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Court Wants Jubilee Politician Arrested Over Sh2.2m Fraud

By Richard Munguti

Police have been ordered to arrest a Jubilee Party politician charged with defrauding a businesswoman of Sh2.2 million.

Peter Mburu Muthoni, alias Solomon Kamau Nyingi, who is eyeing the Kaguduini ward seat in Murang’a County, will be produced in court on May 22 to plead to six counts of obtaining money through false pretences and forgery.

Issuing the warrant of arrest, Senior Principal Magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot said Mr Muthoni had been summoned to appear in court to answer the six counts filed against him by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He did not turn up, prompting angry residents of the ward to protest in the court precincts and shouting that they do not want to elect a suspect.

The charge sheet handed over to Mr Cheruiyot read that on diverse dates between June 18 and 29, 2016 at Pioneer House in Nairobi, jointly with others not before the court with intent to defraud, obtained Sh2.2 million from Alice Peninah Wanjiku Guchu by pretending that he was in a position to sell her a motor vehicle, a fact he knew to be false.

Mr Muthoni is facing five other counts, among them one of forging and making a national identity card in the name of Solomon Kamau Nyingi.

The prosecution alleges Mr Muthoni purported that the ID was genuine and had been issued to him by the registrar of persons.

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Laikipia Governor Picks 35-Year-Old Running Mate

By Mwangi Ndirangu

Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu has settled on a 35-year-old as his running mate.

Mr Patrick Waigwa, the former chairman of Ward Development Fund at the County Government had initially declared his interest to contest the Laikipia East parliamentary seat on a Jubilee ticket but later opted out under unclear circumstances.

He had resigned from his position at the county government and told close friends and supporters that he would seek to be elected to the National Assembly.

But after the announcement, nothing much was heard from him until Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement by Governor Irungu caught many by surprise as speculations were rife that he would reward people from Laikipia North for supporting him during the recent Jubilee Party primaries.

REWARD SUPPORTERS

“I am indebted to you people from Laikipia North for the many votes you gave me during the Jubilee party nominations. But after wide consultations, I came to the conclusion that I will pick my running mate from Laikipia East Constituency but I can assure you of a big position after August 8,” Governor Irungu told tens of Jubilee supporters gathered at old County Assembly Hall to witness issuance of Jubilee nomination certificates.

Getting the certificate came as a big relief to Governor Irungu following a bitter contest with his main challenger Ndiritu Muriithi.

Mr Muriithi, a nephew to retired President Mwai Kibaki had contested Mr Irungu’s win and the party’s dispute tribunal and the matter eventually ended at the Court of Appeal where the incumbent triumphed.

After receiving the certificate, the Governor extended an olive branch to his political nemesis telling then to abandon plans to contest as independent candidates but come and assist in Jubilee campaigns with an assurance that they would be rewarded with positions at the County Government.

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Nyeri Jubilee Nominees Say Independent Candidates Rebels

By Joseph Wangui

Jubilee Party nominees in Nyeri County have launched a scathing attack on independent candidates terming them as rebels.

The 39 candidates said the “rebel” politicians who ditched the party will be treated as part of the opposition.

Senatorial aspirant Ephraim Maina, who is the group’s spokesman, disclosed that there was an agreement amongst the party aspirants before nominations that losers in primaries will support those who win.

“I am surprised that those who we were competing with have defaulted on this agreement and we are therefore urging voters to completely reject them. In Nyeri they are part of the opposition for defying President Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said.

WORKING WITH NASA

Governorship candidate Wahome Gakuru claimed that independent candidates are working with Nasa and should therefore be denied a chance to hold elective positions in the county and also in the entire Mount Kenya region.

Kieni MP Kanini Kega said electing independent candidates would be harmful to the Head of State in the National Assembly.

He said that elected independent lawmakers will find it hard to operate in parliamentary committees and even sit in the Business Committee that sets the House agenda.

