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One of the attackers killed at Dusit hotel complex.

Elite units have killed two terrorists at Dusit Hotel complex in Westlands, Nairobi as operation to neutralise attackers continues.


At least 174 people have been rescued in an attack that has left 15 people dead. The bodies arrived at Chiromo Mortuary by 1am and more are expected. Attendants said they had been put on standby.

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Identification papers indicated that 11 were Kenyans one was American and one was British while two others did not have their documents.

Reports indicate that five gunmen stormed the building in an attack that begun after 3pm on Tuesday. There was an explosion at the parking lot and then a suicide bomb blast in the hallway of the dusitD2 Hotel. One of attackers blew himself up on Tuesday.

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NAIROBI, KENYA: Members of Ekeza Sacco Monday took to the streets paralyzing transport and business along the busy Kiambu road in Nairobi.

The angry members camped at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters to record statements over claims of savings misappropriation by the Ekeza Sacco management. However, they were met with teargas as they tried to air their grievances.
Detectives investigating fraud claims against Ekeza Sacco and Gakuyo Real Estate associated with controversial Bishop David Ngari Gakuyo had on Wednesday invited contributors to the two schemes to record statements today (Monday).
 “We closed all our business and came here (at DCI HQ) to record a statement only to be turned away” an angry members told reporters.

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“We came here armed with all documents, and now we are being told that the people from Nairobi to come another day to record statement, this is unfair. Our children are not going to school, we want Interior CS Fred Matiangí to address us since we have  lost faith in DCI  ” she added.
In a letter dated March 13, 2019, signed by John Kariuki on behalf of DCI George Kinoti, the DCI said his office has received numerous fraud complaints touching on the two organisations.
“To further our investigations into the matter, the general public who have been defrauded in the scheme and hail from Nairobi and Kiambu counties are advised to report to the DCI headquarters along Kiambu road on March 18, 2019 at 9.am,”reads part of the letter.
David Ngari, a televangelist and owner of Ekeza, is alleged to have used his reputation as a man of the cloth to lure followers into pumping billions of shillings into his organisation.
A report earlier indicated that he has irregularly transferred Sh1.5 billion from the troubled Savings and Credit Co-operative Society to his personal account.

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He reportedly transferred the money between 2015 and 2017, according to a report prepared by a team appointed by Commissioner for Cooperatives Mary Mungai last December to audit the Sacco. 
The report shows Gakuyo transferred Sh88 million in 2015, Sh850 million in 2016 and Sh625 million in 2017.
Of the Sh1.5 billion, Sh507 million was loaned to some Ekeza Sacco members who wanted to own homes under Chosen Green City, a housing project in Kabati, Murang’a County. The project was being undertaken by the Sacco’s sister company, Gakuyo Real Estate.
“So we can say the money Gakuyo owes members is about Sh1 billion. This is the money he took illegally and without any approval of the members, and it is the money we want him to pay,” said Mr. Njoroge.
He said part of the money Gakuyo transferred to his account illegally was used to pay lawyers to oversee the purchase of land and houses by the Sacco.

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Teachers have decried poor health services being provided at health facilities contracted by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

Led by the Kenya National Union of Post Education Teachers (KUPPET) Central Kenya official Mwangi Mburu, the teachers claimed that majority of hospitals listed to give them health services lack capacity to provide standard treatment.

Speaking at Kigumo during the sub county education day on Saturday, Mburu lamented that teachers have contracted AON-Minet Insurance to the tune of Sh5.9 billion, but they were not getting quality services.

He observed majority of teachers have now opted to meet medical bills for their family members from their own pockets as some of the listed medical facilities lack drugs among other specialized equipment.

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“Teachers remain covered but it was unfortunate that whenever they visit contracted hospital they fail to get prescribed drugs,” added Mwangi.

Mwangi who is also the Murang’a branch executive secretary divulged that some of the medical facilities have since withdrawn their services, leaving teachers with nowhere else to get medical attention.

“After the union wrote to TSC seeking answers, they went ahead procured drugs, but which are yet to reach the respective health facilities,” he said.

“KUPPET has always embraced dialogue with the teacher’s employer over the years but facilities contracted to provide health services are withdrawing one by one,” added the union official.

He said teachers’ patience was fast running out and they might be forced to down their tools as TSC has failed to contract another provider.

“If the employer fails to get another deal teachers should get their money back, instead of going through the current challenges,” said the union official.

Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata, who graced the occasion, said health cover for the teachers should be addressed without further delay.

Kang’ata said the matter should be deliberated in the national assembly and senate as it involves public resources.

