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‘This clerk stole Sh500m in four years’



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.

Frozen assets

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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Sofapaka striker retires at just 32



Sofapaka FC striker Ronald Okoth has parted ways with the club and effectively retired from the game at just the age of 32.

“I would like to take this opportunity to announce that we have mutually parted ways with Sofapaka FC at the expiry of my contract and also, announce my official retirement from professional football,” a statement posted on his official social media accounts reads partly.

“I want to sincerely thank the entire Sofapaka Football Club family from the President Elly Kalekwa, the whole executive board, the Head Coach John Baraza and his entire able technical bench, backroom staff together with all my fellow teammates for the amazing time we shared as a family and not just as a football club. Playing for this great club with a professional management setting and big ambitions has been without a doubt one of my proudest achievements.”

Okoth now shifts focus to talent management and placement under his RO Sports label.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from professional football as I embark upon a new an exciting chapter in my life. As the founder and CEO of RO Sports and RO Sports Soccer Academy – also as an Information Manager having graduated from Kenya Methodist University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Science degree, other exciting and ambitious challenges wait ahead,” the statement continues.

“At 32 years of age and with other things on the side going on, I have felt that indeed this is the right moment to call off my career on a high after 13 good years of actively chasing a career in football both in the lower leagues and at the top level locally. It’s a new chapter for me filled with immense pride, emotions but most of all excitement for the future,” it adds.

In the 13 years, Ronald Okoth has played for Siaya Rangers, Salem Sportif, Jericho AllStars, Congo United, KEMU FC, Gor Mahia, Mahakama FC, Nairobi Stima, Western Stima, Mathare United, KCB FC and Sofapaka.


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CS Balala revokes blogger from Tourism board over statement on Nairobi National Park



Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has revoked Pauline Njoroge’s appointment as a member of the Tourism Regulatory Authority board with immediate effect.

In a statement on Saturday, CS Balala said she had been replaced with Standard Group journalist Najma Ismail.

He explained that the ministry had just learned of her past remarks about the Nairobi National Park and could not associate itself with her.

For Ms Njoroge, the appointment was a case of so-near-yet-so-far as it was cancelled 24 hours after gazettement.

In the old, undated post that resurfaced on social media, Ms Njoroge called for the land the park sits on to be put to “better and more profitable use”.


The remark returned to haunt her, proving once again that the internet never forgets.

“… we have just seen what she tweeted in the past, that Nairobi National Park was useless. We do not want to be associated with such people and such thinking,” CS Balala said.

“The integrity of the park is very important and the government is committed to saving it and any other protected area which is the habitat for our national heritage – wildlife.”

CS Balala regretted that the ministry did not know about Ms Njoroge’s view, as it did not come during her background check, and thanked members of the public who used social media to highlight the issue.


Ms Njoroge is a Digital Media Strategist and Communication Officer at the NEPAD/APRM Kenya Secretariat under the State Department for Planning.

In her post, she questioned the sense in sustaining the park given that Nairobi is congested.

Below is a screengrab of what she wrote.



As soon as the Kenya Gazette with numerous parastatal appointments was published on Friday, Kenyans took to social media to highlight Ms Njoroge’s post.

She and many others landed three-year appointment to plum parastatal board positions.

Among them were Kanu Secretary-General Nick Salat, former Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Halakhe Waqo, former assistant minister Kilemi Mwiria, former vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka’s son Kevin Muasy and former Nairobi Speaker Alex ole Magelo.

On Saturday, some members of the public opposed Ms Njoroge’s appointment while others opposed its revocation.

Via Twitter, one ‘Lord Abraham Mutai’ said, “This is just sad. Denying Pauline Njoroge a chance to serve Kenyans based on what she said a few months ago is unacceptable. People have opinions on diverse issues and people should be allowed to change their minds. This is just making decisions based on emotions.”

Joyline Chebet said it would be ironical to appoint to the board someone who does not believe in tourism.

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16 die as plane crashes moments before take off




A plane carrying 190 people skidded off a runway and crashed, breaking into two pieces after landing at Calicut airport in the southern state of Kerala in India.

The Boeing 737, en route from Dubai, was reportedly repatriating Indians who were stranded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) city following the outbreak of coronavirus.

According to reports by BBC, at least 16 people were confirmed dead by aviation officials as of Friday, August 7, night, when the crash occurred.

Rescue operation and evacuation mission began in earnest and latest reports indicate the process was completed by midnight and survivors were taken to hospitals in Calicut and Malappuram in India.

Tens of passengers of sustained injuries with aviation officials confirming 15 of them were in critical condition. Air India Express said the two pilots were among those who died.

The ill-fated aircraft crashed on its second attempt to land at the airport after the first attempt was aborted by the pilots due to heavy monsoon-season rainfall lashing Kerala.

“The aircraft overshot the runway in rainy conditions”, then plunged down a 35ft (10.6m) slope, before breaking in two,” said India’s Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri.

Indian President Narendra Modi said he was pained by the devastating news of the crash and condoled with families of those who lost their loved ones.

Modi also wished a quicked recovery to the injured.

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