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Kenyans turn to a chilling Bible verse to torment Uhuru & MPs – Politics – Pulselive.co.ke

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  • Since
    Friday after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the controversial finance, Kenyans
    have been dusting their bibles to source for encouragement quotes as they brace
    themselves for difficult times ahead.
  • To
    perhaps haunt and torture the conscience of their member of parliament who
    passed the motion which spells doom for the Kenyan Citizen, many of them have
    been sharing and forwarding them a chilling bible verse.
  • But maybe
    what Kenyans should indeed be praying, fasting and begging their ‘Father’ is
    Wisdom not wrath.

Then Jesus said, “Come
to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you
rest.”
 Matthew 11: 28 reads.

That is
what best describes the feeling of being a Kenyan right now, and as a result
many weary souls have turned to the good book for consolation following the
passing of the finance bill 2018.

Since
Friday after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the controversial finance, Kenyans
have been dusting their bibles to source for encouragement quotes as they brace
themselves for difficult times ahead.


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President Uhuru signs the Finance bill into law while surrounded by his deputy William Ruto, National Assembly leaders, Treasury officials, and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki. (The Standard)

 

After
Uhuru assented to the bill, If one is earning a salary of over Sh100,000 in
Kenya, 1.5 per cent will now be deducted from their salary to go towards
funding a housing project that is part of the government’s big 4 agenda.

Making
phone calls and internet data is now set to be expensive as the Finance bill
states that there be a 15 per cent excise duty on phone and internet data.

The
excise duty on mobile money transactions will increase from 10 per cent to 20
per cent-this means that receiving and sending of cash through your phone will
cost you more.

Even
sweet toothed citizens were not spared and the assenting of the Finance bill
left a bitter taste in their mouths.


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President Kenyatta signs Finance Bill 2018 into law. (Capital FM)

 

Effective
from Friday when Uhuru signed the bill, there will be a 20 per cent tax on
confectionary sugar products such as sweets, chocolates and chewing gum.

To
perhaps haunt and torture the conscience of their member of parliament who
passed the motion which spells doom for the Kenyan Citizen, many of them have
been sharing and forwarding them a chilling bible verse.

The verse
in question is Isaiah 10 1-4 which states; Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive
decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the
oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.
What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To
whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? Nothing will
remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain.


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A Kenyan man reading the Bible. (the star)

 

For
Kenyans who couldn’t reach their Bibles or had simply forgotten where they had
last kept it resorted to social media to make their anger, disappointed and
threats known to all and sundry.

Kenyans
on social media on Friday camped at President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Facebook page to
vent their anger and frustration over the enactment of the Finance Bill 2018.

Within
hours, after President Uhuru announced to the nation that he had signed the
bill into law in a Facebook post while surrounded by his deputy William Ruto, National
Assembly leaders, Treasury officials, and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki, the post had attracted thousands of fiery comments from Kenyans –
many of them too vulgar to be published here.


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A nun prays during the service at the Our Lady of Consolation Church. (VOA News)

 

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Here are
just a few.

“Look
at that group of the greedy, may the witches of Kitui strike that room with
lightning, diarrhoea and a serious leprosy,”
Kim Chon Un wrote.

Whichever way we look at it, you have succeeded in
creating a legacy. How else will you ever forget someone who forcefully rob you
in broad daylight. To cap it all he holds you upside down and shake you to get
the last coin,”
Kipng’etich
said.

However,
Kenyan legislators didn’t elect themselves neither were they elected by demons,
they were but elected with the full blessing and confidence of Kenyans so as
Joseph de Maistre famously put it “Every
country has the government it deserves.”


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President Uhuru Kenyatta carrying the Bible during his swearing in ceremony. (Citizen TV)

 

German
philosopher and

 Karl Marx was even more unapologetic.

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature,
the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the
opium of the people.”

But maybe
what Kenyans should indeed be praying, fasting and begging their ‘Father’ is
Wisdom not wrath.


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Maybe what Kenyans should indeed be praying, fasting and begging their ‘Father’ is Wisdom not wrath. (Daily Nation)

 

In the
meantime until 2022 general elections these equally chilling Bible verses may
offer Kenyans some consolation as they brace themselves for difficult times
ahead equal if not worse to 40 years, the Israelites wandered in the
wilderness, eating quail and manna.

“Upon the
wicked He will rain snares; Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the
portion of their cup.”
Psalm
11:6

“But
for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral
persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the
lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death
.” Revelation 21:8

“All who
sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under
the law will be judged by the law.
“ Romans 2: 12

“But the
one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with
few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and
from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Luke 12: 48



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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.

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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.

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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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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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