Benjamin Washiali, Mumias East Member of Parliament and ardent member of Ruto’s Tangatanga faction of Jubilee, who was reported missing on Saturday have been found.
Washiali emerged on Sunday morning in a safe and sound condition.
In a statement to the press, the legislator claimed that he had gone into hiding after learning those police officers were preying on him after the aborted Mumias Political Rally.
Detectives from the Director of Criminal Investigations said that the MP has been resting at a hotel in Kisumu city.
The legislator was reported to have gone missing from his rural home in Shitoto village, in Mumias on Friday night.
His bodyguard and personal assistant had recorded a statement at Shianda Police station accounting that the MP was missing from his house.
His disappearance was made public after a botched Tangatanga political rally that was to be held at Mumias town to address economic issues in the region.
Western Kenya politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto claimed that Washiali had been abducted by organizers of BBI forum.
The Mumias town address was set to counter a Building Bridges Initiative consultative forum held in Bukhungu stadium at neighbouring Kakamega County.
Washiali is among prominent Luhya leaders who are accused of felling Mumias Sugar company. The MP was implicated in the macabre murder of Mumias Sugar company secretary, Ronald Lubya whose death left more questions than answers.
Hon Musalia Mudavadi had told the media that he was in possession of a letter from Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali in which he demands Sh10 million from Mumias Sugar management to boost his re-election during 2017 general elections.
The National Assembly Chief Whip was again recently put on the spot over a video showing him beating up a villager in Mumias, Kakamega County.
The video, whose date we are yet to establish, shows Washiali slapping, punching and kicking an unidentified man along a road in a sugarcane plantation and is ably assisted by his unidentified aides.
A political analyst recently quipped that DP Ruto would have to rethink about the MPs he is associating with, or else he will be irrelevant before 2022.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, January 15, held a lunch meeting a select number of governors at State House, Mombasa.
The president is said to have discussed a number of issues with the governors including; implementation of various projects in their counties and strengthening devolution.
Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria who attended the meeting, stated that the counties and national governments had made elaborate plans on how they would work together.
Further, he added that the two levels of government would work on the implementation of the Big 4 Agenda and sustainable development.
“We knew the president was in Mombasa, hence, we decided to meet him for lunch to mark the end of the Christmas season,” he Iria stated.
Among the over 20 governors present at the meeting include; Charity Ngilu (Kitui) Ann Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Hassan Joho (Mombasa), (Murang’a), Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta) and Amason Kingi (Kilifi).
A close aide to one of the governors intimated that the meeting was exclusive and personal assistants were excluded from the discussions.
A previous report indicated that the president has been at State House, Mombasa, since December 29, 2019.
He has been conducting his official activities from the official residence, including the Cabinet reshuffle, on Tuesday, January 14.
The president has also reportedly conducted high-profile meetings with other senior officials to come up with strategies to streamline government operations.
Some of the leaders that Uhuru has met in the region include Interior CS Matiang’i, Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti and Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji.
Matiang’i has also been in Mombasa alongside his PS, Karanja Kibicho, where they were attending the tenth anniversary of the East African Marine Systems.
On paper, the independence of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary is emphasised, but the reality is the exact antithesis.
Well, the Legislature is a spoilt brat that throws tantrums and holds anybody or institution that points to its myriad foibles to ransom.
That has had a dampening effect on the Judiciary, manifest in the ease with which bail is issued to politicians, their cronies and anybody who has real money. Yet for those who don’t have two cents to rub together, it is a completely different ball game.
Our laws neither serve nor protect the rights and interests of commoners. Rather, they are designed to cow commoners into subservience.
Take the case in which a traffic police officer stops a motorist, finds him carrying stocks for his kiosk on the back seat and, citing an obscure Insurance Act he cannot expound, threatens to arrest the motorist. Challenged to quote the law, he charges the motorist with resisting arrest. Criminals and thieves hide behind defamation laws to stifle the media, civil society and other whistleblowers, yet the Judiciary willingly plays along in the charade.
What irks, however, is the emerging new-normal that is anticipatory bail; one to which politicians are enamoured and find so easy to get from judicial officers. I am yet to hear of anybody outside the political realm, and one who is not immensely rich, being granted anticipatory bail.
