CS Chelugui purchased saw-mill on 200 acre ranch after controversial visit to Italy with DP Ruto
Unprecedented multi-million Italian windfall coordinated through KVDA where top executives are all allies of DP Ruto.
Water and Sanitation Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui allegedly purchased a two hundred acre piece of land worth Sh300 million just two weeks after he returned from an official visit to Italy in the company of Deputy President William Ruto.
Chelugui paid for the land upfront in cash toward the end of last year to one Parminder Singh who is logger and proprietor of the Elgeyo Saw Mills.
According to sources familiar with the Chelugui’s land deal, Hekiro Investments which is associated with the CS made a remittance of Sh300 million to one Mr Singh. The deal was brokered through one Josephat Lowoi, MCA Karuna – Meibeki Ward and presently Majority Leader in neighbouring Uasin Gishu County Assembly.
The entire deal was apparently executed by proxy on behalf of Deputy President William Ruto.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigation is currently probing a multi-billion scandal involving the cash strapped Italian construction firm CMC di Ravenna which paid huge bribes to senior Jubilee government officials out of a Sh4.9 billion down payment it irregularly received last year for the design of Arror hydro-power dam in Kerio Valley, Elgeyo Marakwet County.
CS Chelugui was part of the delegation which accompanied DP Ruto on an official visit to Italy at which time the kickbacks were allegedly paid.
Prior to travelling to Italy, DP Ruto allegedly influenced the appointment of former Keiyo South MP Jackson Kiptanui as chairman Kerio Vallet Development Authority. But even before Kiptanui’s appointment one David Kimosop was re-appointed managing director.
Between the two top executives and members of the board, DP Ruto systematically ‘bought’ the project committee members and those who raised queries were not included in meetings held in high end hotels in Eldoret.
In massively manipulated public participation meetings, Kimosop procured services of select security officers and those who would raise a voice during such meetings were often whisked away.
Sources informed Kenyan News Day each security officer was paid Sh1000 for every meeting attended.Their seniors of course pocketed more.
Mainstream media reporters were heavily compromised with a special team of journalists would cover KVDA functions.Even those on leave or off duty would be present during such meetings.
In a public rally held at Moi Kapsowar Girls last year, furious Deputy President William Ruto did not hesitate to declare on whose side he stood, publicly vowing that the government would crush all those against the construction of Arror Dam terming them ‘enemies of development’.
Months later, turns out that what is believed to be one of the biggest scandals to have engulfed the Jubilee administration was carefully scripted and arranged by DP Ruto himself.
It has now emerged that the insolvent contractor was awarded five state contracts cumulatively worth Sh150 billion for construction of dams across three counties.
There is the Radat dam in Marigat, Baringo County worth Sh20 billion and Kithinu dam in Nkubu, Meru County costing the tax payer Sh26 billion.
This is in addition to three other mega dams awarded to bankrupted CMC di Ravenna which it is supposed to build in Rift Valley region; Itare dam in Nakuru County worth Sh38 billion, Arror dam for Sh38 billion and Kimwarer dam for Sh28 billion, the latter two situated in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
All the three projects are being financed through commercial loans from Italian banks underwritten by the Italian government.
Interestingly, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, local members of parliament Kangogo Bowen (Marakwet East), Keiyo South, James Murgor (Keiyo North) and William Kisang (Marakwet West) – all close allies of Deputy President William Ruto – have maintained a studious silence over the scandal.
If successfully implemented, the Arror Dam and Kimwarer Dam projects would have radically transformed the lives of thousands of people living along the Kerio Valley.
Kenyan News Day will be in the coming weeks run a blow by blow serialisation of how staggering Sh6 billion kickback was shared out among the top allies of DP Ruto.
By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Washington, United States, Mar 23 – The ovaries of transgender men appear to remain functional even after a year of receiving hormonal treatment with testosterone, according to a small Israeli study presented Saturday in the United States.
Transgender men are born female but self-identify as male. Not all of them undergo gender reassignment surgery but lots of them take hormones to make their bodies more masculine.
Doctors from Tel Aviv-Sourasky Medical Center studied 52 transgender men aged between 17 and 40 for a year after they began receiving injections of testosterone.
They had access to the complete results for 32 of them, which is a small sample but studies of this kind are rare.
“Our research shows for the first time that after one year of testosterone treatment, ovary function is preserved to a degree that may allow reproduction,” said the study’s lead investigator, Yona Greenman.
“This information is important for transgender men and their partners who desire to have their own children,” Greenman said.
The level of the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) dropped off after 12 months of treatment but remained in the normal range for fertility, said the researchers, who will present their findings at the annual conference of the Endocrine Society in New Orleans this weekend.
