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Naivas mourns as Monicah Wanjiru, wife of ex-chairman, dies

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Monicah Wanjiru, wife of the late Naivas chairman Simon Mukuha, has succumbed to cancer at the Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi, aged 58.

Wanjiru’s death comes barely three weeks after burial of her husband at Lang’ata Cemetery in Nairobi on August 29.

Sources on Tuesday told the Nation that Wanjiru has had a long-drawn battle with cancer, a fight that saw Mukuha take her to India for medication.

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However, the cancer was found to be at an advanced stage and the doctors advised that she be put under palliative care back home.

She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Aga Khan two weeks ago after he condition worsened, according to Naivas Managing Director David Kimani.

Mr Kimani said Wanjiru will be laid to rest on Thursday at Lang’ata, next to her husband’s grave.

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Mount Kenya University bids farewell to its founding VC Prof. Stanley Waudo

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Mount Kenya University (MKU) has bid farewell to its founding Vice chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo after serving at the institution for the last 11 years.

Prof. Waudo joined MKU in May 2008 when he left Kenyatta University to become the pioneer vice-chancellor of the newly founded institution in Thika.

Prior to joining Kenyatta University, he worked as a graduate assistant at Iowa State University in the US while doing his masters and doctorate degrees from 1980 to 1984.

Giving their remarks to the outgoing VC,leaders who spoke at the ceremony praised Waudo for his efforts in steering the university from a mere Technical college in Thika to a greater University in East Africa.

The university council chairman Prof. David Serem and the acting VC Prof. Peter Wanderi applauded Prof. Waudo as man with a vision, humble and a dedicated Kenyan.

The university’s founder Dr. Simon Gicharu recalled his early moments with Prof. Waudo and how he steered MKU from the time the university was granted a letter of interim authority in 2008 by the Commission for University Education.

In his remarks after 11 years as VC, Prof. Waudo listed major growth in student population, creation of campuses, infrastructural development and improved quality of education as some of his achievements.

He cited the establishment of seven campuses and four teaching centres across the country, all approved by the Commission for University Education (CUE) as major milestones.

The academician said MKU has sent to the job market 95,880 graduates, adding that the university has been a leading employer, with a current workforce of 1,009 teaching, non-teaching, technical and library staff. The university started off with 120 staff.

He holds a PhD in plant pathology and nematology, and joined Kenyatta University in 1985 when he started off as a lecturer and rose through the ranks to a full professor.

During the event, the university launched college of graduate studies and research which will coordinate research driven graduate training, innovation activities and outreach activities.

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Mount Kenya University has also commenced the process of clearing arrears that it owes to all part time lecturers who teaches at the University. The accrued arrears which run into million will be paid in bits for the different schools where the management intends to clear by june 2020.

Speaking during the ceremony, Gicharu said the move is aimed at clearing the debt as part of streamlining operations at the university.

So far the Ksh.200 million has been set aside to pay the first bunch of part time lecturers who taught at different schools,some will be paid upto December this year while the rest will be paid in three phases until June next year.

The founder indicated that the arrears were accrued due to fall in revenue after reforms by Dr. Fred Matiang’i, who was at that time the Education CS, which saw reduction in the number of students that the university admitted.




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11 people among them former board members of the Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency are set to appear before the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Monday over graft in the 38 billion shillings Itare Dam project.

Among those summoned to appear before detectives is Miss Lydia Ntimama, daughter of former Cabinet Minister William ole Ntimama and several other senior government officials.

Detectives from the directorate of criminal investigations now summoning 11 individuals who will be expected to record their statements on Monday.

Among those summoned to report to the DCI Headquarters Serious Crime Block B without fail include.

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Christine Ndoigo, David Kinuthia, Chesaina Bartonjo, Julius Lamaoni, Nemuel Machuki, Ewoi Lochom and Samuel Kaaleng, all former board members of the Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency.

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Others under probe are Engineer FK Kyengo, Barrack Amolo and David Yatich who are all officials in the Ministry of Water and Sanitation.

The latest development comes just days after Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui was grilled by the DCI over the multi-billion shillings dam project in the Rift Valley.

Itare Dam, a flagship Jubilee administration water supply projects under Vision 2030, was supposed to yield 100,000 cubic metres of water per day. Taxpayers have paid 11 billion shillings for the project, which stalled at just 30 per cent.

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DCI summons 11 over Sh38bn Itare Dam scam

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has summoned 11 people among them former directors of Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency ( RVWWDA) over graft in Sh38bn Itare Dam project.

Among those summoned to appear at the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road on Monday to record statements over the multi-billion dam scam is Ms Lydia Ntimama, daughter of former Cabinet minister William ole Ntimama and several senior government officials.

In a statement released on Sunday afternoon, the DCI said: “The DCI is currently investigating allegations into the misappropriation of public funds in the construction of the Itare Dam. We have summoned the individuals to record statements on December 16.”  

“The following listed suspects who are connected with the ongoing investigations are hereby compelled to report to the DCI Headquarters Serious Crime Block B on Monday December 16, 2019 without fail,” the statement added.

Among those summoned include Christine Ndoigo, Chesaina Bartonjo, David Kinuthia, Julius Lamaoni, Nemuel Machuki, Ewoi Lochom, Samuel Kaaleng, all former directors of the Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency.

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Others under probe are Engineer FK Kyengo, Barrack Amolo and David Yatich, all government officials in the Ministry of Water and Sanitation.

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This comes a week after Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui was grilled by the DCI over the failed multi-billion dam projects in the Rift Valley.

According to sources, the questions mostly dwelt on advance payments made to broke Italian firm CMC di Ravenna by the Water ministry, even when it was clear that the contractor was already having problems delivering the Kimwarer and Arror dam projects. Ms Ndoigo, confirmed to the Nation that she had received the DCI summon.

“I have received the DCI summon and l am already on my way to Nairobi to record my statement tomorrow,” she said.

Itare Dam, a flagship Jubilee administration water supply projects under Vision 2030, was supposed to yield 100,000 cubic metres of water per day.

Italian company, CMC di Ravenna, that was constructing the dam filed for bankruptcy in a court in Ravenna, Italy. The construction of the project that was to be completed in 2021.

According to the RVWWDA, the construction of mega dam projected to end the perennial problem of water shortage in the South Rift region by serving a population of 1 million people in Kuresoi, Molo, Njoro, Rongai and Nakuru Town, Kericho and Baringo counties.

On July 15, 2015, the National Treasury signed a loan agreement with Italian financiers BNP Paribas Fortis and Intesa Sanpaolo for the project’s funding.

Taxpayers have paid Sh11 billion for the project, which stalled at just 30 per cent.

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