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Will Wangamati vie on Ford Kenya 2022? – Weekly Citizen




Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati has dispelled rumours doing rounds that he is contemplating ditching Ford Kenya party of Moses Wetang’ula and vie on another party ticket as the 2022 elections draws closer.

“Those spreading rumours that there is a fallout between me and my party leader will be in for a rude shock, I will vie on FK in 2022, take thus to the bank,” he assured the party adherents and supporters.


The county boss denied allegations that he is planning to take over Ford Kenya party from its party leader. Word has it senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka is in talks with Ford-K leader Wetang’ula to defect to the party and go for governorship.

Wangamati is said to not be in good terms with Wetang’ula. Wangamati was elected on Wetang’ula’s popularity and has not performed well as governor. He is more of a technocrat than a politician.

Others say Wetang’ula is under pressure to go for governorship on grounds that in 2013, he silently backed Lusaka and come 2017, he was for Wangamati. Insiders in the senator’s camp say if he runs, then the politics in the county will change dramatically.

“Those spreading such rumours have got a hidden agenda as I’m not interested in being a party leader because I’m contented with my current post and my pledge is better my people’s lives,” Wangamati said.



It has been rumoured that Wangamati is in the process of forming a party known as Democratic Alliance Party of Kenya alongside Devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa, something that the governor has vehemently denied.

“Let me assure my people that I’m in Ford Kenya to stay and let me tell you that I will vie on its ticket come August 2022, and be assured that I will still emerge the winner,” said Wangamati.

He stated that his relationship with the party leader is intact and they are working together to ensure that Ford Kenya is very vibrant.

“As your governor, be assured that my development record will not be comparable, this will be a yard stick towards my reelection bid,” he said.


On development, Wangamati stated that by June 2021, the ongoing dual carriageway road project that will cost the taxpayer a whopping Sh1.4 billion will be complete.

The 6.5 kilometre road from Musikoma junction to Kanduyi market is financed by the county government and will open up the town.

“It will improve the value of property in Bungoma town and it will attract investors. The design will reduce the number of accidents, cure drainage challenges, beautify and change the face of our county,” said Wangamati.



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Traffic police wreak bribe terror at Matiang’i home – Weekly Citizen




Traffic police department in Nyamira South subcounty in Nyamira county have been put on the spotlight for extortion, impunity and failure to enforce the traffic rules and laws in the area .

Incidentally, Interior cabinet secretary who is the boss of police Fred Matiang’i comes from the county where his juniors openly take bribes from motorists and Proboxes that Matiangi had banned from operating as matatus in the whole country. The police do it openly without fear or due regard to the CS.

The narrative doing the round in the county is that any traffic police officer posted to the area kneels down and prays to God reasons being that they have been deployed to the county of manna where they quickly make big fortunes through corruption from the matatu sector industry.

Investigations carried by the Weekly Citizen have also shockingly revealed that traffic police pay their bosses at the headquarters so that they can either be posted to Nyamira or Kisii county where within a short time those who have been posted there make money overnight due to high extortion from the matatu industry.

Following the rampant corruption which has engulfed the matatu sector being perpetuated by the traffic police officers, area matatu owners and operators who did not want to be quoted in fear of being victimised in their business petitioned Matiang’i and the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to come to their rescue.

They told this writer that the traffic department in Nyamira South is not an enforcement force of the traffic rules and laws but go to the road to rob the matatu operators without violence but harassment and intimidation.

The operators demanded for the sacking of all traffic police officers working in Nyamira South, Manga and Nyamira North subcounties whom they termed and labeled as professional extortionists.

Members of the public and local leaders have also joined the matatu operators in condemning corruption syndicate in the matatu sector as some of them have openly witnessed the officers taking bribes with impunity from the matatu drivers and conductors.

The leaders have also put Matiang’i and Mutyambai on the spot for not taking any action against the Nyamira county traffic officers who were abetting corruption and bribery syndicate rings despite information being brought to their attention.

The leaders alluded that the National Intelligence Services officers in the county have evidence to justify that traffic officers are extorting money from boda boda riders and matatus operators with impunity and therefore it is high time action was taken on such errant officers.

