Preston Mwandiki and Clerical Officers Wambua Ndaka and Andrew Nyasiego.

While setting the ruling date to Wednesday at 11am, the magistrate ruled that the governor be treated in the presence of the prisons’ authority.Sonko’s lead lawyer Cecil Miller introduced a phalanx of his lawyer colleagues ahead of the plea taking.

They included Mutula Kilonzo Jr, Harrisson Kinyanjui, Daniel Maanzo, Kipchumba Murkomen, Nelson Havi, George Kithi, Kwanga Mboya, Osundwa Micheal, Alphonce Mutinda, and Phillip Kaindu among many others.

The governor alongside the directors of Web Tribe Ltd is accused of corruption and conspiracy to defraud the county government of Sh24 million.The charge sheet tabulates other fifteen charges of conflict of interest involving Governor Sonko and Web Tribe Ltd, ROG Security Ltd associated with Antony Otieno Ombok among other companies and their directors.

The governor is largely accused of receiving Sh1 million from Yira Enterprises in each of the several deals that involved hiring heavy equipment from the county government.Under the charge of conflict of interest, Sonko is accused of acquiring Sh1 million from Fredrick Odhiambo of Yiro Enterprises on multiple occasions which are proceeds of crime.

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Sonko also faces charges of money laundering and receiving proceeds of crime from Hardi Enterprises Ltd and Toddy Civil Engineering Ltd associated with Antony Mwaura Ng’ang’a and Rose Njeri Ng’ang’a.

On Monday, another charge sheet emerged in which the governor was accused of committing three offences during his arrest in Voi on Friday. They include assault of police officer, willfully resisting arrest and using abusive language towards police officers.He protested his arrest yesterday and blamed his woes on politics.

“I am convinced that my arrest was politically-schemed and designed to humiliate and embarrass me,” read his statement.“There was no point for the deployment of a police helicopter, more than 25 police cars, and 200 police officers to locate and arrest me while we all know on that on the same material day there was terror attack in Wajir County where the chopper with this kind of reinforcement, deployment and operation was needed.”He denied claims that he was trying to escape to Tanzania on Friday when he was arrested in Voi.The Nairobi County crisis has compelled the Council of Governors (CoG) to urgently ask for a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta following the arrest of Governor Mike Sonko.

It is not clear when Uhuru will honour the request.The President on Sunday said no leader would use their position to escape prosecution.

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He added that leaders found guilty of corruption should carry their own cross.He was speaking at St Francis of Asisi Catholic Church in Ruiru town during a fundraiser.In a statement on Sunday, CoG, the body that brings together all the 47 county chiefs, said it has been monitoring and consulting widely.

“We are, however, aware of the uniqueness of the County Government and therefore shall reach out to President Uhuru Kenyatta to convene an emergency Summit to address the evolving situation,” the council chair Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said.

What next for Nairobi?

Without a deputy governor, Nairobi County has found itself in a dicey situation but lawyer Duncan Okatch argues that there is no cause for alarm.”The seat of the governor has not fallen vacant, therefore, we are not in the situation where the law indicates that the Speaker act for 60 days,” he said, in an interview with Standard Digital.

BY Standard Digital

 

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Google honours Mekatilili Wa Menza 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Google is celebrating Mekatilili wa Menza, with a doodle of the Kenyan freedom fighter made visible on its search engine platform on Sunday.

Known for inspiring the Giriama people to resist colonial rule, circa 1900, Mekatilili wa Menza is revered as one of the nation’s first Mau Mau fighters.

“The recognition of Mekatilili Menza by Google goes along way in reinforcing what we believe in as Kenya National Heroes Council and a country.

“We believe our Heroes deserve better. They have played their part in nation building. We must affirm them at all times so that we can inculcate the culture of Heroism; the culture of service.

“We shall ensure more of our female heroines are unearthed, highlighted and feted. Other than giving birth to many celebrated our women were at the fore front of our liberation, our struggles and our future remains solely in their hands.

“That is the spirit of the Kenya National Heroes Act,2014 and what we stand for as a Council,” said Amb. Yvonne Khamati-Yahaya, the CEO of the Kenya National Heroes Council.

Mekatilili wa Menza led the Giriama people in the early 20th century and is commemorated during the festivities of the traditional Malindi Cultural Festival, an annual celebration of local history and pride.

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She was born in Matsara wa Tsatsu during the mid-19th century.

By the early 20th century, British colonial rule had threatened the sovereignty and freedom of the Giriama people with forced labor and taxation.

At a time when women’s power was limited within her society, Menza was compelled to organize her people against colonial control.

The Google Doodle artwork features a depiction of Menza leading the energetic kifudu dance that called so many to action.

The artist behind the Google doodle is Wanjira Kinyua who is based in Nairobi

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CS Matiang’i addresses relationship with DP Ruto 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i sent tongues wagging after he opened up on his relationship with Deputy President William Ruto.

In an interview with NTV’s Mutuma Mathiu, the CS was put to task to come clean on his relationship with the DP amid reports of tension after he took over some of the roles that were previously performed by the DP.

Asked about his relationship with the DP, the CS responded with a curt “I don’t know”, denying any knowledge of the existence of any special relationship with the DP.

He added that the latter is the Deputy President of Kenya and such is their relationship.

The CS was also put to task to come clean on any perception of conflict between him and the DP in exercising his responsibility (as a Super CS) a role that was perceived to be that of the DP but which was handed over to Matiang’I by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“In exercising that responsibility, does it create a perception that this is a job that should have gone to the DP…There is no conflict of roles? Asked Mutuma.

“I don’t know of any perception, The Deputy President is the DP of Kenya, what is my relationship with governor (Anyang’) Nyong’o? he is the governor of Kisumu county..”, Matiang’i said.

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The CS has been hailed as a performer with many opining that he should be on the ballot in 2022, seeking to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Among the latest to throw his weight behind Matiang’i is health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

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Reward Raila with presidency in 2022, Murathe asks Kenyans 

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Jubilee Party vice-chairperson David Murathe has asked Kenyans to prepare for Raila Odinga as president in 2022.

Murathe, a very close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta, said it was time for Kenyans to reward the African Union envoy with the presidency for his struggle and fight for a democratic Kenya.

Speaking to KTN News on Saturday, August 8, the former Gatanga MP said 2022 would be a Nelson Mandela moment for the country as Raila would be a one-term transitional president.

He said the 75-year-old Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader will clear the way for a generational change in Kenya’s political order.

“We think it’s time Kenyans rewarded the years of struggle of Raila Amollo Odinga. They owe it to him. It’s like Mandela, and 2022 will be a Mandela moment.

“And we would also like to tell him (Raila) to be a transitional president who will then nurture the young generation to take over in 2027,” he said.

According to the vocal politician from the Mt Kenya region, there shall be a poster during 2022 campaigns which will have a portrait of the handshake partners.

“Assuming we go by the formation unveiled at Bomas, we will probably have a prime minister coming from Mt. Kenya.

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“You may have a deputy prime minister coming from coast and the other possibly from the Rift Valley,” he said.

Murathe said Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka should give Raila a chance to try his luck for the last time.

“I don’t know what the arrangement is on the NASA side but if you ask me I would like him (Kalonzo) to also let Raila run,” he said..

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