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America issues Ruto ban notice – Weekly Citizen

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In what is said to be America’s diplomatic respect on Kenya and so as not to get the country offguard the US government has issued a notice to ban deputy president William Ruto and his family from travelling to America.

According to sources, president Uhuru Kenyatta has been briefed on the ban. It is because of the ban that Uhuru while touring Central province late last year surprised many when he declared he is not going to support any person for presidency 2022.

Informed sources reveal, the ban notice was received by the president himself at State House. Because Ruto holds a diplomatic passport, America had to give a ban notice since a holder does not need a visa to get into America.

Insiders within diplomatic circles say, with the notice, Ruto will not land in America and officiate any state function on behalf of Uhuru and Kenyans.The ban will affect Ruto family members and wife Rachel and children. To show America has no time for Ruto and backs Uhuru-Raila Odinga handshake, the duo were invited for prayer meeting in America before the burial of late president Daniel Arap Moi. Insiders say, Ruto has never been the darling of Americans due to his corruption allegations.

President Trump and Kenyatta

To complicate matters for Ruto in American eyes is his association and business dealings with former Sudanase strongman Omar Al Bashir. Al Bashir is now languishing in cells but reports indicate, Ruto is being funded by his cronies to distabilise Uhuru government. Weekly Citizen has information, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, who served as adminisrative officer in Moi regime and personal assistant to Uhuru is one of the spies planted by state and Western powers to spy on Ruto.

Diplomatic passport is quite coveted within government circles. Some time back, MPs tried unsuccessfully to have themselves included in the list of those entitled to one.

Some of the benefits of a diplomatic passport are: easier visa restrictions, access to diplomatic lounges at many airports, free visas to many countries, travel upgrades on airlines and hotels, it is an instant ‘door opener’ in business or government environments, and basically prestige in both social and professional circles.

It turns out the laws of Kenya are clear on who can have a diplomatic passport. Here is the full list;

  1. President and immediate family members, vice president/ deputy president and immediate family members, cabinet secretary and spouse. 5. Secretary to the cabinet and spouse(s), principal secretaries and spouse(s), speakers of National Assembly and the senate and spouse(s), Chief Justice and spouse(s), Deputy Chief Justice and spouse(s), justices of Supreme Court and spouse(s), justices of Court of Appeal and spouse(s), Attorney general and spouse(s), Director of Public Prosecutions and spouse(s), Solicitor General and spouse(s), Controller of Budget and spouse(s), Auditor General and spouse(s), governor of the Central Bank and spouse(s), clerk of the National Assembly and spouse(s).
  2. Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces and spouse(s), Service Commanders of the Kenya Defence Forces and spouse(s), Director- General of the National Intelligence Service and spouse(s), Inspector General of the National Police Service and spouse(s), county governor and spouse(s), aide-de-camp to the president, former presidents and spouse(s), former prime minister and spouse(s), former vice presidents and spouse(s) 28. Foreign service officer, spouse and dependant children below the age of 19 years.

Weekly Citizen investigative team has information, since Jubilee took over power in 2013 from Mwai Kibaki regime, Ruto was on America radar on matters relating to corruption.

Infact, Uhuru is said to have been briefed by state security agents of multibillions scams Ruto was engaging in during first term. Uhuru was given list of looting in key parastatals held by Ruto cronies in Energy, Transport and National Treasury ministries. In Internal Security, de briefs on lucrative insurance tenders awarded forcibly to Amaco Insurance associated with Ruto featured.

At National Social Security Fund a firm associated with Ruto kin had been awarded lucrative cleaning business when Kazungu Kambi was Labour cabinet secretary.

Well informed with the graft linked to his deputy between 2013- 2017, Uhuru did not want to act. Despite pressure from international and local powerful players to crack whip Uhuru argument rotated on timing. Why? According to sources, the president fear being, if he deserted Ruto and openly rebuked him in public as it is now, it was bound to cost his second term presidential bid.

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Intelligence reports had indicated, Uhuru to win second term needed Ruto Kalenjin vote bloc deal with Kikuyu is to counter the Nasa power base that had Luos, Luhya, Kambas, Kisiis and Coastal tribes.

To hoodwink Ruto Kalenjin backyard, Uhuru sold the idea, Uhuru tano tena (Uhuru five more years) and handpower to Ruto for another 10 years. The political theory then sold well enabling Uhuru to control Mt Kenya region and parts of Rift Valley.

