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Jirongo: Bank note was once named after him, now he’s in deep in debt

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Former Lugari Mp Cyrus Jirongo at Milimani Courts on September 19, 2018.PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO

By SAM KIPLAGAT

Wednesday September 19 will remain memorable to Cyrus Jirongo for the rest of his life. He spent a night in police cells for non-payment of a debt.

Without the help of Devolution secretary Eugene Wamalwa — who presented his Mercedes Benz car as surety for his release on Thursday — things would have only got worse for Mr Jirongo who 26 years ago wielded power as a luminary of a well-oiled re-election campaign machinery for then president Daniel arap Moi.

As part of the showy Youth for Kanu 92 campaign brigade, Mr Jirongo became a household name for his immense wealth and political influence — dinning with the high and mighty.

NOTHING IS PERMANENT

But as it turns out today nothing is permanent and the politician finds himself in a rather tough patch financially, struggling to pay off his debts.

Lawsuits and property auction threats against Mr Jirongo for non-payment of debt have intensified in recent years, revealing the piling financial woes that have befallen the politician. His latest troubles began on Tuesday when the police enforced an August 6 arrest warrant for failing to honour payment of a Sh20million debt owed to a friend turned foe, Bryan Yongo.

Mr Jirongo had earlier agreed to pay the debt saying that he would give it priority after selling his 500 acres of land in Ruai, Nairobi, and another five acres in Kisumu. He was also expecting compensation from the Nairobi County government for a plot in Industrial Area. However, his failure to settle the debt prompted Mr Yongo to apply for a warrant of arrest against him.

The debt, rising from a loan of Sh12.7 million, has ballooned to Sh25 million. Mr Yongo informed the court that Mr Jirongo had more than 20 times failed to honour his part of the bargain.

“I cannot indulge him any more,” Mr Yongo told Deputy Registrar Elizabeth Tanui.

In his defence, the politician told the court that he had already paid Sh24 million and was left with a balance of Sh1 million. He said he needed time to file papers showing that he had actually been paying. But Mr Yongo would hear none of it.

CASH BAIL

The court on Tuesday slapped Mr Jirongo with a Sh5m cash bail which he failed to pay, leading to an overnight stay in police cells until Mr Wamalwa came to his rescue.

The debt owed to Mr Yongo is part of a series of complaints facing Mr Jirongo. The politician is similarly battling another debt of Sh100 million claimed by Central Organisation of Trade Unions Secretary-General Francis Atwoli.

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Court papers show that Mr Jirongo received a Sh100 million friendly loan from Mr Atwoli in August 2016. He promised to repay the money in 50 days with an interest of Sh10 million. He failed to honour the deal and claimed that they had agreed that the amount would be recovered from money the Nairobi County owes him. Mr Jirongo said the county was supposed to pay his company, Kuza Farms and Allied Ltd, following a consent order recorded before the Environment and Land Court in July 2016 arising from a case filed in 2014. In his ruling, Justice Francis Tuiyot said the United Democratic Party leader was personally liable for the debt and cannot, therefore, shift liability to Kuza. The judge also observed that Mr Jirongo acknowledged that the sums were advanced to him and that he bore the responsibility of repaying a sum of Sh110 million on or before October 21, 2016.

“Mr Jirongo’s indebtedness was plain and obvious in the acknowledgment and undertaking of August 10, 2016. It was even more obvious and unequivocal when Mr Jirongo gave further undertaking of October 21, 2016. This court holds and finds that Mr Jirongo has admitted owing Sh110 million to Mr Atwoli and there can be no defence to that claim,” ruled Justice Tuiyot.

DEBT WOES

Mr Jirongo’s debt woes were also highlighted when he offered himself as a presidential candidate in the 2017 General Election. A former partner turned rival saw a perfect chance to hit back by filing bankruptcy proceedings against him.

Although the orders were granted, Mr Jirongo somehow managed to lift the orders and his name was on the ballot box. Justice Olga Sewe granted the politician temporary reprieve by lifting bankruptcy orders in a debt owed to businessman Sammy Boit arap Kogo, who was demanding Sh700m from him.

While lifting the orders, Justice Sewe gave Mr Jirongo a chance to argue the legality of the order. He also said the move would bar him from contesting the repeat presidential election.

