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Man ordered to return Sh1.1b paid for supplying ‘air’ to NYS

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The anti-corruption court has ordered one of the suspects in the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal to forfeit Sh1.1 billion to the State.

James Thuita Nderitu is said to have received Sh1.1 billion from NYS between March and October 2017 for goods and services that he did not deliver, yet the money flowed into his 10 bank accounts.

In his defence, Mr Thuita told the court that his business involves transferring money from one entity to another.Questioned further, he argued that he runs a wide range of businesses.

Thuita  produced two payment entries from the Lands ministry to his accounts, one for Sh24 million, the other for Sh36 million, to prove that he has been doing business with a number of government entities outside of the NYS.

Asset recovery

The explanation, however, failed to convince Justice Mumbi Ngugi, who on Wednesday allowed the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) to go after the suspect’s wealth.According to Justice Ngugi, Thuita failed to show what he supplied to the NYS for the money he received.

“In my view, the respondents needed to go beyond the allegation that they have wide-ranging businesses and show how these businesses translated to the credits of millions from the State Department of Public Service and Youth under which the National Youth Service falls,” ruled Ngugi.

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Lawyer Peter Ngumi for ARA told the court that Thuita’s hand in the NYS cookie jar was traced through five companies: Flagstone Merchants Ltd, Firstling Supplies Ltd, Excella Supplies Ltd, Flagstone Co Ltd, and Interscope Tech and Services.It is through these companies – one of which Thuita co-owned with his estranged wife Yvonne Wanjiku, and another with Betty Wajewa, who according to court records is the suspect’s wife – that the NYS loot came in, was distributed and the bigger chunk of it vanished.

By the time ARA was combing through Thuita’s accounts in 2018, only Sh41 million was left across two bank accounts.“Upon analysing the bank statements and documents concerning the accounts of the respondents, it emerged that they received funds fraudulently from the NYS and associates, split in several transactions,” the court heard.

“The money received from NYS and associates through their business entities and personal accounts was further intra-transferred into accounts owned by their family members and associates,” Mr Ngumi told the court.

Some of the stolen money, the court heard, ended up as tax paid to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).The court was told that the taxman may have earned Sh1 million from the loot, which can neither be frozen nor recovered.The court further heard that Thuita received Sh195 million from NYS on March 21, 2017.

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However, the court concluded that the money that landed in his accounts in the first payment was higher, with Ngugi noting that the actual amount was Sh235 million.It also emerged that in a span of a week – between July 4 and July 13, 2017 – Firstling Supplies, a company Thuita co-owned with Ms Wanjiku, received Sh795 million wired in eight instalments.The account now has Sh6.28 million.

Wired cash

The court heard that Wanjiku and Thuita were once married but at the time the case was filed, they had separated. Thuita is said to have wired Wanjiku an unknown amount of money in child support.

He, however, told the court to leave the mother of his children out of the case, claiming that she was not involved in running the business after their separation.He also wired Sh2 million from the Firstling Supplies account to Ms Wajewa, his second wife.

In court, Thuita argued that payment and movement of money did not amount to laundering.  He told the court that his bank accounts proved that he is a businessman who has legitimate dealings with various government entities.He further argued that forfeiting wealth to the State should only happen after a suspect is convicted by a criminal court, which he has not been.

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“The right forum in which a conviction can be made and a declaration that property is ill-gotten is the criminal court,” he said“The money in contention is the subject of a trial court. It is at the trial court that a finding will be made that a crime was committed.”Thuita, alongside former Youth and Gender Principal Secretary Lilian Omollo, is facing fraud charges.

Last week, Ngugi ordered Mrs Omollo to forfeit Sh33 million  to the State, ruling that she could not explain how she earned it.The former PS had told the court that the money was earned from farming, her salary and her husband’s salary from a consultancy firm in South Sudan.

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Ben Githae opens up about marital issues that almost left him depressed

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Gospel singer Ben Githae did not have it easy in 2019. This is after his alleged side chick exposed him for neglecting their twin daughters.

According to the baby mama identified as Rose Wanjiru; the singer had been neglecting his responsibilities as a dad. She went on t0 add that the singer had even been threatening of killing her; after she refused to have an arbortion when the pregnancy was still young.

The serious allegations left Ben Githae ready to share his side of the story; but when you cheat on your wife of 18 years, how do you explain yourself?

Ben Githae (left) with his baby mama and Twins

Ben Githae speaks

Addressing this issue, singer Githae denied all the stories shared by his baby mama. He went on to claim that everything said was a lie aimed at making him look bad. According to him, he has been supporting his girls and has not reason to abandon them;

Contrary to what Wanjiru says, I have constantly featured in the lives of our girls. I have always taken care of them.
I have been taking all the responsibilities. I have been paying the house rent for her, doing everything for her. This woman is out to tarnish my name.

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Became a Laughing stock

After his affair with Rose went public; Githae says life changed as he became a topic of discussion among his friends. He went on to add that some would even remind him of the mistakes he did.