The MP observed that it is likely the current independent candidates will side with either majority or minority sides in parliament, which is contrary to the behaviour of independent candidates as stipulated in the Constitution.

CAMPAIGN FOR UHURU

The politicians further resolved to campaign together for President Kenyatta’s re-election and ensure he gets more than 460,000 votes in Nyeri County.

Mr Maina also said they decided to forget their past political differences to strengthen their newly-agreed political resolve.

He said that the infighting amongst them will only affect the re-election of President Kenyatta, adding that they must now have a working synergy to ensure that the worst does not happen.

“Before nominations, most of us were pulling in different directions but this Jubilee ticket has literally forged a common front for us. Going forward, we shall work together for the sake of our President,” he said.

Among those vying as independent candidates in Nyeri include current Governor Samuel Wamathai, Women Representative Priscilla Nyokabi and Nyeri businessman Dan Wamahiu who is vying for the senate seat.

The independent candidates are, however, insisting they are supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid adding that they lost the party’s ticket unfairly.

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Muntu, Nandala Contest Not FDC’s Biggest Challenge

Photo: Daily Monitor

Determined. FDC party president Mugisha Muntu addresses a rally recently.

opinionBy Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will hold its 4th presidential elections in November this year.

The party, registered on December 16, 2004, celebrated its 12th birthday last year. The current president, Maj Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu, and Nathan Nandala-Mafabi, the party secretary general, are likely to be the main contenders.

The party’s National Council will meet early next month to draw the agenda of the November National Delegates’ Conference, which will elect the FDC president.

The FDC National Council is chaired by Ambassador Wasswa Biriggwa and it comprises district chairpersons, MPs and National Executive Committee (NEC) members.

The delegates’ conference comprises the abovementioned individuals plus district secretaries, secretaries for mobilization, district secretaries for youth and women and constituency chairpersons. These are the people who will elect the next FDC leader.

If he offers himself, Muntu will become the only person who has participated in all FDC presidential elections and national presidential primaries as a candidate.

The last election exposed the FDC fault lines and nearly brought the party to a standstill. Reconciling the party automatically became FDC’s main activity for a number of months.

Holding fairly organized and credible elections has distinguished the FDC from other parties. Of course only stupid people expect the NRM to ever hold credible internal elections when Mr Museveni is still breathing.

The FDC deserves credit. And, for me, that is where FDC and Uganda’s problem lies – transition and continuity. I consider this a bigger problem than torturing the mayor of Kamwenge or the kidnap of 12 children belonging to a murder suspect by police.

Africa has remained behind because we don’t know and never prepare for transitions. In Uganda, it is only Asian businesses that usually survive beyond two generations. Here, I talk about Madhvani, Mehtha and Aga Khan.

I hope the Mulwana empire will survive beyond its founders. Already, the Mukwano empire is being run by the second generation, at least guaranteeing its survival beyond the founders.

The colonial administration, with all its shortcomings, laid a very formidable foundation for us but we have systematically destroyed it (foundation). They built and handed over Mulago hospital in 1962.

After running it down, we recently borrowed more than $100 million to repair it. Mind you, in 1962 Uganda had just about six million people.

Today, we are 37 million and our leader lists renovation of Mulago as an achievement, moreover on borrowed money!

Colonialists built for us the first hydropower dam in Jinja with a capacity of 180MW using the Coffee Stabilization Fund. Power from the colonial dam is sold at three US cents per unit while that of Aga Khan from Bujagali is at 13 US cents.

Look at all our towns: Kampala, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Masaka, Tororo, Soroti, Mbale, etc. The only parts of these towns that are planned are those that were built by the colonial administration.

That, for me, is the biggest challenge. People who started the FDC have slowly exited or retired from active involvement. Here, I talk about Augustine Ruzindana, Amanya Mushega, Dan Wandera Ogalo, Anang Odur, Wafula Oguttu, Jack Sabiiti, John Kazoora, etc. Others such as Sam Njuba and Sulaiman Kiggundu have died.

