Suspended Land CS Charity Ngilu to be charged with obstructing investigations

imageSuspended Land CS Charity Ngilu. DPP Keriako Tobiko has directed that she be charged for allegedly obstructing investigations into fraudulent transactions in her ministry. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has directed that suspended Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu be charged with obstructing investigations into fraudulent transactions in her ministry.

According to the DPP, Mrs Ngilu allegedly hindered the collection of evidence regarding fraudulent transactions in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

The CS allegedly directed officers in the ministry not to release documents to investigators from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

It is also alleged that she further directed the same officials not to record statements with EACC investigators.

In a statement, Mr Tobiko said that the recommendation by EACC to charge Mrs Ngilu with the said offence was sustainable.

“Having reviewed the evidence, I am satisfied that the recommended charge is sustainable.

“I have therefore accepted (the) EACC’s recommendation that the CS be charged with the offence of obstruction,” said the DPP.

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UHURU’s nominee for CBK job is not married at 54 & has no single investment in Kenya

imageNominated Central Bank of Kenya Governor, Dr Patrick Ngugi.

Tuesday June 16, 2015 – President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nominee for the position of Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor, Dr Patrick Ngugi Njoroge, is not married and has no single investment in the country.

This emerged on Tuesday during the vetting process of Ngugi by the Finance, Trade and Planning Committee of the National Assembly.

During his vetting, Ngugi failed to explain why he is not married at 54 and why has not invested even a single shilling in Kenya.

“I am single by choice and I am comfortable that way,” Dr Njoroge told them. “There is nothing sinister with that and I am sure this committee has done its due diligence on what sort of a person I am.”

MP Jimmy Angwenyi then retorted that there was a lawmaker who had a single sister hence the interest in his marital status. Dr Njoroge belongs to a Catholic congregation whose devoted members believe that they promote their faith through their work and everyday lives.

However, Dr Ngugi gave very comprehensive answers on how he will tackle inflation to help reduce the high cost of credit.

“Managing of inflation will be my priority because when it is uncertain which direction inflation will take, banks feel they have to charge high rates,” Njoroge, who is currently an advisor at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) told the committee. Nambale MP John Bunyasi also asked Dr Njoroge whether he would continue being an employee of the International Monetary Fund after being confirmed as CBK governor. Dr Njoroge is currently an adviser to the IMF deputy managing director.

On his marital status, some committee members bashed their colleagues saying there are still eligible bachelors at 50s who are doing a great job for Kenya locally and abroad.

The MPs were also concerned by his lack of assets and asked him whether he was reluctant to invest or was simply poor.

“Yes, I don’t have a single asset here in Kenya and this is where I am at this point and it doesn’t mean that this how it will be forever and I subscribe to being very deliberate about that. This is my economic model and may be, years after retirement, I would want to invest in other things. That should not mean I have any financial inabilities. It comes with the profession,” the economist said.

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Update: Kenya Army Foils Mpeketoni Anniversary Al-Shabaab Terror Attack In Lamu Kenya, 11 Terrorists & 2 Soldiers Killed

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Kenya’s Directorate of Military Intelligence and the Country Intelligence service confirm that a Contingent of Kenya Defense Forces on Sunday Morning, of 14th June 2015, raided a terrorist camp near Kiunga, a frontier-border point in Kenya, killing 11 terrorists from the Somali based terror group Harakat Al Shabaab Al Mujahideen who were planning attacks on the Mpeketoni Terror Attack Anniversary.

The intelligence reports show that a Group of 100 militants had amassed in the forests and were in the final stages of making their movements into Lamu to conduct terror attacks in Lamu County of Kenya.

The militants who included a dozen White men were targeting the Mpeketoni Terror Attack Anniversary. Directorate of Military Intelligence reports confirm presence of several foreign fighters in the group and some may have been killed as photos show. (See below).

2 Kenya Army soldiers died and 2 others were injured in the preemptive military operation.

Army troops acting on intelligence captured an assortment of weapons from the terrorists. Even though Security Intelligence in Kenya has not significantly improved, there appears to be an effort in that direction as the services invests more in preempting threats posed by insecurity.

Kenya is on high alert after intelligence reports indicated terrorists were planning suicide attacks during the Ramadhan period.

The Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet on Saturday issued an alert about possible terror attacks in the country in coming days.

Strategic Intelligence had issued a similar warning on Monday, June 8th 2015

image image706x410q704d8ddad7328e63a67be533edadbedf42Army Preempts Massive Al Shabaab Mpeketoni Memorial Attack In Lamu County as several terrorist are killed and weapons confiscated. 

