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When Billionaire Narendra Raval of Devki Steels wanted to lease Mumias Sugar Company his efforts were thwarted by some Western leaders led by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala on the grounds that the deal was not above board.
Last week Malala was heard saying at a funeral that he objected efforts by Devki to lease the troubled miller so as to have a fair process where all stakeholders together with the members of the public would witness the exercise for transparency purposes.
Malala went ahead to hint that the lease would be awarded to the highest bidder from the eight bidders but forgot to mention if other factors shall be considered before one is declared a winner.
When the bids were opened last week, it emerged out that a US based company Tumaz and Tumaz Enterprise had topped the list.
Tumaz which is associated with Julius Mwale the man behind Mwale Medical and TecnoCity, had quoted Ksh26.7 billion with the other top three quoting slightly over Ksh10billion with Jaswant Rai quoting Ksh8.5 billion while Raval quoted Ksh 3.5 billion.
One thing that is playing out clearly is the fact that there are efforts by Malala to see that Raval is not awarded the lease. These follows claims that Rai was using Malala to either scattle the process or influence the bidding process to his favour something that we are yet to see.
In as much as Rai has all the rights just like any other investor to lease MSC, we must not stop asking ourselves very fundamental questions.
Rai alone has three sugar factories in Kenya namely Sukari, West Kenya and Olepito including Kinyara Sugar in Uganda among others. If he acquires MSC then he would control the entire market something that we should be worried about as it would be very dangerous given the fact he has hit the headlines in the recent past where he was accused of illegal importation of cheap sugar some of which was nabbed in his warehouses.
The Sugar Directorate data shows that he controls 45 % of total sales with West Kenya at 29%, Sukari 11% and Olepito 2% then with all these factors your guess would be as good as mine.
The appointed Reciever manager for MSC Mr. Ramana Rao had been quoted earlier as saying that he was not only looking for an investor with deep pockets but one who who is serious to make MSC revival a reality hence considering other perimeters.
Rao was of the opinion that a private treaty was as much better option instead of a Public tendering. In addition he said the private treaty would be less expensive and much faster and the receiver to conclude the technical and fanancial assessment of the bidders in the shortest period.
Initially Devki Group boss was planning to inject Ksh5 billion to revive the once Giant miller.
Some residents of Kakamega have questioned the ability of Mwale to revive MSC wondering how he will manage yet he is unable to pay his own suppliers some of whom they said have taken him to Court over debts accumulating to hundreds of millions of shillings.
Therefore, we should not allow a repeat of what happened to a once paper Giant Panpaper Mills in Webuye which even after being officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta it is now being used as a warehouse to store cheap illegal sugar.
What we should all be asking ourselves is whether Rao shall stand his ground and revive MSC by picking the right person or he will bow to the pressure from the cartels or their handlers and give it to someone who will send it to the graves once and for all.
In what could be seen as a ray of hope to hundreds of thousands of farmers who highly depend on sugarcane farming in Western Region, the troubles of Mumias Sugar Company may be far from over even after a Kakamega businessman was declared winner in the just concluded bidding exercise.
Tumaz and Tumaz Enterprise a Company associated with Mwale City investor Julius Mwale topped to win the bid to lease Mumias Sugar Company with Ksh27.6 billion over a 20 year lease period beating the rest of the bidders.
According to the receiver manager Ponangipali Rao a total of eight bidders had submitted their bids with top three bidding over Ksh10 billion.
However, those who have interacted with the businessman have their own reservations with some saying they have lost millions of shillings in Mwale City projects.
According to a resident of Kakamega who didn’t want to be mentioned, Mwale is known for selling hot air.
He wondered how someone who had no any background on sugar matters would quote so high yet even the billionaires like Jaswant Rai of West Kenya Sugar who has a rich understanding of the sector could not quote that kind of money.
