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The mystery man who called the shots in the police force

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Joshua Waiganjo (pictured) who rode roughshod in the police force between 1999 and 2012 was, after all, in service legally.

The court vindicated him of the police impostor tag after the prosecution failed to prove a case against him.

According to his CV, Waiganjo joined service as police reservist and later rose through the ranks to an assistant commissioner of police.

From his CV, he served as police reservists between 1999 and 2000 under the supervision of OCS Kitale.

He was in charge of all KPR.Between 2001 and 2002, he served as superintendent of police and later senior superintendent of police.Between 2003 and 2013, he served as assistant commissioner of police.

In his days, Waiganjo commanded fear and love in equal measure.If you crossed his line, you would live to regret and if he loved you, his enjoyment of the trappings of power would be extended to you.

Prosecution witness

Peter Njeru, who was the first prosecution witness and at the time of testifying was the OCPD Mbooni East, Makueni County, said Waiganjo in July 2012 visited his office in Njoro where he served as the OCPD.

Waiganjo, he said, visited his office and introduced himself as a senior superintendent of police and was wearing a jungle uniform with an insignia of SSP. Njeru said Waiganjo informed him he was an officer attached to Anti-Stock Theft Unit.

Waiganjo, at the time, was accompanied by ‘his driver’ named Corporal Njue who was driving ASTU’s official commandant’s vehicle – a Land Rover TDI registration number GKA 194P.

Njeru said later his junior officers reported to him that Waiganjo had harassed and scolded them for performing duties without headgears.

Njeru further said Waiganjo, three days later, visited him at his workplace using the same Land Rover and requested him to have a case in which his mother was the complainant withdrawn.

The then Njoro OCPD, however, asked Waiganjo to make withdrawal request through court prosecutor.Evidence in court indicate Waiganjo informed the OCPD that there were police promotions in the pipeline and that he had requested the then Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere to consider promoting him to the position of assistant commissioner of police.“

The third accused person again visited the witness two days later, this time donning the rank insignia of ACP. He told PW1 (Njeru) that he had been promoted to the rank of ACP,” indicated court records in part.At the request of Waiganjo, Njeru visited his Njoro home.

He found him with the PPO’s security officer only referred to as Police Constable Simiyu. Being in a group of four, they visited Waiganjo’s father who was in company of other four men introduced to them as pastors of Full Gospel Churches of Kenya.

The purpose of the visit was for brief thanksgiving prayers for his promotion. Njeru said on September 13, 2012, Waiganjo called him and informed him the PPO had authorised him to use an official vehicle belonging to Njoro OCPD to travel to Londiani where he was to represent the PPO in a Kenya Forest Service pass out ceremony.

Upon confirming from the then PPO John M’mbijiwe, a Land Rover registration number GKA 731Q that had been allocated to Ndeffo Police post was released.

Police Constable Ndung’u of Mau Narok Police Station was to be the driver. Njeru, despite being the OCPD, declined to sign work ticket for the vehicle and requested that M’mbijiwe does it in his capacity as senior police officer. The vehicle was returned at 7:30pm that day. Njeru later realized the work ticket had been purportedly signed by one Bakari Shamdan who was the transport manager who later disowned the signature.

The OCPD said he had no doubt Waiganjo was a police officer and a powerful one. He gave instances where he had been unable to get a vehicle allocation for Njoro but when he (Waiganjo) made an intervention, a brand new vehicle was allocated.

In another instance, Waiganjo asked Njeru to propose to him an honest inspector of police to deploy at Suam Police Post on the Kenya-Uganda border.

Njeru proposed Inspector Gift Mshila and true to it, the officer was immediately deployed to Suam police post. Waiganjo on December 9, 2012, is said to have requested Njoro OCPD two police officers to provide security at his father’s home during a fundraiser.

The officers went, but Waiganjo complained they were late. Retired General Lazarus Sumbeiywo allegedly was a guest in the event. The OCPD said he started suspecting Waiganjo and avoided his calls. On December 22, 2012, Waiganjo’s brother is said to have had a wedding which the OCPD had been invited, but never attended. A police vehicle is reported to have been part of the procession.Police Constable Jackson Makaya told the court that he met Waiganjo in October 2012.

