Monday, February 14, 2022 – Renowned Nairobi lawyer, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, has reacted to comments made by Murang’a Woman Representative, Sabina Chege, who said the Jubilee government stole former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s victory in 2017.
Sabina, who spoke during the Azimio La Umoja rally at Kidundu Stadium in Vihiga County on Thursday, alleged that Raila Odinga has been winning elections only to be rigged out.
“In Central, I have heard them saying that we stole the elections. There is some truth in that.
“They should know that if we knew how to rig in the previous elections, what makes you think we will not do something,” Sabina said to the crowd.
Sabina’s sentiments attracted mixed reactions with lawyer Ahmednasir saying it is a big shock for a senior member of the Jubilee Party like Sabina Chege to admit they stole the election and also admit that they are planning to steal the 2022 presidential election.
“Shocking…profoundly shocking…that a senior Member of the ruling jubilee Government CAN GIVE NOTICE that plans to STEAL VOTES for Hon Raila in the elections on 8.9.2022 are in place shows that a blueprint for rigging has been put in place!” Ahmednasir wrote on his Twitter page on Thursday.
Sunday, February 13, 2022 – Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi has attacked Jubilee Party blogger, Pauline Njoroge, accusing her of misusing jobless Kenyan youths by taking them to State House to receive handouts.
On Friday, Pauline and other Jubilee youth leaders took 3000 youths to State House, Nairobi, where they were paid Sh 8000 each.
According to Hustler Nation Intelligence Bureau (HNIB) spokesman, Dennis Itumbi, the money to pay the youths came from the National Youth fund kitty. Sh 100 million was used during the meeting that was chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Now, commenting about the meeting, Sudi, who is a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto, accused Pauline Njoroge of allegedly sleeping with some men in State House in exchange for cash and other goodies.
“I have seen you Njoroge taking youths to the Statehouse.
“You know very well that you are lying to the youths by giving them only sh8,000 while you are being misused by someone at the OP.
“Unatolea huyu MTU wako bendera yako kwa shilingi milioni moja, elfu mia tano….who will assist our children?” Sudi stated.
Saturday, February 12, 2022 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has summoned Murang’a Woman Representative, Sabina Chege, for claiming that vote-rigging is possible in elections, and “even this one we can.” Chege is one of the most beautiful women in politics exacted confidence the election will be rigged.
“I have heard others saying we rigged, there is some truth in it. So if we managed to rig, even this one we can.
“They think they (opponents) are the smartest,” she said in Vihiga Thursday while in the company of other Azimio La Umoa-leaning MPs.
The remarks stirred a storm on social media, where leaders and supporters of Deputy President William Ruto are challenging her to substantiate her remarks.
On Friday, IEBC wrote to her demanding that she presents herself on Tuesday next week for questioning to determine if she had violated election regulations.
“You are required to attend the Offices of the Commission at Anniversary Towers 6th floor on the 15th day of February 2022 at 9 .00 o’clock in the morning for examination by the Electoral Code of Conduct,” Chebukati said.
Saturday, February 12, 2022 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially endorsed former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s presidential bid in August, saying he will campaign for him fully.
Speaking on Friday at State House, Nairobi when he met over 3000 Kenyan youth, Uhuru said his government has set aside enough resources to campaign for Raila Odinga.
Uhuru also said his party Jubilee Party will join the Azimio La Umoja movement to form a formidable alliance that will shake Deputy President William Ruto and the Kenya Kwanza Alliance brigade.
“Because some were politicking while at work, we have said we want a coalition unit of like-minded parties and us together we join Azimio, we have the candidate, we have the resources and the youth are together with us,” Uhuru said.
Sources said Uhuru has said he will lead the campaigns for Raila Odinga in Mt Kenya and parts of Rift Valley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.