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KRA arrests:Hidden facts emerge – Weekly Citizen

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The decision by the Kenya Revenue Authority board to recall Commissioner General John Njiraini form retirement  to manage the crisis after the agency was rocked by one of the biggest corruption scandals to hit a state corporation has left many kenyans guessing.

There are claims that James Mburu , KRA commissioner for intelligence and strategic operations and a close ally of the outgoing commissioner general is behind the arrests of his colleagues as he schemes to succeed Njiraini.

Commissioner General John Njiraini

“This whole issue is about who will replace Njiraini. Some senior officials want to be seen as performers. They have choreographed the arrests of their juniors so that they can be seen as suitable candidates to replace the outgoing commissioner general,” a businessman was quoted saying in a local daily.
The move to recall Njiraini came in wake of arrest and arraignment of about 70 employees in court over tax evasion allegations.
Njiraini, who was serving his terminal leave, was recalled by KRA board chairman Francis Muthaura who argued they have confidence in him and his management team.
However, some of the staff argues that their colleagues captured in the raids are pawns in a bigger game to cleanse Njiraini and his sidekicks over wanton looting at the state body.
But the Directorate of Criminal Investigation has widened the investigations scope by inviting all those with information about scandals at KRA to present them.
Among those invited to shed more light on the corruption claims at KRA is blogger Robert Alai.
In statement on its social media page, DCI asked Alai to appear at the office to disclose what he knows about the alleged scandal. The DCI promised not to disclose the information he will reveal to them.
But some staff at KRA are blaming Njiraini over the state’s body failure to meet revenue target, arguing he is shifting the blame to junior officers to mask his failures.

KRA Board chairman Francis Muthaura

They claim that over the years, the outgoing commissioner general has consistently lied to the executive about revenue targets while sabotaging Uhuru Kenyatta by enhancing porous systems and inflating costs of the systems.
Currently, they argue that KRA has more investigative systems than revenue collection systems which defeat the purpose of revenue collection.
The staff, in a memo availed to us, claim Njiraini has created an illegal department in KRA, the very first in the world that focuses exclusively in investigating its own staff usurping the powers of the DCI, DPP, EACC and NIS.
The department, they claim, purports to collect intelligence on staff and rogue traders, the latter being the role that is meant to be played by the investigations department which has police officers seconded to it and the market surveillance unit within the DTD department.
They term the current head of the ISO department as a career failure, who has been moved from one department to another by his godfathers due to his incompetence and propensity to bungle even the simplest of cases.
The staff pointed out the case of businessman Humphrey Kariuki whose premises were raided but the matter appears to have come to a halt.
They further argue that Mburu’s life achievement is the number of staff he has sent home on fickle grounds of being unethical.
“It is interesting that any work being done at KRA currently has to be shadowed by Mburu’s people. It is also imperative to note that his department is made up of 90pc from one tribe,” they state.
The staff said the day of reckoning is fast approaching as they have vowed to lift the lid on all corrupt dealings of their bosses starting from the outgoing commissioner general.
“Information including taxpayer data, WhatsApp screenshots of instructions, telephone recorded messages and confidential data of senior managers has been leaked to us to release in the eventuality more staff are targeted in the current crackdown that seems to be favouring those aligned with the outgoing CG,” the say in the letter.

Dr. Edward Karanja KRA.

