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Tribalism, Corruption Paralyses Operations At St Mary’s Hospital –





Assumption Sisters of Nairobi (ASN) nuns are decrying the ongoing corruption and misuse of funds within the St Mary’s Hospital, Lang’ata and the other in Elementaita.

According to insider sources, the problem started a few years back after the court handed over the Sh3 billion St Mary’s Hospital Church to ASN from Father William Charles Fryda.

The protracted legal battle pit Fr Fryda against the Catholic Church for over 5 years.

Reports indicate that the hospital’s seed money was Sh3.9 million donated by America’s Leonard Zetah Trust in 1997 and other donations quickly followed in excess of Sh90 million.

A source within ASN tells Kahawa Tungu that while the land on which the hospital sits belongs to the Catholic Church, the facility is rightfully owned by Fr Fryda.

In 2017 after winning the court case, ASN froze accounts held by St Mary’s Hospital and through their lawyer, Wanja Wambugu had the accounts active within no time. The signatories were assigned by the Superior General and the lawyer.

Financial Mismanagement

Two years down the line, the Superior General has withdrawn huge amounts of money from the facility’s coffers. So far the Superior General has irregularly withdrawn Sh145 million from various bank accounts held by the hospital.

The source notes that the monies came from accounts in GT Bank and Prime Bank.

Apart from the money, the Superior General liquidated government bonds worth Sh12 million and through the Finance Manager Anthony Masaku received a further Sh12 to 14 million by June 2018.

The monies were apparently not used in the development of the facility that is supposed to be serving thousands of poor patients.

The funds, Kahawa Tungu was told were shared amongst the Superior General, an auctioneer identified as Zacharia Baraza, head of the Catholic Church in Kenya Cardinal John Njue and the Police spokesperson Charles Owino.

Mr owino, the source added ensured that Fr Fryda was not an impediment during the wrangle.

Sister Bernadette Ndele Munyao who took over the leadership of the ASN nuns in 2015 is said to have delivered the money in cash to Cardinal Njue.

Currently, the advocate Wambugu and the Superior General are chasing some money from the Medical Mission Trust which belongs to Fr Fryda.

There has been talk of fraudulent payments within the organization whereby after winning the High Court case, lawyer Wambugu presented ASN with a Sh120 million invoice while the auctioneer, Baraza asked for Sh15 million. He has however received in excess of Sh55 million, Kahawa Tungu understands.

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Those privy to the details indicate that while the money was withdrawn in the full knowledge of the trustees, only those hailing from the Kamba community knew about the irregular payments and withdrawals.

The two from the Mt Kenya region have been identified as Sisters Anne Waruguru and Irene Kariuki.

Demonstrating how the tribal card is played, our source noted that the St Mary’s Manager is Sr Petronella Mueni who replaced a Mr Audi.

The reception manager has been identified as Marianna Mwikali who took over from Zipporah Wawira while the Chief Nurse post in Elementaita was handed to Sr Matilda Kavinya. Her post was previously held by Ruth Opiyo.

In Langa’ta for example, Sr Jane Wanjiku Chege, a highly qualified Nurse and a Lecturer at Regina Pacis University College, was best suited to be the Chief Nurse in Lang’ata, despite ASN nuns recommendations, the Superior General decided to go for Sr Constantine Chepchirchir Bett who apparently has no qualifications to hold the position.

Sr Constantine came from Assumption Sisters of Eldoret where she was discontinued because of her behavior. Word reaching Kahawa Tungu indicates that she leaves the convent on Friday afternoons and comes back either on Sunday night or Monday morning sometimes wreaking of alcohol.

She recently shocked the ASN nuns when she claimed she had been bewitched by a Sr Petronella.

“Sr Constantine is a real embarrassment to the Assumptions Sisters of Nairobi but being a confidant of Superior General and possibly in the same cult, we have less to say. She is a blood sister to Fr Luke Bett of Dominican Fathers who was recently involved in a sex scandal of all times,” our source added.

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Criminal Activities

The auctioneer of questionable integrity Mr Baraza is allegedly a well-known criminal auctioneer who enjoys immense protection from senior security operatives in Nairobi.

He recently had his bank accounts frozen due to the Sh468 million National Youth Service (NYS) saga. He is also said to have swindled money from Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s elder brother Abubakar Joho.

He has also been accused of issuing bouncing cheques to MOFA Security firm for Services offered to St Mary’s Mission Hospitals during transition of management. MOFA is now moving to Court enjoining the Hospital in the suit.

Our source also indicates that Baraza refused to pay a Cleaning Company for services offered to St Mary’s Mission Hospitals. The owner, Mr Sangira has vowed to follow up on the case.

Langata police have also recently indicated that he (Baraza) refused to pay them over Sh300,000 for the services that they provided during the Hospital take-over from Fr Fryda.

The ASN nuns now want DCI George Kinoti and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji to look into the allegations that have left the hospital in a sorry state.

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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




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