“The list of creditors at Mwale City is too long that no sane person would want to take Mwale seriously” he said adding that if the businessman is unable to pay his own people who have either worked for or supplied Mwale City projects what would prevent him from using MSC for his own personal gains and leave it to die completely.
But some argue that since Mwale is a local he is best placed to understand the problems surrounding the sugarcane farmers hence given support he would turn around MSC.
According to the police, a man reported the incident to the Kiminini police station, where he said he suspected the caller to be the rogue cop and himself to be her next victim.
A middle-aged woman was shot in the abdomen at the Kiminini market on Friday morning on suspicion of being Corporal Caroline Kangogo, the fugitive cop who is on the run after executing two men in Nakuru and Kiambu counties.
According to a police report obtained by Citizen Digital, the woman, Phanice Chemutai of Kaboiywo village, had allegedly been bugging Ken Muyondo, a licensed firearm holder, to meet in the market.
According to the report, Mr Muyundo reported the incident to the Kiminini police station, where he said he suspected the caller to be the rogue cop and himself to be her next victim.
Mr. Muyondo is said to have fired a single shot during the planned meeting at the said market to warn the said woman.
The woman would be arrested shortly after.
“The OCS arranged a team and laid a trap and the lady met with the reportee who fired a single shot to scare her and she was arrested,” the police report says.
Following her interrogation, she told the police officers that she had met Mr. Muyondo several days earlier at the same market, where they exchanged numbers, prompting her to call several times.
The officers would also discover a bullet wound on her lower abdomen while frisking her.
She was then transferred to Kitale County Referral Hospital for treatment.
“The pistol ceska mini belonging to the said Ken Muyundo with one magazine loaded with 10 rounds of 9 by 18mm and one spent cartridge have been retrieved and held as exhibit,” the police report says.
The incident was confirmed by Transzoia Police Commander Fredrick Ochieng, who stated that Mr. Oyundo erred in discharging his weapon because he suspected the woman to be the officer on the run.
“Haimaniishi sababu umepigiwa na mtu anaitwa Chemutai na kusemekana ati yeye ni dangerous, ati unafyatua risasi,” Trans Nzoia County Police Commander Fredrick Ochieng said on Friday “Hata kama umeona ni yeye, haufai kufyatua risasi,hata polisi, kuna kitu inaitwa justifiable circumstances”
Meanwhile, a multi-agency team is on the trail of a rogue police officer who is said to have trained as a sharpshooter and is on the run after allegedly killing two men.
Detectives believe she has traversed at least six counties since committing the crimes, managing to stay on the loose with a contingent of security agents hot at her tail.
Her most recent sightings have been in Eldoret on Thursday, and later in Kericho where her phone signal was picked; it is suspected that she used someone else’s phone to call her friend while on a PSV vehicle.
Detectives also believe she travelled to Kisii targeting her next victim; a doctor. Her phone signal had also been traced to Iten in Elgeyo Marakwet where she hails from.
The 24 year old was arrested together with his accomplice as they prepared to commit a felony in Langata area of Nairobi.
A male suspect masquerading as a woman was among two suspects arrested this morning, as they prepared to commit a felony in Langata. Peter Omweno Momanyi aged 24 was arrested dressed as a woman alongside his accomplice John Muchiri Kimani aged 25, after they defied Police orders to stop.
According to a police officer who arrested them, he had noticed there was something amiss with the appearance of the suspect.
He turned back and ordered them to stop but they defied the orders and took to their heels. Unbeknownst to the thugs, they had just encountered the lanky, young crime busters based at Langata Police Station, whose speed and proficiency in chasing after thugs is unsurpassed.
The two were arrested a few metres past the Mbagathi bridge, and crude weapons recovered from them. Momanyi was found in possession of a knife and a chain, carefully concealed on his waist.
Detectives based at Langata have established that the two are among suspects who waylay Fitness enthusiasts who jog along Langata and Mbagathi roads, early in the morning and late in the evening.
The two have been placed in custody as they await arraignment in court tomorrow.