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The staff claims they will expose the spies hired by Mburu, Kagira and Edward Karanja.
We have also obtained a full list of all staff employed by the authority since 1995, their ethnic affiliations, how they came in and who recommended them. A quick glance at the list indicates a powder keg of cataclysmic proportions. From that list and information corroborated from the registrar of persons, KRA has employed a record 1215 workers over time from a single village,” the staff claimed.
The staff claim that a day before the arrests, Mburu asked for Sh5 million from the general vote of which he signed for Sh1 million and the other Sh4 million signed for by Saidimu to facilitate the raids.
Some staff, according to the memo, were earlier warned by officers at Mburu’s office of the impeding operation and parted with money to facilitate their freedom.
The staff claim Mburu has been finishing nonKikuyus in management positions in KRA.
They add that he “irregularly rose from a mere officer five years ago to the rank of commissioner simply because he is Njiraini stooge. Mburu also faced a court case challenging his appointment as commissioner.
“Mburu has been sacking officers in KRA and boasts of close connections with State House. He has been protecting one Karanja of investigations and Kaguru of customs from facing corruption and abuse of office charges. Mburu receives hefty bribes from Kaguru and Mike Njeru in Mombasa to allow them operate with impunity,” they stated in a past memo.
Interestingly, Njiraini was recalled at a time KRA had advertised the position of the commissioner general.
Njiraini took office in March 4 2012 but has had his tenure extended haphazardly.Under his watch are shocking scandals at KRA.
For instance on August 2018, detectives from the DCI were following a lead where KRA employees had stolen over Sh100 billion in just six months.
The tax evasion racket that happened at the Port of Mombasa saw rogue KRA staff collude with unscrupulous traders to facilitate false declarations to deny the taxman requisite taxes such as import duty. They also allowed in counterfeits in exchange for kickbacks.
Other agencies such as the Kenya Ports Authority and Kenya Bureau of Standards were also in the mix.
Another scandal involved implementation of the Excisable Goods Management System (EGMS) which was given to a Swiss firm SICPA Securities Solutions.
This arrangement meant that consumers would pay more for imported goods while the SICPA management smiles all the way to the bank.
SICPA was to get Sh1.5b which was to be added to the excise tax on bottled water and juice, to be shouldered by the consumers. This was a Sh17 billion contract.
This was however suspended indefinitely in July 2018, after Consumers Federation of Kenya and some MPs opposed the move.
Another scandal is the shocking British American Tobacco (BAT) bribery scandal.
BAT would bribe KRA officials to disclose tax returns of its competitor Mastermind Tobacco so that they can increase Mastermind’s tax burden.

Former KRA commissioner-general Michael Waweru

When he eventually leaves office, Njiraini will perhaps look behind his time as commissioner general at Kenya Revenue Authority and feel proud.
But to Kenyans, he will go down in history as the man who never met revenue targets set for him by the Treasury throughout his tenure as the country’s chief tax collector.
His tenure will be contrasted with that of his predecessor Michael Waweru, who surpassed all targets so much so that then president Mwai Kibaki rewarded him with a three-year extension.
Njiraini is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate of the University of Nairobi. He did his master’s at the same institution between 1985 and 1987.
He served as the chief executive officer at Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya between 1996 and 2006 before he joined KRA in February of that year as commissioner for domestic taxes and large taxpayers office.
He held the position up to February 2012 when he was promoted to the helm of the institution.
A native of Kiamaina village on the foothills of Mt Kenya, Kirinyaga Central constituency, Kirinyaga county, Njiraini will leave KRA reeling in serious revenue shortfalls.

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How sick Catholic priest gave sacrament – Weekly Citizen

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When Catholic priest Father Richard Oduor decided to preside over a burial ceremony on March 14 2020 in Ugunja subcounty, Siaya county little did he know the national heat it was bound to generate.
For now, mourners numbering to 148 have been tracked and placed under isolation.
The priest attended a relative’s funeral in Ambira area and served the Holy Communion to mourners and held talks with a priest friend in Sega.
Fathers Bosco Kamau and Anthony-Mario Egbunonu from the Utawala Parish interacted with him.
A press statement by Nairobi Utawala parish reads in part, “We allowed him back on condition he would self-quarantine for 14 days. On his arrival on Monday, March 16, we immediately took him to a room at the back of the parish compound, formerly a store, and isolated him there. We never allowed him to say any mass in the Holy Family parish or the Outstation of St Patrick’s a Mavoko,” the parish said in a statement..
“On Saturday, March 21, after fever and vomiting, Fr Richard was taken to Mbagathi Hospital where yesterday we were informed that he tested positive for Covid-19,” the statement said.
Father Oduor has taken responsibility for his actions and is informing the authorities of all the people he met, the parish said.
A multi-agency team, comprising health workers, and national government administrative officers have since been dispatched to track the contacts of a Catholic priest.
At the same time, three people have been put on forced quarantine at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu after they failed to observe self-quarantine regulations for Kenyans jetting back into the country.

