Nandi County Gubernatorial Aspirant and Lawyer Alan Kosgey is one of the persons whose names have been dragged into what has described as “the Multi-Million Saga at the centre of the standoff at LSK” which saw Lawyers last month vote in a Special General Meeting (SGM) to send LSK CEO Mercy Wambua on compulsory leave and sanction Forensic Audit. Alan Kosgey, a former LSK Treasurer, has been named as one of the Former LSK Council Members who “interestingly” remain signatories of LSK Account(s) that LSK President Havi want subjected to forensic audit for accountability of LSK Members contributions in the last 3 years.
According to a letter released by the LSK President Nelson Havi on Thursday 8th July 2021 to LSK Members, Alan Kosgey is one of the former LSK Council Members who remained signatories of LSK Bank Account(s) after expiry of their term when they ought to have handed over to their successors. According to the LSK President, Allan Kosgey and other council members are still “illegal” Signatories to an LSK Bank in ABSA Bank and may have been involved in sanctioning some of the withdrawals from LSK accounts in the last 2 and half years from 1st January 2019 and 30th June 2021 amounting to over Ksh. 800 Million which LSK Council want subjected to Forensic Audit.
In one instance, documents supplied by Havi show that Alan Kosgey alongside two others did not hand over as signatories of LSK Account held in ABSA BANK when their term ended on 24th March 2018. The account in question is ABSA Queensway Branch Account No. 0948014246 which appears to have continued to transact ten (10) months after Alan Kosgey left LSK Council. Why Alan Kosgey, who was the LSK Treasurer, did not handover his mandate as a signatory over this Bank Account raises questions that the Lawyer may need to come out and clear in earnest.
Did Alan Kosgey Approve Withdrawal of Ksh. 4.9 Million LSK Money?
On 14th January 2019, Ksh. 5 Million was deposited into the ABSA Account where Alan Kosgey remains one of the signatories to this day in unclear circumstances. A week later, on 21st January 2019, a withdrawal of Ksh. 4, 917,509.75 was made from this Account raising the question who sanctioned the withdrawal and what for since the signatories including Alan Kosgey were no longer allowed to transact on behalf of LSK. Havi and other LSK Council Members want Forensic Audit to confirm the status of this withdrawal and all others made from LSK Bank Accounts in the last 2 and half years.
As at Tuesday, 6th July 2021, ABSA Bank Queensway Branch Manager Alice Kellong wrote to LSK President Nelson Havi to confirm that LSK held a Bank Account with ABSA which had a balance of over Ksh. 6 Million as at the date. Allan Kosgey is still one of the account signatories despite having left office as LSK Council Member three years ago on 24th March 2018. Why Alan Kosgey who was LSK Treasurer and was aware of all LSK Bank Accounts did not handover as signatory at the end of their term as required under the law and LSK Resolutions remains unclear and he needs to come out and state his position on the matter.
Are There Other LSK Bank Accounts with Illegal Signatories?
The current LSK Council suspects there may be other LSK Bank Accounts whose signatories remain Former LSK Council Members. It is possible most of those accounts are unknown to the current LSK Council Members as not until the LSK President wrote to all banks requesting for update on LSK accounts did they discover who were the signatories of the ABSA Account. SBM Bank has since disclosed that it holds four LSK Bank Accounts whose status and current signatories are yet to be known. Alan Kosgey, as a Former LSK Treasurer, should clarify what was the status of LSK accounts when he handed over to his successor.
There is little doubt the impact of this fight over LSK funds and accounts Fraud will likely be felt far and wide even beyond the legal fraternity. As someone seeking public office to hold the role of Accounting Officer, Mr. Alan Kosgey should take the earliest opportunity to explain the circumstances under which he remained a signatory of an LSK Account after the end of his term as LSK Treasurer. This is necessary to ensure the association with the developing LSK Multi-Million Saga does not affect Mr. Alan Kosgey’s Nandi Gubernatorial candidature by bringing to question his integrity and ability to act as accounting officer if elected Nandi Governor.
