The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Mr. George Kinoti will in the coming days be hard-pressed to justify the wild claims he makes in the media about what his team is investigating at any given time. The manner in which the DCI executes larger than life narratives around his cases in the media only to turn up in court with underwhelming charges and sketchy evidence is increasingly becoming a matter of national concern.
Only the other day the DCI stormed the sacrosanct chambers of Judges without any search warrants or consultations with Inspector General of Police, Chief Justice or Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and searched both the chambers and persons of the judges only to turn up nothing except the claim that he was following a tip. Now, it turns out DCI Kinoti may have been weaving mere fairy tale against Mathira MP Hon Rigathi Gachagua for the last 2 years. How are Kenyans expected to have trust in the criminal process after this?
To be exact, three weeks ago, on July 1, 2021, John Kamau reporting for Daily Nation wrote: Detectives say they have finalized investigations into tenders involving companies associated with Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, putting the legislator in trouble over Sh12 billion said to have passed through his accounts. The number of companies associated with the MP’s transactions, and those of his proxies, have now reached 40, revealing what seems to be a complex web of transfers.
On Monday, July 26, 2021, when the Mathira MP Hon Rigathi Gachagua was arraigned in court, all those allegations went up in smoke as all DCI tabled against him were unsubstantiated claims he received payments amounting to Ksh. 145,898,570.85 between December 2014 and January 2019. Further, the DCI alleged transactions in three of the MP’s accounts between 2013 and 2020 amounting to Ksh. 7.3 Billion was money laundering after all along making Kenyans believe he was investigating the MP for “questionable” tenders worth Ksh. 12.5 Billion done by him and his companies.
How Hon. Rigathi Gachagua transacting Ksh. 7.3 Billion through his accounts in 7 years’ is money laundering while DCI is on record alleging that the MP and companies associated with him have done “questionable” tenders worth Ksh. 12.5 Billion is inconceivable. Was the MP supposed to keep all the money from the said tenders under the mattress?
Kenyans were expecting DCI to come up with a charge sheet full of hundreds of counts against the MP for each of the Ksh. 12.5 Billion worth of “questionable” tenders alongside the persons who awarded the tenders to him or his companies. For DCI to turn up in court to question the source of Ksh. 7.3 Billion transacted by Hon. Rigathi Gachagua in 7 years after telling us he has done Ksh. 12 Billion worth of “questionable” tenders is shooting himself on the foot.
Needless to say, the shallow state of the six charges levelled against Hon Rigathi Gachagua leaves many of us convinced that any public money used in investigating the MP in the last two years should be refunded by DCI Kinoti himself. It is time investigating agencies started to disclose how much is used in investigating “graft” claims for Kenyans to know whether they are getting return for investment (ROI) out of some of these needless wild goose chases. The Inspector General of Police should consider constituting a Board within the service for approving every investigation the DCI to restore public confidence in the directorate.
Why Mbaluka is Next Machakos Senator: Kavindu Yet to Make Maiden Speech
Today is 1st April, 2022, a total of 373 days since Agnes Kavindu Muthama was sworn as in as 3rd Machakos Senator on 23rd March 2021. But Senator Kavindu is yet to make her maiden speech in the Senate. Indeed, as of today, the last words that came from the mouth of Senator Kavindu from the floor of the Senate is “Help me God.”
This should serve as a lesson to Machakos residents who voted her thinking they are punishing Hon Johnstone Muthama. The count went from having a robust and firebrand Senator in the person of Late Dr. Boniface Kabaka to having a person who cannot speak English to save herself from thirst in the person of Kavindu (whose name aptly means impeding darkness).
In 131 Days, People of Machakos shall have an opportunity to vote for another Senator. They must not make the same mistake they did last time. Thankfully, Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka has graciously agreed to suspend his gubernatorial ambitions to vie for Senator to offer his people the oversight and representation they urgently need.
Machakos County have no choice but to elect Hon Wakili Joel Kyatha Mbaluka to the last man come Tuesday 9th August 2022. Wakili Mbaluka has what it takes to square out with fellow counsel at the Senate. He has the academic papers, he is articulate, he has the integrity and he has the knowledge to deliver as Machakos Senator.
