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Mombasa tycoon in lucrative gas industry – Weekly Citizen

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Mombasa billionaire Jaffer Mohammed is out to control the lucrative gas industry in Kenya, Weekly Citizen has information to the effect.

To control the industry, Jaffer is using intimidation, police and various government agencies involved in the management of gas and cylinders supplies across the country.

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Jaffer’s name is not new in the underworld business dealings. He was one of the key Mombasa tycoons that were known to fund the late president Daniel Arap Moi’s two presidential campaigns in 1992 and 1997.

As a result of his political connections, Jaffer was handed the lucrative business of establishing Grain Bulk Handlers at the port of Mombasa. The firm enjoys the monopoly of handling imported grains at the port including maize.

Back to gas industry wars, Jaffer using his connections in political circles, operates African Gas Oil Limited. The firm imports gas in bulk shipment with storage facilities in Mombasa.

Agol’s main core business is to import gas and dispatch to industry players on wholesale. The wholesalers are then supposed to distribute across the country.

However, Jaffer who now boasts to have divorced deputy president William Ruto camp in Uhuru Kenyatta succession race claims to enjoy support of Raila Odinga.

Raila and Jaffer

It is imperative to note, for years, the Odinga family has had vested interests in the gas industry trading as East African Spectre. The company manufactures liquid petroleum gas cylinders. The Odinga firm started trading as Erection Ltd but later changed to East African Spectre.

Jaffer in order to monopolise the industry has another sister firm Pro- Gas that now deals in retailing gas as Agol wholesales.

Industry players your favourite Weekly Citizen talked to expressed their bitterness that Pro-Gas is favoured thus slowly knocking out other forces in supplies.

Jaffer intimidates every investor in the gas industry as he boasts to have members of Chief Justice David Maraga led Judiciary on his payroll and state security operatives.

One state agency Jaffer family boasts to control is Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Commission.

EPRC Director General is Robert Oimeke. Oimeke when in Mombasa is always spotted with the tycoon’s sons. Omeike boasts to enjoy protection of Internal Security CS Fred Matiang’i. Matiang’i is on Raila side in the handshake deal and is an enemy of Ruto camp. Oimeke in Jaffer’s gas scandal has on side his side Edward Kinyua, director Petroleum and Gas Directorate. Oimeke, a Kisii uses Cyprian Nyakundi, a tribesman and director of enforcement and consumer protection to unleash terror and mayhem on his competitors.

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Our investigations reveal that Nyakundi works with Agol security chief officer, a retired army major, Ole Tulu.

Ole Tulu compiles a list of players in gas industry that he wants premises closed and forwards to Nyakundi. Involving the police, a crackdown is ordered across the country with those arrested as far as Western, Coast, Central and Eastern being driven to Nairobi Parklands Police Station where they are booked.

Epra works for Jaffer’s lucrative investments that enables him have advantage in controlling gas prices, importation and gas intake in Kenya.

In gas cylinders crackdown, those targeted are accused of selling insecure cylinders to members of the public, thus endangering lives. Involved in the crackdown are counterfeit agencies among them Kebs.

But one may ask, why target gas cylinders in the crackdown? According to industry players, Kenya has six million households depending on gas. Key players in the industry Kobil, Total, Shell and Pro-Gas want to trade with own trade mark cylinders while small scale firms in retain want free trade.

Having manipulated to have Energy Act in their favour, the big boys who own the cylinders are slowly knocking out small players.

Oimeke

In the energy Act, if a small player is found retailing gas in cylinders owned by big boys, they are arrested, charged with a fine of Sh10 million if found guilty. They are charged with filling and hoarding gas in illegal cylinders. Other charges involve safety. The act stipulates that safety belongs to brand owner hence the monopoly by big brothers.

With Jaffer family monopolising the gas industry, fear is now that he can decide to create artificial gas shortage that will have a great impact on the economy.

Fear is also that the Kenya government is sleeping on a time bomb as the Jaffer family decides not to sell gas or has the shipment stay in high seas.

Back at Epra, Oimeke kitchen cabinet of Kinyua and Nyakundi is at war with other directors who accuse them of enriching themselves at the expense of streamlining industry operations.

Directors said not to get on well with the cartel are Mueni Mutunga (commission secretary), James Kilonzo, (corporate services), Fredrick Nyang (economic regulation), Joseph Oketch (electricity and renewable), Loise Thuge (chain supply) and Esther Njenga (corporate strategy).

The only woman in the kitchen cabinet is Everlyne Orenge (internal audit) and she said to be powerful and has Omeike ears.

Caught in the wars is Cliff Musyoka who works for Petroleum Institute of East Africa as CEO and who backs Jaffer side who oils his hands every weekend.

