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More details in MP Wambilianga graft exposee – Weekly Citizen

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After Weekly Citizen unearthed and exposed corruption at Bungoma women representative office Catherine Wambilianga, fresh details have emerged how the MP has been condoning high end corruption. The MP is said to be using her staff salaries to fund her personal investments in parts of Bungoma and Nairobi. The MP is also allegedly said to have put her two sisters on payroll.

Catherine Wambilianga

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Anne Wambilianga earns Sh90,000 and Sellah Wambilianga Sh105,000 respectively but interestingly, the two are said to be ghost workers. Allan Wocha, the immediate former personal assistant has also been threatened after he allegedly demanded that the MP pays him his three months salary amounting to Sh600,000. The EACC is investigating claims that Wambilianga has employed close relatives and ghost workers in his office, using office money to pay for life insurance for her sisters and two of his children at a local insurance company as well as manipulation of the payroll. According to Philip Wekesa, a human rights activist, who took the case to the anti-graft agency, a total of Sh66 million meant for civic education, sports, monitoring and evaluation and environmental conservation for three consecutive financial years have gone down the drain.

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Businessman demands payment from DP Ruto – Weekly Citizen

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A Kilifi-based businessman James Munene is a bitter man as he is demanding payment of Sh1.5 million for the supply of construction materials made to a hotel owned by William Ruto. Munene has been demanding the payment since August 2018 which has not been forthcoming. Ruto hotel trades under the banner name of Dolphin Hotel and is on a 10-acre piece of land in Shanzu area of Mombasa.

James Munene

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Munene claims the payment for supplied materials was to be made by Jubilee party coast region coordinator Farid Swaleh who is in charge of the suppliers. Munene said several attempts to reach out to Swaleh were for payment had proved unsuccessful as all his mobile phones are perpetually switched off with reports indicating that he holed up in Dubai.

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More than meets the eye in Kiraitu cabinet shuffle – Weekly Citizen

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An orchestrated move by Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi to reorganize the health services department as well as county public service has not been received well by those affected.

Denson Mbuui

Three chief officers who were caught in the controversial shake-up are Denson Mbuui (trade), Martin Gitije (physical planning and urban development, and Victoria Kimonye (health services). It is rumoured that the removal of Kimonye from health docket was a calculative move, to place the governor’s blue-eyed boy, to control the COVID funds running into millions of shillings. Mbuui is the new chief officer of physical planning and urban development, and was replaced by Martin Gitije.

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Victoria Kimonye

Kimonye was named new chief officer of public health in the department of health services, with Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital CEO, James Mungatia, acting chief officer of medical services in the health services department. While at planning, Gitije is said to have been at was at war with his staff and blamed for enjoying the governor’s protection. He has no experience in handling health-related matters, so it is claimed, with the coronavirus disease taking a toll on the world health order. Joseph Mukundi is to serve the chief executive officer of MTRH in an acting capacity.

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KRA investigates tycoon oil firms – Weekly Citizen

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The taxman has zeroed in on Daniel Wamahiu over unpaid value-added tax and income tax remittance worth close to Sh327 million. Wamahiu, a former chairman of Kenya Pipeline Company is being sought over ownership of several companies that did business with Geothermal Development Company during the 2013 to 2017 financial years. During his tenure at KPLC, the tycoon was involved in suspicious business deals and fronted various firms to win lucrative tenders. The controversial allocation of KPC land to Amaco Insurance was the tycoon brainchild. Wamahiu is a close associate of deputy president William Ruto. He is a frequent visitor at Weston Hotel. His company recently got a multibillion contract with the Kenya Urban Roads Authority. Also under probe is his bank accounts spread across six financial institutions running into billions. It is suspected one of his dollar accounts is used in money laundering.

Daniel Wamahiu

This however was not without drama as some junior officers at Kenya Urban Roads Authority openly complained of the tender award. Weekly Citizen has information, the Kura tenders awarded to Wamahiu were highly inflated forcing a section in procurement to raise eyebrows. The tycoon during the Uhuruto best days was untouchable and boasts to be funding Ruto presidential bid 2022. The businessman has been holding high-level meetings with Nyeri professionals to map out strategies for 2022. He sees himself as the next Nyeri governor or the next Roads and Infrastructure CS or Energy CS if Ruto wins the presidency and forms the next government. The suave businessman has excellent contacts at the top echelons of the Judiciary and is always seen wining and dining with Supreme Court judges, those in Court of Appeal and High Court.

Caroline Karungu

It is not known his interest in associating with judges but many see suspicion. Wamahiu controls most Nyeri MPs who must lie low or he threatens to sponsor opponents in their constituencies. One MP was heard pleading with him to spare him. The first-term MP says he was asked to beg Wamahiu if he expected mercy from him. The cowboy contractor has no time for Governor Mutahi Kahiga whom he says is not educated. The tycoon according to sources has been funding deputy governor Caroline Karungu to undermine her boss. Wamahiu was last week in panic upon learning the government was also investigating Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua on matters relating to money laundering and tax evasion. The MP banks’ accounts were frozen after Assets Recovery Agency petitioned Nairobi Milimani Court.

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Rigathi Gachagua

Five companies linked to the MP and his co-directors have been blocked from operating accounts at Rafiki Microfinance Bank. Rigathi operates three accounts at Rafiki Microfinance Bank under his name. His company Wamunyoro Investment named after his family member has two accounts. Not spared are his companies, namely Technical Supplies and Services Kenya Limited. The said firms are accused of siphoning billions of shillings from Nyeri county ever since the heyday of his late brother who was governor then. When his brother was ailing, the MP was a defacto governor and called shots including manipulating the award of tenders. Other companies associated with the MP that are in trouble include Crystal Kenya Limited, Jenne Enterprises and Encartar Diagnostics Limited. They are all operated at Liaison House, along State House Road, according to documents filed in court.

Mutahi Kahiga

The MP is accused of colluding with Nyeri county government officials and the state’s department for irrigation to siphon taxpayers’ money through his companies and that of his proxies. At Nyeri county, Rigathi is said to have employed his henchmen in the procurement department during the reign of his late brother Gachagua as governor. Back to tycoon Wamahiu, he has been desperate to withdraw money from his accounts, raising eyebrows. A member of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Wamahiu has registered offshore companies that he claims to hold his 2022 campaign kitty and that of Ruto.

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