Kenya’s longest serving President Daniel Arap Moi is Dead at 95

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Former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi is dead at 95. 

Nairobi, Kenya – Former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi, who ruled the country for 24 years, has died, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced Tuesday. Moi was 95.

“It is with profound sadness that I announce the death of a great man of an African state,” Kenyatta said in a statement.
He ordered a period of national mourning and all flags to fly at half-staff until a state funeral is held at a later date.
Moi died at a hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning surrounded by his family, Kenyatta said.
He had been hospitalized in October for breathing problems but was discharged after a few weeks.

An autocratic rule

Moi was born September 2, 1924, in Baringo County. He became Kenya’s second president after independenceand went on to rule from 1978 to 2002.
His wily grasp of power earned him the nickname “Professor of Politics” amongst Kenyans.
His 24 years in power encompassed one-party rule through the Kenyan African National Union, the party he controlled, and also the reintroduction of democracy and multiparty politics, which culminated in his victory in the 1992 Presidential elections.
Educated at missionary and government schools, Moi became a teacher as Kenya was moving towards independence from British rule.
He became the Minister of Home Affairs and President Jomo Kenyatta later named him Vice President in 1967.
Moi became Kenya’s leader after Jomo Kenyatta’s death in 1978, bringing in an era of autocratic and at times dictatorial rule that made Moi and his family extremely wealthy.
After he stepped down, Kenya located more than $1 billion of public money stashed in overseas offshore accounts, which it sought to recover, the New York Times reported.

Quashing rebellion

Four years after Moi came to power, some members of the Air Force attempted a coup, which Moi successfully and ruthlessly crushed.
After the attempt, Moi’s rule became more hard-nosed — he dismissed political opponents and reduced the influence of his predecessor’s allies in his cabinet.
He went on to change the constitution, making his KANU party the only legally permitted political entity and triggering the wrath of many Kenyans who sought democracy.
Pressure from Western backers forced Moi back onto the democratic path in 1990 and he was compelled to allow opposition parties onto the ballot before the 1992 general elections — Kenya’s first multi-party elections — which Moi won, despite allegations of electoral fraud by his party.

Widespread influence

As a statesman Moi had widespread influence in cementing East African countries like Uganda and Tanzania into a coherent trading block. On March 14, 1996, full East African Cooperation efforts began and in July 1999 the new East African Community was born.
He also rallied to the cause of anti-apartheid in southern Africa, sending Kenyan soldiers into pre-independence Zimbabwe as peacekeepers during the ceasefire there in 1979.
While he was the Chairman of the Organization of African Unity, Moi was involved in securing peace in Chad. In Sudan, Moi chaired the talks that led to a referendum that ended a three-decade war in South Sudan and the creation of a new nation in July 2011.
With 24 years at the helm of Kenya’s government, Moi had a massive impact in shaping Kenya’s politics and governmental structures. Subsequent presidents, Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyatta, can be said to have been appointed by the elder statesman.
He appointed Kibaki as his Vice President and paved the way for him to later lead Kenya. He then plucked a largely unknown and untested Kenyatta from relative obscurity and pushed him to the forefront of Kenyan politics.
As a former teacher, Moi’s legacy also included a wide expansion of higher education. It was during the Moi era that the university sector grew starting with the opening of Kenya’s second university in Eldoret, a town in the north.
Other universities followed, including private educational institutions run by Methodists. Today Kenya has more than 60 universities and public university colleges.
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Uhuru, Raila dance the night away at UB40 Concert

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s, Raila Odinga, Kenyan journalist Jeff Koinange and others having fun during the UB40’s concert at the Carnivore ground in Nairobi.

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Tangatanga!! Tangatanga!! – Ruto and Sonko in Major Water politically.

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Nairobi,  (Kenya moja) – Many people in Kenya and around the world are simply not getting it. Mike Sonko’s arrest has everything to do with the overall campaign to weaken William Samoei Arap Ruto.

If you look at the EACC chart of cash flow, you notice that Ruto’s AMACO insurance is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Sonko Government receiving 369 million in one financial year, and wiring back 17 million to Mike Sonko aka drug Baron.

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Mike Sonko aka drug Baron being arrested in Voi. 

This is the strategy. First, Ruto was too powerful in the first term and he used his position to amass wealth and political influence in a rapid phase.