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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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List of City Hall cartel under state multi –agencies probe – Weekly Citizen

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The Director General of Nairobi Metropolitan Services Major-General Mohamed Abdalla Badi has launched investigations to unearth how over 50 firms contracted to offer legal, garbage collection and road construction by either the defunct Nairobi City Council or Nairobi County Government operations.
Badi last week met the five Nairobi county executive committee members reporting to him. Weekly Citizen has information that state multi-agencies are set to form a team to pitch tent at City Hall and unearth a cartel doing lucrative deals for decades. Insiders say the team will also bring on board Assets Recovery Authority to profile the cartel properties, how they acquired them and if to be repossessed by making applications in courts.

Abdalla Badi

The cartels are to submit official documents, payments and demanded written explanations on how the firms won the tenders.
For now, to start with, the team has a list of the over 50 firms that have been paid billions of shillings from the county government in suspicious ways. The possibilities of partners/directors staring at criminal prosecution cannot be ruled out if found questionable.
The list contains over 20 law firms that have over the years received over Sh5 billion from either the Nairobi City Council or the Nairobi County government with the help of City Hall legal department.
It is suspected they have been making fictitious claims or strike deals with litigants.
City Hall has over the years been engaging external lawyers with no policy in place to guide the allocation of briefs opening the system to abuse, engagement of firms with inadequate capacity to handle complex briefs and inequitable distribution of work.
Prior to the passage of the 2010 constitution, the town clerk had the sole discretion of choosing law firms and the figure had shot to over 50 that were being paid billions of shillings.
Some of the external lawyers hired by City Hall used to strike deals with the complainants to settle the matter out of court, ending up pocketing millions of shillings at the expense of service delivery.
Curiously, the external lawyers lost over 60pc of the cases they were hired to defend City Hall, as some would not appear in court but would welcome the judgment directing the council or the county government to pay millions of shillings to the litigants.
It is the same case with garbage collectors who are paid billions of shillings yet the city is choking with garbage. Cumulative, the cartel running the garbage collection has pocketed over Sh100 billion in the last 10 years for work not done.
Also on the list are some of the contractors hired to do road projects in Nairobi but ended up pocketing billions of shillings for no work done.
For instance between June 30 2018 and February 28 2019, the county government paid Sh1.1 billion to suppliers and contractors out of which Sh146.4 million was ineligible bills with little or no documentation to support delivery of goods and services. Weekly Citizen has seen the list under probe.
The list shows law firms that are being targeted and reasons behind:

1. Munikah and Company Advocates: The law firms demanded Sh573 million legal fees after it allegedly represented the defunct City Council of Nairobi in suit against the central government in a case related to unpaid land rates. The figure later shot up to Sh847,887,435 million.

2. Koceyo Advocates: The firm was paid Sh87 million by City Hall in questionable circumstances. Lawyer Titus Koceyo, through his the firm was initially to be paid Sh350 million by the Nairobi City County for his services, but somehow agreed to have Sh87 million.

3. Momanyi and Company Associates: The firm was paid Sh85 million without documentary proof of services offered.

4. Wachira, Mburu, Mwangi, and Advocates: The firm received Sh32.3 million in questionable circumstances. One of the advocates later died in mysterious circumstances.

5. Prof Tom Ojienda and Associates: The firm was paid Sh20 million for no work done.

6. Kithi and Company Advocates: The firm got Sh20.4 million without documentation.

7. Musyoka Annan Advocates: The firm was at the centre of a land scheme where City Hall lost over Sh2.7 billion in what seemed to be a well-formulated scheme between City Hall and law firms they hired.