Members of the public who have lost valuables to the two thugs pictured have been invited to report to Langata Police Station for further Police action.
The murder probe of former Administration Police officer Kipyegon Kenei may have hit a dead-end if the remarks by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution is anything to go by.
The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji disclosed his office was yet to be furnished with an investigation file to allow him to approve the prosecution of the murder suspects. “There is no Kenei case. The murder/suicide one? No, that file has never come to us,” Haji told Angaza News on Monday, June 21.
Kenei, a bodyguard attached to Deputy President William Ruto’s Harambee House Annex office, was found dead with a bullet wound on his head in his Imara Daima house in February 2020. Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti had dismissed the notion that police officer committed suicide.
The deceased was in the company of one man identified as General Juma and facing criminal charges in an arms deal involving former Sports CS Rashid Echesa. “We tried to explore all the theories so that if indeed he killed himself we just let the matter rest. But we found some clues that made us conclude it was not suicide,” he said.
According to the top detective, there was no evidence of any impact resulting from the bullet exiting through the forehead.
If indeed Kenei committed suicide, then he would have fallen on his bed and not on the floor where he was found.
“We found that if he could have shot himself by placing the gun on his chin, then definitely he would have fallen on his bed. What we found was something stage-managed because he did not fall on the bed but the floor,” said the DCI boss.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to President Edgar Lungu, the Government and the people of Zambia following the death of former President Kenneth Kaunda who passed away on Thursday aged 97.
“On behalf of the Government and the People of Kenya and on my own behalf, I wish to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Government and People of Zambia on the demise of former President Kenneth Kaunda,” President Kenyatta said in his message of consolation.
President Kenyatta eulogized the late founding father of the Zambian nation as an outstanding statesman and a Pan-Africanist who played a key role in the African continent’s liberation struggle.
“Former President Kaunda was a great leader full of wisdom who remained actively engaged in promoting the interests of the African continent for many years after leaving office. We will always remember and cherish his huge contribution to the welfare of the people of Zambia and Africa as a whole.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Government and the people of Zambia during this difficult time of grieving and loss,” President Kenyatta said.
The Head of State assured that Kenya stood in solidarity with the Government and the people of Zambia and prayed to God to comfort them as they mourn their departed former President.
Return of former president is seen as a test for the country and a population that still has the 2011 bloody conflict fresh in memory.
The opposition leader is due to fly back on a commercial flight from Brussels after judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague earlier this year confirmed his acquittal, as well as that of his youth minister Charles Ble Goude, of crimes against humanity. The two had been accused of instigating the post-election violence that engulfed Ivory Coast in 2011.
The return is seen as a test for the country and a population that still has the bloody conflict fresh in memory, with some analysts saying there are concerns that it could again destabilise the world’s largest cocoa producer.
But Gbagbo’s supporters and members of his Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) party hope that the 76-year-old’s return, after spending most of the past 10 years in ICC custody, will ease lingering tensions.
In the commercial capital, Abidjan, the preparations for Gbagbo’s return were well under way on the eve of his scheduled arrival.
“Gbagbo is a man of peace and of reconciliation,” Benedicte Bleh Ouete said at the FPI’s headquarters while shopping for t-shirts and baseball caps with the leader’s portrait. “For all those who suffered for years when Gbagbo was in exile, his return is a good thing.”
President Alassane Ouattara, who sent Gbagbo to The Hague, has made the presidential pavilion at the airport available for his return.
He has also granted him the status and rewards reserved for ex-presidents including a pension, personal security and the diplomatic passport facilitating his return.
“The fact that Ouattara has asked this to be handled directly by the presidential staff is a strong message,” Assoua Adou, the secretary general of FPI, said on Monday.
A former history professor and longtime opponent of Ivory Coast’s first president after independence from France, Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Gbagbo came to power in 2000 after he won an election in which military ruler Robert Guei did not recognise his defeat.
