From: Joachim Omolo Ouko
News Dispatch with Omolo Joachim
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015
Willies from Koru writes: “Fr Beste I think you did not answer Richard’s question from Ruiru. I agree with him that you are biased because other news you rush to dispatch but the one of Kisumu you are dodging. You need to do something.”
Nabwire from Bumala writes:”Fr Beste opposition leader Raila Odinga has termed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s list of top officials accused of corruption and whom State House has pressed to leave office to pave way for investigations as a game of musical chairs.
Raila insists that Uhuru has omitted many names in his list. Can you guess who could these people Uhuru has omitted be? Charity Ngilu is saying that she is the target on this list, they want her out of Land’s office- does it mean that the rest will be reinstated? Can you also say something about Isaac Ruto and William Ruto’s politics- is it true that William Ruto is behind his impeachment plan?”
Thank you for the reaction Willies. I don’t think I am biased. Priests from Kisumu Archdiocese have defended Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth against allegations of corruption, arrogance, intimidation among other transgressions.
The priests stood firmly with Archbishop Okoth who they described as their shepherd and father. So if the priests have defended him, what more do you want me to report contrary to this? Unless you have evidence that you want me to report you can send and the News Dispatch will definitely run it.
The priests dissociated the archbishop from the contents of the exposé that aired on KTN prime time news on March 26. Contrary to what was exposed, the priests commended the archbishop for having initiated many projects in the archdiocese, including schools, hospitals and other social facilities and therefore the priests urged the press to be responsible in its reporting.
Thank you for the question Nabwire. I am not aware which list Uhuru has omitted. What is very clear is what some opposition politicians are saying that if President Uhuru Kenyatta was very sincere in dealing with the fight against corruption his list would have included his deputy William Ruto who has been adversely mention in many corruption scandals, especially land.
Raila Odinga said Mr Kenyatta had deliberately left out “sacred cows” in the Office of the President. He also wanted to know why Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials were not on the list.
On Charity Ngilu it can be possible that she is the target. If this is true then it means the rest will be reinstated. Mwai Kibaki reinstated former finance minister Amos Kimunya after an official of inquiry cleared him of any wrongdoing in the sale of a luxury hotel that triggered a political storm and forced him to step down.
On Isaac Ruto, you cannot rule out any possibility of William Ruto’s involvement in Isaac Ruto’s impeachment by members of the Bomet County Assembly who have now threatened to begin impeachment proceeding against Governor Isaac Ruto.
One wonders why Mr Ruto’s call for impeachment comes only after he has defied a presidential directive to step aside so that he may be investigated on corruption allegations against him. One also wonders why the impeachment campaign comes only after Ruto accused William Ruto of undermining him in his Bomet County.
Sunday, William Ruto issued a withering broadside at a rally in Kapkatet, Kericho, saying that Kalenjin politicians not singing his tune will be kicked out in the next election. Isaac Ruto has time and again accused the Deputy President of funding his political rivals, who include MPs and a number of Ward Representatives, to destabilise his administration with a view to having him impeached.
The Deputy President he says is sponsoring chaos and wrangles all over the place, including the disagreement over the location of a public university to be built by Moi University in Bomet County.
The fact that Isaac Ruto has said that he will run for presidency in 2022, contesting against William Ruto who is also expected to take over from President Kenyatta after the expiry of his two terms in office, can also give some hints why William Ruto would love to see Isaac dying politically.
Speaking Monday during a fundraiser in aid of boda boda riders at Olengurone shopping center in Kuresoi south constituency, Rutto said he has already started preparing the ground and that nothing will stop him from gunning for Presidency in 2022.
William Ruto’s Hague case is also fuelling campaigns in Rift. Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has launched campaign in Rift Valley to weaken Ruto’s fame in the region. Moi has also declared his interest of standing for presidency in 2017. They have already begun a Kanu membership drive and their first target will be URP members.
The Moi family is understood to be uncomfortable with the idea of Ruto succeeding Uhuru in 2022. The plan is that Moi replaces Ruto as the DP, therefore filling the Kalenjin equation gap of the DP position. Then after he retires, Moi takes Kenneth as his running mate.
City businessman, Jacob Juma, who is also related to Moi’s family because of his marriage to Daniel Moi’s daughter June Moi has also urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to cut ties with his Deputy, William Ruto, if he wants to be reelected in 2017’s Presidential Election.
Sharing his sentiments through social media, Juma, who is also the Managing Director of Cortec Kenya said Uhuru should “divorce” Ruto and move forward because Ruto and his URP crew are the ones who are tainting his administration by engaging in corruption and graft activities.
Jacob Juma has also filed a case to reclaim the land grabbed by Renton Company which is believed to be owned by the Deputy President but registered under the names of proxies. The case has been certified urgent by Justice Weldon Korir.
The court wants the company, Nairobi City County, National Land Commission, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Attorney General to explain how the prime land, valued at 1.5 billion shillings, changed hands from public to private.
Juma has also given the owner of Weston Hotel believed to be owned by deputy president a 14-day ultimatum to surrender the land to the government. He said at the expiry of the notice he will begin proceedings to have the “illegal title cancelled” and the land returned to the rightful owner.
Juma says the parcel on which the hotel stands is public land grabbed between 2001 and 2002. He says the land originally belonged to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority. William Ruto has not held a one-on-one meeting with retired President Daniel Moi one and half years since the Jubilee government came to power.
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