The level of this hormone is an indicator of the so-called ovarian reserve and is used by doctors to assess the remaining egg supply.
There seems to be little chance of a reprieve for Kenyans against the ongoing drought even as they expect the long rains to start pouring down later this month.
This is because the drought, which has left at least 1.1 million people in need of urgent food aid, will not be ending soon and may actually spread out according to the latest predictions by the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD).
Cyclone Idai may have killed more than 500 people and devastated thousands in the southern African nations of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, but in Kenya, the storm is expected to leave millions hungrier, according to KMD.
According to the weatherman, the onset of long rains has delayed because the cyclone delayed the movement of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) — a belt of low pressure near the equator, “where trade winds of the northern and southern hemispheres come together” to create favourable conditions for rains.
As the government and food aid agencies continue distributing food and water to starving Kenyans in different parts especially in Turkana, Baringo and some parts of Coast and northern Kenya, more will need food aid in the coming months as the March-April- May rainfall is expected to be short and sparsely distributed.
Although above-average rainfall for most parts of the country was expected except for parts of Eastern Kenya and the Coastal regions in accordance with the Climate Outlook, the situation has abruptly changed due to the cyclone, said KMD in its latest weather update.
“The seasonal rainfall onset was also expected to be timely over several parts of the country. However, a tropical cyclone known as “IDAI” located in the Mozambican Channel has delayed the northward movement of the rain-bearing ITCZ,” said Stella Aura, the Acting director of meteorological services at KMD, in a briefing.
According to the update, “the cyclone significantly reduced moisture influx into the country and led to the continued sunny and dry weather conditions over the better part of the country.”
And more depressing is the fact that there is a possibility of more tropical cyclones which may further delay rains in the eastern parts of the country and prolonged dry spells in the western counties despite timely onset of the rains.
Also in play is the neutral to cooler than average sea surface temperatures along the Kenyan Coast and very warm sea surface temperatures to the east of which contributed to the delay in the establishment of the ITCZ over Kenya.
Former Civic United Front secretary general Seif Sharif Hamad has defected to the Alliance for Change and Transparency -Wazalendo party, ending a three-year leadership wrangle in Zanzibar’s leading opposition party.
Mr Hamad’s defection immediately after the High Court in Dar es Salaam threw out his petition challenging Prof Ibrahim Lipumba’s chairmanship of the Civic United Front was a culmination of behind-the-scenes negotiations with three Tanzania Mainland opposition parties as he sought an exit.
ACT-Wazalendo party leader Zitto Kabwe on Thursday joined Mr Hamad in a homecoming tour of Zanzibar where they were expected to visit Mr Hamad’s strongholds in Pemba and Unguja Islands.
The CUF enjoys a near-fanatical following in Zanzibar and made significant inroads into the Mainland during the last general election in 2015, more than doubling its MPs.
Mr Hamad holds commanding sway among party supporters whom ACT-Wazalendo hopes to welcome alongside the man they say has remained steadfast in advancing their interests since the 1990s.
Prof Lipumba, who for years worked alongside Hamad, resigned from the position of party chairman in the heat of the 2015 elections, but returned in 2016 to claim the position.
His faction has accused the government through the Registrar of Political Parties of engineering the split in the party by propping up Prof Lipumba.
Mbarara Maharagande, a former CUF spokesperson, told The EastAfrican that at least one million membership cards had been issued to prospective defectors to ACT-Wazalendo.
“We are confident we will print as many more in the coming weeks,” he said.
Sources said that Mr Hamad’s faction settled for ACT-Wazalendo fearing stiff competition within Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) which was also likely to grapple with its own internal rivalries between their leading lights for the presidential ticket.
Chadema national chairman Freeman Mbowe hinted they were interested in recruiting Mr Hamad but said they have taken it in their stride his decision to join ACT-Wazalendo.
“We will work with him from his new base to strengthen our unity,” he said.
Awadhi Ali Said, a former president of Zanzibar Law Society said that Mr Hamad’s defection puts ACT-Wazalendo on equal footing with Chadema in coalition-building ahead of the 2020 elections.
“The defection also raises Mr Kabwe’s stake should he choose to run for the Union presidency, with Mr Hamad in Zanzibar,” said Mr Awadhi.
In Chadema, the defection back to CCM of 2015 opposition presidential candidate Edward Lowassa means the party will likely front Mr Mbowe or its firebrand Singida East MP Tundu Lissu for the top seat.
Mr Lissu is currently in Belgium, where he has been receiving treatment from injuries sustained in a failed assassination attempt in September 2017.