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DCI speaks out on Ruto land investigation

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Deputy President William Ruto may be back in the corridors of justice after the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) officers reopened an old land fraud case in which the DP is alleged to have defrauded a government agency of Ksh 272 million.

The Standard, on Wednesday, January 22, reported that nine years ago (2011), Ruto and his co-accused were acquitted of selling land to Kenya Pipeline Corporation which the Government argued was hived off Ngong Forest. The three were let go due to lack of evidence.

People Daily added that the sale of the 1.75 hectares of land was ungazetted.

Ruto and Berke Commercial agencies, linked to former President Daniel arap Moi’s private secretary Joshua Kulei and former Baringo Central MP Sammy Mwaita, alongside two other firms were sued for allegedly obtaining money from KPC between August 6 and September 6, 2001.

On Monday, January 21, one Paul Chirchir with his lawyer Katwa Kigen, visited the DCI offices along Kiambu Road for questioning.

“I appeared before the detective on Monday. They wanted to know the names of directors of the firms and how much they each received. They also asked for documentation on the sale agreement.

“All these were on trial in the case prosecuted by then CID from 2004 to 2011. The DCI couldn’t say the motive for the unorthodox attempt to re-open the case,” Kigen stated.

Out the Kshs 272 million, Ruto had been suspected to have bagged Ksh 43 million.

“The contention of selling land without being procedurally excised from Ngong Forest was the basis of drafting the charges. The letter to hive off the forest land was signed by the then Forestry minister and 33 parcels of land allocated to various companies, and the consent to hive off part of the forest were obtained from the Commissioner of Lands.

“The prosecution failed to produce in court the then Finance Manager Hellen Njue to give her evidence on how she paid out the money. It is, therefore, clear that none of the accused ever received any money from KPC. The prosecution has failed to prove its case, thus all the accused persons have no case to answer,” Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei stated.

A source who spoke to The Standard while seeking anonymity disclosed that several individuals, including a High Court judge, had been lined up for grilling, however, the DCI had not yet decided to grill Ruto.

“For now, not yet. But if and when need be, we will cross the bridge. We are now on those who handled the issue,” the source intimated.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her

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Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told Kenyans.co.ke that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania

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The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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