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‘This clerk stole Sh500m in four years’

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A junior officer at the National Youth Service is living on the fast lane with wealth valued at more than Sh500 million despite earning a paltry salary of Sh26,000.

Evans Wafula Kundu, who was in charge of mechanical and transport department is said to have illegally amassed the wealth during the looting spree at the state agency when Sh9 billion was lost through dubious contracts and fictitious payments.

For the period between 2013 and 2017 when he was earning a net monthly salary of between Sh9,564 and Sh26,300, Kundu deposited in his accounts cash totaling Sh197,391,968.

He also acquired property estimated at around Sh350 million. His lavish lifestyle with the modest salary was laid bare by the Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) as it sought to freeze movement of the property.

Yesterday, ARA through lawyer Jennifer Gitiri obtained orders stopping Kundu, his wife Sylvia Ajiambo Onguru, daughter Millicent Matingi Kundu and their company Mojisola Limited from selling, interfering with or transferring any of the property.

“A preservation order is hereby granted against the respondents, their employees, agents or any other person acting on their behalf from dealing in any manner with the listed property and parcels of land pending determination of the suit,” ruled Justice Mumbi Ngugi.

She further ordered the chief lands registrar to put a caveat on all land owned by Kundu and the director general of National Transport and Safety Authority to register a caveat on several vehicles.

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Among the frozen assets include a property in upmarket Runda he bought at Sh90 million, a piece of land in Kasarani worth Sh16 million, a plot in Nakuru East valued at Sh25 million, a four-storey residential building in Njoro and 40-acres of land in Trans Nzoia town.

Others are two plots in Kitale he bought at Sh16 million, another land in Nairobi valued at Sh6 million and his palatial home in Trans Nzoia, the agency claims he constructed using proceeds of crime.

ARA is seeking to have Kundu’s property and cash in his bank accounts forfeited to the state on claims that they were acquired through proceeds of crime and looting of public funds from NYS. Ms Gitiri submitted that at the time of the scandal, Kundu had the authority to incur expenditure as the head of mechanical and transport branch.

“It was established that he performed several roles in the fraudulent NYS transactions where he signed most of the fraudulent Local Purchase Orders and issued payment vouchers for goods not used or required by his department,” she said.Kundu was among 37 suspects charged in May last year with conspiracy to defraud NYS of millions of shillings.

His co-accused were former Youth and Gender Affairs Principal Secretary Lillian Omollo, former NYS Director General Richard Ndubai and his deputy Nicholas Ahere.Also charged were traders said to have received millions of shillings without supplying anything including the Ngirita family from Naivasha, Lucy Wambui, Jeremiah Gichiri, Catherine Mwai, Phylis Njeri and Anne Wambere.

An affidavit filed in court by ARA investigator Fredrick Musyoki detailed how Kundu engaged in money laundering schemes using NYS suppliers who are his co-accused in the anti-corruption case to purchase assets on his behalf to conceal his sources of illicit funds.

“Our investigations established that the said illicit funds for the purchase of his assets were from NYS suppliers who were paid by NYS for goods and services not supplied,” swore Musyoki.

In attempt to further conceal his stealing spree, ARA alleged that Kundu used the names of his wife and daughter to purchase property, and also colluded with his two brothers to register companies that were in turn awarded NYS contracts and paid Sh17 million without supplying anything.

Between January 2013 and September 2017, an analysis of his Barclays Bank Account in Ruaraka revealed that he deposited a total of Sh161 million in cash and a further Sh37 million in the bank branch in Nakuru. “He would deposit the amounts in small tranches ranging from Sh150,000 to Sh8 million. He however became clever at some points and started depositing a standard figure of Sh999,000 everyday to avoid raising suspicion,” swore Musyoki.

The ARA investigator swore that on April 2014, Kundu purchased the property in Kasarani from Charles Kanyi and Jane Muthoni at Sh15 million while the first property in Kitale was purchased at Sh6.5 million in December 2013.

He added that Kundu used his wife, to purchase the 40-acres in Trans Nzoia where they built their palatial home in 2018 while his daughter, Millicent was the conduit of purchasing the Runda property.To further conceal his activities, ARA claimed the NYS employee used the traders charged with fleecing NYS to siphon money which he used to purchase the property.