Separately, the former MP lost property worth millions of shillings to auctioneers last year for defaulting on a loan amounting to Sh495 million. Valley Auctioneers sold 103 acres of land belonging to Kuza Farms and Allied Limited.

The firm, located in Chepkoilel, Uasin Gishu County and which has a salt processing factory, was sold for over Sh65 million which was the reserve price. The land was auctioned after Mr Jirongo lost a court case challenging a decision by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) to place his company under receivership for over Sh495 million owed to the collapsed Dubai Bank.

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Over 700 applications received for four IEBC commissioners job – KBC

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Panel chairperson Dr Elizabeth Muli says they will now proceed to collate the applications received. Photo Courtesy

The Selection Panel for the Appointment of Commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioners says it has received over 700 applications for the four vacancies in the position of Member of the IEBC.

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In a statement Tuesday, Panel chairperson Dr Elizabeth Muli says they will now proceed to collate the applications received.

The deadline for receiving applications was on Monday.

” Pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 3(1) of the First Schedule to the IEBC Act, 2011, the Selection Panel shall publish the names of all the applicants whose applications were received by the close of the application period, together with their qualifications, in the Kenya Gazette, in two (2) newspapers of national circulation and on the website of the Parliamentary Service Commission.” Said Muli 

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She noted that after the publication of the long-list, the Selection Panel will commence the short-listing exercise and shall thereafter publish the names of the short-listed candidates.

The panel is expected to forward the name of successful candidate to the president on or about June 9.

“In this publication, the Selection Panel shall also invite the views of the public on the suitability of the short-listed candidates to serve in the position of Member of the IEBC.” She added 

The serving six members of the selection panel are Dr. Elizabeth Muli – Chairperson; Mr. Awori James Achoka – Vice- Chairperson; Mr. Gideon Solonka – Member; Ms. Elizabeth Odundo Meyo – Member; Rev. Fr. Joseph Ngumbi Mutie – Member and Dr. Faridun S. Abdallah – Member.

The electoral agency has not been fully constituted since the controversial departure of Roselyn Akombe, Paul Kurgat, Margaret Mwachanya, and Consolata Maina from the commission.

The commission currently has three commissioners. Chairman Wafula Chebukati;  commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye.

 

 

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Sauti Sol’s Polycarp says he cried like a small child after meeting his son for the first time

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Sauti Sol’s guitarist Polycarp Otieno and his wife Lady Mandy have opened up about the birth of their child.

The two were featured in a recent episode of ‘Sol Generation’ aired only on Showmax.

Speaking about their experiences as first time parents, they both revealed how they reacted after meeting their son for the first time.

Polycarp said he wailed like a baby and left everyone in the room wondering what was wrong.

Lady Mandy on other end said that the minute she heard the midwife says she could see the head of the baby, she knew she had made it to the final stage.

“The moment the midwife said she could see the head of the baby. I think that was the magical word I have ever heard. Coz I knew finally this is our end.

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Polycarp said that he could not control himself when he met his son.

I fell on the flour wailing like a small child. Everyone was looking at me wondering what was wrong with me.
I took him and held him on my chest, I cannot forget that feeling. It was the most amazing feeling ever.

Lady Mandy added that when she saw the baby she felt like she had known him forever.

It like I have known you. I could not believe that I was holding someone who I have had conversations with, I have had moments with that were only for us

She then thanked her husband for being there the whole process.

‘I would not have done that without Polycarp.

We held each others hands and As tried and exhausted as I was, I got the energy to keep going. You did well Papa.

More details are available on Showmax season 2 episode 9.

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Angry Diamond Platnumz calls list of Africa’s Richest Musicians ‘Stupid’

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By Emmaline Owuor

Tanzania’s leading artist Diamond Platnumz has joined in the long list of African musicians who have protested a list of Africa’s richest musicians.

The list doing rounds on Social Media has placed Diamond at number 20 with a net worth of 5 Million dollars.

The artist has described the list as stupid further asking Forbes to Google him to know his worth.

“FORBES: next time Google me to know what am really worth of, before putting me on your Stupid Richest African Musicians List!!!” read the post.

Last week, Gospel Artist Ringtone took to his instagram page and disapproved with the list claiming he was the richest musician in East Africa.

Ringtone claims that he is the number one artist followed by Tanzanian musician Diamond Platinumz and Kenyan Musician Akothee.


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