Wednesday, 22nd May – Good morning! This is your daily edition of our brief, but salient Kenyan news properly selected for you.
The Double Lives of Frank Obegi, His Friend
Before popular blogger Frank Obegi and his three best friends – Moses Nyachae, Elijah Omeka and Fred Obare – went missing last week, they had reportedly scammed an investor of Ksh1 million.
According to their friends, the quartet started ATM frauds several years ago before graduating to cryptocurrency crimes where they allegedly left hundreds of local and international investors poorer.
But it is after conning an anonymous investor of Ksh1 million their goose was cooked. He reportedly went on a vengeful mission.
The bodies of Obegi, Omeka and Nyachae were found at the Kijabe Forest in Kiambu County, with their private parts having been chopped off while the remains of Obare were discovered in Magadi, Kajiado County.
Puzzle of Junior Treasury Employees With Millions in Her Account
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has obtained orders barring a finance officer at the National Treasury from accessing her millions deposited in two bank accounts.
Tracy Njoki joined the Treasury in 2020 and within two years she has been able to acquire Ksh34 million from the exchequer’s coffers. Her monthly salary is Ksh50,000.
According to EACC investigative officers, the money was obtained as facilitation allowances. She invested part of the money in Treasury bonds and then wired Ksh18 million to her bank accounts.
Ruto: I Will Fight Corruption
Deputy President William Ruto has promised to tackle corruption if elected President in the August 9 General Election.
Speaking to civil society actors yesterday, the second in command said his administration will allow agencies fighting graft to work independently and fund them sufficiently.
He observed that the war on corruption has failed to materialise because of State interference.
Senate Allows Govt to Borrow More
The Senate has adopted a government-backed motion to raise the debt ceiling to Ksh10 trillion from Ksh8.4 trillion.
Some 27 senators backed the motion while three, who are allies of Deputy President William Ruto voted “No”.
The Treasury now has the liberty to find lenders who will fill the Ksh846 billion hole in the 2022/2022 Ksh3 trillion budget.
Is IEBC Ready to Conduct a Free Election?
Recent activities by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) have raised queries on whether the agency is well prepared to conduct the August 9 General Election.
The agency has been postponing the gazettement of the voters’ register amid pressure from various stakeholders.
The Wafula Chebukati-led body has also been at pains explaining whether it has addressed the pitfalls that led to the nullification of the 2017 presidential election.
Wajackoyah The Spoiler?
The latest opinion by Tifa has indicated that Roots Party presidential candidate Prof George Wajackoyah’s ratings in Nairobi have soared to seven percent.
If the percentage is replicated nationally, it means the lawyer, whose funny manifesto has caught the attention of the nation, could garner 1.5 million votes.
Should he manage more than one million votes, it is likely he will force a run-off considering that the leading presidential candidates, William Ruto and Raila Odinga, are believed to be very close in terms of numbers.
Some of Wajackoyah promises include legalisation of bhang and prostitution, snake farming and reducing working days to four (Monday to Thursday).
Raila: My Government Will Deal With Banditry
Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga has promised to address livestock theft and other acts of banditry once and for all if elected President in August.
Speaking in Isiolo yesterday, the former Prime Minister said his administration will deal with banditry within the first 100 days.
He remarked that the only solution to solve the vice is arresting bandits and hanging those found guilty.
Parts of North Eastern and Rift Valley have been plagued by the evil of banditry and the Jubilee government seems overwhelmed.
Sakaja Most Popular Gubernatorial Candidate
After being subjected to national scrutiny over his degree certificate, Nairobi Senator is poised to become the next governor of the city if the opinion poll conducted by the Trends and Insights for Africa (Tifa) is anything to go by.
The pollster has indicated that the UDA candidate enjoys a 42 percent support while his main rival, Jubilee’s Polycarp Igathe is polling at 32 percent.
Sakaja has more support among women.
I Want More Security, Waihiga Demands
Agano Party presidential candidate David Mwaure Waihiga and his running mate Ruth Mucheru has asked the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to add them more security officers.
In a letter addressed to the IG’s office, Waihiga and Mucheru said they want the same number of officers assigned to UDA’s William Ruto and Azimio flag bearer Raila Odinga.
They expressed fear for their lives, noting that their manifesto, which revolves around the fight against corruption, could put them in danger since looters are well-connected.
Sonko Contests Decision to Block Him Out of Mombasa Race
Former Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has lodged a case under the certificate of urgency at the High Court after the electoral commission barred him from running for the Mombasa gubernatorial seat.
The politician, who is gunning for the post on a Wiper ticket, will know his fate today. He argued that it is unfair to block him over his impeachment in 2020 yet he has not exhausted all the avenues to appeal.
Wiper hinted that it will replace Sonko with his running mate, Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo if the politician’s last bid flops.