But now the theory has been turned political dishonesty going by current events in Jubilee that is divided between Kieleweke allied to Uhuru and Tangatanga associated with Ruto.

Weekly Citizen diplomatic investigation team has established, during the 2013-2017 period in power, Americans and other Western capitals could not have wished to ban Ruto. By then, Western capitals having backed International Criminal Court charges against Uhuru and Ruto and with their surprise win wanted to mend fences.

By then, the duo were close to each other being referred to as identical political twins. They were brought to power due to ICC. Infact State House sources reveal, during the period, if one visited State House and talked ill of Ruto, Uhuru would immediately inform his deputy and Ruto would call you back inquiring what you had told “Unyee” as he liked calling Uhuru.

Another fear in Western capitals was Jubilee dalliance with Chinese government. It is imperative to note, during Jubilee 2013 campaigns, Chinese communist party heavily funded Uhuruto. The manifesto and T-shirts were all printed in China.

America and allies knew Chinese influence in Kenya corridors of power and influence in lucrative roads, energy and military sector. The talk in Western capitals was the Chinese funded standard gauge railway project to a tune of hundreds of billions.

Multiplie sources in diplomatic circles reveal how Western capitals decided to call back envoys from Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi and replaced them with new faces. The new faces first posting duty was to work on how to befriend Jubilee top leadership and counter China influence.

Rachel Ruto

With new forces in charge of Nairobi diplomatic circles and being accommodative to Jubilee re-election 2017 by not coming out to back opposition Nasa openly as before when choices had consequences in 2013, they slowly penetrated Jubilee ruling class, a section of it, that of Uhuru. To the contrary, Ruto is a master wheeler dealer in politics and world of business was leaning and still up to now towards China.

Weekly Citizen has information, Western capitals worked on one concept to separate Uhuru and Ruto. That Jubilee had two centres of power one rotating around Uhuru and another Ruto. As a result, it was completely impossible to engage the government in meaningful matters of development.

Questions were being asked in diplomatic circles who was ruling Kenya.

All this was happening prior to 2017 polls. Uhuru was aware of the remarks but kept quiet. Sources reveal, when Jubilee nominations were bungled with those seen anti- Ruto being replaced by pro-Ruto in various constituencies dominated by Kikuyus in Nairobi and Central, Uhuru read political mischief.

At a meeting he called at State House with losers among them them Kiambu governor William Kabogo, Maina Kamanda, Peter Kenneth, Kabando wa Kabando among others, a furious Uhuru openly stated, he was aware what happened and since he needed the Kalenjin vote, they should allow him navigate 2017 main polls and strike Ruto at the opportune time.

Uhuru even claimed, he was aware Ruto had tainted Jubilee image in Western capitals due to his alleged corrupt deals and his associates.

Insiders reveal, state security agencies have profiled and concluded, almost all DP Ruto allies are on Interpol watchlist among them those at deputy president annex recently linked to Sh39 billion weapons scandal that targeted an American.

Weekly Citizen has information during the recent Beyond Zero run of first lady Magreret Kenyatta, Ruto and his wife stayed away which is pointer to fact that the two families are not in best of terms. Ruto’s wife and DP participated in 2019 marathon.

 

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Businessman demands payment from DP Ruto – Weekly Citizen

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A Kilifi-based businessman James Munene is a bitter man as he is demanding payment of Sh1.5 million for the supply of construction materials made to a hotel owned by William Ruto. Munene has been demanding the payment since August 2018 which has not been forthcoming. Ruto hotel trades under the banner name of Dolphin Hotel and is on a 10-acre piece of land in Shanzu area of Mombasa.

James Munene

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Munene claims the payment for supplied materials was to be made by Jubilee party coast region coordinator Farid Swaleh who is in charge of the suppliers. Munene said several attempts to reach out to Swaleh were for payment had proved unsuccessful as all his mobile phones are perpetually switched off with reports indicating that he holed up in Dubai.

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More than meets the eye in Kiraitu cabinet shuffle – Weekly Citizen

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An orchestrated move by Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi to reorganize the health services department as well as county public service has not been received well by those affected.

