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The Kane of today is not the player we know




England manager Gareth Southgate has highlighted a serious problem with Spur’s super striker Harry Kane. Harry is tired, as Southgate explained when subbing him in the 80th minute in an international friendly match against Switzerland. The English captain looked very lacklustre and was not his previous sharp self. He has played a mentally and physically draining 61 games since the beginning of last season! I have noted over the past few weeks that Harry is not the player he was last year when he averaged 5.4 shots per game. This season his shot rate has dropped to 2.5 per game. What marks Kane out from the ordinary strikers is that he positions his body early and takes a shot first time without needing to set up the ball. I have also discovered that Harry has been affected since he rolled his ankle in a tackle with Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Begovich went for the ball, missed and accidentally buckled Kane’s right ankle under his left leg. Harry left the pitch minutes later and left the stadium wearing a plastic protective boot. It has been suggested to me that Harry is now more protective of his legs, ankles and feet and is not showing that natural quick fire shooting ability. He is not achieving that skill with quite as much directness and focus.

Willian to stay but Fabrigas could leave

Following two failed attempts to sign him by Barcelona and Manchester United, Chelsea midfielder Willian has said he wants to stay with the Blues for another five years. He wants a five-year contract. However, it is club policy that any player over 30 years of age is given a 12-month contract and that was agreed by owner of the club himself. Chelsea told Barca that they would have to pay £70million if they wanted the Brazilian but the Spanish giants turned that down. Meanwhile, the two Milan clubs, AC and Inter, have had scouts watching Cesc Fabrigas and have contacted his agent with a view to have the Spanish midfielder go to Italy. Cesc has not featured in new manager Mauricio Sarri’s plans and he has not even started a game this season. Cesc is keeping quiet at the moment but I know he won’t put up with this situation much longer. When I spoke to the club they would not commit on whether Cesc stays or leaves but at the same time they did not say he would definitely be staying which indicates that if a good offer comes along they would probably sell him.

Dele should be okay

Tottenham tell me that Dele Alli should be fit for this weekend’s big game against Liverpool. He withdrew from the England squad this week after picking up a minor strain against Spain and did not feature in the midweek game against Switzerland. With both Spurs and England, Dele has been working hard on his ball retention and also his work rate and positioning off the ball.

No problem between Pogba and Mourinho

The rumour gossip surrounding the relationship between Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba and manager Jose Mourinho never seems to slow down. This time it is Paul trying to simmer down the situation. He claims there is no problem between him and Mourhino but hinted that they are not particularly friends and have a pure coach/player relationship. Speaking after France drew with World Cup disaster team Germany, he said he quite clearly: “It is not me talking. I am trying to work on myself physically. I got back late from the World Cup so I am trying to perform as well as I can. I’m just trying to do my job.”

Paul was warned last month that he would be fined if he talked freely abut his relationship with Mourinho however, when questioned about his future at United he would only say: “My future is currently in Manchester. I still have a contract. I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months.” I suspect that behind all this is his agent Mino Raiola who stands to make a few more millions if Pogba is transferred again so he keeps the rumours active. It has been suggested that Raiola always saw Paul’s transfer to United as a three-year project with his ‘client’ then moving to Spain and either Madrid or Barcelona. Nothing has been said to disprove that theory so it could happen next year.


Update on Tottenham v Liverpool

I spoke with Tottenham about Argentinian Erik Lamela’s hamstring injury this week and was told that manager Mauricio Pochettino expects to have him fit for the big game of the weekend against Liverpool. He is responding well to treatment after feeling a very painful stress of the hamstring during the warm up before the 3-0 win against Manchester United. I then called Man City and enquired about Raheem Sterling’s back injury and was again given positive news. The City winger striker was forced to miss England games against Spain and Switzerland after feeling pain during City’s 2-1 win against Newcastle. City’s medical team took over and agreed with the FA that he should remain at the club for treatment and not go to the England national team headquarters for an assessment. City medical staff said they thought a two week lay off would cure the problem.

Marathon man Enrique

Perhaps the Chelsea players should be pleased that Mauricio Sarri took over at the Blues and not Luis Enrique. He now manages the Spanish national squad and has laid down new rules of behaviour. He believes in discipline and has banned mobile phone calls during meals, they are not even allowed on the table, no free time and no family visits between games. Luis is a fitness fanatic and loves cycling. He even took part in Germany’s 2007 Ironman competition. He has run marathons in New York, Amsterdam and Florence. He even took a medical of fitness levels when the team took their tests and nuitritionist Antonio Escribano said, “He is 48 years old but he is fit enough to play!”.

Changing tactics at Arsenal

Arsenal’s midfielder Hector Bellerin said this week that playing under new manager Unai Emery is like playing for a different club. He said he was sad that many of the long established regular staff had left the club. However, he said the club feels regenerated and thinks success is just around the corner. One of the most interesting comments concerned tactics. Under previous manager Arsene Wenger, the team never changed tactics from week to week. Arsene believed his team could beat anybody and their style never needed to change. Under Emery, hours are spent watching videos, planning and changing team tactics and everything is different each week to cope with the different playing styles of their opponents.

New Chelsea keeper settling in

Kepa Arrizabalaga, the Blues new goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge, has been speaking about his move from Bilbao to replace Thibaut Courtois between the posts at Chelsea. He said the move was made easy because he already knew Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta and they have helped him settle in more quickly. After his world record-breaking transfer fee of £72.5million for a goalkeeper he has seen Chelsea win their four opening games and kept two clean sheets. I asked if he was scared of the big price tag and he said, “ The fee is because of the football market…it is like that. Higher and higher fees are being paid now. I focus on my own game and I play. I’m happy for Chelsea to have made the decision to sign me and to pay that amount and I am looking forward to repaying them on the field. I choose Chelsea because they have such great players and in recent years have won the Champion’s League, Europa Cup and Premier League title – it is a team with great players.” Kepa is being tipped to challenge Man Utd’s David de Gea as the Spanish goalkeeper although, with genuine honesty, Kepa says that David is a great goalkeeper.



Sordid tale of the bank ‘that would bribe God’




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 –




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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William Ruto eyes Raila Odinga Nyanza backyard




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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