Actually, Sonko’s ticket in Jubilee was due to Ruto’s influence in the government.

Second, Uhuru’s biggest problem is how to deal with Ruto and his influence. Between 2018 and 2019 over 30 Ruto men were either sacked or charged in Court for various offenses including the former treasury permanent secretary (PS) Henry Rotich. This cut off key financial source to the Ruto movement. Regular supply from State Institutions like Kenya Power, Kenya Pipeline, and Maize and Fertilizer Imports were paralyzed.
After dealing with State Corporations, the next step was the Governors that gave Ruto financial and political support.

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FILE PHOTO: Kenya’s former Cabinet Secretary of National Treasury (Finance Minister) Henry Rotich holds up a briefcase containing the Government Budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year in Nairobi, Kenya June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

This is how Obado, the Samburu Governor, Waititu and Sonko got arrested. This wave of selective arrests sent shock waves and made all Governors supporting Ruto to scamper.

Now, the third and final strategy is to wear Mr. Ruto down with an expensive Referendum. This will clear off the remaining cash left for him after he allegedly stole from the government coppers.

Once paralyzed financially, Ruto will have little influence out of Rift Valley, then the ultimate pouncing will come through the courts to explain how he got all this money he has been dishing.

So you Tanga Tanga guys, go Learn meaning of “ukiona cha mwenzio cha nyolewa chako tia Maji”

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Mike Sonko aka drug Baron under arrest for public corruption and drugs. 

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Nairobi’s Gold-Loving Governor alleged to Be a Drug Baron, Is Arrested on Corruption Charges

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Gov. Mike Sonko of Nairobi, Kenya, has invited scrutiny for his flamboyant lifestyle.Credit…Baz Ratner/Reuters

NAIROBI, Kenya — The governor of Kenya’s capital city has made no secret of his love for bling: He has posted photos of a golden lion statue and a gilded dining room set, and has shown up at meetings draped in gold jewelry. At rallies, he hands out cash to supporters.

The governor has also been accused of drug trafficking, was recently seen slapping a journalist, and was thrown out of Kenya’s starchy Parliament for wearing ear studs and sunglasses. But he has faced little in the way of serious consequences, until now.

On Friday, the governor, Mike Mbuvi Sonko was arrested and charged with money laundering and unlawful acquisition of property for his alleged involvement in a multimillion dollar corruption scandal.

In a news conference in Nairobi, Noordin Haji, the director of public prosecutions, accused Mr. Sonko of “deploying intimidation tactics” and “using goons to threaten law enforcement officials” who were trying to investigate the case.

Mr. Sonko denied the accusations against him on Friday, calling the commission’s investigation “shallow” and saying that he had not tried to evade arrest.

“I want to confidently state from the onset that I am more than ready for the lawful course that will help us know the truth,” he said in a statement on Facebook.

The arrest of Mr. Sonko comes as President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to crack down on corruption. Residents and international investors have long complained of corruption in Kenya, the business hub and richest economy in East Africa.

Over the past year, Mr. Haji, the public prosecutor, has ordered the arrest of current and former public officials on charges such as dishing out millions of dollars for projects that only exist on paper.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, which led the investigation into the governor, said on Twitter that Mr. Sonko had been detained while trying to escape arrest at a roadblock in Voi, about 200 miles southeast of Nairobi, and was then transferred back to Nairobi.

The commission also announced the arrest on Friday of the former Nairobi County secretary, along with the former head of procurement.

Thirteen other people were also listed as suspects in the corruption case announced on Friday, and they were asked to present themselves at the nearest police station. These included members of the county’s tender evaluation committee, along with directors of several companies.

The governor is not the only nationally prominent politician recently arrested in the crackdown. In July, Finance Minister Henry Rotich was arrested on corruption charges related to a multimillion-dollar project to build two massive dams, becoming the first sitting cabinet member to be charged with financial misconduct in Kenya. Mr. Rotich has denied the charges.

But while Mr. Kenyatta has vowed to stamp out graft, critics have said that his administration isn’t serious about fighting corruption, calling it a mere public relations exercise. Efforts to tackle graft have also borne little results, according to the nongovernmental organization Transparency International.

