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President Kenyatta’s tribute to former leader Daniel Moi

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UHURU KENYATTA

By UHURU KENYATTA
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It is with a heavy heart and a profound sense of personal loss that I make this tribute, in honour of the life of President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, who rested on the early hours of Tuesday February 4, 2020.

Today, as the solemn procession of the late President Moi proceeds through the streets of our Nation’s capital, to lie-in-state at Parliament buildings; we commence the final journey of a great son of Kenya, a cherished brother, a loving father, a mentor to many, a father of our nation, a champion of Pan-Africanism, and the Second President of the Republic of Kenya.

The question that we all should ask ourselves is: “How does one mourn an iconic leader?” A leader who spent almost his entire life in service to our nation, whose story of heroism, sacrifice and service, began in the pre-independence era.

How is a man who achieved so much more than is expected in a lifetime – be celebrated? 

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What would be a befitting send off or national honour for a man who built Kenya, in large part by the works of his hands?

A man who, together with other iconic leaders, helped Shepherd our Country out of the shackles of Colonial Rule; and into the Freedom and Self Determination of our modern independent State.

How else can a grateful Nation celebrate the life of a man whose calm and steady hand reassured a young Nation and her Allies, during the peaceful transition into the Second Administration?

The sun has set on a truly extraordinary man.

A masterful yet thoughtful leader.

A suave yet firm Diplomat.

One who served the nation with dignity and honour.

One whose wisdom and diplomatic finesse kept Kenya, both relevant and neutral, even as the whole world was in the grips of the Cold War.

“A passing cloud” that served with distinction for 24 years. A decisive and courageous Commander-in Chief of formidable achievements, who chose well and always put the country first. 

A balanced leader who during the clamour for multipartisym, on listening to both sides – chose well, setting the stage for national rebirth through the reintroduction of multiparty politics.

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A tactful leader, who during the quest for a new constitutional order, listened and quietly chose what was best for the country.

A visionary leader who, in 2002, when his party – and, I as their candidate – lost the Presidential election, left office with a gracious last word of advice to those who, thereafter, took up the heavy responsibilities he had borne for a quarter of a century.

Today, we to celebrate the life of a patriot who wherever in Kenya he found himself, he would calm fears and raise the hopes of everyone who heard him. 

No part of Kenya was strange to him, and nor were her citizens. Deep in his D.N.A, he understood and prized our culture and national character.

To his last day in office as President, he remained committed and ready to defend Africa and her people. He believed, deeply, that we had the answers to the questions that troubled our continent.

Our Nation is not alone in mourning the passing of President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi. The whole of Africa is mourning with us. We continue to receive messages of sympathy and admiration for the life and service of Mzee Moi from around the world.

We celebrate the life of a teacher for life and a mentor to many – myself included. One whose ingenuity bequeath our Nation many projects.

President Moi was a mortal man, whose works and legacy are immortal. The Republic of Kenya, the community of East Africa and the great continent of Africa, bears his indelible mark, which, I am convinced, will endure long into the future.

May Mzee Moi’s memory live as long as our Republic endures; and may we, to whom he has left the care of the Republic, prove ourselves worthy of his bequest.

We commit Mzee Moi’s Soul to the Almighty God, thanking the Creator for sending to us His Servant, whom after nearly a century of selfless and steadfast service, now rests in His Glory and his well-deserved reward.

God bless you and our beloved Nation – Kenya.

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State to keep Sh18m seized from suspended NLC chief : The Standard

