Migori governor Okoth Obado addresses the media at Serena Hotel in Nairobi on September 12, 2018. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE
Information Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has appointed Jared Peter Odoyo Kwaga — one of the key suspects in a Sh2 billion graft probe targeting Migori Governor Okoth Obado — to the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) board.
In a February 8 gazette notice, Mr Mucheru listed Mr Kwaga alongside former Bonchari MP Zebedeo John Opore, KBC chairman Edward Musebe, former NGO Coordination Board member Dee Kivuva Mutisya, former newscaster Beatrice Marshall and former National Quality Control Laboratory Board member Kagiri Kamatu.
The seven started a three-year term on Friday, and will serve until February 7, 2022.
The KIMC is a semi-autonomous government agency that trains students in electronic and telecommunication engineering, film production, radio and television production, print and broadcast journalism, electronic and studio technology.
The new KIMC board members are among 200 individuals that received appointments in various state departments and agencies.
Mr Kwaga runs a Pasha Centre in Migori. Pasha Centres are part of a digital village project by the ICT Authority, which provide internet access to entrepreneurs seeking training and communication in rural areas.
The centres are privately owned and run, but get necessary assistance from the ICT Authority.
Mr Kwaga’s Pasha Centre is among nearly 40 others spread across the country and the only one in Migori.
But the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) believes that Mr Kwaga is also one of the proxies that Governor Obado used to siphon over Sh2 billion from county coffers.
When the anti-graft watchdog sought court assistance to trace and freeze assets believed to be part of Mr Obado’s fraud scheme, it listed Mr Kwaga as a first respondent.
Mr Kwaga owns seven companies that the EACC insists received money through dubious supply contracts before wiring the funds to Mr Obado in a complicated web of transactions.
The EACC adds that Mr Kwaga wired some of the graft proceeds to Mr Obado’s daughter Susan through a Sh1.9 million bank transfer in December 2014.
Mr Kwaga’s wife Christine Akinyi Ochola, brothers Patroba Ochanda Otieno and Joram Opala Otieno and his mother Penina Auma are also part of the scheme, as per the EACC’s court filings.
While the Migori-based businessman has not been found guilty of fraud, his appointment is certain to raise debate at a time the war on graft tops President Uhuru Kenyatta’a agenda – alongside healthcare, housing, manufacturing and food security.
EACC’s documents before court show that Mr Kwaga’s companies received Sh1.6 billion in dubious contracts that the watchdog is investigating, after which substantial amounts were wired to Mr Obado.
Another 37 pieces of land in Migori and its environs were acquired with funds believed to have been stolen, and 22 of them are registered in Mr Kwaga’s name.
According to the EACC, Governor Obado operated an intricate web of companies and accomplices that saw county funds transferred to his children’s accounts in Australia, Hong Kong and China.
Allegations are that part of the cash paid to Mr Kwaga was wired to the accounts of Scarlet Susan Okoth and Acholla Okoth.
Attempts to get comments from Mr Mucheru were futile as he did not respond to our calls.
But EACC spokesperson Yasin Amaro said Mr Kwaga’s appointment must have been an oversight because any individual under such investigations cannot be appointed to public office as per law.
“If someone is under investigation they cannot be appointed to public office until investigations are completed. According to Chapter Six of the Constitution, it is a requirement.
“That’s the reason people first come for clearance from EACC. Once we check out the facts on the ground on Monday, we will review everything and see what action to take,” Mr Amaro said.
The appointment has threatened to spark a heated war between the EACC and ICT ministry as debate on whether the appointment should stand will likely place the two institutions on opposite ends of the fence.
Meanwhile, the fruits of the March 9 “handshake” continue to be felt in Nyanza following the recent parastatals appointments that has seen close allies of ODM party leader Raila Odinga land plum positions.
In the Kenyan Gazette notice dated February 8, a good number of the names from Nyanza were appointed as either chairpersons or members of various parastatal boards by President Kenyatta and his Cabinet secretaries.
The move comes in the wake of Mr Kenyatta’s assertion that the country will no longer stand the “winner-take-all” mentality of political contests while giving his commitment to ensure that even those in the opposition are accommodated in government.
After declaring that long distance relationships aren’t for her, Sherlyne Anyango might have bagged herself a new mzungu boyfriend. It’s barely days since she left the country to go to the States to ‘hustle’. According to her, it’s easier to hustle in the States with her twerking talent.
Love At First Sight?
Well, she moved on quickly! This was the reaction of most of her fans after Sherlyne went live with her new catch. Most people were surprised by how fast she possibly got a boyfriend. But she hasn’t made it clear.
While this might seem unfair to her Kenyan bae, Oga Obinna, it was a mutual agreement between them to dissolve their relationship due to the distance between them.
”I’m a single boy again now😪😱!! Now with the standards you set who will fit in🤷🏿 who will fill your shoes??But Si Ni Life… But for now Kill Them with your AWESOMENESS and SECURE THE BAG!!! Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise. Plus there will always be space for you in my Heart and Kidney🙊🙈🙏🏿.”
In line to this, Sherlyne had also declared how much she misses Obinna and wrote back to him;
”Don’t make me cry. That’s life 😞😞. I feel bad. I miss you badly.”
Well, turns out she won’t be missing him any more after getting a new catch. Obinna has not yet responded to Sherlyne’s video posted on her Insta stories. I bet he’s not happy seeing her with another man.
When it comes to buying or tailoring a new blazer, most people think it’s all about getting what fits. Even though that is one of the most vital things to focus on when selecting blazers, there are other things you need to look out for in order to have a perfect and versatile blazer.
Versatile is not just about being able to match most pieces in your closet, but something that will enhance your outfits and define your best features while at it. In case you are wondering on where to start with buying a blazer, start here:
Yes, this is the first thing you should consider before making or buying yourself a blazer. You need to check your closet and consider the most dominant colour and pieces, can they be layered with a blazer or paired together?
Once that is set, you are good to go, though the more colourful a blazer is the more fun you will have pairing it with other pieces.
When selecting the perfect blazer always be very careful not to choose a small blazer. You might confuse a small blazer for a fitting one.
It should not be too tight that your shoulders cannot move in it or you can barely button it.
Although ladies are lucky they can go with any arm length, because it can be considered fashionable, ensure that it is your size. Also, avoid going for extra-large coats that will drown you and hide your best features.
A blazer is in between a suit jacket and a hoodie. Meaning, it should be able to pass for official and casual events. Let your guide be what you are buying it for.
There are different kinds of blazers ranging from open front blazers, single breasted blazers, belted ones, the list is endless.
Always go for a blazer that resonates with your style and closet items. Also, long blazers are classier and versatile than the shorter boyfriend ones. This is in terms of versatility.
Are you looking for a linen blazer, cotton or the suit material fabric? Do you want it shiny or matte? Do you need one with metal studded elements or with embellished buttons like the army? The kind of texture you go for will determine the way you dress your blazer.
Although blazers are meant to match with all outfits, the kind of design you go for can either limit your outfit choices or broaden your matching game.
They say the longer the blazer, the double the respect. You already know what I mean by this. Longer blazers are more eye catching, trendy and versatile. It will be easier for you to pair them to a tiny skirt, pencil trouser or palazzos.
Also did I mention how well they pair with crop tops? Yes, when buying a blazer, the length is very important.
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By Milo George
Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.
The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.
They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes. “We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said. Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage. ‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.
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