Why he could break out: Crabtree was tied with three other Baltimore receivers for most targets from Joe Flacco. But in beating the Bills 47-3, the game script did not call for much passing, and Crabtree sat in the second half. He may get more defensive attention from the Bengals this week, but his opportunity to be the Ravens’ No. 1 receiver could be much bigger, too.
2. Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers — Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs
We doubt Kareem Hunt has a second straight game without a catch.
Week 1 stats: 16 carries, 49 yards, 0 TDs
Consensus ranking: 7.3 among RBs
Why he could break out: Hunt, a common first-round pick, was a letdown in his first game. However, the Chiefs kept making big plays via the pass or on special teams, minimizing the amount Hunt was needed. It was also the first time in his career that he was held without a catch. He should fare better against a Steelers defense that has struggled against the run.
3. Miami Dolphins at New York Jets — Bilal Powell, RB, Jets
Why he could break out: Isaiah Crowell was the star running back for the Jets in Week 1, but it could have gone the other way. Crowell’s numbers were inflated by a 62-yard touchdown run. Without it, he would have had 9 carries for 40 yards. Meanwhile, Powell averaged 5 yards per carry, and this Dolphins team just gave up 110 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown to Dion Lewis in Week 1. Crowell got the red-zone carries for the Jets in Week 1, but Powell has a good opportunity to take the lead this week.
4. Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles
Why he could break out: Nick Foles struggled to move the ball against the Falcons in Week 1. But this Bucs defense just gave up 292 receiving yards combined to Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara last week. If Foles can get it going, Agholor should have more space to operate. It also helps that Alshon Jeffery is still out, so Agholor will continue to have a bigger role.
5. Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints — Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
Josh Gordon is officially starting for the Browns this week.
Week 1 stats: 3 targets, 1 catch, 17 yards, 1 TD
Consensus ranking: 21.6 among WRs
Why he could break out: Gordon wasn’t a starter in Week 1, but still played most of the snaps. Officially listed as a starter for Week 2, Gordon has the chance to see more targets against a Saints defense that just got lit up by the Bucs in Week 1.
6. Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins — Chris Thompson, RB, Redskins
Why he could break out: An underrated fantasy player, Thompson has either topped 65 total yards or had a touchdown in nine of his last 11 games, dating back to last season. He has a high floor and high ceiling and should feast against a weak Colts defense that gave up 149 total yards to Joe Mixon in Week 1.
7. Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills — Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers
Why he could break out: A popular waiver wire pickup, Ekeler may be in line for another big week. It’s a risky pick, but if this game goes anything like the Bills’ Week 1 game, the Chargers should have a big lead by the second half. That could allow them to rest Melvin Gordon, giving Ekeler a big role in the running and passing game.
8. Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers — Jimmy Graham, TE, Packers
Why he could break out: Graham had a disappointing Week 1, and there’s a chance that the trend of Aaron Rodgers overlooking tight ends continues. But this Vikings defense also allowed 49ers tight end George Kittle to grab 5 catches for 90 yards (plus a dropped touchdown) in Week 1. Graham might have similar success if the Vikings take away the Packers’ top receivers. Graham could also act as something of a safety valve for DeShone Kizer if Rodgers is out this week.
9. Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons — Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons
Why he could break out: Devonta Freeman hurt his knee in Week 1 and is questionable for Sunday’s game. Even if he plays, he’ll likely be limited. Coleman has always been explosive when given the opportunity, and he averaged nearly 20 touches per game last season when Freeman missed time. The Panthers are a tough matchup, but Coleman should have the workload to make him a worthwhile play.
10. Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans —Will Fuller, WR, Texans
When Will Fuller is healthy, he’s a touchdown machine.
Week 1 stats: none — didn’t play
Consensus ranking: 48.6 among WRs
Why he could break out: Fuller is questionable, so make sure he’s playing before considering giving him a shot. The Titans just gave up 100 yards and two touchdowns to the Dolphins’ deep threat, Kenny Stills, in Week 1. But when Fuller has played, he’s been a touchdown machine. Even though his touchdown rate is likely to regress slightly — even still, the Texans badly need his down-field speed.
11. Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams —Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams
Why he could break out: Kupp saw the most targets of any Rams receiver in Week 1 but had a few drops. Alex Smith had success going underneath and over the middle against the Cardinals in Week 1, and Jared Goff could have the same success with Kupp this week. Brandin Cooks is a threat for big plays, but Kupp might be the safer bet.
12, Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers — Alfred Morris, RB, 49ers
Why he could break out: Morris got the bulk of the work early for the 49ers in Week 1, but (unsurprisingly) had trouble against the Vikings’ defense. This week, he gets the Lions, who just allowed 102 yards to Isaiah Crowell (including a red-zone run, where Morris got stood up last week).
Emmanuel Sanders kicked off the year with a 100-yard game.
Week 1 stats: 10 catches, 135 yards, 1 TD
Consensus ranking: 15 among WRs
Why he could break out: Sanders racked up big numbers against the Seahawks in Week 1. Against a Raiders team with defensive issues, he could be one of the higher-scoring wide receivers, particularly with the way Case Keenum seems to favor him.
14. New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars — Jaguars RBs
Play whichever Jaguars running back is starting this week.