Those actions deny Wanjiku (the common citizen) basic rights, including good health, education, employment, food, and shelter, and lead to death
The Constitution and its array of civil rights and liberties were crafted in such a way that if a person believes he or she may be arrested for an offence that is not bailable, he or she may apply to the High Court for anticipatory bail to avoid arrest. It is the practice in many countries, the only difference being that in Kenya, it is susceptible to serious abuse.
The concept behind our version of anticipatory bail is to jam the wheels of justice and to think that judges and magistrates are complicit in this scheme that practically holds this country to ransom is sickening.
We have ended up with a superclass of individuals who can sit back, plan a murder or commit a crime and casually walk over the High Court to secure anticipatory bail after the act.
Chief Justice David Maraga at the Supreme Court on November 4, 2019.
The nonsense that is anticipatory bail is breeding dangerous lawbreakers in society. It is imposing upon society a group of untouchables with enough money and political clout to tie our fates to their indiscretions. These operatives can buy their way out of any situation, yet the laws that should rein them in, have been exploited and turned around to defeat and make nonsense of court system.
Lawyers and judges are the enemies of Kenya. By their deeds, they are the biggest abettors of high profile crime and breakdown in the social order. An indigent, hungry mother steals bananas to feed her hungry kids and gets ten years in jail for her trouble.
Corruption is economic sabotage, that steals funds meant for the greater good of the nation and also leads to denial of fundamental rights and freedoms as envisaged in Chapter 4 of the Constitution.
Some big fish, goaded by an insatiable lust for riches, steals billions of taxpayers’ money; uses the loot to hire lawyers and gets bail.
After years of perfunctory hearings, he is acquitted. The latter have stolen enough money that could have given Kenyans comprehensive free healthcare services and free schooling to aid fight against illiteracy. Such porous legal system will never deliver justice!
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he will not side with evildoers and shamed the Judiciary for failing to convict drug peddlers and those facing corruption charges.
Addressing the nation from State House Mombasa on Tuesday, President Kenyatta cited the recent drug trafficking case involving two Akasha brothers who were sentenced for more than 20 years in the US, President Kenyatta said Kenya’s Judiciary was not taking matters seriously.
The Akasha cases were completed within a year from the time they were extradited.
“I think it’s a shame on our country that we prosecuted a case against drug traffickers in our country and we couldn’t get a prosecution and within a year of them being arraigned in the United States they have been jailed for not less than 25 years that is something that our judiciary should come to terms with,” he said.
President Kenyatta further said he has done his part in the war against corruption, saying the war will be won if the Judiciary starts convicting those charged with corruption.
The government has released Sh300 million for the reconstruction of the impassable Mwiki-Kasarani Road.
This comes following a lengthy engagement between Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and the Kenya Urban Roads Authority acting MD Silas Kinoti on Thursday.
The amount released is part of Sh1.7 billion that the government has set aside to repair 13 kilometers of roads.
During the meeting, Sakaja said a team and machinery have already been sent to the area to make the road accessible as more action follows.
“We have already sent a team and the machinery to Mwiki to make the road passage for now as we prepare for full work,” Sakaja said.
The intervention comes as the strike enters its fourth day in Kasarani as matatu operators plying along the Mwiki route protested the poor state of the road.
Since Monday, matatu operators tired of regular breakdowns from the pathetic road blocked all the routes leading to Thika Superhighway.
Kasarani MP Mercy Wanjiku Gakuya Photo/Courtesy
Residents have been forced to brace the morning rain as they walked long distances to Roysambu where they boarded matatus from other areas.
The Kasarani-Mwiki road’s condition has been the cause of many protests since the days of the defunct city council administration.
The road serves hundreds of thousands of residents living in Kasarani constituency.
The Nairobi county government under Evans Kidero used Sh500 million to repair the road but after only a few months, the residents were back planting bananas in the big potholes in protest.
Governor Mike Sonko’s administration also repaired the road after a protest, but not much changed.
Deputy President William Ruto allegedly held secret talks with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka on Tuesday evening.
