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Exiled maverick Miguna Miguna has laid bare what he claims was NASA’s strategy to cripple President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration in a record three months.

In his new book, Treason: The Case Against Tyrants and Renegades, Miguna says the plan was to mobilise a million strong crowd for the swearing-in ceremony of opposition chief Raila Odinga.

However, after the oath, the mammoth crowd would not disperse, but instead kick-off daily protest against Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto for at least two months without a break.

“We recommend that we make Nairobi the theatre of operations; that we don’t disband after the swearing-in,” Miguna writes, recalling a presentation he made at a strategy meeting attended by Raila and NASA chiefs.

“Instead, we should transform that gathering into a one million-persons march, pickets, processions and carnivore in the CBD without prior public broadcast. Secretly, but widely disseminate the information through NASA and NRM networks. Surprise and stealth are essential.”

According to Miguna, a NASA ICT expert, he identifies as Gondi, among others hacked IEBC servers after the election and retrieved the genuine presidential results.

The results retrieved from a secure location in Tanzania, Miguna claims, clearly showed Raila had beaten Uhuru hands down and was the basis of the swearing in.

Read: Raila ‘sworn-in’ as people’s president, Kalonzo absent

According to the data, Raila led by 8,634,761 votes against Uhuru’s 7,675,162 votes, beating Uhuru by a clear six per cent.

According to the plan, during the processions – NASA would ensure protesters have enough clean water, portable toilets and mobile medical clinics – complete with International Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders personnel.

“Let’s cripple all business and other activities in Nairobi through peaceful pickets and disruptive events for weeks on end,” Miguna writes.

“However, in case the Jubilee regime reacts by placing the NASA and/or NRM leadership under arrest, detention or kills anyone of us, we must appeal to our supporters to increase the level of positive popular activities and protests with the aim of removing Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto from power – by all means necessary.”

Apart from the peaceful protests, NASA was to unveil a fresh list of “companies, products, services and prominent names of agents of tyranny and plunder to be boycotted every month.”

“We recommended that Haco Tiger Group of Companies owned by Chris Kirubi, Uhuru Kenyatta’s Commercial Bank of Africa, Equity Bank and other banks should be added onto the list,” he recalls.

But his suggestion of Equity Bank, he claim, triggered instant fury from Raila, whom he says was opposed to the oath, and trembled like a leaf in the lead up to January 30, 2018.

“Raila jumped in as soon as I said Equity Bank. “Nooooo, Miguna, we cannot boycott Equity. That will hurt our people,” he loudly protested.

“I agree with Miguna,” Wanjigi (Jimi) jumped in

“Me, too,” Raila Junior said, becoming louder as each minute passed.

“Me, too,” Winnie, Raila’s daughter, said.

We must break their backs – and Equity is their economic back,” Wanjigi added.

The last action plan, was to revisit the issue of secession of NASA strongholds and agitate for the formation of the “People’s Republic of Kenya”.

Miguna said after the presentation, Raila, who was opposed to the swearing-in, was in a tight spot.

“I knew that we had placed Raila between a white shark and a hippopotamus,” he writes, noting that during the entire presentation, Raila had a “miserable look on his face”.

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“I paused and tried to asses everyone’s reaction. Raila Junior and Winnie looked pleased. Orengo smiled wryly. Muthama sat stone-faced. Khalwale had peeled off and left us. Raila looked upset,” he narrates.

“Miguna, after I get sworn-in, then what? Hmmm? Then what? I don’t want to be Kizza Besigye,” Miguna recalls Raila protesting

“You are not Kizza Besigye!” Wanjigi responded. You cannot be Kizza Besigye!,” he quotes businessman Wanjigi as having told Raila emphatically.

Read: How Wanjigi pushed Raila to be sworn in

Read also: Raila was trembling like a leaf over oath – Miguna

In the 450-page book launched in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday, Miguna, for the first time, reveals there were plans to swear-in Raila at a secret location with direct feeds to media houses.

This was the alternative route to prevent attacks by security forces and unnecessary loss of life and injuries if a public oath became impossible

“Two direct feeds to other stations – local and international TV and Radio stations – should be done by two TV reporters. We suggested Linus Kaikai of the NTV and the BBC bureau chief in Kenya. We will transport them to the secret and secure location just 45 minutes before the event. We will temporarily confiscate their mobile phones and other communication gadgets to avoid leakage,” Miguna recalls. He paints Raila’s children Junior and Winnie as having been the strongest supporters of the swearing-in that was reportedly opposed by their mother Ida and uncle Oburu Odinga.

Miguna says part of the National Resistance Movement suggestion was that they refrain from mourning as it made them look weak.

“Let us mourn our fallen martyrs after a successful revolutionary war,” he suggested.

“Let us celebrate the lives, courage, achievements and ultimate sacrifices of all the victims and martyrs of the struggle at the end of the protracted process because the process will be long and perilous,” he says.