Why Wakili Oliver Kipchumba’s Senatorial Bid is Good News for Uasin Gichu
Wakili Oliver Karori Kipchumba is set to debunk the myth that Uasin Gichu County cannot produce a Senator who is worthy the office. The County has won the notoriety in Senate as one that has misfortune of electing Senators who go in the opposite direction from the hopes and aspirations of the Uasin Gichu Residents. But that is about to change when Oliver Kipchumba, who has no serious challenger thus far, gets elected as the third Uasin Gichu Senator. With UDA Primaries just a fortnight away, Uasin Gichu Residents are showing open preference for Wakili Kipchumba as their Senator over Incumbent Governor Mandago who they see as part of the rotting wound in the County they are trying to cauterize.
One cannot argue with the fact that while Uasin Gichu County has many good things but it stands out as one of those counties in Kenya that has never been well represented in the Senate of Kenya since 2013. When Uasin Gichu Residents replaced the Silent Senator Isaac Melly (who spoke not once in the Senate) with Prof. Margaret Kamar, little did they know their Senator will make it her business to oppose what they support and support what they can’t stand at all.
Today, tired of shenanigans of Margaret Kamar, Uasin Gichu Residents are by all indications looking for new blood and a political firebrand to send to the Senate to voice their agenda. This is why many Uasin Gichu residents consider the entry of Lawyer Oliver Kipchumba into the Senatorial Race as God’s answer to their fervent prayers for someone to rescue them from the misfortune of deadbeat senators
The youthful and eloquent Oliver Kipchumba who describes himself as “a liberal conservative politician, an advocate, Political Commentator, Entrepreneur and a Committed Sunday School Teacher” reminds many Uasin Gichu residents of the young William Ruto who on arriving on the political stage in Eldoret North soon eclipsed those who had hitherto been deemed unbeatable and has never looked back. Many youth in the County also see Oliver Kipchumba candidature as their chance to elect one of their own.
Oliver Kipchumba is not new to politics and leadership having been the Student Leader during his time at Moi University. He has since become a sought-after political debater by most National Television. He has also cut his teeth as a leading lawyer and has appeared for and represented many big names in court and in the boardroom. There is no denying when Uasin Gichu Residents elect Oliver Kipchumba in 2022 they shall have guarantee of the best and most articulate representation and oversight in the Senate.
Oliver is a duly admitted Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and an Holder of Masters of Laws (LL.M) from Strathmore University, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Moi University and Diploma in Laws from Kenya School of Law. Besides his quest to clinch the Uasin Gichu Senator seat, Oliver has been at the forefront in recruiting, coordinating and leading professionals in support of the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto’s bid to be the next President.
Based on his slogan of Putting Devolution into Perspective, Oliver Kipchumba says the role of the Senator is indispensable as the official spokespersons of the County in Parliament. He believes the next Uasin Gichu Senator must ensure the County Residents and Kenyans at large enjoy the fruits of devolution and the Governors and MCAs live up to their manifesto and expectations of the residents. If elected, Oliver Kipchumba is determined to end the culture of excess and runaway graft in the counties and ensure that the Second Governor of Uasin Gichu County delivers for the people.
Wakili Mbaluka Switch to Vie for Machakos Senator a Hailed as Sure Win
Top Nairobi Lawyer Hon Joel Kyatha Mbaluka has joined United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and opted to vie for Machakos Senator, a move that has been hailed as a game changing hat trick and sure win by many political analysts. Many have hailed the move by Wakili Mbaluka to shift from the crowded Gubernatorial Race to vie for Machakos Senator as the right thing to given that Machakos Residents are frustrated by the illiteracy and incompetence of the Incumbent Senator and the other aspirants who have expressed interest in the seat left by Late Machakos Senator Hon Boniface Kabaka.
Wakili Mbaluka, being a counsel like Hon Boniface Kabaka, has been described as the right man to fit the big shoes left by the late articulate and firebrand senator who is already being missed by most residents who had grown to like his activism in the Senate. There is consensus among most Machakos Residents that they made a mistake in electing a Class 7 drop out to represent them in the current Senate which has become the house of the most learned debate.