He was on patrol with others and at about 11pm at Soysambu flagged down a lorry with no number plate. The driver alighted and informed them he was a police officer and the lorry belonged to a senior officer.

The following day, Makaya was summoned by his OCPD and asked why he mishandled a senior officer. He was sent on leave for 30 days and later redeployed to drive a High Court Judge in Nakuru. After two weeks as the judge’s driver, he was transferred to Kakuma.

Police Constable Esther Gathigia said she met Waiganjo several times at different places in Nakuru. Gathigia said in November 2012, she reported to Waiganjo that she had been tasked to perform night duties by a senior officer because she had rejected his inappropriate advances. She sought Waiganjo’s assistance for redeployment.

Female officer

Later that month, Waiganjo asked the female officer to see the PPO who in turn told her the redeployment will be resolved.Waiganjo, upon being acquitted of three charges of impersonating senior police officers, said he knew the case against him would crumble.

“The court has finally determined that all allegations and charges that were preferred against me were nothing than false claims,” he said.

Waiganjo said he would discuss with his lawyers the issues of compensation, if need be, upon which he will let the public know.M’mbijiwe, on his part, said the court’s decision was a reflection of what he had said during a press conference before his arraignment.“I said that justice will be my shield and defender and it has come to pass as I have been vindicated,” he said.

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Court postpones case against Sonko’s impeachment

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The Labour Court has suspended the temporary issued over half a year ago to have Nairobi’s governor Mike Sonko impeached.

On Friday, justice made the decision after disbanding an initial report filed former Nairobi county assembly speaker Beatrice Elachi.

Elachi sought to have Mike Sonko relieved of his duties at Nairobi’s county boss.

In her argument, Elachi said that there was no employer-employee relationship between the governor and members of the county assembly.

She added that such a relationship didn’t give the governor the mandate to determine any arising dispute.

Elachi further stated that the case breaches the basic principle of law that states all government entities should not encroach on each other since they are separate.

Additionally, the former speaker stated that the governor’s case was against the law as it abused the entire court process.

Justice Ongaya, however, ruled that the governor didn’t have to create an employee-employer relationship with ward representatives.

He added that impeachment is a disciplinary process for removing a person from the office which is a function of human resource.

Therefore, it is within the realms of the Constitution and Statutory provisions.

Additionally, the judge said Sonko’s case was within Constitutional and Statutory jurisdiction that can decline issues pertaining to labour relations and employment.

Also, section 12(2) of the Employment Labour Relations Court Act, 2011 it’s okay for a case to be filed in court against or by any institution under the written law.

Additionally, the Act allows the court to determine disputes against people working as either employers or employees.

On his part, Ongwaya said proceeding with the case didn’t mean he was undermining the comity of the three government arms.

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Uhuru warns boda boda riders against being used by politicians for personal gains

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BY KEVIN KOECH

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday the 23rd of October oversaw the signing of a grand deal between capital markets authority, Boda Boda Safety Association of Kenya (BAK) an investment firm and an oil marketer.

The head of state further gave the riders some financial advice on how to scale and become rich.

Uhuru also encouraged the bodaboda riders to work hard so that they can achieve their goals.

“Boda boda industry is a sleeping giant that needs to be awakened, which is why the boda boda investment scheme is a great idea.

“Every individual should take pride in paying the price for what they want. If you do not pay the price, someone will pay to misuse you,” Uhuru said.

President Uhuru further questioned why some Boda Boda riders are poor despite the industry raking a staggering ksh 27 billion monthly.

According to him, the industry earns more than what the Government gives counties yearly.

“Every year, in totality, the boda boda industry makes ksh 357 billion. Boda boda association if together, would make more than what the government gives to the 47 counties.

“If you collect almost ksh1 billion every day, why does every boda boda rider cry of poverty?” Uhuru questioned.

“The boda boda sector supports, directly or indirectly, 5.2 million kenyans which accounts for 10% of the population. This means that one in every ten kenyans makes his livelihood because of the business that you do,” he added

The head of state also cautioned the riders against accepting influence from political forces.