Fr Richard Oduor

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The three who jetted into the country from Dubai on March 16, 17 and 20 respectively travelled by public means from Nairobi to Migori and Kisii respectively to renew their passports. The burial has left many residents in counties of Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Busia, Vihiga, Kakamega and Nairobi worried. In Kisumu, the priest spends several hours at Kisumu hotel. Already, many of the staff at Kisumu hotel are living in fear after four other colleagues that closely interacted with Father Oduor were placed under mandatory self-quarantine.
Fr Oduor according to his passport travelled from Rome-Italy entering Kenya via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on March 12 2020.
At JKIA, his temperature after test was found to be normal. A source close to Fr Oduor revealed to your favourite Weekly Citizen, the result made him sigh with relief as he was worried after having been in coronavirus hotbed Italy.
The results were a blessing to Oduor who immediately decided to embark on his mission in the country. What he failed to understand was the fact that despite his temperature results at JKIA showing normality, he was required to undergo a 14-days mandatory self quarantine.
Weekly Citizen has information, the state’s main concern has been, once one arrives in the country and is tested normal temperature at any entry point; they tend to forego the 14 days self-quarantine mandatory.
The cases have been profiled across the country. Apart from Fr Oduor, a nun in Makueni who travelled from Spain was forcibly isolated after she failed to self-quarantine herself.
She arrived on March 18 at JKIA and was received by her father, mother and two sisters. With her also was a Machakos nurse.
After a tipoff by members of public, the state administrators forced her into self-quarantine. Due to her interaction, 37 people have been placed under forced quarantine in Makueni.
Another case is that of Samson Rutto, a Kenyan athlete. He was forced out of a public service vehicle at Mau Summit, Nakuru county. Crime, he had landed at JKIA on March 22, screened and decided to travel to Eldoret, Uasin Gishu.
Passengers’ concern was that, Rutto was boasting of his trip to India and back with someone on mobile phone. He was arrested and quarantined at Nakuru Institute.
Then we have Kilifi deputy governor saga. The office of Kilifi deputy is a cursed one so they say. In December 2018, former deputy governor Kennety Kombo was shot dead by gunmen at his Nyali residence in Mombasa.
This time round, the current deputy is in the news. Gideon Saburi was forced to undergo quarantine after testing positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Rev. Father Richard Oduor (second right) with fellow priests

After his return from Germany, Saburi decided to endanger other people’s lives. He engaged his boss governor Amason Kingi and conducted official county duties.
With the disease, Saburi visited Cafesserie joint, located at City Mall, Mombasa and was with county officials at Rabai, Kilifi and attended funeral at Dandora in Kamba-Ribe ward.
Then we have the case of 19- year-old student who flew from Switzerland landing at JKIA.
Using Fly540 he laned at Kisumu International Airport and then decided to use a PSV to Mumias.
Feeling sick, he checked into St Mary’s Hospital Mumias and then to Bungoma Life-Care Hospital.
He was at Bungoma Hospital with relatives. He was transferred to Mbagathi Hospital and tested positive.

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Panic as Kenyan MP Mwamkale tests positve corona virus – Weekly Citizen

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Panic has gripped National Assembly with 38 MPs and a number of Parliamentary Service Commission staff being ordered to self isolation after they came in contact with Rabai MP Kamoti Mwamkale.The mp has tested positive for covid-19.

Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai, has submitted the MPs’ names to the Health ministry for testing, and wants them quarantined for 14 days.

Kamoti

“We asked all the Members, especially Members of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and the Delegated Legislation Committee, who interacted with Hon Kamoti to go for self–isolation,” the clerk has said.

Parliamentary reports indicate, the MP attended meetings of the two committees. Sialai, however, said none of the MPs had shown any symptoms of Covid-19.Further, MPs who attended the burial of Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori on March 9 will undergo after close contact with Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi who is undergoing treatment for the disease. Saburi is positive.

Funyula MP Wilberforce Oudo, a Member of the Delegated Legislation commit-tee, confirmed that he had been on self-quarantine as a precautionary measure following reports that one of their col-leagues had tested positive.“I have been on self-isolation since March 17, today marks the 14th day. I have not developed any symptoms of the corona virus. I am well,” Oudo said.

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The two committees with a combined membership of 38, held a joint sitting on March 17 in the presence of Kamote, who is a member of the Justice and Legal Affairs team.

Makueni MP Dan Maanzo, who is a Member of the Delegated Legislation Committee, confirmed that he had been called by officials of the Ministry of Health who asked him to self-isolate.“Fortunately I did not attend that particular meeting. I responded to all the questions concerning my health but told them I did not interact with Kamoti,” said Maanzo.

Waihenya Ndirangu (Roysambu) mp although committee member, did not attend the meeting. According to Ndirangu, the situation could be deadly had Kamoti sat through the meeting. According to Ndirangu, luckily Kamoti came in the meeting late and found those present winding up.

