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Senior officer ordered to return more than Sh100m worth of unexplained wealth

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The Anti-Corruption Court in Nairobi has ordered a senior Interior ministry officer to return more than Sh100m worth of unexplained wealth.

Thomas Njogu is accused by the anti-graft agency of siphoning Sh113m from public coffers in a span of one year and eight months.

Justice John Onyiego in his decree in favour of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), ordered Mr Gitau who is a senior assistant accountant, to surrender Sh48 million in cash and properties worth Sh67 million as he could not explain how he amassed the same within a short period of time.

“The burden of proof lay on the defendant (Gitau) to explain how he acquired the wealth after the plaintiff (EACC) questioned its source,” said Justice Onyiego.

It emerged that Gitau earned at least Sh155,000 gross pay. However, his accounts had Sh111 million cash, which excluded his salary.

The anti-graft watchdog started investigating Gitau sometime in 2017 after a tip-off that he was making explained cash deposits in several intervals in a day.

Grace Maina, EACC lawyer, told the court that the accountant would deposit cash in his bank accounts multiple times in a day and would ensure that the amount would not surpass Sh1 million to avoid questions on his source of money.

During investigations, the commission netted $3,500 and a further Sh6.9 million in his office at Harambee House.

Gitau explained that the Sh6.9m was petty cash, but could not provide supporting documents. He is said to have volunteered to return Sh200,000 from the Sh350,000 during the probe.

According to Maina, EACC also found Sh1.2m in his house located at Marurui estate, Nairobi County.

The probe established that he had bought a house at Thome Estate worth Sh27m and another one in Kajiado worth Sh26m. He had also purchased a Toyota Hilux car at Sh624,000.

EACC added that he had another property at Kabete which is valued at Sh17.5m and another one at Euaso Nyiro worth Sh1.7m.

“Your Lordship, the litigants are in agreement that one way or another, the defendant came to be in possession of assets worth over Sh100m between January 2016 and August 2017. The only point of departure is the source of that income. The plaintiff alleges it was acquired through corrupt conduct and has demonstrated facts giving rise to its reasonable suspicion,” argued Maina.

The man had five accounts at Equity Bank, two at Co-operative Bank, two at Family Bank and one at Barclays Bank.

In the case where Gitau’s wife Teresiah Njeri had also been named as a defendant, he explained that cash deposits were mostly made up of friendly loans, family savings, rental income and proceeds of sale of land.

According to Gitau, he had two friendly loans from two friends

— Ann Wathatu Ngururi and Francis Mureithi — which amounted to Sh40m in cash.

However, Ngururi and Mureithi could not provide collateral he had used to secure the massive loan. They could not also provide an agreement on how Gitau would pay the loan.

The court heard that Ngururi and Mureithi could not provide bank statements to show their source of the money.

Annual turnover

Ngururi explained that she had a supermarket with a Sh100,000 turnover and rentals with an annual turnover of about Sh10m. She could not provide supporting documents to prove her argument that she had loaned Gitau Sh20 million.

Mureithi, who is also said to have given Gitau Sh20m, told the court that he had known latter for only five years and he was to buy his (Gitau’s) land in Kajiado at Sh55m. Gitau had bought the same property five months before floating it for sale at Sh55m.

The saga unveiled another puzzle as Mureithi told investigators that he was 20 years old. How he got huge amounts led to the conclusion he was dealing in suspicious transactions.

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Meet the US based Kenyan girl whose speech at grandpa’s burial went viral

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A Kenyan woman residing in the US identified as Lilian Gaynor left social media in stitches due to her accent during her grandfather’s burial.

She was narrating how she was taught to bid her loved one’s farewell.

What caught the attention of many is the heavy accent, Lilian spoke with.

Lilian who is a fitness enthusiast and a mother of two had visited to bid farewell to her grandfather.

Speaking during the burial a composed Lilian, told the crowd of how confused she was when her uncle told her she had to add a little spice and drama when she entered her ancestral home.

According to her uncle, Japeth, she had to wail once she arrived at her kin’s home.

Apparently, walking without a string of tears rolling down her face was not a perfect look for a true Luo who had lost a relative.

“I wanted to pay my last respects to my grandfather and my uncle Japheth told me whenever I reach the homestead I cannot just get out of the car and walk to the house. He said I have to cry on the way to the homestead,”

She then went on to show the crowd how she was taught to mourn by her uncle.

Well, we got a few photos of her and her husband and we must admit she is looking fly for a mother of two.

Lilian Gaynor enjoys an intimate moment with her husband.
Lilian Gaynor enjoys an intimate moment with her husband
Lilian Gaynor
Lilian Gaynor and her husband
Lilian Gaynor.
Lilian Gaynor.

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Njugush’s wife Celestine on keeping your circle of friends’ small

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Celestine Ndinda, aka Wakavinye, wife to Comedian Njugush, has a few words of advice to her fans. She urges them that having a small circle of friends is a wise thing to do, especially if you live in Nairobi.

 Wakavinye has supported her husband since their early days, even before all the fame. Njugush feels lucky to have her as a wife. 

The two have sustained same longtime friends and Celestine shares the little secret for that.

She says;

“I have learnt that in life, you need to learn at most five close friends.

 By doing this, be sure that the first three will help you when you are in need.”

She further adds having too many friends also drains you financially

“Imagine all those friends have birthdays and they need you to show up, yaani every time you are planning of how to spend unlike when you have a small circle.”

 

And there is also societal pressure to have many friends;

“Ata kama umesota, it is hard to communicate that to a big number of people because some will gossip about you and most of them show up when you have a party, but when you are in a problem, you will not have them around,” she said.

She also insists on being yourself, don’t compete

“When you compete with your friends, you will get exhausted. So go with your pace.”

Some of the couple’s long-time close friends include; Abel Mutua and his wife Judy Nyawira, Philip and his wife Cate Actress.

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DP goes missing on social media

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Deputy President William Ruto has been missing on social media lately. The silence is too loud, given the pressure being piled on the ruling party – Jubilee.

His last activity on social media was on Sunday, January 12 where he had attended an interdenominational church service at St Paul’s Makongi Secondary School in Soy Constituency, Uasin Gishu County, with other leaders.

“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers from them all. – Psalm 34:19 During an interdenominational church service at St Paul’s Makongi Secondary School in Soy Constituency, Uasin Gishu County,” his posts on Twitter and Facebook reads.

The DP also attended a church service in Narok County on the same and posted about it.

“But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. – Mathew 6:33, During the official opening of African Gospel Church (A.G.C) Olerai Bethel Sanctuary, Narok West in Narok County,” the other post read.

Still, on 12th January, he congratulated athletes Rhonex Kipruto and Sheila Chepkirui for breaking the men’s and women’s 10 Km world record in Valencia.

The silence is profound when President Kenyatta moved to reclaim his say in the government.

Mr. Kenyatta on Tuesday sacked Mwangi Kiunjuri, Dr. Ruto’s point man in the Mt Kenya region, from the cabinet.

 

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