Connect with us

Politics

Special squad to finish Ruto formed – Weekly Citizen

Published

on

Loading...

A special squad to formulate strategies to politically cripple deputy president William Ruto’s presidential ambitions all the way to the 2022 general election has been formed. It is not only Ruto targetted but even his allies, according to sources. The squad that comprises seasoned administrators, security agency strategists, National Intelligence Service agents, scholars and political strategists has been allocated a secret office in Nairobi for coordinating its activities.It has a fully state-sponsored propaganda and disinformation wing, media wing, intelligence gathering and research units and reports its activities to a senior official who briefs president Uhuru Kenyatta’s top strategists including his younger brother, Muhoho Kenyatta and adviser Nancy Gitau. Some of the president’s inner core keeping tabs on the squad includes Jubilee party vicechairman David Murathe, secretary general Raphael Tuju, State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua, political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi and scholar Peter Kagwanja.

David Murathe

The squad is behind a 10point ‘Ruto Political Annihilation Agenda’ that the deep state has started implementing to neutralise the second in command ahead of the 2022 polls. The agenda includes ouster of Ruto’s allies in the senate and national assembly leadership, neutering the DP’s sources of finances by intimidating his backers and sacking parastatal bosses allied to him, overhauling the cabinet to kick out his allies, cajoling governors allied to him with threats of prosecution over graft, coercing office workers at DP’s Harambee Annex with threats of criminal prosecution, dismantling Ruto security network assembled after the 2013 and 2017 polls, dismantling Ruto’s political network across the country and the globe, painting the DP in the social and mainstream media as irredeemably corrupt and ensuring skewed coverage in the media in favour of the government while giving the DP negative coverage or total blackout.

Jubilee party SG Raphael Tuju

Already, some of the DP’s media gurus such as spokesman David Mugonyi have developed cold feet after word reached them that the state is investigating their source of money. Mugonyi has acquired properties including a V8 vehicle. He first worked at then Kenya Times as an intern from the University of Nairobi before joining Daily Nation. This move has left the DP to rely on don’t cares such as former State House digital communication guru Dennis Itumbi. However, in the recent past, the DP has been less aggressive in the social media platforms after most staffers at Harambee Annex caved in to State’s pressure to stop the offensive campaign they had launched to defend the second-in-command or else they be forced to account for large sums of money they pocketed as imprest.
The squad has also reached out to senior editors in print, electronic and digital platforms, some of whom are now swimming in big money, driving luxurious cars.

Kinuthia Mbugua

Loading...

A top editor at Nation having been rewarded by a powerful limousine for reporting negatively on Ruto and Nairobi governor Mike Sonko Mbuvi. The deputy president has also been edged out of Mediamaxx, where he had invested together with the Kenyatta family. The Radio Africa Group has also denied he bought shares. In contrast, his rivals – Uhuru and Gideon – control Mediamaxx and Standard Group respectfully. Insiders revealed to us that the special squad is behind the president’s aggressive takeover of the Jubilee party and the coup against Ruto in the senate leadership. The president took control of Jubilee after kicking out party officials affiliated to Ruto and replacing them with his allies despite objections from his second in command. Before the ink could dry, Uhuru led Jubilee in hammering a coalition deal with Kanu headed by Gideon. Uhuru who was accompanied by Muhoho and Nancy Gitau met Gideon at State House where they ratified the coalition deal which was later deposited with the Registrar of Political Parties.

Mutahi Ngunyi

And now, the president on the advice of the squad, has kickstarted the removal of five nominated senators from the senate for snubbing the State House meeting. The nominated senators have already received letters to show cause why they should not be expelled from the party for embarrassing the party’s top echelons. They are Millicent Omanga, Iman Dekow, Waqo Jillo, Prengei Victor and Mary Seneta. Next on the line are rebel MPs from the president’s stronghold whose process for a recall is being worked out. They include Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Bahati’s Kimani Ngunjiri, Kiharu’s Ndindi Nyoro, Kandara’s Alice Wahome, Mathira’s Rigathi Gachagua and Kikuyu’s Kimani Ichung’wa. Insiders say the special squad propaganda wing has launched an aggressive campaign against the deputy president in the mainstream and social media platforms. In our possession are well researched articles and clips shared on popular WhatsApp groups that are meant to discredit the DP by highlighting his sins of omission and commission. The other plot is to cut DP influence in parliament and cabinet.

Peter Kagwanja

Ruto cabinet friends, Farida Karoney (Lands), Simon Chelugui (Labour) and Adan Mohammed (East African Community) have already been sidelined only warming seats in offices. Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka and national assembly majority leader Aden Duale reading political signs are changing course. Word has it that Duale father in-law former Chiefof-Staff Mohammed Mohammed has intervened on his behalf in the corridors of power. Majority chief whip Benjamin Washiali and his deputy Cecilly Mbarire are marked faces together with MPs sitting on parliamentary committees allied to Ruto. In Central, plan to collect signatures from voters to recall MPs openly attacking Uhuru in public is being hatched. The MPs are Moses Kuria, Gachagua, Wahome, Ichung’wa, Kimani Ngunjiri. Ndindi Nyoro, John Kiyua, Wangui Ngirici, Faith Gitau, John Kiaire, Benjamin Mwangi, George Theuri, Isaac Ndirangu, Mercy Wanjiku, Njagua Kanyi among others are on. A move to sponsor their rivals ahead of 2022 is also being implemented including appointing them on state run agencies boards, Also targeted are Ruto point men in various counties including Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi.

Comments

comments

Loading...
Continue Reading

Politics

Businessman demands payment from DP Ruto – Weekly Citizen

Published

on

Loading...

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

Loading...

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.

Comments

comments

Loading...
Continue Reading

Politics

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

Published

on

Loading...

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.

Loading...

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.

Comments

comments

Loading...
Continue Reading

Politics

KRA investigates tycoon oil firms – Weekly Citizen

Published

on

Loading...

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.

Loading...

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.

Comments

comments

Loading...
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Loading...
Advertisement
Loading...

Trending