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MP in trouble for pocketing Ruto’s donation



An MP is in trouble over a Sh2 million donation from Deputy President William Ruto in November 2018, joining a long list of politicians embroiled in controversy over use of public funds.

Parents at Ikonge Secondary School and the adjacent Ikonge Primary School in Kitutu Masaba constituency, Nyamira County, are accusing local MP Shadrack Mose of pocketing the money, which he received from Ruto on behalf of the two schools.

The parents say the funds were meant for development of infrastructure at the two schools.

The parents claim Ruto gave out the money – in cash – to the MP in full glare of the public and a number of leaders who included Migori Governor Okoth Obado, Nyamira Woman Representative Jerusha Momanyi and MPs Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango), Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango), Silvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Alpha Miruka (Bomachoge Chache) and Jonah Mburu (Lari).

The parents, led by Dennis Mokaya, say the money was meant for the construction of classrooms to ease congestion at the two institutions. The project has not taken off because the MP is yet to release the funds, he says.

“When the Deputy President visited our institutions which are next to each other, we told him about the challenges facing the two schools regarding infrastructure and he responded by giving us Sh1 million for each institution; the cash was received by our MP. We thought that after the DP’s departure the MP would surrender the money to the schools but to date, he has kept mum,” Mokaya added.

Ikonge Secondary School principal Kaunda Nyandega told People Daily that some parents were now accusing him of receiving the money from the MP and squandering it.

He said his efforts to get the money from the MP had been unsuccessful “as he has kept on avoiding me.”

Contacted, the MP confirmed he had received the money which he intends to hand over to the two schools alongside funds from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) kitty.

“My intention for withholding the money is positive contrary to what the parents are thinking. I plan to give them more money from the CDF kitty so that they can construct at least four classrooms each,” Mose stated.

He accused his political detractors of using the parents to taint his image.

It is not the first time politicians are being accused of misappropriating public funds donated by Ruto.

Hand over

In January this year, Ruto’s office was forced to issue a disclaimer following cases where the public was being swindled of money in the DP’s name.

“The DP is a public servant and access to him is absolutely free. In fact, it is every Kenyan’s right to see the DP. There have been cases of people allegedly asking for money to (enable them) to see him. That is criminal,” the statement said.

“Any member of the public who has been conned should report to the police or the DP’s office,” Ruto’s press secretary Emmanuel Talam said.

Four incidents, two in December last year, one in October and another in August 2018, were cited as fraudsters used Ruto’s name to swindle unsuspecting people.

Last December, crafty individuals collected at least Sh483,000 from Isiolo residents with the promise of facilitating a meeting with Ruto in Nairobi.

Each gave Sh2,300; Sh1,100 for a Rutobranded T-shirt and Sh1,200 for transport.

They had been told that after meeting the DP, each would be given a Sh10,000 “allowance”. The deal sounded irresistible to many.

The group was to meet at a local hotel on December 29, to plan for the trip that would begin the following day at 4am. The meeting took place, they paid the money and were to receive T-shirts on Monday morning before the journey began. But it was not to be.

Those who paid found themselves stranded, cheated and demanding answers. The crowd waited for more than six hours before accepting they had been conned.

A few days earlier, Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi was on the spot over claims he pocketed part of Sh4 million the Ruto gave to be distributed among leaders from the region who had travelled to his Sugoi home, Uasin Gishu, on December 17.

The MPs in the delegation included Nyamoko, Mose, Kemosi and Miruka. “This is not the first time he has done it. I wish the DP gave us the money directly,” complained one of the MPs.

But Maangi dismissed the claims as baseless. “I did not do that. That is false,” he said.


• Shadrack Mose of pocketing the money, which he received from the DP on behalf of the two schools

• The parents say the DP gave out the money in cash – to the MP in full glare of the public and a number of leaders

• Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi was on the spot over claims he pocketed part of Sh4 million the DP gave to be distributed among leaders from the region


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This enemy called average



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The Sh180,000 cat breeders



People love their pets, but how often do they think about the costs?

For years, Kenyans have been splurging cash on expensive cars, houses, fine wine and whisky, art pieces, and jewellery, but there is a new breed of young wealthy people buying expensive cats.

These cats are rare and their bloodline is documented.

“Human beings like class and social status. Because the rich do not want to remain in the same class with everybody in regards to pet ownership, they are going for Persian, Siamese, and Scottish fold cats,” says Dr Charles Muriuki of Jingi Vet clinic in Nyali, Mombasa.

Considered the ‘Ferrari of cats’, the Persian cats are highly sought-after and admired for their long and thick coats. And they do not come cheap.