An officer from the Kenyan Contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) looks through binoculars during an advance on the Somali port city of Kismayu, in this handout photograph taken October 2, 2012 by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team and released October 3, 2012. African Union troops and tanks occupied al Shabaab's former stronghold of Kismayu on Tuesday, but the Somali Islamist militants gave notice of their intention to fight back, saying they detonated a bomb in the port city. MANDATORY CREDIT. REUTERS/African Union-United Nations Information Support Team/Stuart Price/Handout (SOMALIA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
An officer from the Kenyan Contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) looks through binoculars during an advance on the Somali port city of Kismayu, in this handout photograph taken October 2, 2012 by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team and released October 3, 2012. African Union troops and tanks occupied al Shabaab’s former stronghold of Kismayu on Tuesday, but the Somali Islamist militants gave notice of their intention to fight back, saying they detonated a bomb in the port city. MANDATORY CREDIT. REUTERS/African Union-United Nations Information Support Team/Stuart Price/Handout (SOMALIA – Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Event Summary: 14th June 2015, 0500HRS E.A.T, Lamu County of Kenya

  1. 0430HRS EAT; Kenya Defense Forces based in Lamu County were alerted from HQ by the Directorate of Military Intelligence about intelligence gathered by the National Intelligence Service on massive terror attacks targeting civilians in Lamu County before or during the Mpeketoni Memorial days.
  2. 0500HRS EAT; 100 elements of the Somali based Islamists Harakat Al Shabaab al Mujahideen were intercepted by Kenya Army troops at Kiunga and an operation was conducted to preempt a massive terror attack against civillians in Lamu County.
  3. 12 terrorists were killed by army troops during the raid.
  4. At 5.30am, small group of the terrorists which had been dispatched by the main group launched attacks on several areas of Lamu County namely, Mangai Village in Basusba, Kiunga village,  Mangai Secondary School dormitory, and Manga Health Center.
  5. The Mangai School dormitory was burnt, at Manga Health Center, the building was torched, medicine stolen, and 2 cars and motorcycles burnt.
  6. 12 Al Shabaab militants were killed in Kiunga by Kenya Defense Forces Personnel as the terrorists attempted to deploy to Mpeketoni and other areas of Lamu County to attack villages and pillage towns.
  7. 2 Army officers from the infantry killed during the operation against the terrorists and 2 were wounded but are in stable condition. KDF ground and air operations going on in the area.
  8. An assortment of weapons including rocket propelled grenades, Soviet Era Kalashnikov, and ammunition have been captured at Baure area where the main terrorists camp had been set.
  9. No civilian is reported to have been killed in the attacks which were supposed to reignite memories of 2014 Mpeketoni attacks where 60 people were killed.
  10. Mpeketoni Memorial event was the target of the terror attack which was effectively preempted.

Event Analysis

Copying Boko-Haram morning raids on Maiduguri villages in Nigeria, Al Shabaab hoped to make headlines but failed after robust intelligence gathering and counter-intelligence by the Kenyan security services.

Intelligence analysts report Al Shabaab had launched the attacks inside the villages in an attempt to instill fear and cause the villagers to disperse into the forests.

The strategy involved sending dozens of fighters to attack villages and towns besides pillage them as the main group of 100 militants would attack fleeing villagers and cut them off in the bushes.

Local youths who support the terror group were involved in these attacks. These youths provide logistical and tactical advice to the terrorists groups before and during the attacks.

If the Al Shabaab Mpeketoni Memorial terror attack succeeded, over 500 villagers would have been slaughtered inside the forests.

The terrorists would have filmed the killings in the early morning hours.

The Kenya Army was able to cut off the main terror group from the pockets of bandits tasked to scare villagers out of their homes into the bush thus effectively preempting what would have been the worst massacre of innocent Kenyans by terrorists.

Read more >>>  AS KDF KILL SEVERAL LIKE COCKROACHES IN LAMU IN A BOTCHED ATTACK

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BREAKING: MASS DEMONSTRATIONS in Nakuru, Residents DEMAND OUSTER of Governor Mbugua for DISCRIMINATION

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Traffic along the busy Nakuru-Eldoret highway was on Tuesday morning interrupted for hours after residents of Salgaa Township blocked it, accusing Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua of denying them development.

The demonstrators used old tyres to light bonfires on the road.

A county truck and a fire fighting engine were set ablaze during the protets.

They also placed boulders along a four-kilometre stretch of the road, forcing long-distance trucks to grind to a halt and leading to a heavy traffic jam on both sides of the road.

Police stood by helplessly as hundreds of residents continued with their protest while waving placards that condemned Mr Mbugua and demanded his immediate ouster.

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Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua is accused of out of control corruption and discrimination.