Ben Githae’s other family

But after seeing what depression had done to a few celebrities and pastors he knew; Githae recollected himself and decided to work on becoming a better person. This is because he was not ready to kill himself over mistakes that had already occured.

“It is deeply eating them in the present. Sh*t happens as it happened to me a few years ago and was exposed early last year. I became a laughing stock but I refused to die. I remained strong. I refused depression. I prayed for forgiveness from family, friends and the public. Most forgave me but a few keep reminding me of that bitter past,”

In conclusion Ben Githae said;

Believe the report of the Lord for He is a God of a second chance. Be resilient.”

 

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Anxiety high over Uhuru speech

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If there was a day Kenyans have recently looked forward to, it is today. This is the day the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on the country to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus is supposed to end after President Uhuru Kenyatta extended it for 21 days last month.

But recent statements by senior government officials have tended to dampen the expectations of a majority of Kenyans, with some resigning to the possibility of the perpetuation of the status quo or a new order with just slight changes.

Friday, Cabinet secretaries seemed to be managing the people’s high expectations, with hints that a wholesome opening of the economy could lead to a spike in Covid-19 cases and put the vulnerable members – such as old parents – at risk when they host their kin from the cities.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha Friday hinted that schools will not be opened any time soon.

“The ministry will advise the level of preparedness that will be required of all stakeholders involved in the running of schools and teacher training institutions,” he said.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho earlier in the week said the government was considering a phased easing of the Covid-19 restrictions to help people to generate incomes.

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He said Kenyans should not expect a sudden return of normalcy.

President Kenyatta has also been facing pressure from religious leaders to open places of worship. Religious organisations have formally written to him asking for a review of the measures and promising to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his Health counterpart Mutahi Kagwe met with religious leaders ahead of the handover of the report from the National Coordination Committee on Coronavirus to discuss how to proceed with religious activities in the event the government agrees to relax some of its guidelines.

Dr Matiang’i said the contents of the report will be communicated by the President.

Mr Kagwe urged religious leaders to assist in effecting home-based quarantine, a measure that the government is advocating as it moves to ease the Covid-19 restrictions.

Kenyans took to social media to express their optimism – and pessimism – about today’s speech by the President.

From making merry at entertainment joints to travel and reuniting with loved ones and lovers, expectations were so high that the hashtag #June6th was the number one trending topic locally on Twitter.

Tweeters filed their wishlists, a majority of which were hilarious.

Yet others just wanted the economy to be opened up.

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Dr Amoth attends burial with 400 people to represent Kagwe – PHOTOS + VIDEO

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The government is on the spot for applying double standards in the enforcement of Covid-19 prevention protocols, giving preferential treatment to particular politicians and well-connected individuals.

This was evident in Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe’s backyard in Mukurweini, Nyeri County where more than 400 people were allowed to attend the funeral of a retired teacher on Friday.

The government set out regulations banning all social gatherings specifically limiting the number of mourners attending a funeral to 15 close relatives.

However, for this particular funeral, a crowd of more than 400 locals from the Kihate area were allowed to gather at Mutwewathi Primary School grounds right under the watch of police, leaders and even senior ministry of health officials.

Health Ministry Director General Patrick Amoth led a delegation from the ministry to represent CS Kagwe who was also expected to attend the ceremony.

Mukurweini MP Anthony Kiai and Nyeri County Assembly Speaker John Kaguchia also attended the funeral.

A contingent of police officers from the National Police Service and the Kenya Forest Service had been posted at the venue to beef up security.

About 20 ushers had been posted at the entrance to screen mourners and hand out face masks to locals, many of whom showed up without.

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DN and NTV crews were roughed up for taking photos of the funeral where at least 400 people were in attendance. PHOTO | NICOLAS KOMU

Hired goons were also later deployed with apparent instructions to separate the crowd from journalists and bar the press from accessing the school grounds.

Journalists from the Daily Nation, Joseph Kanyi, and NTV’s Melita Ole Tenges and Charles Muriithi were roughed up by the rowdy youth backed up by a gun-toting KFS officer for recording proceedings of the funeral.

They were demanding that the scribes delete all recording and photos they had taken.

“We are here to observe just how the government is enforcing its own directives. It is sad to see police officers harass journalists for doing their job,” Mr Tenges said.

The funeral went on uninterrupted and leaders present allowed to give speeches, including Dr Amoth.

Ironically, this comes barely a week after a widower was forced to spend a night at Tigania Police station with his wife’s body after relatives were barred from proceeding to their home for burial.

Charles Mwenda was forced to proceed for his wife’s burial at Kianjai in Meru County alone after a night of horror in the police station.

A similar incident was witnessed in Mathira, Nyeri County where Konyu Ward MCA Eric Wamumbi was forced to cut short his tribute to his deceased wife by police.

Police were deployed to ensure a limited number of mourners attended and the time for the funeral limited to 45 minutes.

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“I am saddened that the police have no respect for the church and no feelings towards a family that had lost a loved one. It is very sad as to how low we have gone,” Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua said during Mr Wamumbi’s wife’s funeral.

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