January 24, 2017

How Nairobi County CFO made Sh1.4 billion in five years


Suspended Nairobi County Chief Finance Officer Jimmy Mutuku Kiamba deposited nearly Sh1.4 billion to his private and business accounts over a period of five years, The Standard on Sunday can reveal. The bulk of these deposits were made to his private accounts, now the subject of investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC). Majority of these deposits were made between 2011 and 2014 when Mr Kiamba, 41, served as treasurer of Nairobi City Council and later as chief finance officer of Nairobi County. However, the volume and the frequency of the deposits increased substantially in 2013 until December 2014…

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Treaty to shield Kenyans in US from double taxation as FATCA takes effect

Dallas Home Expo-Githae

DALLAS, TEXAS Kenyans in the US will be protected from double taxation, the Kenyan ambassador to the US, Mr Robinson Githae, has said. Mr Githae said he understood the concerns of Kenyans in the US after a provision of a federal law requiring US citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) to report foreign-held financial assets went into effect. The envoy was speaking in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday during the Kenya Diaspora Homes Expo, which brought together various companies representing Kenya’s real estate industry. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted in 2010 but it was not effected…

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KICC gets Sh300 million facelift ahead of Obama Kenya visit


The Treasury’s last minute review of the 2014/15Budget that raised eyebrows in Parliament was partly to include the millions of shillings to be spent on US President Barack Obama’s visit, it has emerged. The multi-million shilling allocations, contained in the Supplementary Appropriations II Act, are spread across several ministries that are directly involved in the preparations and hosting of the first US President ever to visit Kenya. The Presidency, Foreign Affairs and Tourism ministries, and security agencies top the list of State departments that have received millions of the Obama-visit funds. Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), an agency under the Tourism ministry…

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How Laura Akunga’s thirst for fame and glory exposed her secrets


A week ago, Laura Akunga was a businesswoman and a wife living a quiet life away from public scrutiny. That was until last Sunday when she posted on Facebook that she had bought her husband a high-end Land Cruiser VX as a birthday gift. Photos and a video showing how she unveiled the gift — whose value was given as Sh10 million — would have been an inspirational love story, a magnet for relationship jokes and a marketing strategy for her company, Benchmark Solutions. Barely 24 hours after the post that inspired widespread news reports and social media comments, bloggers…

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Al Shaabab suspects sought as police warn of Nairobi attack before end of Ramadhan


The government yesterday warned of a planned al Shabaab attack on Nairobi before Ramadhan ends on July 17 and urgently issued photos of six suspected plotters. They are among the terrorists who survived the foiled Baure, Lamu, raid on June 14 when five KDF soldiers were killed and 11 al Shabaab fighters slain by the army. Four other terrorists were slain while on the run. “There are those who are still on the run. Police call upon the Kenyan people to provide any information leading to the capture of the fugitives,” a statement by security and intelligence agencies said. The…

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Double M commuters robbed at gunpoint while stuck in traffic


Commuters from Eastlands aboard a Double M minibus were on Thursday robbed at gunpoint on Jogoo road while stuck in the morning traffic jam. This was not the first of such incidents. Similar robberies have been committed along the road during heavy traffic. During the 6am incident on Thursday, a gang of six smartly dressed men, who posed as passengers, whisked out guns and ordered other passengers to surrender their phones and money. One victim who narrated his ordeal to Nairobi News, recounted how he had boarded the minibus at Bee Centre near Donholm. Strangely, when they had reached the Donholm stage, he…

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ICC’s Bensouda tables PNU’s dossier implicating DP Ruto


International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is seeking to admit as evidence, a document that was allegedly authored by the Party of National Unity government against Deputy President William Ruto. According to the prosecutor, the document, which was signed and circulated in the wake of the post-election violence on January 7, 2008, identifies Mr Ruto to be acting with others, referred to as the Network, in committing crimes against humanity. In an application submitted to the court, Ms Bensouda said the confidential document labelled as ‘Item 5’, could not be authenticated by any prosecution witness, hence her request to have…

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Obama’s grandmother to cook for president on Kenya trip

  President Obama’s grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the country Mama Sarah was the third wife of US president’s paternal grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama She lives in the small village of Kogelo in western Kenya which is home to a number of the president’s relatives Obama’s late father was born in Kogelo and grew up there before travelling abroad to study, where he met Obama’s American mother in Hawaii  President Barack Obama’s Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her…

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Foodstuff prices go up in Nairobi


Residents of Nairobi will dig deeper into their pockets in the coming month as prices of commodities continue to rise as a result of unpredictable weather. Traders claim that there has also been a slight decrease of supply of commodities in the market and prices are likely to go higher than expected. A spot check by KNA crew at Muthurwa market have shown rising prices for foodstuffs such as maize flour, wheat flour, cereals and vegetables. A sack of cabbages which was retailing at Sh 950 last week is now going for Sh 1,200 while a sack of potatoes is…

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State dismisses reports on Nairobi lockdown for Obama’s visit


The government has dismissed reports of a planned lockdown in Nairobi during US President Barack Obama’s visit. The notice, amid preparations for the visit later this month, are by pranksters, said Interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka. In a tweet on Thursday, he asked the public to ignore the fake reports circulating on social media. In a document dated June 30, and allegedly signed by the traffic department, Kenyans were advised to avoid several routes from 8am on July 24 to 2pm July 27 . The notice claimed that Uhuru Highway, Haile Selassie and Harambee avenues, and Tumbo, Mombasa and Lang’ata…

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