But even those who are still on the scene such as Salaamu Musumba, Reagan Okumu, Kasiano Wadri, Alice Alaso, and Bwanika Bbaale are less active.

We are lucky that Gen Muntu and Mafabi are still interested in running the FDC. We are even blessed that Col Kizza Besigye has refused to give up the battle.

The real challenge is going to be the human resource still available to serve the FDC and the country. Between Muntu and Mafabi, whoever wins, who will they work with? I mean a set of skilled human resource willing to sacrifice for the FDC and for the country.

At the risk of being reprimanded, I think the current quality of FDC leaders in some positions is no match for its founders. And Museveni, whose duty is to murder institutions, has already identified the weak points.

Look at the NRM leaders today and compare them with those who ushered it in. I keep laughing each time I look at James Waluswaka in parliament, the chap who defeated Emmanuel Dombo in Bunyole East. What about Ibrahim Abiriga, who now represents the mighty Arua municipality?

Countries don’t die but I think Uganda is going to break that record one day. The reason I say countries don’t die is because one still needs a visa to go to Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, etc.

There is absolutely no doubt that Mzee is about to transit. Trouble is that he doesn’t want this even discussed. There are no tested mechanisms that we will employ.

Already, each passing day, Mzee is creating another warlord. What will happen, for example, between Gen Kale Kayihura and Gen Henry Tumukunde when he finally leaves?

Let us, therefore, have a dialogue on who takes charge when the current crop of leaders has gone. At least that should be the debate in FDC.

The author is Kira Municipality MP.

Kajuju Campaigns On Her Own Following Apparent ‘Kikali’ Split

By David Muchui

Meru Jubilee Woman Representative candidate Florence Kajuju is campaigning on her own after a fallout in an outfit she founded with Senator Kiraitu Murungi and Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi.

This is after Mr Murungi distanced himself from politics surrounding the woman representative’s position, saying they were too hot for him while Mr Linturi steered clear of endorsing Ms Kajuju who, nonetheless, won the nominations.

The two leaders’ sentiments signal a split in ‘Kikali’, a campaign outfit formed last year by Mr Murungi, the Jubilee gubernatorial flag bearer, Mr Linturi, the Senate candidate and Ms Kajuju.

The outfit took its identity from the three leaders’ surnames (Kiraitu, Kajuju and Linturi).

The politicians had described Kikali as a union of like-minded Jubilee leaders who were out to unseat Governor Peter Munya and bring change in the county’s leadership.

Kikali had support from four sitting MPs including Joseph M’Eruaki (Igembe North), Kubai Iringo (Igembe Central), Mpuru Aburi (Tigania East) and Rahim Dawood (North Imenti).

With the union apparently on the rocks, Senator Murungi and Mr Linturi have lately been campaigning together but are always careful not to talk about the woman rep candidate.

The disputed Woman rep nomination results sealed the fate of the union after Ms Kawira Mwangaza lost to Ms Kajuju and blamed it on the Kikali outfit.

TO DECAMP

Cracks emerged in the outfit early this year after Jubilee politicians persuaded Ms Mwangaza, then viewed as the most popular candidate, to decamp from the Party of National Unity (PNU).

This forced Ms Kajuju to start a charm offensive to avert being defeated by ‘a newcomer’ in Jubilee Party.

After losing the nominations, Ms Mwangaza accused the ‘Kikali’ trio of wooing her into a trap and vowed to remain in the race as an independent candidate.

“They had promised me that Ms Kajuju would step down for me before the nominations. But as soon as I joined Jubilee Party, Ms Kajuju refused to give in. They told me since I was the most popular candidate, I would beat her in the nominations,” Ms Mwangaza recounted.

Earlier, Ms Kajuju had claimed that she had been promised a top job in government if she abandoned politics, an offer she rejected.

But Ms Kajuju’s win was not enough to bring Kikali together as Mr Murungi made it clear that the Woman rep should not mention his name in her campaigns.