Denson Mbuui

Three chief officers who were caught in the controversial shake-up are Denson Mbuui (trade), Martin Gitije (physical planning and urban development, and Victoria Kimonye (health services). It is rumoured that the removal of Kimonye from health docket was a calculative move, to place the governor’s blue-eyed boy, to control the COVID funds running into millions of shillings. Mbuui is the new chief officer of physical planning and urban development, and was replaced by Martin Gitije.

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Victoria Kimonye

Kimonye was named new chief officer of public health in the department of health services, with Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital CEO, James Mungatia, acting chief officer of medical services in the health services department. While at planning, Gitije is said to have been at was at war with his staff and blamed for enjoying the governor’s protection. He has no experience in handling health-related matters, so it is claimed, with the coronavirus disease taking a toll on the world health order. Joseph Mukundi is to serve the chief executive officer of MTRH in an acting capacity.

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KRA investigates tycoon oil firms – Weekly Citizen

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The taxman has zeroed in on Daniel Wamahiu over unpaid value-added tax and income tax remittance worth close to Sh327 million. Wamahiu, a former chairman of Kenya Pipeline Company is being sought over ownership of several companies that did business with Geothermal Development Company during the 2013 to 2017 financial years. During his tenure at KPLC, the tycoon was involved in suspicious business deals and fronted various firms to win lucrative tenders. The controversial allocation of KPC land to Amaco Insurance was the tycoon brainchild. Wamahiu is a close associate of deputy president William Ruto. He is a frequent visitor at Weston Hotel. His company recently got a multibillion contract with the Kenya Urban Roads Authority. Also under probe is his bank accounts spread across six financial institutions running into billions. It is suspected one of his dollar accounts is used in money laundering.

Daniel Wamahiu

This however was not without drama as some junior officers at Kenya Urban Roads Authority openly complained of the tender award. Weekly Citizen has information, the Kura tenders awarded to Wamahiu were highly inflated forcing a section in procurement to raise eyebrows. The tycoon during the Uhuruto best days was untouchable and boasts to be funding Ruto presidential bid 2022. The businessman has been holding high-level meetings with Nyeri professionals to map out strategies for 2022. He sees himself as the next Nyeri governor or the next Roads and Infrastructure CS or Energy CS if Ruto wins the presidency and forms the next government. The suave businessman has excellent contacts at the top echelons of the Judiciary and is always seen wining and dining with Supreme Court judges, those in Court of Appeal and High Court.

Caroline Karungu

It is not known his interest in associating with judges but many see suspicion. Wamahiu controls most Nyeri MPs who must lie low or he threatens to sponsor opponents in their constituencies. One MP was heard pleading with him to spare him. The first-term MP says he was asked to beg Wamahiu if he expected mercy from him. The cowboy contractor has no time for Governor Mutahi Kahiga whom he says is not educated. The tycoon according to sources has been funding deputy governor Caroline Karungu to undermine her boss. Wamahiu was last week in panic upon learning the government was also investigating Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua on matters relating to money laundering and tax evasion. The MP banks’ accounts were frozen after Assets Recovery Agency petitioned Nairobi Milimani Court.

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Rigathi Gachagua

Five companies linked to the MP and his co-directors have been blocked from operating accounts at Rafiki Microfinance Bank. Rigathi operates three accounts at Rafiki Microfinance Bank under his name. His company Wamunyoro Investment named after his family member has two accounts. Not spared are his companies, namely Technical Supplies and Services Kenya Limited. The said firms are accused of siphoning billions of shillings from Nyeri county ever since the heyday of his late brother who was governor then. When his brother was ailing, the MP was a defacto governor and called shots including manipulating the award of tenders. Other companies associated with the MP that are in trouble include Crystal Kenya Limited, Jenne Enterprises and Encartar Diagnostics Limited. They are all operated at Liaison House, along State House Road, according to documents filed in court.

Mutahi Kahiga

The MP is accused of colluding with Nyeri county government officials and the state’s department for irrigation to siphon taxpayers’ money through his companies and that of his proxies. At Nyeri county, Rigathi is said to have employed his henchmen in the procurement department during the reign of his late brother Gachagua as governor. Back to tycoon Wamahiu, he has been desperate to withdraw money from his accounts, raising eyebrows. A member of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Wamahiu has registered offshore companies that he claims to hold his 2022 campaign kitty and that of Ruto.

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