“On various dates, the Ngirita family who are facing similar charges would transfer money from their companies’ accounts to owners of property in Nakuru and Njoro which were then registered in Kundu’s name. These were the companies illegally awarded contracts for supplying air,” swore Musyoki.

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Musyoki further swore that Kundu helped his brother Bonventure Waswa to incorporate Amagoro Traders Ltd and Kevans Investments and went ahead to award him contracts worth Sh14 million even though they did not qualify to supply any of the goods. NYS suspended Kundu last year.

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‘Depression and severe weight gain were my biggest concern,’ Ben Kitili’s wife Amina speaks

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Ben Kitili’s wife Amina Mude is sexy. She has a body to die for. Amina has maintained her gorgeous looks after giving birth to two kids.

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Ben Kitili with his wife Amina Mude and their two kids.

Just like many mothers who struggle with postpartum depression, Kitili’s wife went through it after she gave birth to her first child in 2015.

The mother of two was diagnosed with hypothyroidism condition and battled with weight.

Thank God that I was hypothyroid. 4 years down the line, I have been able to control my thyroid levels. I am happier and healthier. Depression and severe weight gain were my biggest concern. I was from 95kgs  from 69kgs. This was followed by episodes of depression. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism back in 2015 immediately after I had my daughter. I was experiencing almost all symptoms of hypothyroidism,’ she said while addressing her followers.

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is not able to produce enough thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to “run the body’s metabolism,” it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism

She added that she has managed to maintain her desired body by changing her lifestyle.

A lifestyle change, as well as proper medications, has helped me lose 30kgs from 110 kgs to 80kgs. From the DM’s I have received weight issues and depression are the most common issues my thyroid warriors are dealing with.

Below are the latest photos of Amina looking like a shnack
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Check out Eric Omondi’s ex-bae before the fame

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A number of times, we all look at ourselves when we were young and just laugh at how chubby or skinny we were. Most of us were dressed in matching outfits with our siblings. We loved it but got over the whole swag once we grew older.

I bet you look at yourself now and you’re like “What was mum thinking dressing me up in that outfit?” That is because you were too young to know what swag was, plus mama was always right.

Eric Omondi’s ex-fiancé, Chantal Juliet Grazioli is one lady who truly transformed from a short chubby cute girl to a hot lady who makes heads turn every time she walks by.

Team mafisi still drool at her, wishing they could be in Eric’s shoes. Sorry guys, you can never be Eric.

You will all agree she’s a flawless beauty, with many describing her skin colour as “Rangi ya Thao“.

Well, Chantal was not born with all that beauty; I’m not trying to say she was ugly or anything. I think you understand what I mean.

She was once a chubby, cute little girl who smiled most of life. I mean she still smiles beautifully to date.

Chantal shared her old photos which I’m pretty sure shocked many. She even captioned one of the photos as, “Throw back wayyyyy back…family picture…i was fat and had no teeth ?? but yeah.”

Check out her photos when she was young

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VIDEO: I have stopped watching news

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has put the international media on the spot for their penchant for mostly reporting the negative aspects of the African continent.

Speaking during a breakfast meeting with Investors in London, President Kenyatta said that it is the media’s fault for the negative perception that most of the world has about Africa.

“We have this unfortunate problem, perception problem and unfortunately it is created by the media. Every single day, it’s the negative aspects of Africa that are being brought out. Sometimes you watch news, which I have stopped watching, and you find Aljazeera, CNN, Sky, BBC – whichever one you flip to – talking about something that has happened in Rwanda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia… sometimes of somewhere as far away as Nigeria on the other side of the continent. And then when the guy is signing off… ‘This is John White reporting from Nairobi, Kenya’”, President Kenyatta said.

“I would like people to appreciate that as much as much as we seek African unity but each country is unique and I believe Kenya is unique and it should be known for its uniqueness,” he added.

In 2015 CNN’s Global Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Tony Maddox, flew to Nairobi from Atlanta to personally apologise to President Kenyatta after describing Kenya as a “hotbed of terror” on a feature story.

Kenyans on Twitter were angered by the description by CNN resulting in a sustained online onslaught on the media house.

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