Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko has been arrested in Voi by Ethics and Anti Corruption (EACC) detectives shortly after Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered his arrest.
He is currently being flown in a police chopper to Nairobi where he will be placed in police custody before being arraigned in court.
Reports indicate that the governor was escaping arrest when he was rounded up by the EACC sleuths rounded him up at a road block.
Early Friday, Haji ordered Sonko’s arrest over the alleged theft of Ksh357 million and laundering of Ksh24 million through the capital government’s coffers.
Speaking during a press conference on Friday, Haji also ordered the arrest of a host of other county officials including County Secretary Peter Kariuki and Head of Supply Chain Management Peter Mwangangi who he accused of lining up their pockets at the expense of Nairobi City residents.
The tough-talking public prosecutor also took issue with the city governor for making the investigations extremely difficult through hiring goons to obstruct justice.
“Investigations into these crimes have been challenging because of the accused repeated attempts to obstruct the course of the investigations by deploying intimidation tactics in addition to using goons to threaten law enforcement officials carrying out their constitutional mandate,” said Haji.
According to Haji, the investigations by EACC uncovered numerous instances of criminal conduct and general disregard of the law and established criminal culpability by the governor and his co-accused.
“No one or any entity is above the law and we will never tolerate activities. The ODPP will continue to ask investigative agencies to meticulously investigate any instances of lawbreaking without fear or favour,” said Haji.
Others set to be prosecuted alongside the governor include
Samuel Ndungu Mwangi Member of the Negotiation Team Tender & Evaluation Committee
Edwin Kariuki Murimi Member of the Negotiation Team Tender & Evaluation Committee
Lawrence Mwangi Mukuru Member of the Negotiation Team Tender & Evaluation Committee
Wambua Ndaka Senior Clerical Officer Nairobi County
Andrew Nasiego Senior Clerical Officer Nairobi County
Anthony Mwaura Nganga Director Hardy Enterprises Limited & Toddy Civil Engineering Limited
Rose Njeri Nganga Director Hardy Enterprises Limited & Toddy Civil Engineering Limited
Anthony Ombok Director Log Security Limited
Danson Muchemi Njungi Director Webtribe limited
Robert Muriithi Muna Director Webtribe Limited
Zablon Onyango Ochomo Agent Webtribe Limited
Fredrick Odhiambo Partner Atiyoro Enterprises Limited
Haji also stated that he is aware that Sonko’s arrest might lead to social unrest in Nairobi and warned that additional charges will be preferred against the governor in the event that happens.
“Any attempt top instigate social arrest in Nairobi and incite the public will be countered with all government response. Members of the public are advised not to allow themselves to be used as human shields in the defense of the charged officials,” said Haji.
“The ODPP is cognizant of the principle of innocent until proven guilty, the determination which can only be made by a court of law. In recent times, we have seen that corruption fights back, there have been blatant attempts to intimidate, threaten and malign investigative agencies, we shall not allow such acts to go on,” he added.
Haji also warned ousted Kiambu County government Ferdinand Waititu and his Samburu counterpart Moses Lenolkulal against violating their bail terms following attempts to resume normal operations against directions of the court.
On Thursday, Waititu threatened to set up a parallel office to counter Deputy Governor James Nyoro’s administration insisting that he is the county’s legally elected governor.
Singer speaks after attacking lover at WCB signee Zuchu’s star-studded concert
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On 18 July, there was fanfare at the Mlimani City Hall in Dar es Salaam as WCB signee Zuchu held a thanksgiving concert months after her debut EP, I Am Zuchu. The event dubbed ‘Ahsante Nashukuru’ mainly featured performances by artistes from the WCB stable and attracted the whos-who in the Tanzanian entertainment and political scenes.
However, singer Gigy Money who also performed made the headlines for the wrong reasons after getting into a scuffle with her lover during the much-publicised concert.
