Wednesday December 19, 2018-A vicious war of words have emerged between Interior Coordination Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi and Deputy President William Ruto over multi billion tenders in the Interior Ministry.
For months, Ruto has been pushing for award of multi billion contracts to his associates who have been looting the public coffers dry.
According to an impeccable source who is aware of the ongoing, last week, Ruto called Matiangi and asked him to award a tender for the supply of police uniforms to other people, not just the National Youth Service (NYS).
However, this phone call infuriated Matiangi and he later issued a press conference on Tuesday and said he will not allow cartels to supply police uniforms.
Matiangi insisted that all uniforms will be made by the NYS, as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“The Inspector General of Police, the PS and myself have been under pressure by some quarters, and all manner of thieves, that we should import police uniforms.
"Listen to me very carefully. We will not import police uniforms, go and write another 10 headlines. We will not import police uniforms from any country. We have to promote the local textile industry," Matiang'i said during a presser.
Following the confrontation, Ruto through his spokesman, David Mugonyi dismissed the allegations and termed them as total nonsense.
“We are not aware of these claims and we urge Kenyans to ignore them,” Mugonyi told journalists at his office on Tuesday.
Wednesday December 19,2018-A nefarious scheme by Deputy President William Ruto to have Interior CS , Fred Matiangi ,stoned in Kisumu last week never saw the light of the day after National Intelligence Service (NIS)officers thwarted the attempt and ashamed the organisers.
According to a senior NIS officerwho requested anonymity, the DP , who has fallen out with Matiangi over police uniform tender ,contacted a popular Nyanza governorand told him to hire goons who would heckleMatiangi during President Uhuru Kenyatta ‘s tour of Nyanza.
However, NIS officers informed Matiangi of the foxy plot and the no-nonsense CS gave the tour a wide berth and instead came in the evening to brief the President at the Kisumu State Lodge.
“Their brief was to heckle Matiang'i because of the boda crackdown but Matiang'i avoided the rally and only showed up at the Kisumu State Lodge in the evening,” the officer said.
Ruto and Matiang'i also clashed in February this year after over a multi-billion-shilling tender to supply arms.
Ruto wanted his allies to be given tenders to supply guns to the military but Matiangi insisted that those who will be selected should be ready compete in an open tender process.
Wednesday December 19, 2018 - Deputy President William Ruto has differed sharply with President Uhuru Kenyatta over the looming referendum that is being spearheaded by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Speaking in Lamu yesterday, Ruto trashed the idea of changing the Constitution to suit some political rejects led by Raila.
In a veiled attack at the President, the DP said that he will not allow any form of constitutional amendment to do with political matters saying that the election chapter is closed until 2022.
“We have agreed to unite us leaders from the Government and Opposition to push the development agenda forward by improving roads infrastructure and ensuring more homes are connected to electricity.”
"The issue of who won the election in 2017 is a closed chapter,” Ruto was quoted as saying.
The DP further told politicians getting into political contests to know that they stand to either win or lose and be prepared to accept the result either way.
“Kenya is a democracy and those who lose in elections should not fan ethnic animosity by failing to concede defeat,” he said.
During his Kisumu tour last week, Uhuru promised that his leadership will look into the current Constitution to ensure that election losers feel included.
Wednesday December 19, 2018 - Donald Trump-led US Government has gifted the Office of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations led by George Kinoti for helping them nab the Akasha brothers who were flooding the US with narcotics.
Making the announcement on Tuesday, DEA country attaché, Steven Hummel, gave the DCI office two vans just as a thank you for a good job done.
The US also upgraded Kenya’s Anti-Narcotics Unit to the sensitive investigations unit of its Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
“Following successful interceptions, investigations & arrests of high profile Drug Dealers by the Anti-Narcotics Unit of the DCI, the US Government through’ it’s (DEA) has today announced the upgrade of Formal Vetted Unit(FVU) of Kenya’s ANU to DEA’s Sensitive Investigations Unit,” stated the DCI.
The DCI revealed that the new vans will be used for critical operations by the Anti-Narcotics Unit.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - After watching the one minute video of a skinny guy ‘hammering’ a well endowed lady in a clothing stall, some ladies are asking their boring boyfriends to watch it and learn how to deliver in the bedroom.
This lady realised she has been getting a raw deal from her boyfriend after watching the video and asked the poor guy to up his game.
However, she was not ready for the guy’s response.
The lady had forgotten the old saying that it takes two to tango.
Well, ladies if you need world class action, you have to do your part.
Wednesday December 19, 2018- Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi, has confirmed that three police units will remain in Government houses, despite President Uhuru Kenyatta’s orders that officers should move to civilian settlements.
According to Matiangi, the three units play crucial roles that require fast and coordinated deployments that would not be possible if the officers were scattered.
The three include 6,000 officers from the Border Police Unit, 8,260 from the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unitand 5,000 from theAnti-stock Theft Unit.
“There are certain officers providing critical services who will have to stay in particular places,” Matiangi stated.
“Can you imagine, if, for example, we scattered the Recce, which provides security for the President, and told them to look for houses in places they please?”
“When we need them, where will we look for them?” Matiangi asked.
Otherwise, other police officers are supposed to move out of Government houses latest by February next year and will be given house allowances to facilitate them to live with civilians.
Wednesday December 19, 2018 - Heated political undertones have started to erupt within Jubilee about the consequences of President Uhuru Kenyatta betraying Deputy President William Ruto in 2022.
According to the Jubilee Party lineup, once President Uhuru Kenyatta retires in 2022, Ruto is the automatic heir but recent political machinations have put the son of Samoei in the muddle.
In an interview with KBC on Tuesday, political commentator, Ambrose Weda, noted that Uhuru has no option but to support Ruto’s presidential bid in 2022.
Weda said Uhuru cannot dare go against his initial pledge to back Ruto and he is basing his argument on their pending charges against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
He said that the two can only be safe with one of them in power, and it is unrealistic to expect Uhuru to expose himself to possible prosecution by facilitating Ruto's defeat in 2022.
"The two have a pending case at the ICC and are only safe because they are in the presidency currently. Let's remember that the case was only suspended not thrown out," Weda said.
"It is therefore very wrong to think that Uhuru can turn against Ruto. It is only through Ruto that he can remain safe. It is only Ruto who can save him now that he is approaching retirement," Weda added.
Wednesday December 19, 2018- The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) reportedly made a big blunder in the corruption case against former Kenya Power Directors, Ken Tarus and Ben Chumo, that may bungle the case altogether.
This was exposed by witnesses who testified for the DCI.
According to Linus Ndegwa, an official from the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority, who was contracted to help in the investigations, the DCI directed him to carry out selective investigation which in itself was wrong.
He told the court on Tuesday that although six firms participated in the Sh409 million tender, he was asked by the DCI officers to only focus on one company.
Besides, he never even contacted the accused persons to get their side of the story or was he supplied with all the necessary documents to carry out thorough investigations but relied solely on documents supplied by the DCI in their offices.
And that was not all, Ndegwa never even followed rules governing such an investigation when preparing the report.
Among those charged over fraudulent acquisition of faulty transformers at KPLC are former directors Ken Tarus and Ben Chumo.