Speaking to a local FM station, Mr Murungi distanced himself from the outcome of the nominations in Meru, saying he was particularly pissed off with the politics touching on the Meru Woman Rep’s seat.

‘WAS UNOPPOSED’

“Politicians who lost in the nominations claim I influenced the outcome. I was not involved in the nominations because I was unopposed. Despite having ‘escaped’ to Nairobi on the nomination day, people still think I had a hand in their defeat. This is a lie and propaganda because I was not there,” he said.

“There is a lot of heat in the Woman rep politics. I am tired of their politics. Let the Meru people know that Ms Kajuju and Ms Mwangaza are my friends but I will not engage in their campaigns again,” he added.

The Senator said he ‘would never attend campaign meeting by any of the two woman rep aspirants’.

“Let Ms Mwangaza and Ms Kajuju campaign on their own. They should not mention me in their meetings and I will not mention them as well. Let the electorate decide and I will support whoever is elected,” Mr Murungi said.

Mr Linturi who spoke during a live interview on a local TV station refused to publicly endorse Ms Kajuju.

But speaking to the Nation by phone, Ms Kajuju said she was capable of fighting her own battles and would win without support from Mr Murungi and Mr Linturi.

‘AMIDST OPPOSITION’

“This is history repeating itself. In 2013, I fought on my own amidst opposition from the Senator who had his woman rep candidate. I also won the recent nominations on my own. I have the capacity to get votes for myself and President Uhuru Kenyatta. That is the most important thing to me,” Ms Kajuju said.

The Kikali outfit was blamed by several aspirants who ditched Jubilee Party in Meru, citing lack of fairness in appointment of officials and the nominations.

Governorship aspirants Kilemi Mwiria and Mwenda Mbijiwe, as well as Woman rep aspirant Karambu Kailemia left Jubilee protesting the ‘Kikali’ outfit’s dominance in the party.

During the Jubilee Party launch in Meru in January, Dr Mwiria who later joined Chap Chap aired his dissatisfaction with ‘Kikali’ before President Uhuru Kenyatta.

South Africa: SACP Protesters Call On Entire Eskom Board to Resign

The Western Cape SACP on Tuesday staged an illegal protest in front of the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC), calling for the entire Eskom board to resign.

Reappointed Eskom chair Brian Molefe was expected to address the African Utility Week at the CTICC in the morning, but unexpectedly cancelled his appearance.

Provincial South African Communist Party secretary Benson Ngqentsu said the protest is against the continued looting at the parastatal.

“Brian Molefe has been redeployed to open the coffers of Eskom for looting,” Ngqentsu told News24.

“He and the entire board should resign,” he said.

Private security

Roughly about 50 SACP supporters gathered outside the CTICC with a strong police presence.

They were holding up posters calling on Parliament to hold an enquiry into Eskom, Prasa and PetroSA. One poster read: “Do not extend the CPS/NET1 contract”.

Private security was posted every entrance of the building.

CTICC spokesperson Susan Davis said they are in conversation with event organisers to ensure the safety of delegates.

Earlier on Tuesday, Davis said she was on the way to organise security on the convention floor.

Protestors were asked to exit the convention square by police, when the shouted “Pantsi Eskom Pantsi.”

“Pantsi Jacob Zuma pantsi,” was later shouted by protesters.

Ngqentsu earlier said the relevant authorities were not available on Monday to gain the necessary permission for the protest.

Source: News24

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Woman Rep Tiyah Galgalo in Fight for Political Survival

By Vivian Jebet

Unlike other counties where there is a scramble for the Woman Representative’s seat, in Isiolo, the situation is different.

Only four candidates will square it out for the position in the August 8 General Election.

The contest pits incumbent Tiyah Galgalo, a former state corporation chairperson Ms Rehema Dida Jaldesa, Mrs Betsy Kaari Mburugu (a former teacher) and Nasibo Sora Abdirahaman, who is the youngest.