According to him, the riders should unite and work hard to visualize their dreams.

“If the working life of a boda boda is ten years after which he joins another sector, then this scheme offers a safe landing for him outside the said industry. My government is in full support of this association.

“My advice is to tell you to leverage your numbers.. look at things not in an individual aspect, but in a collective point of view. At times you’ll have to make unpopular decisions hence the reason why I came with a lean team. But always think of yourselves first and be careful not to be swindled based on political grounds.”

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Why we built and turned our house into a resort

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When architect Dorothy Abonyo’s husband, architect Erastus Abonyo, received a call that the beach plot they had been looking for had been found in Sakwa, Siaya, they were elated.

The land had been standing idle for many years and snubbed by potential buyers because of the many bushes around it, but they saw the potential in it. “When my husband asked us (his family) what we thought about the piece of land, and suggested how we could use it, we were sold out. We loved the scenery and the fact that it was on the shores of Lake Victoria,” narrates Dorothy.

With the go ahead from his family, the land was bought in 2016 and they began clearing the bushes and fixing the road to the land. In 2017, the family comprising of four, all architects, began the process of designing and building their dream house on the land.

“I am an architect with my own practice, Tekto consult, my husband and our first- born child are architects. Our second born is studying interior design and architecture abroad. The house was designed by our first born, Teddy Abonyo, who was then a final year student,” says Dorothy, who has been practicing architecture for about 30 years.

Shared responsibility

To them, building the house was a small project that they felt their son could handle. Dorothy came in to strengthen the design and add a few details and her husband did a lot of work in the initial stages, such as fencing and setting up structures where people could sleep in. Dorothy, who became the senior architect to the project, opted to stay and oversee the process of building the home.

“It was frustrating supervising the project while living in Nairobi where I work. Every time I came to check on the progress of the project, I would find workers have messed things up, which meant we had to start all over again. So I decided to stay and oversee the project by myself and when I took a break, I would close the entire site until I came back,” she narrates.

Low business as a result of the 201 7 elections that year also allowed Dorothy extra time to focus on the project. And in 2018, the three-bedroom house was completed. It was constructed with as much natural materials as they could find in the area.

For instance, the pebbles they used on the exteriors of the house were mostly picked from their land while the rest were harvested from their neighbour’s land. Nyanza being a relatively hot place, the house was designed with thick walls that shield the interior from heat penetration. “When you have thin walls, heat goes in easily. We used cladding, which is attaching a layer of stones outside of a house to safeguard it from the weather effects. With the two thick walls, it will take a long time for the heat to penetrate,” Dorothy explains.

The house was meant to be their retirement home, but they changed their mind after realising that the beauty and the set up spoke more and decided to share it with the public.

“We gave it a second thought and opted not to just have this place to ourselves as our boys were now old. Our second born is out of the country, he may or may not come back and is too old to even want to live with us. The last born too is on his way out meaning that it’s just me and my husband, so we decided to make it a holiday home,” she shares.

Getting into hospitality

That’s how their retirement home became a beautiful resort. Having come from the construction industry, the family knew nothing in hospitality except what they had experienced during their travels. “We have also travelled a bit and in particular, my trip in two cruises one at west Mediterranean cruise with the royal Caribbean for seven days in water really made me learn a bit on hospitality. Though we were over 5,000 guests, the staff took care of us as if we were five guests and there was no one time that we went to the restaurant and missed food. Their service, unlike other hotels I had been to, was superb,” she recalls.

Having unanimously decided that their home would be turned into a resort, the family came together to name it. Dorothy’s choice, Pi Kidi, won. Pi means water in the Luo, while Kidi meant the stones. The area too was green and lush, so it also functions as a garden resort.

“Not many people were comfortable with the fact that you can share your home with strangers, but it’s a new trend, they have eventually gotten used to it. The boys then came up with the idea of putting up tents saying that their age mates would fancy that. So we set up a campsite that’s pretty formal, but we are also thinking of opening up the bush for people who are more adventurous and just want to camp by the water or in the bush,” Dorothy adds.

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