Sonko in hiding over fears of pending arrests by EACC and KRA

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko dumped his phones and drove himself to a hideout in Coast over fears of impending arrests by the EACC and KRA.
According to reports, the two bodies have completed investigations into losses at the County that run to billions and Sonko now has a case to answer.

Mike Sonko who until about 3 weeks ago was the darling of social media is now trying hard to protect the PR image of a loyal servant of Nairobians after sleuths from KRA and EACC found him culpable in corruption charges.

Last he was seen was more than a week ago after a grilling session from EACC detectives.

In the short clip, Sonko dismissed the visit as routine and promised Nairobians that he would name the Deputy Governor nominee the following day.

It is believed the EACC and KRA are not moving in with the arrest as it may cripple operations at Nairobi County. Mike Sonko is using this as a blackmail to forestall his pending arrest as he hopes to get through to the ‘big man’ for rescue.

According to The Star,  his calls have been rejected.

EACC has grilled Sonko over a 20million bribe he recieved while KRA is after him for failure to remit taxes running into billions.

If arrested and charged, like his Kiambu counterpart Ferdinand Waititu, Mike Sonko would be forced to step aside until the conclusion of the cases levelled against him.

It is this crisis of the absence of a governor/deputy governor/acting governor that has seen the delay in the arrest of Sonko. It is also a card, Sonko now under siege, intends to stretch for as long as possible.

Furious Raila forced to refund 250,000shs after ODM officials bungled Kibra nominations

ODM leader Raila Odinga has refunded Sh2.25 million nomination fees to nine aspirants after rogue party officials bungled primaries in Kibra, The Standard can reveal.

Raila handed each of the aspirants Sh250,000 they had paid for the party primaries following revelations of how some top party officials orchestrated doctoring of the voters’ roll.The latest development points to an open admission by the party’s top brass that the process – which was generally seen as peaceful – fell short of a free and fair vote.

Yesterday, two senior party officials confirmed that Raila returned the funds on Wednesday to Dagoretti High School Principal Peter Orero, who emerged second, Ben Musungu, John Otieno, Chris Odhiambo and Tony Ogola. Others who were refunded were Stephen Okello, Brian Owino, Reuben Ojijo and Eric Obayi.

The Standard verified the information with some of the aspirants, who confirmed that they received their nomination fees from the party.

A good number of the ODM members who turned up to participate in the exercise either found their names missing or had them mixed up, effectively denying them opportunity to cast their vote.

Joho to push for 30% of Cargo to SGR to rescue Coast economy

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has promised to ensure only 30% of cargo is hauled on the SGR in a bid to rescue a failing Coast economy.

A report commissioned by the Governor and worked on by the University of Nairobi, the SGR has been a curse to the residents and workers of Mombasa.

In what is turning out to be a big elephant, the government had made a deal with the Chinese to provide sufficient business for the SGR cargo business to be profitable.

So far, according to reports, the SGR has been operating on almost 1 million daily losses whose gap has to be filled by the taxpayers. The loans and interests agreed upon have not been met by the SGR business.

To try and bridge the gap, the government through KRA issued a directive that all cargo be hauled by the SGR. 

The report which only covered between August 27 and September 14 last year, shows the Coast economy has received a thorough beat down as more businesses shut and more jobs lost.

In the report, a total of 2,987 employees working in CFSs, trucks and fuel stations have been laid off in the past one year while more than 8,111 workers are expected to be sent home if the directive is upheld.

Mombasa county will also fail to collect more than Sh17.3 billion due to closure of various businesses in the city while a number of businesses such as fuel stations, hotels and lodges along the Northern Corridor will be affected due to lack of patrons.

Joho has promised to ensure that at most only 30% of cargo will be hauled by the SGR in a bid to try revive the Coastal economy.

Mr Joho and other leaders condemned KPA and KRA management for implementing an order which is not based on any law.

“We have been negatively affected as the report has clearly stated; that is why we shall take any action to ensure the directive is stopped since it is not based on any law,” said Mr Joho.

