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Questions are being raised about the prosecution of the fraud case against suspended Cabinet minister William Ruto. The police and the State Law Office, the government’s prosecution arm, traded accusations Wednesday over who was responsible for losing the case.
Of the witnesses that the prosecution had lined up, 13 could not be found and five died while the case was going on. Those who made it to the court became hostile to the prosecution, according to Chief Public Prosecutor Keriako Tobiko.
Both Police Commissioner Matthew Iteere and Mr Tobiko sought to clear their officers from any blame in the case that also saw Mr Joshua Kulei and Mr Sammy Mwaita set free.
Nairobi chief magistrate Gilbert Mutembei acquitted the three on Tuesday. They had been charged with fraudulently obtaining Sh272 million from Kenya Pipeline Corporation by selling it plots in Ngong Forest.
KACC has "BIG" Announcement on Friday
In separate development, the Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority says there is something "BIG" in the works for Friday. [KACC Logo]
The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission is expected to make a “big” announcement on Friday.
Speaking to the Nation Tuesday, Kacc spokesman Nicholas Simani said the country should wait for the big announcement at a press event. He, however, declined to give a hint of what the announcement would entail.
Eldoret North MP William Ruto will not, after all, return a 100-acre piece of land allegedly acquired illegally from an IDP.Ruto who had earlier agreed to return the land beat an about-turn after he and the alleged owner failed to agree on certain conditions.The case is now set to go to a full hearing paving way for tabling of details on how Ruto acquired the land in Kaptebei Settlement Scheme.The presidential aspirant, turned around after failing to agree on some conditions that were set by Mr Adrian Gilbert Muteshi who is said to have been displaced as result of the 2007 post election violence.On Monday, Muteshi who was allegedly forcibly evicted from the piece of land, told the Court that Ruto who had agreed to surrender the land and relinquish the title deed for the property he bought from a woman was not ready to accept that he acquired it illegally.Muteshi had indicated through his lawyer Anthony Lubulela that he would only accept the property back if Ruto also caters for the expenses he incurred filing the case.Due to failure to record an agreement before High Court Judge Lady Justice Rose Ougo as ordered two weeks ago, the Judge ordered the matter to be heard on April 25 and 26.Through his lawyer Katwa Kigen, Ruto told the court sitting in Nairobi a few weeks ago that he had conceded to the two facts but does not accept the issue of surrendering profits made while in possession of the piece of land.In the case, Muteshi claims Ruto illegally took his piece of land in Kaptabei Scheme, Uasin Gishu, after the 2007-2008 post-election violence.Muteshi told the court last year that six workers at his 100-acre farm in Kaptabei Scheme, Uasin Gishu, were kicked out of the property in 2008 and have been unable to return since then.
Tourism Minister Najib Balala was fired from the Cabinet while three first term MPs were promoted to full minister in changes agreed between President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga at a meeting on Monday.MPs allied to Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto appeared to have been the beneficiaries of President Kibaki’s side of the coalition in the reshuffle, with the youthful Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa taking over the Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs docket from outspoken minister Mutula Kilonzo who has been moved to Education.Mr Balala, the Mvita MP, who has had a strained relationship with the Prime Minister, was replaced by fellow Coast MP Danson Mwazo of Voi.Mr Mwazo was an assistant minister for Livestock.Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau, becomes the minister of Nairobi Metropolitan after Mr Njeru Githae, who has been acting at the Treasury, was confirmed Finance minister.Mr Kamau, an ardent supporter of Mr Kenyatta from Murang’a county, was a member of the Parliamentary Service Commission.His appointment is seen as a replacement for Environment Minister John Michuki, from the same county, who died last month.Mr Moses Wetang’ula now moves to the Trade ministry and will be replaced by Prof Sam Ongeri in Foreign Affairs.Mr Chirau Mwakwere was transferred to the Environment ministry.Mr Wetang’ula rejoined his ministry last year, after a one-year stint in the cold following allegations of corruption in procurement of the Tokyo Embassy....Click here
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Eldoret North MP William Ruto and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka have hatched a plan they hope will win one of them the presidency next year.
On Sunday, Ruto said they would hold joint presidential nominations and back the winner for the presidency in 2012.
"Uhuru and Kalonzo you are my friends, but next year we will compete for the presidential nomination ticket. If I win you should all support me, but if one of you gets more votes than me, then count on my support," Ruto said.