He goes on: “We must appeal to our supporters to avoid agonizing. We must organize weekly pickets, rallies, processions and demonstrations in Nairobi to mark the cold-blooded murder of our martyrs.”

At that point Miguna said Junior got very excited.

“Raila Junior, who was seated to my immediate left, got very excited, stood up, went to a small fridge in the room and took a cold beer, which he opened and said, ‘heeeeh,’ as he gulped and continued listening.”

In the book, Miguna also recalls how ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi stormed out of his office as they tried to persuade him to attend the January 30, 2018 ceremony.

“The struggle has reached a point where we must separate those who represent the status quo and those who would like to transform it; between conservatives and progressive radicals…” he claims to have told Mudavadi to his face.

“You see Miguna, I’m a conservative. I’m not a radical. I represent and value the status quo,” Mudavadi replied.

He looked at me. Then at Raila. Then at Orengo and Wanjigi, before picking up a folder from his desk. “I’ve another meeting,” he said and left us in his office, never to return.

Read: Magufuli blocked Raila’s ceremony in Tanzania

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Sordid tale of the bank ‘that would bribe God’

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Bank of Credit and Commerce International. August 1991. [File, Standard]

“This bank would bribe God.” These words of a former employee of the disgraced Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) sum up one of the most rotten global financial institutions.
BCCI pitched itself as a top bank for the Third World, but its spectacular collapse would reveal a web of transnational corruption and a playground for dictators, drug lords and terrorists.
It was one of the largest banks cutting across 69 countries and its aftermath would cause despair to innocent depositors, including Kenyans.
BCCI, which had $20 billion (Sh2.1 trillion in today’s exchange rate) assets globally, was revealed to have lost more than its entire capital.
The bank was founded in 1972 by the crafty Pakistani banker Agha Hasan Abedi.
He was loved in his homeland for his charitable acts but would go on to break every rule known to God and man.
In 1991, the Bank of England (BoE) froze its assets, citing large-scale fraud running for several years. This would see the bank cease operations in multiple countries. The Luxembourg-based BCCI was 77 per cent owned by the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  
BoE investigations had unearthed laundering of drugs money, terrorism financing and the bank boasted of having high-profile customers such as Panama’s former strongman Manual Noriega as customers.
The Standard, quoting “highly placed” sources reported that Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Zayed Sultan would act as guarantor to protect the savings of Kenyan depositors.
The bank had five branches countrywide and panic had gripped depositors on the state of their money.
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) would then move to appoint a manager to oversee the operations of the BCCI operations in Kenya.
It sent statements assuring depositors that their money was safe.
The Standard reported that the Sheikh would be approaching the Kenyan and other regional subsidiaries of the bank to urge them to maintain operations and assure them of his personal support.
It was said that contact between CBK and Abu Dhabi was “likely.”
This came as the British Ambassador to the UAE Graham Burton implored the gulf state to help compensate Britons, and the Indian government also took similar steps.
The collapse of BCCI was, however, not expect to badly hit the Kenyan banking system. This was during the sleazy 1990s when Kenya’s banking system was badly tested. It was the era of high graft and “political banks,” where the institutions fraudulently lent to firms belonging or connected to politicians, who were sometimes also shareholders.
And even though the impact was expected to be minimal, it was projected that a significant number of depositors would transfer funds from Asian and Arab banks to other local institutions.
“Confidence in Arab banking has taken a serious knock,” the “highly placed” source told The Standard.
BCCI didn’t go down without a fight. It accused the British government of a conspiracy to bring down the Pakistani-run bank.  The Sheikh was said to be furious and would later engage in a protracted legal battle with the British.
“It looks to us like a Western plot to eliminate a successful Muslim-run Third World Bank. We know that it often acted unethically. But that is no excuse for putting it out of business, especially as the Sultan of Abu Dhabi had agreed to a restructuring plan,” said a spokesperson for British Asians.
A CBK statement signed by then-Deputy Governor Wanjohi Murithi said it was keenly monitoring affairs of the mother bank and would go to lengths to protect Kenyan depositors.
“In this respect, the CBK has sought and obtained the assurance of the branch’s management that the interests of depositors are not put at risk by the difficulties facing the parent company and that the bank will meet any withdrawal instructions by depositors in the normal course of business,” said Mr Murithi.
CBK added that it had maintained surveillance of the local branch and was satisfied with its solvency and liquidity.
This was meant to stop Kenyans from making panic withdrawals.
For instance, armed policemen would be deployed at the bank’s Nairobi branch on Koinange Street after the bank had announced it would shut its Kenyan operations.
In Britain, thousands of businesses owned by British Asians were on the verge of financial ruin following the closure of BCCI.
Their firms held almost half of the 120,000 bank accounts registered with BCCI in Britain. 
The African Development Bank was also not spared from this mess, with the bulk of its funds deposited and BCCI and stood to lose every coin.
Criminal culture
In Britain, local authorities from Scotland to the Channel Islands are said to have lost over £100 million (Sh15.2 billion in today’s exchange rate).
The biggest puzzle remained how BCCI was allowed by BoE and other monetary regulation authorities globally to reach such levels of fraudulence.
This was despite the bank being under tight watch owing to the conviction of some of its executives on narcotics laundering charges in the US.
Coast politician, the late Shariff Nassir, would claim that five primary schools in Mombasa lost nearly Sh1 million and appealed to then Education Minister George Saitoti to help recover the savings. Then BoE Governor Robin Leigh-Pemberton condemned it as so deeply immersed in fraud that rescue or recovery – at least in Britain – was out of the question.
“The culture of the bank is criminal,” he said. The bank was revealed to have targeted the Third World and had created several “institutional devices” to promote its operations in developing countries.
These included the Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, a British-registered charity.
“It allowed it to cultivate high-level contacts among international statesmen,” reported The Observer, a British newspaper.
BCCI also arranged an annual Third World lecture and a Third World prize endowment fund of about $10 million (Sh1 billion in today’s exchange rate).
Winners of the annual prize had included Nelson Mandela (1985), sir Bob Geldof (1986) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1989).
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Agricultural Development Corporation Chief Accountant Gerald Karuga on the Spot Over Fraud –