He added; “We want SGR to haul only 30 per cent of the cargo while the remaining to be transported by truck so that we ensure our economy is not derailed. We are alarmed by simple indicators such as increasing cases of house rent defaulters due to the number of people sacked from CFSs and the transport sector.”

SGR wrecking the Coast economy fast, more than 8000 jobs to be lost

The government lost more than Sh126 billion in revenue in one year from Mombasa County since the introduction of freight trains, according to a new study released on Friday.

The study by the University of Nairobi (UoN) also revealed that more than 60 per cent of employees working at the Container Freight Stations (CFSs) were sacked over the same period.

The study further revealed that the coastal county is at “economic decay point”, with CFSs, long-distance trucks and transport related businesses such as fuelling and service stations mostly affected.

In the report, a total of 2,987 employees working in CFSs, trucks and fuel stations have been laid off in the past one year while more than 8,111 workers are expected to be sent home if the directive is upheld.

Mombasa county will also fail to collect more than Sh17.3 billion due to closure of various businesses in the city while a number of businesses such as fuel stations, hotels and lodges along the Northern Corridor will be affected due to lack of patrons.

Mr Ogolla said the reported loss is as a result of the introduction of SGR freight trains and the order by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) that all imported cargo from the Port of Mombasa to Nairobi and other hinterlands be transported by rail.

In the research, which was carried out between August 27 and September 14 last year, different stakeholders, including Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (Kifwa), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kenya Transport Association (KTA) and Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), among other stakeholders, were interviewed.

The report shows increasing cases of physiological related issues and break-up of societal bonds since the introduction of SGR and it recommends the need for a policy to allow the market operate freely to create a sustainable environment for other sector stakeholders and to mitigate against the depletion of county revenues.

Mariga election will be beginning of jokers in Parliament – Dida

Mwalimu Dida had no kind words for McDonald Mariga

Following the announcement that McDonald Mariga will be allowed to contest in the Kibra by-elections, presidential aspirant Mwalimu Dida was among the many to protest over the seriousness of the candidate for the people of Kibra.

According to Dida, the election of Mariga would be the beginning of jokers and jokers to parliament.

Dida took to issue the fact that Mariga has never registered as a voter before nor ever voted which calls to question his loyalty to the country’s democracy and leadership and why he is interested now.

Mariga has been seen as Ruto’s project in Kibra.

IEBC again flops on its decision on Maraga ruling

The IEBC is again today on the spot after giving ex-footballer McDonald Mariga the green light to contest in Kibra’s by-elections on the Jubilee ticket.

 In a Gazette notice on the 16th of August, following the Speaker’s declaration that the Kibra seat had fallen vacant on the untimely demise of Ken Okoth, the IEBC published the date for the by-election and rules of engagement. 

See the Gazette notice below.

To stop voter manipulation and as a requirement of law, the IEBC also suspended any new voter registrations if the voter intended to participate in the by-election.

In paragraph 1m from the Gazette it reads

(n) The registration and revision of the register of voters for the said electoral area is suspended until Monday 18th 2019.

It is without contest that Mariga registered as a voter for the first time in his life on the 26th of August 2019, more than a week after the gazette notice suspending new registrations for voters interested in participating in the Kibra by-elections.

Today the IEBC allowed Mariga to contest, validating his voter registration which was done more than a week after their notice of suspending voter registration.

Many questions arise as to why the IEBC would allow this and what kind of influence if any made the commission backtrack its own mandate and laws.

The other question is, if Mariga’s registration is validated, what stops someone else from registering days to the polls to go vote? 

If the IEBC will use the voter register as of the 16th of August when the Gazette notice was issued, how will Mariga vote?

It seems the historic fumbling of the Chebukati led IEBC is yet to wake up from its slumber, or that the law was cast away to the highest bidder at the offices that hold the scales of democracy in Kenya.