Until two weeks ago, only three candidates had remained in the race after the incumbent lost in the Jubilee nominations and conceded defeat saying she won’t be defending her seat in August.

But later, Ms Galgalo made a political about-turn confirming that she was fully in the race to defend her seat.

CITED RIGGING

Ms Galgalo, one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ardent defenders cited cases of rigging and irregularities during the nominations and opted to vie as an independent candidate. Ms Dida garnered 18,361 votes against Ms Galgalo’s 10,831 in the primaries.

The Jubilee flagbearer who now enjoys the popularity of the party in the region will face off with Ms Mburugu, a newcomer in politics who is vying on a Party of National Unity (PNU), Ms Galgalo (Independent) and a 31-year-old Ms Abdirahaman of the Wiper party.

Earlier pundits had predicted an early win for Ms Dida, the immediate former chairperson of Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE) following the short-lived resignation of Ms Galgalo from politics.

Three of the contestants are set to split the Borana community votes, which are considered the highest compared to other local communities.

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Only two out of five cosmopolitan communities have fronted their candidates for the position, with Ms Mburugu representing the Merus while the rest are from the larger Borana community.

In an interview with the Nation, Ms Galgalo expressed hope she would be re-elected, saying her achievements in the last four-and-half years spoke volumes.

“I have worked together, tirelessly with the National Government, to bring about a lot of development projects to this region… if elected I will redouble my efforts,” she states.

She mentioned the establishment of Huduma Centre, construction of Sh350 million Gotu Bridge, employment and women empowerment programmes through the Affirmative Action Fund, as some of the projects she championed in the county.

Ms Dida, who has received massive support from the Friends of Bahari (FOB) team and had sleepless night in campaigns to clinch the party ticket, too exuded confident she would clinch the second most-contested seat in the county in the August 8 General Election.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

Ms Dida, has on several occasions bragged of having improved the welfare of women in the county, despite having not held any political seat.

“I will focus on women and youth empowerment, promote talent among young people, introduce culture and entrepreneurship and encourage personal savings if elected,” said Ms Dida.

She contested for the first time in 2013 on a URP ticket but narrowly lost to Ms Galgalo. She was then appointed by President Kenyatta as the Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority (ENNDA) chairperson and later transferred to KIE.

Ms Galgalo and Ms Dida have publicly claimed to have close working relations with the top country’s leadership including President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto, hence their ability to earn the region a ‘huge chunk of the national cake’.

But their other rival, Mrs Mburugu insists she too is a force to reckon with and was confident she would clinch the seat, as she had the support from all the communities.

ELECTORAL AGENDA

The former teacher is banking on her 27-year-experience and good relations to unseat Ms Galgalo.

Her electoral agenda are anchored on education for the girl child, championing for women and youth empowerment and adequate care for the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.

Mrs Mburugu, a first-timer in politics, has accused the incumbent of doing little to uplift women in the region.

But even as the three contenders blow their trumpets, the entry into the race by youthful aspirant, Ms Abdirahaman, 31, now threatens to dissolve the equations of the three contesters.

BACK TO DRAWING BOARD

Her bid has forced her competitors to go back to the drawing board to strategise on a new winning formula.

She has hit the campaign trail, claiming that the region needed, fresh and young blood that will represent ‘real’ issues affecting locals especially in remote areas.

“Women and youths have been forgotten for years yet they are the largest number that elects politicians,” said Ms Abdirahaman.

She wants to be an example by offering motivation that even youths can offer better leadership.

Welcome Back for Another Beating, Jubilee Nominees Tell Kabogo

By Eric Wainaina

Jubilee Party nominees in Kiambu County have welcomed Governor William Kabogo’s come back as an independent candidate to defend the seat and told him to brace for a more embarrassing defeat than which he experienced during the party primaries.