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Gerald Karuga, the acting chief accountant at the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC), is on the spot over fraud in land dealings.

ADC was established in 1965 through an Act of Parliament Cap 346 to facilitate the land transfer programme from European settlers to locals after Kenya gained independence.

Karuga is under fire for allegedly aiding a former powerful permanent secretary in the KANU era Benjamin Kipkulei to deprive ADC beneficiaries of their land in Naivasha.

Kahawa Tungu understands that the aggrieved parties continue to protest the injustice and are now asking the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe Karuga.

A source who spoke to Weekly Citizen publication revealed that Managing Director Mohammed Dulle is also involved in the mess at ADC.

Read: Ministry of Agriculture Apologizes After Sending Out Tweets Portraying the President in bad light

Dulle is accused of sidelining a section of staffers in the parastatal.

The sources at ADC intimated that Karuga has been placed strategically at ADC to safeguard interests of many people who acquired the corporations’ land as “donations” from former President Daniel Arap Moi.

Despite working at ADC for many years Karuga has never been transferred, a trend that has raised eyebrows.

“Karuga has worked here for more than 30 years and unlike other senior officers in other parastatals who are transferred after promotion or moved to different ministries, for him, he has stuck here for all these years and we highly suspect that he is aiding people who were dished out with big chunks of land belonging to the corporation in different parts of the country,” said the source.

In the case of Karuga safeguarding Kipkulei’s interests, workers at the parastatals and the victims who claim to have lost their land in Naivasha revealed that during the Moi regime some senior officials used dubious means to register people as beneficiaries of land without their knowledge and later on colluded with rogue land officials at the Ministry of Lands to acquire title deeds in their names instead of those of the benefactors.

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“We have information that Karuga has benefitted much from Kipkulei through helping him and this can be proved by the fact that since the matter of the Naivasha land began, he has been seen changing and buying high-end vehicles that many people of his rank in government can’t afford to buy or maintain,” the source added.

“He is even building a big apartment for rent in Ruiru town.”

The wealthy officer is valued at over Sh1.5 billion in prime properties and real estate.

Last month, more than 100 squatters caused scenes in Naivasha after raiding a private firm owned by Kipkulei.

The squatters, who claimed to have lived on the land for more than 40 years, were protesting take over of the land by a private developer who had allegedly bought the land from the former PS.

They pulled down a three-kilometre fence that the private developed had erected.

The squatters claimed that the former PS had not informed them that he had sold the land and that the developer was spraying harmful chemicals on the grass affecting their livestock and homes built on a section of the land.

Read Also: DP Ruto Wants NCPB And Other Agricultural Bodies Merged For Efficiency

Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner Kisilu Mutua later issued a statement warning the squatters against encroaching on Kipkuleir’s land.

“They are illegally invading private land. We shall not allow the rule of the jungle to take root,” warned Mutua.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee recently demanded to know identities of 10 faceless people who grabbed 30,350 acres of land belonging to the parastatal, exposing the rot at the corporation.

ADC Chairman Nick Salat, who doubles up as the KANU party Secretary-General, denied knowledge of the individuals and has asked DCI to probe the matter.

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William Ruto eyes Raila Odinga Nyanza backyard

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Deputy President William Ruto will next month take his ‘hustler nation’ campaigns to his main rival, ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Nyanza backyard, in an escalation of the 2022 General Election competition.

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