The Anti-Corruption Court will give a ruling on whether three independent medical doctors from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board will examine former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu to establish whether he is sick as claimed by his lawyer.
This was after the prosecution through Joseph Riungu Gitonga made an application accusing Waititu of being disingenuous about his medical condition.
Waititu’s lawyer, John Swaka, asked the court to adjourn the corruption case against the former Kiambu County boss, saying that his client is unwell and admitted to hospital.
But the prosecution cast doubt on the medical record produced in court, saying the names of doctors indicated are not authentic.
The prosecution team said that it will meet the cost of the doctors to examine whether Waititu is lying to the court.
In defense, Swaka told Magistrate Thomas Nzioki that nothing prevents the prosecution from investigating the authenticity of the documents before the court.
“When Waititu was suffering from Covid-19 the court ordered the documents to be investigated and indeed a report was filed in court,” said Swaka
“Waititu has been placed under bed rest. We hoped for an improvement by today. He went for further review on October 24, and the doctors ordered him to be admitted,” said the lawyer
The prosecution also made another application to proceed in the absence of the accused, a move Waititu’s lawyer objected saying it’s the right of the accused to attend the proceedings.
The impeached governor, his wife, and other county officials are facing corruption-related charges over Sh588 million irregular procurement.
Waititu in August told the court he tested positive for Covid-19, prompting the court to adjourn the matter.
On Wednesday, the former Kiambu County chief told the court he is still ill.
His record card from the medical center indicates that when he returned on October 17 for review he complained of chest pains, headache, and dizziness.
Magistrate Nzioki will give his ruling on Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020.
Kenyans were left in stitches after the speech of young lawyer Ashura Michael at the BBI launch held at the Bomas of Kenya.
The advocate, who is both deaf and dumb, made her speech through use of sign language. She left the audience in stitches after asking President Uhuru Kenyatta to marry her since he had announced that he was looking for a second wife.
Ashura also asked Deputy President William Ruto to be their best man at their wedding. She went ahead to ask the Commander in Chief to pay the dowry to opposition chief Raila Amollo Odinga. Her funny speech comes in the backdrop of Uhuru’s speech in Kisumu last week.
The Head of State told the gathering in Kisumu that he would consult the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to allow him to get a second wife from the lakeside city. This announcement seemingly necessitated Ashura’s request. Ashura also called on the political class to create spaces for persons living with disabilities.
She asked County Governors to consider appointing the disabled as their deputies. She also called on additional representative positions for the disadvantaged group.
Nairobi Hospital lost at least Ksh2.2 billion within one year due to mismanagement, a new audit report by Grant Thornton has revealed.
The hospital could not explain the variance of Ksh2.2 billion between its two internal billing systems – Kranium and Navision – in billing and receipts.
“As of December 31, 2019, the total inpatient and outpatient revenue recorded on Kranium for the Financial Year 2019-20 amounted to Ksh12.8 billion.
The total revenue recorded on Navision amounted to Ksh10.6 billion resulting in an unexplained variance of Ksh2.2 billion. This is equivalent to two months’ revenue,” reads the report in part.
Also, it was revealed that some projects had price variation orders amounting to Ksh2.8 billion, which were never discussed during board meetings.
Ksh1.4 was paid out to contractors without proper records, policies, and procedures for some projects.
Grant Thornton also found out that the purchase of a C-arm machine that carries out endoscopy was not done according to procurement rules.
“During the review of suppliers pre-qualification, we noted that some of the service providers did not submit mandatory documents such as completed trade reference forms, latest audited accounts, tax compliance certificates, completed supplier code of ethics and signed an affidavit on bidder litigation history for the last three years,” adds the report.
As of December 2019, the hospital was owed Ksh2.8 billion by 25 debtors, with only one responding and disputing the debt.
“In our view, there is a need to investigate credit balances in-depth and reconstruct the debtors account afresh,” reads the report.
Some debtors had signed agreements amounting to Ksh77.2 million without security, the audit found.