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A former National Lands Commission (NLC) senior official has lost over Sh18 million that was recovered from her house.
Suspended Director of Valuation and Taxation Salome Munubi (pictured), who is facing graft charges, failed to explain the source of the money that had been retrieved from her house by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) sleuths during a search on May 4, 2017.
But the court declined a request by EACC to have her property seized by the State, with the judge saying the agency’s lead investigator, Pius Maithya, had not proven that the wealth was proceeds of crime.
Justice John Onyiego ruled on Wednesday in a case pitting EACC, Ms Munubi, her husband Sostenah Ogero Taracha and alleged daughter, Priscila Nyambura alias Risper Bwari.
The cash – Sh1 million and USD 168,900 (approximately Sh18 million) – was found in one of the homes raided by the EACC as part of investigations into a compensation scheme involving the Standard Gauge Railway project.
“The over Sh18 million recovered from Ms Munubi and Mr Taracha’s house amounts to unexplained assets hence I do hereby direct the same to be forfeited to the government,” reads Justice Onyiego’s judgement.
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Munubi’s husband and purported daughter were also directed to bear the cost of the suit.
The former NLC officer disowned the money found in her house, claiming it belonged to her husband, who is a businessman with a monthly earning of Sh2 million.
Munubi told the court her husband had borrowed the money from his step-daughter.
But during interrogation by EACC sleuths, Nyambura claimed it was part of Sh21 million given to her by her Sudanese step-father to purchase a house for herself and her siblings.
“Accordingly, I am satisfied that EACC has proved its case on a balance of probability against Taracha and Nyambura and judgement is thus entered against them jointly and severally with a determination and finding that the amount of money listed as recovered is unexplained assets,” ruled the judge.
He noted that even though Munubi’s husband and purported daughter were asked to justify acquisition of the said amount before May 4, 2017, the information given was conflicting.
He said further probe went beyond the said date and this was necessitated by the peculiar nature of the case in which parties not targeted originally came into the picture claiming proceeds reasonably suspected to be those of crime or generally money that could not be lawfully accoutered for.
According to Maithya, he and other officers of the commission were tasked to investigate allegations of irregular compensation of land following compulsory acquisition of land along the SGR line by the government through NLC.
“We were in receipt of credible information that Munubi was engaged in corrupt conduct and had amassed assets well beyond her known legitimate sources of income,” Maithya told the court.
He also said they were investigating Munubi over claims of involvement in a case of fictitious acquisition and compensation of four land parcels in Embakasi, Nairobi County, despite falling within the Kenya Railways Reserve and therefore not subject to compulsory acquisition.
The case took a different turn when the investigators probed the millions found in the house. The evidence adduced saw Nyambura interrogated, only to emerge as the in-law of Munubi and the husband, who hails from Murang’a County.
Munubi was then detained alongside her chairman Muhammad Swazuri, chief executive officer Tom Chavangi, Finance Director Francis Mugo and his deputy Ben Cherutich.
Besides the homes, the detectives raided the commission’s offices at ACK Bishops Annex and took away documents and electronics they said were crucial in the investigations.
More officers are under investigation after complaints that some of the payments made were riddled with corruption.
Parliament and the police are also investigating the claims.
On April 17, 2019, Munubi was arrested alongside several other NLC top officials and charged with conspiracy to commit economic crimes and money laundering, among other charges, according to a statement from the Director of Public Prosecutions office.
Swazuri and Munubi were later released on a cash bail of Sh3.5 million.
Evidence gathered by the prosecution showed how fake compensation claims, double payments, overpayments, inflation of land values and payment of people whose land was never on the corridor were used to loot taxpayers’ money.
However, crucial data that was key in the investigations mysteriously disappeared after a break-in at the commission’s offices. Following the burglary, the NLC stated that what got lost was a central processing unit in one of the computers within the Directorate of Valuation and Taxation.

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Always assume everyone is COVID-19 positive: Kagwe » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 10 – The Ministry of Health has urged Kenyans to take extra precautions by adhering to government regulations of social distancing in order to protect themselves from contracting coronavirus.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said everyone, including small-scale traders operating in the open-air markets should always assume that everyone has contracted the virus.

“Just assume that everybody is positive,” the CS told a news conference Thursday.

Kagwe further told Kenyans to be each one’s keeper even as the traders are asked to maintain thorough hygiene when dealing with their clients.

Five more positive cases were confirmed in the country Thursday, raising the total to 184.

“I want to urge Kenyans to take care of themselves and look out for each other as well because this virus is transmitted from one person to another,” the CS added.

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The government has issued a directive on salons, barbershops, vegetable vendors and the Jua kali sector to always put on masks and ensure their clients have done the same as a protective measure.

Kenya has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew nationwide, with travel restrictions to and from counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale which were classified as high risk areas.

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Not wearing a mask will land you in jail, Kagwe warns – KBC

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Not wearing a mask will land you in jail, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe warns

Kenyans risk hefty fines or risk jail term if found not wearing a mask according to the Kenya Gazette Supplement No. 41 signed by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

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The new directive aimed at curbing the further spread of Coronavirus/Covid-19 will see Kenyans found violating the Ministry of Health’s order-pay Ksh 20,000 or risk a jail term not exceeding six months.

“A person who commits an offence under these rules shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both,” read part of the gazette notice.

Citizens found not wearing a mask while using a public or private transport and observing social distance of not less than one metre in public places during the restriction period shall be found guilty.

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“Users of public or private transport and public transport operators shall wear a proper mask that must cover the person’s mouth and nose and also maintain a physical distance of not less than one metre.”

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The new orders from Health CS Mutahi Kagwe will also see organizations business entities, traders or vendors whether in a market or enclosed premises provide at their business location or entrance to their premises, a handwashing station with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer approved for use by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.

According to the new rules, burials or cremations of loved ones who die to Coronavirus/Covid-19 will be carried out within 48 hours from the time of death.

The Government has also limited the attendance at the funeral to fifteen people and at the same time banned night vigils held in relation to a funeral.

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