Baringo North MP William Cheptumo is the chairman of Justice and Legal Affairs Committee with Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Shollei in charge of Delegated Legislation committee. Kamoti, who is the first mp to to test positive, after enjoying time with Kilifi Deputy Governor Saburi.

Mps who attended Dori burial are Senators Mohammed Faki (Mombasa), Issa Juma Boy (Kwale), MPs Ali Mbogo (Kisauni), Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Benjamin Tayari (Kinango) and Kassim Tandaza (Matuga). National Assembly Leader of Minority John Mbadi and ODM secretary General Edwin Sifuna.

Kamoti tested positive for corona virus at Premier Hospital, in Nyali Mombasa where he had been forced to quarantine after coming into contact with Saburi who is at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi.

 

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NIS secret report on Mmust management crisis – Weekly Citizen

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The decision by government to name a new team to manage Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology council was based on debriefs by state security agencies.
The appointments were done via a gazette notice signed by Education cabinet secretary George Magoha
recently.
The new council members are under strict instructions to fill top management slots at Mmust that
have no substantive office bearers.

Prof Asenath Sigot

Prof Asenath Sigot, the current vice chancellor is acting. A secret report by National Intelligence
Services on state of affairs at Mmust seen by Weekly Citizen has linked tribalism, more-so the Luhya factor as being the major headache. Blamed are union officials who instead of fighting for their members’ rights engage in pushing for tribal appointments for top varsity management.
The report further reveals that the fights even trickle down to Luhya subtribes of Abakakamega,
Babukusu, Bavihiga all out to run the institution.
The former late VC Fredrick Otieno, despite being a Luhya from Mumias, according to the report was
thought to be a Luo due to his name.

The late Fredrick Otieno

He died due to pressure and frustration and was buried at Riat Hills in Kisumu county where he had bought land in the location as any Kenyan can do. Family members say, if Otieno had opted to ply his trade in South Africa where the family is, he would still be alive.
To perfect witch-hunting activities according to NIS report, a section of the staff claim to be whistle blowers by involving Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission, DCI and other state agencies including courts creating panic and fear in management.
VC Sigot’s three deputies have been acting for more than a year. Patrick Ojera is acting DVC, Administration and Finance. Bernadette Sabuni acting DVC Academic and Students affairs and Charles Mutai, acting DVC Research and Innovation. Vincent Chibini is acting librarian.

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Patrick Ojera

The NIS report also reveals tribalism being rampant at the institution departments and top offices. Deans and chairpersons of departments are holding positions in acting capacities.
The report calls for dismantling of tribalism at the management apex including, offices of VCs, composition of university council members and election of union officials based on articulation of members’ rights but not tribal demi-gods.
Jane Mutua has been named the council chairperson for a period of three years. Other council members who have been appointed include Consumer Federation of Kenya secretary general Stephen Mutoro, Connie Mogaka, Joshua Ogango and Gad Kiragu. Only Mutoro who ran for Bungoma governorship race 2017 on ANC ticket is a Luhya. Mutoro’s name has featured prominently in management wars at University of Nairobi as consumer body filed cases challenging leadership appointments.
“The cabinet secretary of Education appoints Dr Mutua as the chairperson of the council for a period of three years with effect from March 10 2020,” read part of the gazette notice.
Mutua was the chairperson of Pwani University council. She succeeds Jeremy Bundi, whose term
ended on March 10 and who was at war with the late Prof Otieno. Mutua was named to the position by former Education cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed, but Labour Relations and Industrial
Court revoked her appointment after the Kenya University Staff Union argued that the appointment was
unprocedural.
The new council has been tasked with overseeing a leadership transition at the institution, where
most of the management positions are occupied by individuals in an acting capacity.
Workers at the institution have been threatening to down their tools if Magoha does not appoint VC and
deputies.
Kenya Universities Staff Union, Masinde Muliro chapter argues that the vacancies are affecting implementation of key projects.
The process of appointing a new VC to replace the late Otieno hit a snag after one of the candidates moved to court to challenge the decision by the Public Service Commission to drop his name from those shortlisted for interviews for the position.
Kusu officials are secretary Ronald Wamalwa and chairman Onzere Mulongo all Luhyas.

Going by the report, an outsider is bound to land the VC slot for harmony.

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