Week 1 stats: Leonard Fournette — 9 carries, 3 catches, 55 total yards, 0 TDs; T.J. Yeldon — 14 carries, 3 catches, 69 total yards, 1 TD
Consensus ranking: Fournette: 15.5 among RBs, Yeldon: 35 among RBs
Why he could break out: Fournette is questionable with a hamstring issue, making it unclear who might be the lead back in this one. But either player could be in line for a big game if they have the lead role. The Patriots ranked 31st in run defense last year and in Week 1 gave up 98 rushing yards to Lamar Miller and 36 yards on 5 carries (7 ypc) to Alfred Blue. With a strong offensive line, Fournette or Yeldon could have a big week.
15. New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys — Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants
Why he could break out: Shepard is firmly behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley in the offense’s pecking order, but he gets a good matchup in the slot this week against the Cowboys. Dallas held most of the Panthers’ best options in check in Week 1, but Shepard could benefit from having the best matchup in a game the Giants will be desperate to win.
16. Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears — Allen Robinson, WR, Bears
Why he could break out: Robinson had a few impressive catches early in Week 1 while Mitchell Trubisky came out slinging the ball for the Bears. Though the Bears got more conservative in the second half, Robinson still led the team in targets in his first regular-season game since tearing his ACL last year. As he and Trubisky get more comfortable, Robinson has an obvious role as the No. 1 receiver on the Bears. This week, he gets a Seahawks defense that gave up 198 combined yards to Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas last week.
Now, take a look at who’s on top heading into Week 2…
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.
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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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.
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.
“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.
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.
As part of aggressive campaigns for his presidential bid, the DP, who views the former Prime Minister as his main challenger in the 2022 polls, will begin his tour in Migori and Kisumu in the third week of July, and thereafter Homa Bay and Siaya in the last week.
The DP has rolled out a ground operation that includes United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party and aspirants’ regional forums, regional economic forums, allowing affiliate political parties to sprout without the demand that they merge with UDA and assembling a wide array of professionals to front his presidential bid.
In a politically changed environment unlike the one in 2017 when he was an influential voice in government and the chief campaigner, DP Ruto now finds himself technically being the head of the opposition after the acrimonious fall-out with the President.
The relationship has worsened further after President Kenyatta’s truce with the ODM leader, his main challenger in the 2017 disputed presidential vote, thus alienating the DP further.
His allies say he’s building the infrastructure that will help him win decisively in the first round in next year’s presidential election.
Leading the preparations for the DP’s Nyanza tour is Mr Odinga’s former aide, management consultant and strategist Eliud Owalo, who is also the convener of the Luo-Nyanza Economic Caucus.
Yesterday, he said the DP will start his Nyanza tour in mid-July for what he termed an intensive grassroots tour aimed at campaigning for his presidential bid.
“The leader of the Hustler movement, Deputy President William Ruto, will make an intensive grassroots tour of the four Luo-Nyanza counties within the second half of the month of July.
In the two-legged tour, he will first visit Migori and Kisumu counties in the third week of July 2021 followed closely by a tour of Homa Bay and Siaya in the fourth week of July 2021,” read a statement sent to newsroom, which Mr Owalo signed.
Apart from the meet the people tour, the DP is expected to attend church services as well as continue with his economic empowerment programmes for youth and women groups.
The DP is expected to use the tour in his political opponent’s backyard to popularise his bottom-up economic model.
The region has always voted overwhelmingly for the ODM chief in the past elections.
“We want the Luo Nyanza region to lay its stake in any future governance dispensation on the basis of a responsive and feasible development agenda for our people as opposed to positions that individual members of the community will be holding in that government,” Mr Owalo said.
The DP started courting the region last year when Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi hosted more than 100 youths from Nyanza under the umbrella of “Nyanza Youth Movement for Ruto 2022” led by Mr Stephen Midenyo aka Mada and 2013 Rangwe Parliamentary candidate Everest Okambo.
A year ago, as part of a broader plot targeting the region, Mr Sudi and his Kiharu counterpart Ndindi Nyoro made a discreet visit to Bondo and Kisumu counties in what they described as “private functions” but which had a strong political inclination.
A week ago, Migori governor Okoth Obado, who is viewed as a rebel in the region, was hosted by Mr David Ruto, the DP’s brother.
The plan, Mr Sudi says, is to target the youth, women’s groups and the church to reach out to the Nyanza populace and lure a significant number of voters to join DP Ruto’s bandwagon.
“We’re reaching out to the whole country because the hustler movement is not confined to a certain region,” Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono told the Nation.
A meeting convened by Mr Owalo at a Nairobi hotel in mid-May had many former foot soldiers of Mr Odinga attending. They include those who decamped after losing ODM nominations in 2013 and 2017 elections, among them former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma, former Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno and former Rangwe MP Martin Ogindo.
Also in attendance was Citizen’s Convention Party (CCP) leader Grace Akumu.
UDA Secretary-General Veronica Maina told the Nation that in their recruitment drive, Nyanza is not left out. The party’s clerks, she said, are stationed in the region.
Won’t bear fruit
Mr Odinga’s troops led by Suba South MP John Mbadi have been on record saying that such meetings won’t bear fruits for the DP.
Mr Mbadi said the DP needs to understand why people of Nyanza associate with ODM and believe in Mr Odinga. The DP is also said to be making inroads in Mr Odinga’s other support bases of Western and Coast.