Mr. Sonko, who was elected in 2017, is serving his first term as governor. He was a member of Parliament for the Madaraka constituency in Nairobi starting in 2010, and was elected as a senator of Nairobi County in 2013.

Nairobi, a city of about 3.5 million people, is both the capital of Kenya and the seat of Nairobi County. Besides being a financial hub for regional and global companies, it hosts dozens of embassies and consulates.

While Mr. Sonko has invited scrutiny for his showy lifestyle and colorful fashion, he has also drawn criticism for his management style. In November, lawmakers from Nairobi County said a “tragedy of untold proportions” was unfolding in the city, with poor public services and unpaid workers and suppliers. The leaders also criticized the governor for failing to appoint a new deputy after the previous one resigned in January 2018.

Mr. Sonko, who has taken to publicly sneering at his perceived detractors and critics, insists that he inherited an already dysfunctional city and that he would only pay legitimate suppliers upon verification of services offered.

As senator and now governor, Mr. Sonko has ingratiated himself with the public, and especially the city’s poor, by doling out cash at rallies and paying the school fees for needy students. He also established the Sonko Rescue Team, a group of youngsters who respond to emergencies, sweep streets and take clean water to poor areas.

On Thursday, the day before his arrest, Mr. Sonko received an award sponsored by the Kenya Red Cross and United Nations Volunteers for encouraging volunteering.

In the past, he has been accused of drug trafficking and has been considered one of the drug Barons in Kenya.

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Anti-terror Chief officer dies at JKIA after flight from Japan

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Chief Inspector Monica Wambui Githaiga [File]
A senior sleuth attached to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) on Saturday afternoon collapsed and died suddenly at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Ms Monica Wambui Githaiga who was the lead investigator in the Dusit D2 terror attack was rushed to the Port Health Clinic which is based at JKIA but efforts to save her life bore no fruits.

Kenyapoa News has established that Ms Githaiga was returning from Japan where she has been receiving training when she died.

Chief Inspector Monica Wambui Githaiga and her colleagues arrived at JKIA’s Terminal 1E aboard Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 719 from Japan where she had been on a short course.

Police said Ms Githaiga had complained that she was feeling unwell in Dubai. She was attended to before being allowed to board her flight to Nairobi, which touched down on Saturday afternoon.

She told her colleague that she was experiencing chest pains and dizziness. Witnesses said she vomited before receiving medical assistance from medics at the Port Health Clinic situated inside the airport, where she passed on.

A postmortem has been planned to establish the cause of her death.

Her colleagues described her as a dedicated officer. Githaiga has been the lead investigator in the dusitD2 Hotel attack which occurred on January 15 and in which 21 people were killed.

In court testimony, she narrated how one of the suspects in custody over the terror attack received Sh9 million from South Africa. The money was withdrawn using mobile money transfer from an M-PESA through the Diamond Trust Bank in Eastleigh.

Police suspect the money was for financing terrorism.

Githaiga had testified that the suspect registered 47 SIM cards using different identity cards and names. The SIM cards were used in two handsets that were geo-located in Eastleigh area, Nairobi.

The case is still pending in court.

In the meantime, the body was transferred to Chiromo mortuary awaiting postmortem.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters said investigations had been launched to establish cause of death.

Kenya has experienced a number of high level deaths linked to corruption investigations in the last several years.

In 2017, Waiguru-Linked Catherine Namuye Died Mysteriously in Her Kileleshwa Apartment. Other parties died in what appeared to be a coordinated events.   

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Former AG Wako, wife and son barred from entering US over corruption

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Busia Senator and Kenya’s former Attorney-General Amos Wako. He is accused of corruption and together with his family they are being barred from setting foot into United States

One of the facilitators of public corruption and cover ups of drug barons in Kenya, Busia Senator and former Attorney General Amos Wako has been denied entry into the US over alleged involvement in corruption. US entry

In a press statement by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Wako has been slapped with a ban over what the US described as involvement in ‘significant corruption’.

“This designation is made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2019 (Div. F, P.L. 116-6). “Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States,” US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said.

Also affected by the ban are Wako’s wife Flora Ngaira and his son Julius Wako.

“The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members. In addition to the designation of Mr Wako, the Department is also publicly designating Wako’s wife, Flora Ngaira, and son, Julius Wako,” read the statement.