“No guarantee was provided for Ksh98.4 million, which constituted 31 percent of entire cash amounts,” reads the report.
The audit also found several cases of improper staff dismissals which ended up costing the company, conflict of interest in the hiring key staff, unfair and unprocedural pay hikes for select staff, and interference with procurement processes.
One of the staffers, a relative to a former board member, had his salary hiked by the board from Ksh600,000 to Ksh900,000 without consulting the management.
The hospital lost more than Ksh300 million in fallen Imperial Bank.
Sotik Member of Parliament Dominic Koskei has accused Deputy President William Ruto of depleting their resources inferring people in his meetings.
He says It hurts to be taken as robots and clueless sycophants by one William Ruto.
“It’s high time I speak up my mind concerning the way we are being treated and handled by the Hustler-In-Chief.
It’s extremely disappointing and unhealthy to use your own resources to ferry unemployed youth to and from crusade camp without being considered and given a chance to even wave and say hi,” says Koskei.
The Sotik MP further said despite them ferrying people to and from Deputy President’s meetings they are not allowed to even say hi.
“It hurts to be taken as robots and clueless sycophants by one William Ruto. I had offered to work for William Ruto ahead of 2022 but the guy is siphoning and depleting my resources mercilessly.
Meanwhile, mkokoteni and wheelbarrows are also needed in my constituency,” the Sotik legislator added.
The Sotik Member of Parliament who was elected on a Jubilee party ticket is serving his first term as a Member of Parliament.
It’s only time which will tell if the legislator will be elected come 2022 after he had started attacking the Deputy President William Ruto who is perceived as the Rift valley kingpin.
Deputy President William Samoei Ruto will be vying for presidency come 2022 but his bid has been rubbished by the dynasties led by COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli and Jubilee party Vice-Chairman David Murathe terming him as corrupt and that cannot be trusted with the country’s leadership.
Popular Kikuyu Gospel Artist Ben Githae always takes the opportunity with both hands when it comes to politics.
The Tano Tena hitmaker has wowed his fan base after he finally released the much-awaited BBI theme song.
Githae has been a Kikuyu artist for over 20 years but came into the national limelight after he released the 2013 Nusu Mkate song.
Githae campaigned against former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s request where he wanted the coalition government with President Uhuru. His song Nusu Mkate worked wonders with President Uhuru taking part in reciting the song during his campaigns.
In 2017, Ben Githae resurfaced with his popular song Tano Tena. The song was played all over the country popularizing President Uhuru and his Deputy William Ruto. The song lyrics urged Kenyans to vote for Uhuru’s government for their second term.
A week after the BBI report was launched in Kisii, the artist has released another hit song dubbed BBI Ndani. In the song, Githae urges Kenyans to support the Uhuru-Raila handshake by passing the BBI report. He further supports the report for its all-inclusivity.
On his way back to Nairobi after attending a church service in Mathira Constituency at PCEA Tumutumu, President Kenyatta made a stopover to address residents of Mathira Constituency who made a special request to him.
The residents could not hide their joy when at the end of the President’s address, asked him to bring ODM leader Raila Odinga with him in his next visit.
” Na úrehe Baba!”( You bring us Baba), the residents asked the President.
For the better part of the week, Uhuru and Odinga spent time in Nyanza launching various projects as they popularized the BBI report.
In his address, Uhuru asked the people of Mathira Constituency to support the BBI report saying it was not for his own good but that of Kenyans. The Head of State also advised the area residents to engage objectively with BBI saying the process is aimed at securing Kenya’s future as a cohesive and prosperous country.
“BBI is not Uhuru’s but for all Kenyans, it is not good that the economy stops before any electioneering year but should continue to flourish even without election campaigns,” the President urged asking Kenyans to fully read and understand the report.
The President is expected to officially launch the BBI report tomorrow at the BOMAS of Kenya in the presence of ODM leader Raila Odinga and other leaders after receiving it in Kisii this week. It is expected that after the launch, Odinga and the President will embark on a country-wide tour to popularize the report.