Other than the ICC and the 2012 General Election, the other factor drawing the three together is their longstanding rivalry with Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The installation of the newly elected Bishop of the Africa Gospel Church (AGC) Dr Robert Langat at Kericho Bible Highlands College provided the strange backdrop to the reuniting of what were once die-hard Kanu members and officials with their mentor, former President Daniel arap Moi, who warned his former protÈgÈs to tread carefully over the matter of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and its prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto on Thursday appeared to be forging a new political front without Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka.In a meeting with 90 MPs at Sagret Hotel in Nairobi, the two resolved to work together and start negotiations for a pre-election or post-election coalition. The meeting was preceded by another attended by the two leaders and their close allies.Mr Kenyatta was with Mr Kiraitu Murungi, Mr Mwangi Kiunjuri, Mr Eugene Wamalwa and Mr Wilfred Ombui, while Mr Ruto was accompanied by Mr Chirau Mwakwere, Mr Robert Monda, Mr Aden Duale and Mr Ekwe Ethuro. They had earlier met at Palacina Hotel.Mr Musyoka did not attend Thursday’s meeting but his ally, Kangundo MP Johnstone Muthama, who was also missing, said that the VP was tied up in Cabinet.During the morning meeting, Mr Ruto and his team are said to have asked Mr Kenyatta to put his side of the alliance under a single political entity to enable more structured negotiations. The two teams are also said to have agreed to tackle parliamentary business together.Sources said that it was agreed that while Mr Ruto and his allies had United Republican Party, Mr Kenyatta’s side was fragmented into different parties. Mr Kenyatta was asked not to pick Kanu or PNU due to their historical ties.“There is a feeling that Mr Musyoka is deliberately not censuring Wiper secretary-general Mutula Kilonzo. It was therefore decided that we will negotiate with him like we will be doing with others outside our alliance,” said an MP who attended the meeting but was unwilling to be identified.Housing minister Soita Shitanda, who heads the New Ford Kenya, confirmed that the meeting also resolved to hold a retreat in the next two weeks to draw up modalities for picking a presidential candidate...Click here
The newly registered United Republican Party was officially launched on Sunday with Trade Minister Chirau Mwakwere, Eldoret North MP William Ruto and Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo declaring they will contest nomination as the party’s presidential flag bearer.
Twenty-seven MPs, including five Cabinet ministers and several former MPs, civic leaders, young professionals and women leaders from the 47 counties attended the event at Bomas, where former Speaker Francis ole Kaparo was picked as interim chairman.
Other interim officials were not named during the meeting even though a list earlier seen by The Standard had Ruto as the party leader, Mwakwere and Jirongo as vice-chairmen, Wajir South MP Aden Duale (secretary general), Assistant minister Kazungu Kambi (treasurer) and former MP Omingo Magara (organising secretary). More info Click here
Mr William Ruto landed with guns blazing at what he called 'false witnesses' and the judicial commission led by Justice Phillip Waki that probed post-election violence.
He claimed his tribulations with ICC were the work of ‘mercenaries’ hired by his political opponents and dishonest non-governmental organisations splashing money at lying ‘witnesses’. His anger was also trained at Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, which named him in its report as among those who incited the violence and whom he has taken to court in a bid to have his name expunged.
"You can’t hire, rent negotiate or even buy the truth. When the truth will be exposed, the falsehoods will be exposed," he warned.
He accused the Waki team that made drastic recommendations on the violence, and drew up the list of prominent suspects whose names were put in an envelope and handed to the International Criminal Court, of allegedly peddling lies.
He said the commission and KNCHR reports were built on rumour and falsehood and claimed some of the witnesses who testified on the strength of the monetary rewards they received or were promised were now going back on their statements because the financial taps had dried up.
He also revealed in the 30 hours he voluntarily sat before ICC investigators at The Hague, he neither tried to have President Kibaki nor Prime Minister Odinga blamed for the chaos that rocked the country after the 2007 elections that they bitterly fought over.
He also took on human rights groups, which he said, used money and promises of a life of opulence, to induce witnesses to lie and manufacture stories against him.
He first spoke at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where supporters accorded him the rare welcome reserved for gold medalists returning home after their track conquests abroad, then the Panari Hotel where he addressed a news conference.