But we can now confidently reveal that Ruto, who was in the company of his close ally Oscar Sudi, met Kalonzo at the Khartoum airport.
Kalonzo, a Kenyan envoy in South Sudan, confirmed that he had indeed met the DP but the meeting was purely coincidental. He didn’t reveal what they discussed.
“Nothing pre-planned happened. There was no meeting at all. It is a desperate attempt to say the meeting was pre-planned. The DP was in the company of Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi. Also present at the airport was Kenya’s ambassador Chris Mburu,” Kalonzo told the Standard.
The former Vice President further said that he was just in one of his official duties as the South Sudan envoy when he met Ruto. He claimed that Ruto took a flight to another destination immediately after they met.
But we can confirm that the DP jetted back to Kenya, landing at the Wilson Airport at around 11 AM on Wednesday.
Ruto is a close ally to ousted former Sudan dictator Omar Al Bashir. Al Bashir is currently in prison and there is no chance Ruto would have gone to visit him. We doubt if Ruto would have met someone else in the war torn country.
The DP’s office has remained lip tied on his one day mission in Sudan, only saying that it was a private trip.
There have been several reports in Ukambani that Kalonzo is plotting an alliance with Ruto ahead of the 2022 elections. Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama said he would lead a delegation to Ruto’s office to broker a deal for the Kamba community.
But Kalonzo refuted these claims and said that working with Ruto is like disobeying President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In a different meeting with Kamba leaders at his Yatta Home, Kalonzo said he would be on the side of the President in 2022.
“Where my brother Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta will be in the next election cycle, I will be there with him. We shall be there. There are some who want Kalonzo to get from there and just fall down,” Kalonzo said.
Ruto responded to this declaration by welcoming Kalonzo to Jubilee.
Former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo on Wednesday shredded Deputy President William Ruto to pieces, making a flurry of damning allegations against the deputy Head of State.
A lot has been said about Deputy President William Ruto’s generous church donations. The DP, who has never shied away from his love for the work of God, has built several alters and contributed towards the translation of the Bible to different vernacular languages.
However, fresh details have emerged that might change your perception of the DP’s generosity.
According to former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo, Ruto does not really donate the millions announced after the church fundraisers. For every one million contributed, the church will announce five million.
Why should we trust Jirongo? Because he knows Ruto very well from their time in the Youth for KANU Movement (YK92).
“You go to a church, you give one million but for perception, you tell the pastor to say that you gave him five million,” Jirongo said during an interview with Tonny Gachoka on KTN’s Point Blank.
He said Ruto is so desperate to become President that he is ready to even lie to God as long as he gets what he wants.
On April 23, President Moi suspended the operations of the group YK92, accusing some of its members of tarnishing the image of Kanu and people close to him, according to newspaper reports at the time.
According to the former legislator, he had awarded the 2022 presidential aspirant a contract for supplying 10,000 t-shirts shortly after the 1992 General Election.
Jirongo revealed that Ruto had approached him desperately but after clinching the tender, went ahead to collude with his office storekeepers to deliver just 1,000 t-shirts at a cost of Ksh.1.2 million.
“He did not supply the 10,000, instead, he brought 1,000 t-shirts and repeatedly delivered the same t-shirts 10 times,” an irate Jirongo said.
“I paid him Ksh1.2 million instead of paying for 1,000 t-shirts which would have cost Ksh. 120,000,” he told host Tony Gachoka, who is an avid critic of the DP.
“Ruto is deceptive and disrespectful – he fell out with Moi, Raila, and me. He always falls out with you once he’s used you. That’s not someone you can trust with power,” he said.
In 2016, Jirongo promised to release a dossier linking Ruto to the murder of businessman Jacob Juma which he failed to do.
According to Ruto, Jirongo was just jealous of his (Ruto’s) success, bearing in mind that he was Jirongo’s errand boy.
Nonetheless, the real legacy of YK‘92 remains debatable. But in the larger perspective of political affairs, the group’s enduring legacy is best captured in a personal reflection by Prof. Wanjala of the University of Nairobi, who was a member of the group.
“YK taught me that power is sweet and that people can do anything to get and maintain it. I also learnt that money is a very, very powerful thing if you have it,” he said.