Decomposing body of Tom Cohen found in underground water tank shows signs of torture

Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti says missing Dutch billionaire Tob Cohen was tortured before he was murdered and his body dumped in an underground water tank.
Mr. Kinoti, who led a team of detectives into the home of Cohen that led to the discovery of his decomposed body in his own compound said Cohen’s body had been tied up.

“It is a gruesome murder, they took their time to kill innocent Cohen,” said Mr. Kinoti. “He was bound; legs, hands and neck before he was murdered and then they hid him in an underground water tank. They took their time.”

Two people are in custody over the murder. Cohen’s wife Sarah Wairimu was arrested on August 28 and interrogated at the DCI headquarters. On Thursday this week, Sarah Wairimu was again arraigned in court to face murder charges but did not take plea.

Court ordered she undergoes a mental assessment.

Mr. Kinoti, who seemed disturbed by the discovery could not understand why someone could carry out such an act.

Tragedy as routine demand for 50shs bribe leads to fatal shooting of baby in Soweto

A police officer on Sunday evening shot at close range and killed a 2yr old boy in Soweto in unclear circumstances while on routine inspection on what neighbors term route bribe collection.

According to reports, the two police officers who are well known in the area and would visit the area on a regular basis had on the fateful day visited two women who brew chang’aa in the Soweto slums, Kahawa West. The police had hoped to net a 50shs bribe from the women.

Residents of Soweto said two officers from Maziwa Police Post under the Kasarani Sub-County failed to get the Sh50 they wanted from a chang’aa den on Sunday night.

Those who saw the commotion told the Nation that the officers poured two drums of busaa from the den after its owners refused to part with the money.

This sparked an argument between two women who run the den and the two officers, which degenerated fast.

The officers walked away from the den, but its owners, who were drunk, followed them as they exchanged words. The commotion attracted a small crowd, which started following the four.

Githinji and his friends, who were playing at the border between Soweto and Congo slums, were unfortunately caught up in the mix.

It’s still not known what caused one of the officers to cock his AK 47 and shoot a small child, but the bullet entered through Githinji’s back and ripped out his stomach as it exited his body.

Amnesty International has condemned the shooting and called for speedy investigation.

How to deal with gold digger

Dropcap the popularization of the “ideal measure” has led to advice such as “Increase font size for large screens and reduce font size for small screens.” While a good measure does improve the reading experience, it’s only one rule for good typography. Another rule is to maintain a comfortable font size.

Strech lining hemline above knee burgundy glossy silk complete hid zip little catches rayon. Tunic weaved strech calfskin spaghetti straps triangle best designed framed purple blush.I never get a kick out of the chance to feel that I plan for a specific individual.

Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

On her way she met a copy. The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her.

When The Sun Goes Down

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer.

Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad. “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense”, he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to sleeping on his right, and in his present state couldn’t get into that position. However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame.

It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad.

Body of missing Dutch billionaire Tob Cohen found buried in his home

The body of Dutch billionaire Tob Cohen has been found buried in his home more than 40 days after he was reported missing.

Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti said the body was discovered inside a septic tank.

“Members of the family have already identified the body as that of Tob Cohen,” DCI Kinoti said.

Lawyer Philip Murgor who is representing Cohen’s estranged wife Susan Wairimu, said the body was found tied up, in bad shape.

He however questioned how the DCI had found out about the location of the body.

Cohen’s employees had earlier told police that the last time they saw Mr. Cohen was on July 20.

According to them, the 71-year-old had left in a white car, carrying only a briefcase.

Sarah Wairimu Cohen was arrested on August 28 and interrogated at the DCI headquarters.

She was arraigned in court the next day and detained for 12 days.

Despite appealing the court’s decision to detain her, the judge ordered that remain in police custody until September 12.

On Thursday this week, Sarah Wairimu was again arraigned in court to face murder charges but did not take plea.

The court ordered that she undergo a mental assessment. She is the prime suspect in the case.

Mr. Cohen was a tours and travel magnate who had been living in Kenya since 1987.

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