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Peaceful arrival, later chaos
Moments earlier, Gigy and her Nigerian man were seen arriving arm in arm at the event whose highlight featured Zuchu receiving a brand new car from WCB head honcho Diamond Platnumz. Donning matching outfits, the couple was spotted on the red carpet as the paparazzi scrambled to capture the moment. However, all hell breaks loose later and viral videos depict the visibly angered Nigerian arguing with a bouncer at the entrance. After a tense confrontation, Gigy’s man is seen being led by the screaming bouncer towards the exit. Shortly after, a similarly irritated Gigy emerges and follows the pair.
“Gigy! Wewe Gigy wewe!” a woman in the background is heard dissuading the singer from pursuing them but the singer pays no heed and heads for the pair.
“You want to beat me?” the boyfriend is heard asking an approaching Gigy as the bouncer acts as a barrier between them. The bouncer manages to steer the incensed man towards the exit as Gigy follows behind, hurling obscenities.
At some point, a barefoot Gigy turns into a sprint before throwing one of her shoes which hits the man who then responds with an insult. Another bouncer finally intervenes and the two are separated. Gigy then asks for her vehicle so she can head home before warning the press against sharing videos of the incident.
Though the cause of their tiff is still unknown Gigy later made reference to the shocking incident in a social media post, hinting that alcohol had a part to play in the fracas. In another post, Gigy shared a photo alongside her estranged lover writing: “My mad man looked handsome before his demons arose and mine arose too.”
‘Running over Ali Kiba’
Gigy is not new controversy and recently said she’d run over her ex, singer Ali Kiba for breaking her heart.
“I will knock all of them down, I mean I will kill them. In fact, I will flatten them like chapatis. The first person I will knock down and kill is Ali Kiba. Actually, I don’t need a weak car, I need a Fuso so that when I knock him down I will be sure he doesn’t survive,” Gigy told Ayo TV.
Dating Kiba brothers
Gigy had in the past admitted to dating both Ali Kiba and his younger brother, Abdu Kiba. She solely laid the blame on Chekecha singer for pursuing her despite knowing that she’d been with his younger brother. Abdu expressed being heartbroken after learning the two had a fling, prompting him to marry.
“I was very hurt on hearing that Ali was dating Gigy Money because I dated her first before she became famous. But it’s alleged that Ali didn’t know. It hurt me for a while till when I married,” said Abdu.
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Why Jahmby Kokai is happy her TV anchor dream never came true
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Popular media personality Jahmby Koikai narrated how her first attempt at auditioning as a TV host backfired and she was sent home on the first day of the audition. Reliving her prime days, Jahmby narrated how she was determined to follow her dream of becoming a news anchor after completing her degree.
“There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor. I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro FM. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it.
“Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’. Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu?” she posed.
According to the endometriosis survivor, she went ahead to audition for the position despite the warning and was the first contestant to be sent packing.
“So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room. The judges were a few people I was in campus with. I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered. We got into the house and we were assigned to different groups. I was the group leader and we won the challenge. Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said some of us have to go home.
“My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news,” she narrated.
Later, Jahmby auditioned for another TV opportunity only to miss out as well.
“Then came another opportunity over 10 years ago, I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. I didn’t get the job.”
However, due to endometriosis, Jahmby was forced to put her dreams on hold and concentrate on getting better. According to her, it is as though God had better plans for her and is grateful to not have gotten the jobs.
“I battled severe endometriosis in silence for over 19 years. I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilized all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant.”
There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor. I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro Fm. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it. Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’. Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu? Nikasema zi. So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room. The judges were a few people I was in campus with. I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered. We got into the house and we were assigned to different groups. I was the group leader and we won the challenge. Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said, some of us have to go home. My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news. Then came another opportunity over 10years ago, I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. As you see in this pic, I got my hair done at Ralph’s Hair Salon, new suit etc. I didn’t get the job. After KBC, I never got to anchor the news again. I’m grateful I did not get the job even though I felt dejected at the time. I battled severe Endometriosis in silence for over 19years. I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilised all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant. There are many people like me who are bound by chronic illness and cannot do the things they love. I share your pain. But there’s hope. I’m grateful to God for His reminder that He will restore to you all the years that the locusts have eaten. Also Jer 29:11