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Detectives visit Ruto’s office in Sh39 million arms probe



Two foreign arms dealers yesterday retraced their steps to Department of Defence headquarters in Nairobi, where they reportedly told police they visited with their Kenyan contacts who are on trial for attempting to defraud them.

American Kozlowski Stanley Bruno and Egyptian Mamdough Mostafa Lofty were accompanied by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations as investigations into the fake Sh39 billion arms deal moved to DoD.

Sources said the two claimed they visited DoD last month as part of their orientation in the course of trying to close the deal for supply of military equipment, which Kenyan authorities have termed fake.

The arms dealers told police they accessed DOD using the Lenana Road gate next to the Russian Embassy.

Earlier, the two and the detectives had gone to the Office of the Deputy President at Harambee House Annex in the city centre where they say they signed the deal which they later learnt was fake.

In court, former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa -whom prosecutors allege presented himself to the arms dealers as a personal assistant to the DP – and his three co-accused were charged with 12 counts, including forgery, obtaining money by false pretence and impersonating senior government officials.

Military fights back

Echesa, Daniel Omondi alias General Juma, Clifford Okoth, and Kennedy Mboya denied the charges yesterday and were released on bail.

Yesterday, DoD Director of Public Communications Bogita Ongeri confirmed the detectives visited Ulinzi House to ascertain the officers the group allegedly met and the offices they accessed.

He said it was established the dealers and their brokers never interacted with any official mandated to represent the Ministry of Defence.

“The visit further revealed that the complainants have never been to Ulinzi House, the Ministry of Defence Headquarters as has been alleged. For avoidance of doubt all the documents and content displayed in the media pertaining this matter never originated from the Ministry of Defence,” said Ongeri.

He said the ministry distances itself from the alleged involvement in the fake arms procurement scam and added they have elaborate procurement processes and structures that ensure transparency and accountability process as guided by the law.

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



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 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



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



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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