Investigations established that since the current base commander officer Margaret Kariuki was posted to the area, corruption and extortion have become worse by the day.


According to reliable sources officers under Kariuki with or without her knowledge are using middlemen to collect bribes from the matatu operators and those who do not give in to Sh400 demand from every matatu per day, have their vehicles impounded, detained and trumped-up charges preferred against them before being arraigned in court.

In fear of this, Weekly Citizen has learnt that the operators have no choice but to dance to her tune by giving in to bribes demands since they do not want to have their business stall and subsequently be victimised.

It is claimed a police officer by the name Pricilla who is stationed at Kariuki’s office is the one mandated to collect bribes from the matatu owners and boda boda riders who land in her office.

“This base commander is wise and intelligent person because she doesn’t want to collect or receive the bribes. She uses her junior police officers and other matatu touts who are her confidants who at the end of the day or month, also receive or get a commission from the bribes collected,” a source claimed. Efforts to reach the traffic boss were fruitless as her phone was busy throughout.

Another police officer who is known to be notorious in taking bribes is a one Kimeli whom the operators say they want investigated because of his current lifestyle. They have also demanded for his from the area arguing that he has overstayed and outlived his usefulness.

It is also said that roadblocks mounted in the area were purely meant to extort money from the matatu operators and passengers who have not observed the traffic rules like fastening their safety belts.

The traffic police officers who are normally stationed at Moitunya, Sironga, Bondeni and Nyangoge take much of their time reading newspapers instead of enforcing the traffic rules.

The leaders who were led by Shem Ongera said that perpetuating corruption at Matiang’i’s backyard is a clear indication that the officers have no respect for Matiang’i.

He demanded that traffic police officers be reshuffled every month and majority of them to be investigated in a bid to establish the source of the money they are swimming in and yet they are not earning anything worth writing home about.

Members of the public who talked to Weekly Citizen said that matatu and Proboxes were carrying excess passengers to recover the money lost through bribes.

A matatu operator who talked to this writer on condition of anonymity said that in Nyamira and Kisii counties, corruption would not be addressed until Jesus comes for His second term.



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Details of Kibicho, Waiguru bitter war – Weekly Citizen




It’s gloves off for two of Uhuru Kenyatta’s most trusted allies – Internal principal secretary Karanja Kibicho and Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru – as they wrestle for political supremacy in the region ahead of the 2022 general election.

Kibicho, by virtue of being the Interior PS is close to the president and communicates with him on daily basis while Waiguru has been close to the head of state since his tenure as deputy prime minister and minister for Finance in the grand coalition government headed by Mwai Kibaki as president and Raila Odinga as prime minister.

Waiguru was then head of governance and the Economic Stimulus Programme at the National Treasury, where Uhuru was her boss.

But Kibicho was the first to be appointed to a senior government position when Kibaki picked him in 2010 to be the permanent secretary in the ministry of Industrialisation.


Prior to his appointment as PS, Kibicho, a mechanical engineer was the head of the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Jomo Kenyatta University College of Agriculture and Technology and had been involved in array of engineering projects with some commissioned by the government.

One of the projects he had done was the evaluation of the pumping capacity of the Mombasa-Nairobi oil pipeline of the Kenya Pipeline Company Limited.

And when Uhuru was elected in 2013, Kibicho was among the three PSs who had served in the Kibaki regime the new president retained.

Those retained were Mutea Iringo as principal secretary, ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Kibicho as Foreign Affairs PS and Micheni Ntiba (Fisheries).

In Uhuru’s first term, Kibicho took a back seat while in contrast, Waiguru, who was then the Devolution cabinet secretary, pulled the strings and indeed fellow CSs used to refer to her behind her back as the defacto prime minister.

But the fall of Waiguru as Devolution CS due to her links with the National Youth Service Sh790 million scandal was a golden opportunity for Kibicho to rise to become the most influential figure in Kirinyaga politics.

Today, Kibicho is easily the most powerful state official in Kenya after the president and Kibicho’s boss, cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i.

Every so often, you hear members of deputy president William Ruto’s Tangatanga political team crying foul.