“Right now you can get a Persian for about Sh50,000 but a few years ago it cost around Sh100,000, then you add the freight charge, you pay Sh150,000,” says Dr Muriuki.

Pablo and Nura are Persian cats and some of the few in Kenya whose every whim are indulged by their owner Mohamed Shurut.

At his house, during the interview, Mr Shurut says things like ‘let the furry bosses come to you instead of picking them up’, ‘never wake a sleeping kitty.’

To him, the Persian cats are feline royals.

“They are classy, loving and loyal companions. They do not like to be held so much. Give your Persian cat time as it expects you to treat it like a royal,” he says.

Every day, he spends more than an hour brushing their fur. “The fur knots very easily and it’s what makes the cat stand out. I have to groom them every day,” he says, adding that they are best kept indoors but they can be let out on a cat leash.

Many pet lovers scoff at talk about expenses to avoid being judged.

“Sometimes I fend off unwanted questions. Some people do not like pets so they ask me why I waste money on cats. I do what I feel is best for me. I love my cats,” he says.


A Persian cat owned by Mohammed Shurut. PHOTO | EAUNICE MURATHE

So how much did he spend on the cats?

Between Sh50,000 to Sh100,000 for each of his cats, minus the daily expenses of keeping them happy.

“In a month, you’re probably looking at spending between Sh8,000 to Sh10,000 depending on what kind of cat food you’re buying. I give them fish oil. You also have to factor in the veterinary bills, grooming, litter and multivitamins,” he says.

Another seller

As the exotic cat market is thriving, and supply rarely meeting demand, Mr Shurut found a niche in supplying pet owners with prized breeds.

The 26-year-old now runs an online shop, Persian Cats Kenya, a breeding business.


“I used to see social media posts of the Persian cats owned by foreigners. I had a dream of owning one but it is not easy to find them in Kenya,” he says.

After a long search, he bought a kitten from a friend whose Persian cat had given birth.

“He had imported the cats from Egypt. He opted to sell me the male kitten and remain with the parent stock. I started shopping for a female one. I imported a female cat from Egypt,” he says.

He never imagined the cat hobby he casually picked up would end up becoming a business.

“This year I noted that many people were looking for Persian cats. I had many inquiries, especially on social media. I decided to start importing and breeding the cats,” he says.

Mr Shurut sells two-month-old kittens imported from Russia and Egypt for Sh150,000.

“The common ones are the Doll Face Persian Kittens and Punch face Persian kittens. My female cat is also pregnant and I am hoping to get kittens. The price is fair. Someone who truly values them will get them at any cost,” he says.

Another cat owner Juliet Muchira from Kiambu imported a Persian cat after seeing it online.

“I have always loved cats. I owned my first cat when I was six years old. Four years ago, as I was researching more about cats, I came across the Persian breed and I was interested. I tried finding one locally but didn’t find it. That’s when I thought of importing,” she says. The Persian cat gave birth and she decided to breed them.

She has been doing the business for almost three years now. Her cattery, Juliepaws is registered under The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), the World’s Largest Registry of Pedigreed Cats.

The cost of owning a Persian cat differs, she says, with the needs of a client. The most expensive cat she ever sold cost Sh180,000.

“I sold it to a family in Mombasa a year ago. I have never sold a cat outside Kenya, but I hope to. But I have sold so many kittens locally, Mombasa, Nairobi, and Kiambu. My cattery is the only registered cattery in Kenya,” she says.

The cats come with a registration certificate.

“My cats are all imported and I get them from certified and registered breeders who know their bloodline,” she says, adding that what makes them expensive is their distinctive face, tiny ears, gentle temperaments, and being a pure breed.

Pet love

Traditionally, dogs and cats were working animals than pets. A cat kept the mouse down, a dog guarded homes, and so on. But now, lots of people are latching onto the craze for buying and sharing their homes with pets and choosing to take care of them in ways that our parents did not.

Over the past 10 years or so, human-pet relationships have grown closer, says Dr Muriuki.

“Most people now are embracing the pet culture. They are keeping them as companions, taking care of them. We socialise with pets differently. For example, one cat was coughing and sneezing because the owner had changed her cologne to one that was not cat-friendly. At my clinic, she called her friends, told them that the cat was unwell, took videos and photos as one would do with a child,” he says.

Exotic cats are a huge amount of work and a considerable investment, fuelling an increasingly thriving cat product and service market in Kenya.

However, Dr Muriuki says, the downside of buying the exotic breeds, is that some breeders import male and female cats from the same parents, they inbreed and they start selling inbreeds.

Inbred pedigree cats end up suffering from life-threatening diseases like cancer and deformities.

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