Gbagbo’s tenure was marred by a failed coup that split the country into a rebel-held north and a government-run south and fuelled outbreaks of violence that pushed him to extend his presidential mandate. When elections finally took place in 2010, Ouattara defeated Gbagbo, who claimed voter fraud and refused to concede.
Gbagbo first announced his intentions to return on the eve of the October 2020 elections that saw Ouattara win a controversial third mandate.
His return is timely as many Ivorians feel betrayed by Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term in the wake of constitutional amendments introduced in 2016.
Despite investments in large infrastructure projects – including bridges, highways and universities – and an economy that has expanded by more than 7 percent annually for much of the past decade, a large part of the population feel excluded from the economic growth.
That, in turn, has led to allegations of nepotism and corruption, as well as complaints that Ouattara’s rule has primarily benefitted members of his Dioula ethnic group, which hails from the country’s north.
In April, Ouattara said Gbagbo was free to return to Ivory Coast. He did not specify whether Gbagbo had been pardoned from an outstanding 20-year prison sentence given in absentia by an Ivorian court for misappropriating funds from the regional central bank.
Earlier this year, Gbagbo’s FPI fielded candidates in parliamentary elections for the first time in 10 years. Its contenders ran on a joint list with Henri Konan Bedie’s Democratic Party for Ivory Coast, who backed Ouattara in elections in 2010 and again in 2015.
Gbagbo remains a heavyweight in the opposition against Ouattara, said Sylvain N’Guessan, a political analyst and director of the Abidjan Strategy Institute. He still commands a large following with FPI and members of his Bete ethnic group.
But critics are wary that Gbagbo’s return could again raise tensions.
“Why would I want to see the return of someone who caused so much suffering and destruction?” said Samuel Abongo, a 29-year-old Uber driver from Yopougon.
Gbagbo’s supporters suffered too, said Henriette Kouassi, who recently returned to Ivory Coast after seven years in exile in neighbouring Ghana.
“We’re so happy Gbagbo’s coming home.”
KENYAN Law makers must now introduce a substantive motion in Parliament on the State Capture and it’s effect on the Kenyan economy.
This is because a few unscrupulous business men and women have mastered the art of influencing the Government’s decision making process to their own advantage and Jaswant Rai is one example.
He wants to monopolize the Sugar sector while a milk company associated with President Uhuru Kenyatta wants to monopolize the milk sector something we can’t as a country allow to continue this way as our dairy and sugarcane farmers suffer.
This reminds us of a deal struck between President Kenyatta and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda where the two countries agreed that Kenya exports diary products to Uganda and Uganda exports cheap sugar to Kenya.
Just recently it was announced that Kenya was ready to import 20,000 metric tonnes of sugar from Uganda through five sugar factories each to export as follows; Kakira- 7,750 tonnes, Kinyara- 4,250 tonnes, SCOUL- 4,000 tonnes, Hoima- 1,500 tonnes & Atiak/Horyal- 2,500 tonnes. Notice of the above companies Kinyara and Hoima belong to Rai.
So the Kenya-Uganda deal to my opinion was to benefit two people here and that is President Kenyatta through his Brookside Milk and Jaswant Singh Rai through his sugar factories based in Uganda meant to import cheap sugar from Brazil then export to Kenya purporting to be from Uganda then reaching Kenya the same Sugar is shared among his three other sugar factories based in Kenya.
According to the letter dated 23rd December signed by the Uganda’s PS for Trade & Industry Emmanuel Mutahunga, the factories in Kenya were to sit down and agree on how to share the consignment meaning Rai would still get the lions share given his three factories here in Kenya.
So even as we discuss about the ‘Kabila mbili’ narrative we should challenge President Uhuru to also come clear and address the issue of monopoly in Milk & sugar sectors by himself and his friend Rai. Don’t forget Comesa safeguards have been extended like five times with the latest one expiring in March 2023.
It has been repeatedly said time and again that Kenya is not honest as far as the extensions are concerned because that is the only way other players can be locked out and give Rai a leeway to import sugar from Brazil through Uganda and then to Kenya.