They talk about state officials whom, they say, are “abusing power, disobeying court orders and frustrating the deputy president”.

On a number of occasions, they have come out openly, to mention Kibicho and Matiang’i.

At one point, last year, they even alleged there was a plot to physically eliminate the deputy president.

But now a new war has exploded pitting Kibicho against Waiguru, two of the president most trusted allies.

It was the PS who ignited the feud when he had unkind words for the Kirinyaga governor after the county chief allegedly declined to transfer a 100-acre parcel of land in Mwea to Kenya Medical Research Institute so that the agency can construct a Sh15 billion health and research facility.

In October last year, Kirinyaga county deputy governor Peter Ndambiri said the reason Waiguru was yet to okay the transfer of land to Kemri was because the institute bluntly refused to enter into an agreement with the governor.

“Kemri is not willing to enter into an agreement with Governor Waiguru’s administration. That is why the title deed of the Wamumu land in Mwea hasn’t been handed over to it,” Ndambiri said while addressing Kirinyaga residents at Riandira Primary School during the 2019 Mashujaa Day celebrations.


“We want to know how our residents will benefit from the project. Kemri must sign an agreement with us if it wants to be given the land document,” he added.


The deputy governor told Kemri that the document will only be released once the agreement was signed.

Ndambiri’s statement came on the back of a suit in court that stopped Kemri from undertaking any development on the 100-acre parcel of land in Mwea.

Kemri said it wanted to build a level five hospital, university, a medical supplies factory and a medical research centre at Wamumu area in Mwea, all valued at Sh15 billion

In late October 2019, Kemri through its lawyer Wilfred Lusi had gone to court seeking to have a September 2019 order stopping it from engaging in construction work on the land lifted.

Lusi told a Kerugoya court that a contractor was already on the ground, but was stopped from going on with the construction of the proposed ultra-modern teaching and referral hospital on the land after a suit was filed at the Environment and Land Court.


The civil suit was filed by one Leonard Kuria, who named Kemri as the first respondent and the Kirinyaga county government as the second respondent.

Kuria through his lawyer, DN Gitonga claimed Kemri did not involve area residents (public participation) as required by the constitution before commencing on the mega project.

Kuria in September 2019 had managed to get orders stopping the Kemri project from going on.

The orders were issued by the Environment and Land Court judge Enock Cherono who ruled that construction could only resume after the matter was heard and determined.

Kibicho has accused Waiguru of sabotaging the project, which, according to him, would immensely benefit the people of Kirinyaga county.

“The governor’s decision to sabotage the project is sheer stupidity that should not be allowed to continue,” Kibicho said while monitoring the progress of development projects in Mwea constituency.

“I am shocked that your governor is opposed to the Kemri project, which will go a long way in boosting the economy of Kirinyaga county. It is stupid and foolish of one to oppose such a viable project that, upon completion, will be very important to the people of the county that she leads,” said Kibicho.

The PS said Kirinyaga county constituents stand to lose big time should the project be channeled to another county.

Kirinyaga county deputy governor was present when Kibicho lashed out at his boss.

The PS even told Ndambiri to “implore upon the person who filed a case in court seeking to stop the Kemri project to withdraw the suit immediately”.

“If that doesn’t happen, then I would advise Kirinyaga county residents to protest, demanding withdrawal of the said case,” said Kibicho.

But Ndambiri, four CECs of Kirinyaga county and the county secretary had earlier been locked out of a meeting chaired by Kibicho as the PS met other government officials in a social hall in Mwea.

When the deputy governor attempted to gain access to the venue of the meeting, he was told to wait outside the hall as the two-hour meeting went on inside the hall.

After the meeting ended, Kibicho is said to have refused to brief Ndambiri and his team on what they had deliberated on.

But Ndambiri told journalists that Kibicho and his team were operating arrogantly in Kirinyaga without involving the county leadership.

“The national and county governments should work harmoniously with each other, and not engage in power struggles that end up hurting the mwananchi,” said Ndambiri.

Speaking after attending a church service at KAG Kanjai in Ndia constituency, Ndambiri said they are negotiating with Kuria who moved to court to stop the construction of the Sh15 billion project to drop the case but warned that Kibicho’s interference may derail the project.