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A fire engine valued at Sh50 million belonging to the Nakuru County Government was among property destroyed on Tuesday during a violent protest at Salgaa on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway. The protestors barricaded the busy highway over what they termed as failure by the County Government to construct parking lots for trucks using the road. Photo/ COURTESY

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City Hall official who lives like a king on Sh85,000 pay

imageCity Hall chief finance officer Jimmy Mutuku Kiamba. The EACC froze Sh180 million in his bank accounts. PHOTO | FILE

Jimmy Kiamba, the chief finance officer for the Nairobi County government, lives too large for his modest monthly salary of Sh85,000.

That is the view of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), which has gone to court seeking orders to freeze the officer’s assets to pave way for further investigations into his vast estate.

The EACC says its pursuit of Mr Kiamba has revealed a massive empire that is incongruent with his known income and wants the High Court to freeze his bank accounts as investigations continue into claims that he stole millions of shillings from City Hall between January and November last year.

“EACC has established suspected fraudulent transactions through accounts held by Mr Kiamba, who is the chief finance officer (CFO) of Nairobi County and whose only known source of income is a gross salary of Sh85,000 per month,” the EACC says, adding that Mr Kiamba’s two bank
accounts with CFC Stanbic Bank were used to transact more than Sh400 million between January and November 2014.

“The uncompleted aspects of the investigations are essential before a decision can be made on whether to institute a suit of recovery against him.”

Mr Kiamba’s estate includes two maisonettes in South C, a plush town house in Kileleshwa, four apartments in Kilimani and eight plots of land in Muthaiga, Mavoko and Machakos. He also owns a fleet of six cars.

The EACC believes Mr Kiamba acquired the property through fraudulent deals using his position as City Hall CFO.

Mr Kiamba has challenged the EACC’s application, insisting that the property is registered to Jimise Limited and his wife, Tracy Mbinya Musau, and charged to Equity Bank for loans that are still being repaid.

He argues that freezing the assets would expose his wife, Jimise and Equity to losses, yet they are not parties to the suit. Mr Kiamba further denies involvement in any corrupt dealings, and says he has cooperated fully with the EACC’s investigators.

The City Hall official has been charged in the Chief Magistrate’s court with defrauding City Hall of millions of shillings.

In April, he was accused alongside his secretary Regina Rotich of conspiring to defraud the county of Sh17.9 million. Both have also been charged with abuse of office.

Mr Kiamba has separately been accused of forging documents for purposes of embezzling funds, and is out on a Sh2 million cash bail.

The EACC says in its application that it fears Mr Kiamba may dispose of the assets if the court doesn’t act against him, but the City Hall official says such action may cause Equity to demand immediate repayment of his loans and cause him immense hardship.

“The properties were charged before the investigations against my accounts commenced. If the orders are granted Equity will require me to settle the balances due to it at once, when I have been settling the debts in reasonable installments from my investments,” Mr Kiamba says.

The anti-corruption watchdog says Mr Kiamba’s accounts had a balance of Sh14.4 million when they were first frozen in November. It has, however, attached bank statements from the two accounts showing massive transfers it says are suspicious.

It is not clear from the court documents when Mr Kiamba had the accounts unfrozen.

The EACC further says the City Hall official’s actual wealth is well beyond the amount he declared in 2007 and 2013 and that only proper investigations could reveal his true worth.

Mr Kiamba, in response, claims that the EACC is playing dirty to ensure his accounts are frozen, as he is yet to be furnished with the court order freezing his property, which has rendered him unable to challenge the decision.

“Since EACC obtained the preservation orders on November 14, it has never served me with the said orders. Under the Anti-Corruption Act, I was entitled to apply for the said orders to be discharged within 15 days of service. I have been unable to do so because the EACC has never served me.”

Mr Kiamba was suspended in April following his suspected involvement in tender awards at City Hall. Last year, he was put on the spot over the loss of Sh94 million awarded in a ghost contract to Hausraum Limited.

Hausraum Ltd was in 2009 identified to provide consultancy services for the establishment of an electronic payment system at an initial contract sum of Sh11.7 million.

Auditor-General Edward Ouko had in a report said that further to the payments to Hausraum, two other companies with the same directors were paid Sh85 million for execution of the ICT contract without any evidence that any work was done.

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BOLD: Raila Arrives at GROUND ZERO Wajir County to meet Locals, Uhuru yet to visit the AREA

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LANDED AT WAJIR AIRPORT: Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga and H.E. Hon Kalonzo Musyoka lead CORD legislators on a working tour and fact finding mission of Wajir County where they were met at the airport by Hon Adan Keynan, Hon Mohammed Elmi among other local leaders.

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