The Sugar taskforce report which is lying at Statehouse on the other hand is inherently flawed, it never took into account the various existing laws that needed to be changed nor the court of appeal rulings that had been made, it made a mockery of the hard work farmer’s do and promoted more taxation in effect it put our future in the hands of governors.
Therefore we must ensure that the regulations are gazetted and the sugar bill to establish Kenya Sugar Board (KSB) in parliament is enacted and farmer’s are paid through using sucrose content and weight.
Most importantly farmers need to seek advice from FAO and the EU to help develop farmer friendly policies in effect we need to change the rules of the game from within and without.
Kenya medics are yet again celebrating another milestone after doctors at the Kenyatta National Hospital successfully performed a rare surgery.
The KNH multi-disciplinary team of surgeons and other specialists re-attached a limb for a seven-year-old boy whose hand had been severed in an operation that lasted eight hours.
Young Benovelence got his hand accidentally chopped off by a chaff cutter on 4th October, 2020 in Kiambu.
The doctors are due to issue a press briefing on the groundbreaking procedure later this morning.
“After the chopped hand reached KNH in a cool box, our team of specialists embarked on an intricate eight hours surgical procedure that reclaimed the boy’s hand”, said KNH in a statement from the corporate affairs department.
The boy is now stable and recuperating in the ward as he continues with treatment.The complex hand reattachment operation is the fifth successful surgery of its kind that KNH has performed since the first case in February 2018.
“As KNH, we endeavour to pursue our strategic destination of being a multi-speciality centre of excellence by offering services that meet international certification standards. We continue to improve our skills in specialized care by building the capacity of our specialists and investing in the best facilities available in the region” said the hospital.
The Ministry of Interior has Wednesday ordered the properties and funds of nine Kenyan individuals to be frozen over terror links.
The nine individuals include Halima Adan Adan Ali (ID 25142129, Passport no. A1659348), Waleed Ahmed Zein (ID 22711263, Passport no. A120391), Sheikh Guyo Gorsa Boru (ID 22711263), Mohammed Abdi Ali- Abu Fidan (ID 33220948), Nuseiba Mohammed Haji (ID 10761897), Abdimajit Adan Hassan (ID 32480689), Mohammed Ali Abdi (ID 5964712, Passport no. A092562), Muktar Ibrahim Ali (ID 21629220, Passport no. A2576117), Mire Abdullahi Elmi (ID 3352339).Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i through a statement said that the action is part of Kenya’s counterterrorism strategy to disrupt terrorist operations.
“The strategy focuses on bringing to book the perpetrators, financiers, and sponsors of these reprehensible acts in line with our national laws and international obligations,” CS Matiang’i said.
The CS further said that he acted in pursuant to the provision of regulation 11(1) of the Prevention of Terrorism -POTA (Implementation of the United National Security Council Resolutions on Suspension of Terrorism) Regulations 2013.
Terrorism is the single biggest threat to global peace and security.“Being on of the nations at the frontline against this vice on the continent, Kenya now faces blatant, increasingly complex and evolving terror threats, particularly from Al-Shabaab, whose aim is to attack, destabilize and disrupt our way of life,” he said.Matiang’i through the statement also emphasized that the enemy is also progressively planting operatives among the civilians strategically to advance his agenda through recruitment and radicalization to violent extremism and terrorism.“In light of this, Kenya is facing subtle threats from all-pervasive domestic actors, both individual and entities, attacking from within.”
On a positive note, Matiang’i said that Kenya has registered tremendous gains through the security forces in protecting the lives of and properties of citizens as well as Kenya’s critical infrastructure.“So far, we have made great strides towards strengthening our community deterrence efforts which have allowed us to sustain this fight.”In concluding his statement, CS Matiang’i said the only way to deny terrorists the means to threaten Kenyan’s way of life is to choke their facilitation networks.