The leaders termed Mr Kabogo’s candidature which he announced on Sunday as “inconsequential” and told him that his union with other losers in Mount Kenya was destined to flop because independent candidates will not be entertained in the region.

They were senator Kimani Wamatangi, Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu who is the governor nominee, Gathoni Wamuchomba (Woman Rep) nominee, MP nominees Alice N’gan’ga (Thika) Kimani Ichun’gwa (Kikuyu), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Ann Kibe (Gatundu North) and Kago wa Lydia (Githunguri)

Others were Githua Wamachukuru (Kabete), Paul Koinange (Kiambaa), Peter Mwathi (Limuru), N’gan’ga Kingara (Ruiru) and Jonah Mburu (Lari) and all the 60 ward representative nominees, who in their speeches, vowed to work as a team and called for a six-piece suit voting in August.

The leaders spoke at Ndumberi Stadium on Sunday evening where they received their nomination certificates.

HANG BOOTS

Mr Kabogo, they said, should have hanged his boots because he is headed for another humiliation since he will face the some voters who rejected him.

Senator Wamatangi said Mr Kabogo and other leaders from Mount Kenya region who lost during the primaries should respect the decision of the voters.

To him, the party ticket losers should be sure of another rejection at the ballot should they insist on contesting as independent candidates.

“President Kenyatta is the general of central Kenya region and presently he is the general of the country and we are not seeking to replace him or get a substitute until 2022.

“We will not divide our people because of individuals who have been meeting in hotels and boardrooms with a view to strategising on how to control politics in our region,” he said.

Mr Wamatangi said the losers should not blame President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto because the two never had preferred candidates.

Governor Kabogo is being seen as the independent aspirants’ leader after he presided over a meeting last week bringing together governors Joseph Ndathi (Kirinyaga) Kinuthia Mbugua (Nakuru), three governor aspirants and other 200 aspirants to deliberate on their independent candidature.

TREAD CAREFULLY

Mr Waititu, who handed Mr Kabogo an embarrassing defeat, said the governor’s comeback was a non issue to him.

“Let him come. He should not blame the President or his deputy for his loss because it’s the people who rejected him… in fact he will be more humiliated because he will not even get the 69, 000 voters he got in the primaries,” Mr Waititu said.

The Kabete MP who has been a fierce critic of Mr Kabogo told those who were defeated to tread carefully, warning them that their plot to unite with the aim of threatening and intimidating the president will back fire on them.

Thika MP said: “Those leaders are destined to fail. Uhuru should not be dragged to local and petty politics, he has Nasa leaders to fight with,

Gatundu South MP told Mount Kenya voters not to tolerate independent candidates, saying the nominees have now ready to campaign for the president without distractions.

So, Why Did Museveni Collect All Those Thieves?

columnBy Alan Tacca

The ‘how’ is quite straightforward. When President Museveni’s rule was young, you had this generalised euphoria across roughly three-quarters of Uganda.

Field Marshal Idi Amin, Dr Milton Obote, and finally Okello’s military junta had been overthrown. Twenty years of chaos and outright fascism had apparently been ended. And Museveni and his guerrilla outfit had delivered the final blow.

As a foreign army not directly in power, when the Tanzanians drove off Amin in 1979, many ordinary Ugandans freely gave small personal belongings like portable radios, watches and cash to individual Tanzanian liberators in appreciation. (Later, of course, some of the liberators enforced the gift-giving!)

When Museveni and the NRA seized power in 1986, Ugandans literally gave them the Treasury.

For a time, Mr Museveni could virtually do no wrong. He was talking of beans, plastic mugs and locally made furniture for State House. Ugandans asked rhetorically: How could such an idealist steal money from their Treasury?

All these current incriminatory allusions from Opposition politicians, that a fish starts rotting from the head, would have sounded very strange 30 years ago.