Many Machakos County residents are alarmed that Senator Kavindu Muthama is yet to make a maiden speech more than one year since she was sworn in. In fact, many residents are not even aware who is their current Senator as they have not seen her in the news or speaking on the floor of the Senate. Even with all the stealing that has gone on in Machakos County in the last year, not once did Senator Kavindu as much as make a statement to call for transparency or accountability.
In fact, according to analysts, nothing has prepared Machakos County residents to elect another lawyer as Senator in August 2022 than having an incompetent gap Senator. People now can tell the difference between having a Senator who knows his job like Kabaka and having dead weight like Kavindu who is not even aware what is her job description. This is working to Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka’s advantage given that he is considered as an outsider in Machakos County affairs and has no conflict of interest.
Analysts are also quick to note that Machakos County having rejected a Wiper Senate Candidate to elect Senator Kabaka, they will readily elect Senator Joel Kyatha Mbaluka to get the job done. Senator Mbaluka also has the advantage of coming from the Lower Machakos like Kabaka. His unity with UDA Chairman Hon Johnstone Muthama is likely to give him an advantage in other parts of Machakos which will sweep him to office with ease. As many have noted about Mbaluka’s shift to Senatorial race, holding all other factors constant, he may as well begin to prepare for swearing in as Next Machakos Senator.
Why Mbaluka is Preferred by 57% of Residents as Next Machakos Governor
Machakos Governor Aspirant Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka continues to lead in the polls even as his rating among the County residents is soaring to new heights. This runaway popularity of the Lawyer has been attributed to his demonstration of understanding who is a Governor, what does a Governor do and what he Machakos electorate should expect from him as the next Governor. In the latest Machakos poll, Wakili Mbaluka is leading with 57% of Machakos County Residents saying if elections are held today they will vote for him. His nearest competitor has meagre 18% support less than a third of Mbaluka’s support.
The opinion poll sampled the opinion of Machakos residents by posing the question: Who is Machakos Next Governor? The county residents were given to choose between Hon Kyatha Mbaluka, Hon Wavinya Ndeti (CAS of Transport), Hon Florence Mwangangi (Machakos County Speaker), Hon Johnstone Muthama (Former Senator and UDA Chairperson), Hon Francis Maliti (Machakos Deputy Governor) and Hon Patrick Makau (Mavoko Constituency MP). In what has been described as a case of David versus Goliaths, Wakili Mbaluka is emerging as the leader in the crowded race for next Machakos Governor.
The success of Wakili Mabluka has been attributed to his understanding of the role of Governor and how he has gone about selling himself to residents across the County. “A Governor is a Manager of County Affairs and resources and should be a diligent Manager and Brilliant Organizer like Joel Kyatha Mbaluka who is both a learned Lawyer but holder of a Master in Financial Management. Machakos County Residents can count on Governor Mbaluka to prudently deal with their county affairs and ensure our County resources are not wasted or misappropriated by dishonest county workers and cartels,” said a Political Analyst who requested anonymity.
According to Wakili Mbaluka, a Governor ought to be a diligent manager who understands the problems of his People like himself. He notes that having grown up in squalor within Machakos County and having had to endure going to a Primary School seven kilometers away on bare feet and to fetch water with a donkey every afternoon after school 12 kilometers away for the family, he is the best placed to address the persisting water scarcity issue with finality amongst other issues such as unemployment, bad infrastructure and poorly stocked hospitals as outlined in his manifesto.
“As I have outlined in my manifesto and explained to Machakos County residents from Kalama to Mavoko to Mwala to Yatta and Muthesya, my Government will have people of Machakos County as the priority and county funds and resources will only be deployed to the most deserving of priority areas where the greatest number possible/attainable of Machakos County residents will Benefit instead of selfish ventures of greedy County officials to make maximum kickbacks at the expense of service delivery for the people,” said Wakili Mbaluka.
Mbaluka thanked Machakos County residents for embracing his message saying that all he is seeking the Governor seat to serve them better and create employment opportunities for disadvantaged Machakos youth, fresh graduates and people with disabilities within County structures and further to attract investors in our great County to open up factories, companies and godowns to employ our youth and to promote the welfare of people with disabilities as outlined in his manifesto. He also promised to ensure equity in the allocation of resources in all Machakos subcounties.
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