8. Mbugua and Otido Advocates: The firm was also named in the Sh2.7 billion City Hall land scandal.

9. Moronge and Co. Advocates: The first was demanding Sh232,346,704 from City Hall but had no proof of work.

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10. Wanjiru Theuri and Co Advocates: The firm was demanding for legal fees amounting to Sh5.1 billion from Nairobi City County allegedly for services delivered between 2013 and 2017.
11. Muriu Muigai and Co. Advocates: The firm was demanding Sh103,178,845 for services that were not clear.
12. Waweru Gatonye and Co. Advocates: The firm was demanding Sh1,904,932,149 for services.
13. KTK Advocates: The firm was demanding Sh1,133,280,980.
14. Wanjao and Wanjau Advocates: The firm was demanding Sh364,095,000 for services.
15. Kariuki Muigua and Co. Advocates: The firm was demanding Sh299,375,214.
16. Omotii and Company Advocates: The law firm received Sh175 million five months before it could file a case on behalf of the Nairobi City Council. Omotii was one of four lawyers who were at the centre of investigation into the City Hall scandal in which taxpayers lost up to Sh259 million paid out to a network of brokers for the purchase of land which, in the end, was deemed inappropriate for a cemetery.
17. Lawyer Alphonce Mutinda: He was described as the facilitator of the fraud and distributor of money fraudulently obtained in the City Hall cemetery scandal.
18. E.N. Omotii and Company Advocates: The law firm represented City Hall in the HCCC No. 1874 of 1988 George Gikubu Mbuthia Vs City Council of Nairobi with no proof of authority.
19. DB Wati Advocates: The law firm in a letter dated June 6, 2013 presupposed it was on record on behalf of the City Council. But the case was later taken over by Tom Ojienda and Associates Advocates and to date there are no records on what was the outcome of the cases and the money that was paid to Ojienda and Associates Advocates.
20. ON Ojwang and Co Advocates: The firm was paid Sh9,400,000 with no basis established for the payment.
Aside from law firms, investigations will also move on garbage collection where a cartel of ruthless individuals calls the shots. It is to be recalled that in 2014 there was a gunfight between rival gangs over a truckload of garbage that left two dead in Donholm. The second was the stabbing to death of a gang leader in Dandora over the control of the city dumpsite.
Apart from the licensed collectors, the unlicensed collectors make more than Sh5.4 billion annually as they charge Sh500 per housing unit.
Below are some of the firms that are under investigations. The Nairobi county government under Mike Sonko as governor forked out Sh524 million to 14 companies as payment for garbage collection in the city even as the county continued to grapple with increasing mounds of solid waste across the capital with some estates and backstreets choking with trash.
Below are some of the firms that are being probed:
Aende Group: The firm was awarded Sh278 million two-year contract for garbage collection in the city centre with no past experience in waste management. Aende Group admitted that when the firm bid for the tender, it had no prior experience in garbage collection.
Hardi Enterprises: it was also demanding Sh22.6 million for provision of heavy equipment and machinery. The firm directors are currently battling a graft case.
Purlexis Enterprises: It was demanding Sh2.2 million from City Hall despite providing similar services as Hardi.
• Kange Construction
• Yiro Enterprises
• Creative Consolidated System
• J W Mwangi
• Tema Home Care
• Nyawa Agencies
• Felixilease Ltd.
• Vineyard Holdings
• Jackoy Enterprises
• Acacia Equipment
• Yiro Enterprise
• Commodity Waste Management
• Puka Investment
• Purlexis Limited
• Aende Group

In the construction, the firms that are facing probe include:
1. Elite ITS Limited
2. Solid Waste Collectors
3. Reynolds Construction Company (RCC).
4. Nyoro Construction
5. Greyston Construction Company Limited.
6. Dupoto Group Limited
The probe will also move to suppliers in county hospitals, procurement, lands and Medical insurance by AAR.
Uhuru commissioned the Nairobi Metropolitan Service, a new state agency to do functions handed over to the government by the Nairobi city county government.
Badi has Enosh Momanyi as deputy director general of the new state agency.
Uhuru acknowledged that transformation of Nairobi City is a herculean task that requires diligence, commitment and hard work by all stakeholders so as to fulfill aspirations of city residents.
Among the key focus areas outlined by Uhuru for the new agency is the streamlining of urban renewal projects in places such as Jevanjee and Pangani whose implementation has been delayed over the years.
Besides prioritization of regeneration projects, the president tasked Maj Gen Badi and his team to end corruption, and to dismantle cartels which he said are a major hindrance to service delivery in the city.
“As I commission the Nairobi Metropolitan Service here today, I will task them firstly to bring an end to the corruption and dismantle the cartels. This is a tall order, but I pledge that I will ensure that they are fully supported by the government in whatever way possible to achieve this goal,” he said.
Over the next 100 days, the president challenged the new NMS team to among other targets establish the Railway City Development Authority and, streamline issuance of permits and approvals.
“Complaints of corruption and having to pay out bribes to receive permits and approvals have to be a thing of the past,” the president directed.
Further, the head of state directed NMS to work with the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority in fast tracking the implementation of the Nairobi Urban Mobility Plan.
To enhance garbage disposal, the president gave the new agency 100 days to identify and gazette all legal solid waste disposal sites for use by both public and private collection service providers.
On water supply in the city, the President asked NMS to develop clear strategies that will ensure equitable distribution of clean water to Nairobi residents.
“Towards the development of long term, sustainable systems for water and sanitation, NMS should activate, in collaboration with the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, projects that will enhance last mile connectivity for both water and sewer pipelines across the county,” he said.

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