Wakili Mbaluka holds Masters in Public Finance Management, which is what Machakos County residents need to stop the kleptocracy that Machakos has come to be known for. People of Machakos, please don’t elect another illiterate or someone who has been part of what is wrong at Machakos County. Give Wakili Mbaluka a chance to deliver for you as Senator.
Kitui West MP Contest Becomes a Two-Horse Race as Muasya Leads Incumbent
The Kitui West MP Race has come down to a Two-Horse Race between the incumbent Edith Nyenze and the Incoming MP Hon Ben Muasya who is the obvious choice of majority of the Constituents. The People of Kitui West appear to have had enough of the Nyenze and Wambua Dynasties especially now with Mrs Nyenze is MP with her brother as Kitui Senator. The People are determined to elect Hon Ben Muasya as the Kitui West MP for a breath of fresh air, new ideas and better representation.
Kitui West Constituents have mainly been endeared to Hon Ben Muasya by his innovative development approach which has seen him pioneer key empowerment projects including table banking and small business support projects across Kitui West. In doing this, Hon Ben Muasya has been leveraging his strong credentials as a Management Consultant of international standing and leading businessman in the country. His projects have so far benefitted thousands of Kitui West Residents directly with many more benefiting indirectly.
In turn, this has caught the eyes of many including UDA Presidential Candidate and Deputy President Dr. William Ruto who has not only hailed Hon Ben Muasya Projects as a case study of how leaders can implement his Bottom Up Economic Model at the Constituency level to transform the lives of their constituents. As a result, the first trip Dr. William Ruto made to Kitui County was to Hon Ben Muasya’s home to engage with beneficiaries of his empowerment projects as well as to undertake a fundraising in support of scaling up the project.
Indeed, the popularity of Hon Ben Muasya has not only made all the potential opponents he had for the UDA ticket to switch to support him or defect to another party, it is said to be giving the incumbent MP sleepless nights. Having done nothing tangible with her CDF since taking over after the By-Election, Mrs Nyenze is hard-pressed to explain to wananchi in Kitui West how Hon Ben Muasya could do more than her in so short a time without the benefit of the CDF kitty.
Four months to the election and as party nomination draw near a close, Kitui West Residents are getting ready for a showdown between Hon Ben Muasya, the popular favourite as the newcomer, and Hon Edith Nyenze, who is weighed down by the weight of incumbency and voter apathy due to her unimpressive development record. The difference between these two leaders is like day and night. No question much is in store for Kitui West Residents and the next four months are going to be epic for Kitui West.
It is clear that Hon Ben Muasya is ready to turn things upside down to ensure service delivery for Kitui West residents. On the other hand, Mrs Nyenze is busy fighting to maintain the status quo and trying to defend her dismal record. She has tried everything including blaming the Covid-19 pandemic for her poor performance but Kitui West residents have had enough. Majority of Kitui West Residents are waiting for 9th August 2022 to usher in Hon Ben Muasya as their next MP.
Friends of Ruto (FORM Kenya) Condemns Violence Against DP in Kisumu
Walter Trenk, Secretary General of FORM KENYA and the UDA Senatorial Aspirant for Nairobi County has condemned the chaos unleashed by hired goons to disrupt Ruto meeting in Kondele, Kisumu county.
We at FORM KENYA ( Friends of Ruto Movement – Kenya) do hereby wish to condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the cowardly acts of hooliganism and violence witnessed today in Kisumu during the Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto’s tour of the Nyanza region. We call upon the police to move with speed and arrest the perpetrators of the primitive acts of violence.
Violence and political intolerance has no place in our politics in the twenty first century. Every politician should be allowed to sell their agenda to every part of the country unhindered and without fear of intimidation or violence.
A few weeks ago, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior, Dr. Fred Matiang’i led a group of government functionaries in what was claimed to be a meeting to plan on ensuring that Kenyans are given a free, fair and credible election. An opportunity has presented itself for them to demonstrate to Kenyans and the entire world that they are ready, able and Wiling to live up to this onerous task.
We expect arrests and arraignment of the criminals within the next twenty four hours, failure of which, we will be left with no option but to believe that the government security agencies were involved in the macabre acts and are incapable of providing security to the citizens.
Walter Trenk, Secretary General, FORM KENYA & UDA Senatorial Aspirant, Nairobi County.
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