According to Waiguru, Kibicho harbours motives in his spirited push to have Kemri pitch camp in Mwea without observing an MoU with the county government.

“On Kemri, Uhuru Kenyatta required an MoU to be signed so that the interests of Kirinyaga people, who I was elected to represent, are taken into account. Is PS Kibicho now superior to the president? What is his personal interest in the matter?” ranted the governor on Facebook.

“If PS Karanja Kibicho wants to engage in village politics and insults, he can resign and join others in early campaigns. In the meantime, he can concentrate on the difficult task of ensuring internal security, including in the turbulent parts of the country,” added Waiguru.



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Kabete Polytechnic turning into notorious crime scene – Weekly Citizen




Recent events at the Kabete Technical Institute that saw detectives storm the institution drugs and a move by rowdy students to eject worshippers from church have raised security questions.

Some weeks back, DCI detectives made a dramatic arrest of a police imposter who had courageously walked into the institution and arrested a student on allegations that he was peddling narcotic drugs.

DCI George Kinoti

According to the DCI, Daniel Ochieng visited the institution and introduced himself as a police officer posted from Central police division and was on a mission to conduct investigations on crimes within the institution.

The DCI on his social media platform further stated that the 23-year-old police imposter later arrested the said drug peddler and intimidated him with severe police action prompting the victim to negotiate his freedom with a cool Sh30,000.

However the student later reported the extortionist to the police who made arrest and upon subjecting him to body search recovered one roll of bhang, a toy pistol and the cash, according to DCI.

But the drama has left tongues wagging and questions being raised on how and why the said imposter singled out the victim who instantly bribed him with a whooping Sh30, 000 despite being a student.

There is feeling that the officer who turned out to be fake had solid information on his target regarding drug business at the institution, now becoming increasingly synonymous with criminal activities.

Prior to the drugs puzzle, a longstanding cold blood between the college and neighbouring St Joseph Anglican Church degenerated into tragic scenes when rowdy students stormed the church during service to the chagrin of worshippers who were forced to scamper for safety.

The students burned the gate and roughed up worshipers, ending the church service prematurely while there was even more drama when they engaged the police who had moved in to contain the situation, into a running battle for the better part of the day.

The confrontation was sparked by a longstanding land tussle pitting the church against Kabete Technical Institute with both institutions claiming ownership.

It appeared the disgruntled students planned their protests, opting to storm the church on a Sunday when the service was underway to pass their message as opposed to any other day of the week.

According to Rev Wachira Maina, the land in question belongs to the church which had met National Land Commission officials and presented their papers.


However, students from the institution who spoke to the press maintained despite the land being owned by the learning institution, the church has occupied the land for years.

“We have decided to take matters into our hand because the government has failed to intervene in this matter,” said one of the participants in the confrontation.

Property of unknown value was destroyed during the confrontation and efforts to reach principal Charles Akach for comments were fruitless after he failed to respond to our several phone calls and text messages.

Some Kenyans have appealed to the security agents to keenly monitor current happenings at the institution now rapidly turning out to be a crime scene.


Notably the principal was at one time arrested and locked up at Kisumu Central Police Station in November 2005 after he found himself in a constitutional referendum fracas between the Orange and Banana teams that left death and destruction in Kisumu.

During that time he was the deputy principal at Kisumu Polytechnic and when the gate of the institution was brought down by a GSU Landrover acting as a battering ram, he also found himself in trouble when the students were beaten black and blue before he was arrested alongside the students.

Akach joined Kabete National Polytechnic in Septemeber 2016, the same year the institution was elevated from a technical training institute to a fully-fledged national polytechnic.

However his stay at the institution as principal has seen student enrollment rise from 1,650 to over 6,000.

Prior to being posted to Kabete, Akach who is an accountant and academician was the principal of Siaya Institute of Technology.

The trouble principal has found himself at the centre of a contested land whose allocation was authorised by the late president Daniel Moi who was a staunch member of the Anglican Church of Kenya.

Others claim that documentations from the National Land Commission indicate that five acres in Kabete were allocated to ACK St Joseph on instructions of the then president Moi.



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