Friday December 21, 2018 - Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji, has hinted that come next year, many influential people will be brought down as a result of corruption.
According to Haji, nearly all the 21 Ministries in Kenya are under active investigations for massive financial mess and mismanagement.
“Potentially, we are investigating each and every ministry.”
“They all have issues.”
“It's the whole Government...I am not saying they all have a problem, but there are complaints from almost all ministries.”
“We are looking at each and every complaint or whistle-blowing.”
“We take nothing for granted," said Haji.
Among those being targeted by the DPP are those in the Education Ministry, who purchased the scandalous textbooks worth billions of shillings, Treasury's e-Citizen platform and the Interior Ministry's acquisition of houses for senior Government officers.
The DPP also expressed concern with the level of corruption in the country.
“It is pretty bad.”
“We are not talking about people taking 10 per cent.”
“We are talking about cases where 100 per cent is lost and there is absolutely nothing to show for it," he commented.
Friday December 21, 2018 -A Kenya Defence Forces soldier was allegedly detained, stripped and tortured by South Sudan People’s Defence Forces while in the course of duty on Tuesday.
According to sources, Major Chemjor was among South Sudan’s peace monitors before he was captured on Tuesday as he and his colleagues attempted to access a military training centre, to investigate an alleged violation of the peace deal in the country.
During their four hour detention, the team was blindfolded, handcuffed, stripped naked and physically assaulted.
Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau has condemned the incident and called for serious action against the culprits.
"We are shocked and appalled at the reports that we are getting.”
“We are still investigating the matter to determine the integrity of the information that we have received," Macharia said.
"Should this information be found to be true, we shall take the necessary and resolute action commensurate with the nature of the occurrence,” he added.
Major Chemjor is part of former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) which is spearheading the peace process in South Sudan.
Friday December 21, 2018 - Machakos gubernatorial loser, Wavinya Ndeti, has finally broken her silence just hours after losing a petition challenging the election of Governor Alfred Mutua.
In a series of tweets, Ndeti said that she will respect the Supreme Court ruling that has handed Mutua another term.
However, she maintained that Mutua was not validly elected and that he rigged his way back to the office.
"While I respect the Supreme Court's decision, I maintain that my opponent was not validly elected and he has continued to force himself on the people of Machakos," Ndeti said.
Nonetheless, Ndeti thanked her legal team and followers for their unending support.
At the same time, she tasked Machakos Speaker, Florence Mwangangi, urging her to unite the people of Machakos while ensuring that the Executive (Mutua) delivers its mandate within the provisions of the Constitution.
"Through patriotism & diligence, I urge Machakos Assembly under the able leadership of Speaker Florence Mwangangi to unite and ensure that the people of Machakos are able to benefit from DEVOLUTION by getting quality services and being able to take part in decision-making processes," she added.
Friday December 21, 2018 - Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji, has revealed how he escaped death when Al Shabaab gunmen struck Westgate Shopping Mall in September 2013.
In an exclusive interview with a local daily, Haji narrated how he went for an ordinary shopping day at the mall only to be forced to hide in the toilet for seven hours after four gunmen struck the once busy shopping mall.
“After shopping at Nakumatt on ground floor, I went to the washroom when I heard gunshots rending the air. Having been on the front line in Somalia for years, I immediately knew this was a terror attack,” Haji, who is a former National Intelligence Service (NIS), officer narrated.
"A few of us ran to the nearby toilet where I then informed my father, my brother Abdul Haji and my colleagues in the security sector that a terror attack was unfolding," he added.
He said he was rescued by gallant officers who threw teargas and luckily he escaped from the grave ordeal.
Asked on what the Westgate attack taught him, Haji said that the attack taught him that all security agencies must work together in order to defeat Al Shabab.
“The attack taught me a number of things. The first lesson was that all security agencies must work together. In the Westgate case, we had the intel but it was not shared and acted on properly," Haji said.
Asked if he fears for his life, Haji said, "For me the dangers did not matter as long as the end was to benefit our country."
"You only die once, and if you have served your country, leaving it a better place than you found it, a country to be proud of, then life was good," he said.
Friday December 21, 2018 - Embattled Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s wife, Hellen’s Christmas message has backfired after slain Rongo University student Sharon Otieno's name come up in the comments section.
In her message posted on Thursday that has become her worst nightmare, Helen wished residents of the County of Migori and their loved ones God's protection during the festivities but it was not well received.
Irked by the mention of 'loved ones', angry netizens raided Hellen's Facebook page, reminding her of the gruesome murder of Rongo University student, Sharon Otieno.
Majority claimed that by sending out Christmas wishes to people she may not know individually, her action opens healing wounds and may hurt Sharon's family.
"You may be happy but the spirit of Sharon will haunt the killer forever," said Rono Wences.
However, others told Hellen to take care of Sharon's orphans as part of the punishment for what her family did to Sharon Otieno.
"Do one thing and I will respect you, go to Sharon's place give them KSh 10 million for upkeep of the children who were left behind by our sister Sharon, whom you know or heard about her killing. I'm waiting," one said.
Before her death, Sharon was romantically involved with Obado and they were expecting a baby.
It is alleged that Obado had something to do with her death.
Friday December 21, 2018 - The Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice David Maraga has today upheld Alfred Keter's win in the Nandi Hills MP’s race.
Making the announcement, the apex court dismissed Bernard Kitur's petition challenging the outcome.
In his petition, Kitur claimed that Keter campaigned outside IEBC’s stipulated time.
Speaking after the Supreme Court ruling, Keter said his case was fronted by cartels out to shield themselves from accountability.
"Kenyans know cartels that are fighting me. I thank God because I have come out victorious and I want to thank everyone who voted for me and supported my leadership," Keter said.
Keter said his detractors must know that he is back in Parliament in full swing and won't relent in the fight against graft.
He thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for leading the war on graft saying cartels have panicked since the war started.
“I want to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for supporting the fight of corruption. Cartels, Keter is back in parliament...I will not relent and continue to ensure a country free from corruption," Keter said.
The outspoken MP also thanked DPP Noordin Haji, DCI boss George Kinoti and the EACC for the 'good fight' against graft.
Friday December 21, 2018 - A vocal Jubilee Party MP has claimed that Interior Coordination Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi, is being used by State House operatives and National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, to fight Deputy President William Ruto.
For almost a week, Matiangi has been hurling insults at the Deputy President accusing him of being a “tumbocrat” who is behind the police uniform tender.
Matiangi has been saying that Ruto has been pressurising him to give his cronies the tender to supply uniforms, a claim that the DP denied.
Bomet Central MP, Richard Tonui, has now said the allegations that the DP has been trying to influence Government tenders are not only fallacious but damaging.
Tonui said he is aware of operatives in State House misusing Matiang’i to peddle lies to spoil the DP’s quest for the Presidency.
“We know of individuals who are opposed to the Ruto presidency.”
“The same people have devised a strategy of using the CS to propagate a smear campaign so that the DP is viewed negatively by the public,” Tonui said.