Pompeo stated that the action will send a strong signal that the United States is a valuable partner in Kenya’s fight against corruption.

“Economic prosperity for all Kenyans is only possible by defeating the scourge of corruption, which also requires a functional, fair, and transparent criminal justice system,” he said.

“The United States will continue to stand with all Kenyans as they strive to curb and punish corruption in Kenya.”

The statement, however, did not indicate when Wako was involved in the alleged corruption.

Wako is currently one of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) advisory task force members set to present a report to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

He was elected on an ODM senator in the 2017 General Election but he is known to be corrupt all round. He has been known to have a buffet of women some of whom have carried his babies including the current Deputy Chief Justice of Kenya.

Efforts to reach Wako for comment were unsuccessful as his phone was off.

Wako was banned from entering the US in 2009 and threatened legal action against the United States.

US Ambassador Kyle McCarter has previously said individuals implicated in graft will not be allowed to enter the US.

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Michael R. Pompeo was sworn in as Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. He previously served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 to April 2018.
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Former President Moi admitted at Nairobi Hospital in a serious condition.

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Former president Daniel Moi. FILE

Former President Daniel Arap Moi has been admitted at Nairobi Hospital.

He is back in the facility barely two weeks after he was admitted at the same hospital.

Two weeks ago, he was admitted in the same facility and his family said that his admission was a routine check-up.

Sources within the family and the hospital told the press Moi was admitted on October 11 and was set to spend some days at the hospital for intensive check-up.

“Nothing much to worry about. He is there for routine check-up and being attended to by his physician Dr David Silverstein. He is expected to spend a couple of days to allow the doctors sufficient time to check Mzee,” the source said.

Last year, Moi left for Israel for a medical check-up.

He was accompanied by his son Gideon and physician Dr David Silverstein. The former president was admitted to a hospital in Tel Aviv.

Kanu secretary general Nick Salat confirmed that Moi was admitted.

“Yes, he is there just for normal check-up,” Salat, who was appointed in April, as chairman of the Postal Corporation, told the press on phone.

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Kanu secretary general Nick Salat

But when kenyapoa press contacted Moi’s press secretary Lee Njiru, he said he was not aware the former president was sick and hospitalized.

“I’m in Nakuru and I’m not aware of such reports. I will find out and I will let you know once I get a report on the same,” Njiru told the press on phone.

The admission of Moi comes days after Kenyans celebrated the return of Moi Day, a public holiday he created.

Moi Day was removed from the list of national holidays following promulgation of the Constitution in August 2010.

But the High Court reinstated the day to be marked as a holiday on grounds its removal was in contravention of the Public Holidays Act.

Kenya had been marking the holiday since 1988, when President Daniel arap Moi marked 10 years in power but it was scrapped in 2010.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Mating’i encouraged Kenyans to mark the day “with selfless acts of service to their community that seek to promote patriotism, national unity, social justice, cohesion and sustainable development in their communities for the benefit of present and future generations.”

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Mating’i encouraged Kenyans to mark the day

It is not the first time Moi is being admitted to the same hospital. Last December, he was there for what his office said was a normal check-up.

In March 2018, Moi who turned 95 last month was flown to Israel following “an uncomfortable knee.”

While the former president has enjoyed good health since leaving office in 2002, he has had a problem with one of his knees following an accident involving his car in 2006 in Limuru.

In January 27, 2017, he underwent a minor surgery on the knee at Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.

During his 95th birthday last month, unlike previous celebrations which have been characterised by pomp and colour, the event was a private function at his Kabarak home attended by close family members only.

Moi was born on September 2, 1924 and served as the second President of Kenya from 1978 to 2002.

He took over from Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta following his death on August 22, 1978.

Moi has kept off active politics but in the recent past since the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga he has been receiving huge delegations of politicians paying him homage.

His son and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi who is keen on succeeding Uhuru in 2022 has featured most in the high profile visits which political pundits believe could be part of planning of the Uhuru succession.

Those who have visited Mzee Moi include Uhuru, his mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta, Oding, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli.

May last year, DP Ruto made his way to Kabarak but failed to meet Moi as it was alleged that the retired president was undergoing a routine physiotherapy session with his doctors for the entire duration of the visit.

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William samoei Ruto denied visit after he made his way to Kabarak but failed to meet Moi.
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