The hearings to confirm the role played by three of the six Kenyans accused of planning and financing the 2007-08 post-election violence started Thursday, with a defence lawyer accusing prosecutors of failing to properly investigate the unrest.“There has been a failure, a total failure, to investigate the exonerating circumstances in the investigation,” Mr David Hooper, the defence lawyer of Mr William Ruto, told the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC).“I hope the bench appreciates the deep frustration he (Ruto) is feeling. He is here solely because of a flawed investigation based on the over-reliance on a handful of witnesses,” Mr Hooper said, adding “you have been given a slanted and wrong interpretation of evidence”.Presiding judge Ekaterina Trendafilova asked lawyers for Mr Ruto, Mr Henry Kosgey and Mr Joshua Sang, and Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to avoid repetitive arguments and play by the court’s rules.
Higher Education minister William Ruto could finally be headed out of the Cabinet as Prime Minister Raila Odinga moves to punish ODM rebels in Cabinet changes expected this week.Also expected to face the axe are suspended Industrialisation minister Henry Kosgey, East African Community minister Prof Hellen Sambili and Livestock assistant minister Aden Duale as Mr Odinga moves to clamp down on political rebellion on his side of the coalition.Highly placed sources within ODM confirmed that the PM had finally decided to use the opportunity afforded by the constitutional requirement to appoint a new AG to act decisively on rebel party MPs serving in the Cabinet.“If all goes according to plan, it will come next week. It will be about getting rebels and those with court cases out. The party top brass is working out the details,” said one of the Prime Minister’s advisers who cannot be named because, he said, it would be tantamount to pre-empting his boss.The changes are expected to come along with the constitutional obligation to replace long-serving Attorney-General Amos Wako by August 27. It is understood that the appointment should come in good time to enable Mr Wako to hand over to his successor.
Eldoret North MP William Ruto has said he was ready to support a presidential candidate from Western Province if the region rallies behind one of its own. At the same time, former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga has endorsed Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa for the presidency.
"Time has come for generational change. It is time for the have-nots to make their bid at leadership," said Njenga.
Ruto and Njenga spoke in Bumula constituency during the burial of father to Assistant Lands Minister Wakoli Bifwoli, Protus Wakoli.
Ruto said he has no problem supporting a presidential candidate from western as long as the region is united behind that person.
The suspended Higher Education Minister told western Kenya leaders to stop guesswork when it comes to seeking leadership. He said Western and Rift Valley provinces should agree on one person to field for the top seat.
"You cannot make it on your own. Let’s all come together and we will achieve what we want," he said.
Njenga said a meeting will be held in Nairobi next month, where more on his alliance with Wamalwa and other key leaders will be unveiled.
Wamalwa sought the approval of Western Province voters to allow him seek alliances with other leaders outside the region, saying he was ready to push the youth agenda with Njenga and other like-minded leaders.
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has released graphic details of how the killings in Rift Valley were allegedly executed under the command and directions of Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey and radio presenter Joshua arap Sang ahead of confirmation of charges hearing scheduled for September 1.“Their planning included, selecting commanders to oversee attacks in specific areas, fundraising to purchase weapons, identifying callers to broadcast the network’s message on Sang’s show, providing guns, grenades and ammunition to the direct perpetrators, and encouraging the network to permanently drive out Kikuyu, Kamba and Kisii from the Rift Valley by using derogatory terms such as ‘madoadoa’, ‘kimoriok’, and ‘kamama’ or parables to refer to the target groups, and encouraging their followers to “take back what belonged to them,” he reported.According to Mr Ocampo, Mr Sang used his radio station to give directions and also gather updates on the attacks by using hate speech and other names to refer to the people the perpetrators should have attacked.He said Mr Sang helped coordinate the Kapsabet town attack by broadcasting information that “the war had started” in Kapsabet town by encouraging the network members to participate.“Mr Sang coordinated the violence by using coded language to indicate where to attack, after which attackers gathered and attacked the location. Kass FM also broadcast instructions to close roads in the area,” he said.
The first Kenyans to ever face accusations before an international criminal court took to the stands on Thur in a preliminary appearance over events stemming from the 2008 post election violence.
Suspended Cabinet min Ruto, former Industrialisation minister Kosgey and broadcaster Joshua Sang were separately asked to confirm their identities, whether their rights had been explained to them sufficiently and if they had been informed of allegations against them.4 more www.eastafricaradiousa.com