When observers began to worry that senior military officers and NRM politicians were helping themselves to State resources beyond their legitimate earnings, there was a kind of sympathetic allowance that perhaps the impoverished Bush War heroes could bend the rules here and there, as long as there was not too much greed, before being subjected to ruthless scrutiny. As our liberators, we let them steal a little to buy handkerchiefs and proper shoes.

When little grew bigger, alarmed commentators discussing the subject almost always inserted a clause that absolved the President, “who himself (was) not corrupt”; or “who (was) not known to be corrupt”.

So, your fish could be rotting at the fins, or anywhere else, but not the head.

Held above serious suspicion, the President may have thought it expedient to let his comrades live by their devices in their different offices.

After all, to selectively adjust their pay upwards would have been impossible. Tom, Dick and Harry (who did not fight) would come like flies, demanding higher pay.

But Ugandans now had the blue-eyed thieves to imitate, and to work with. They formed their syndicates, wove their networks and sharpened their skills. Gradually, they buried their conscience, until man and pig were almost indistinguishable.

Where millions were stolen with a touch of shame in the days of the great Kaijuka, billions are now removed with something akin to heroic triumph. You can even remove the money in the form of executive handshakes; or reach into the Treasury and pick a few billions for paying your taxes into the same Treasury! That was/is the ‘how’ of things, the way President Museveni’s thieves grew and multiplied.

The ‘why’ is more puzzling, considering that he is a smart person who would know that, unchecked, corruption would become a monster capable of swallowing the national economy.

Every stolen government shilling factors itself into higher taxes tomorrow, or reduced goods/services delivery; or both.

Also, every bribe or political ‘contribution’ from an investor (be they small and local, or big and foreign) translates into higher prices or the investor’s decline; or both.

No President or monarch, however powerful or warlike, can change that.

So, why did Museveni collect all those thieves?

Well, in the first days, as we have seen, moderate corruption could have been allowed to enable the new ruling elite to (materially) improve themselves. An evil equaliser.

But when the vote entered the militarised frame, massive corruption could have served the inner circle of the NRM Movement political machine; and, later, of the NRM party. Steal two dollars; give one to the party.

So greed was/is good for the NRM. And it makes sense, if we view the NRM (party) as a pen and keyboard-wielding white collar guerrilla organisation occupying the State. Indeed, periodically, citizens are firmly reminded that the gun-toting NRA can be resurrected to buttress the white collar occupation.

But why all this speculative stuff? President Museveni explains many things; he should one day tell us why he collected so many thieves during his rule.

Mr Tacca is a novelist, socio-political commentator.

Two Jubilee Aspirants in Nakuru Miss Nomination Certificates

By Joseph Openda

Nominated Senator Martha Wangari, Jubilee Party’s nominee for the Gilgil parliamentary seat missed out on her certificate on Friday after the party informed her that her opponent, incumbent MP Nderitu Mathenge, had lodged a petition against her nomination with the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal in Nairobi.

Also missing out on the certificate is the Molo parliamentary seat nominee Kimani Kuria who was told by party official The Jubilee Party official Mr Swaleh Kadara that his document had been withheld because it had a typo error which needed to be corrected.

Mr Mathenge had been declared the winner in the primaries which were hotly contested between the two but Ms Wangari petitioned the party’s disputes resolutions tribunal which declared her the winner, arguing that the nominations was marred by irregularities.

In Molo, the sitting MP Jacob Macharia lodged a complaint with the Jubilee party tribunal challenging the results after he lost to Mr Kuria.

Last week Molo residents held a two day demonstrations after rumours went round that the certificate had been handed to Mr Macharia.

They blocked the busy Nakuru Eldoret highway causing a traffic snarl for over four hours forcing police to lobe teargas canisters in order to disperse them.

The protests prompted the tribunal to summon Mr Kuria after which it was confirmed that the certificate was yet to be issued.

Mr Kuria garnered 13,505 votes against Mr Macharia’s 8,701.

Mr Kadara has urged the supporters of the two aspirants to remain calm as the certificates will be handed over once the issues have been solved.

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