“TSC should address the members’ concerns and secure a provider with enough capacity in service delivery. There are over 250,000 teachers whom should not be ignored by their employer especially in matters pertaining to health,” said the senator.

 

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A vicious corporate war between Equity Bank and the Presbyterian Church of East Africa is brewing over a criminal case pitting the church’s leadership against former moderator David Gathanju and two others.
Equity Bank is associated with tycoon James Mwangi well known for alleged money laundering.
Gathanju who was the highest-ranking official of the church’s general assembly (moderator) between 2009 and 2015 is charged alongside James Muiruri a former finance officer at the church and Peter Kamuthu the former PCEA communication director.
The three were in November 2017 charged that on diverse dates between January 2 2016 and June 30 2017, at PCEA headquarters in Nairobi’s South C Estate, they conspired to steal from the church.
In the second count, they were accused of stealing the money which came into their possession by virtue of their employment. They denied the charges and were released on a Sh3 million bond or cash bail of Sh1 million each.
PCEA secretary general of the General Assembly Rev Peter Kania, his deputy Mugendi Kanga and treasurer Amon Nderi accused the trio of stealing money from the church by forging their signatures to transfer funds from church accounts.
The accounts in question include Paye 1280299474033, MMF 0170293300452, investments 1280265622149, and disaster 0180297935327, all at Equity Bank.
Since forgery of cheques claims touch on banks, then operations manager for Nairobi West Equity branch where the accounts are, Chebet Rotich, recorded a statement on December 8 2017 at the DCI headquarters a whole two months after the accused took plea on October 18 2017.
The delay in her recording a statement on the matter raised questions into how the DCI and Office of Director of Public Prosecutions officials had the suspects taking plea before they conducted basic investigations.
The DCI only recorded statements from witnesses when the case had already commenced without even bothering to substantiate the claims which, according to legal experts, are highly unethical and criminal.
The case’s hearing is set for March 26 to 28 after failing to take off on August 7-9 last year, due to what prosecutor Christine Mbevi described as a review of the case by DPP.
The prosecution continued to use this excuse until senior principal magistrate Stella Atambo, who is hearing the matter, church and defence lawyers complained, prompting the court to set the new dates amid warning the case proceeds without fail.
The church through lawyer Gibson Kamau Kuria, prosecution and defence lawyers said they were ready to proceed. The case has stagnated for the last 18 months.
However, as things stand, the church seems to be reading from a different script with Kuria. Senior church officials are busy intimidating other witnesses not to obey court summons to tender evidence.
However sources at the church indicate Equity Bank has refused to yield to these threats, insisting non-appearance would cause severe negative publicity on its part.
It should be noted that Chebet had recorded in her statement that before any transaction took place, she would call Rev Kania, or in his absence Nderi, to authorise the transactions.

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She went ahead and gave call logs of the communication with the church officials. Her statement contradicts the well-choreographed narrative of forgery claims.
DCI document examiner CI Alex Mwongera Mathiu, under supervision of Michira Ndege, in his report on December 11 2017 (Doc. CID/ORG/8/3/1/1148), indicated that signatures for Kania, Kanga, Nderi, Njane, and Esther Wanjiku had been forged, and those of Gathanju and Kamuthu were genuine.
This therefore simply pits the church and state against the bank on forgery claims. With the bank and church officials at loggerheads, the latter resorted to sabotage and intimidation in a desperate move seen as trying to force the bank to play ball as far as the case is concerned.
In a communique to all presbyteries on October 31 2018, Rev Kania informed the church that the head office was in the process of “restructuring and downsizing operations”, thus had closed some Equity accounts and replaced them with KCB accounts.
Sources at the church however say there was no any downsizing but basically a replacement of Equity with KCB for refusing to play ball in the case.
Some of the closed accounts included head opffice, account number 0170293300452; Investments (1280265622149); Paye (1280299474033); insurance (0470296395999) and Presbytery University of Eastern Africa (1280264350532).
All the closed accounts are part of the Gathanju case, implying the officials have been busy on a coverup mission.
Disaster, foundation and welfare accounts were closed soon after the Gathanju case began in 2017.
Reports from the church also indicate the officials have further instructed clergy to have all employee, congregation and groups’ accounts that are in Equity, transferred to KCB preferably by end of March; the reason being given for the transfer being to enhance bargaining power to borrow from KCB – some sort of guarantee.
How can employee, including clergy accounts, be used as collateral? Officials are silent on accounts in other banks.
Currently, PCEA has over 4,000 congregations. Each congregation has groups, including women’s guild, PCMF, church school, which, in addition to the congregation account, also operates theirs.
This means each congregation has over seven accounts. Further, parish and presbytery levels operate accounts.
This adds to minimum 30,000 accounts, without including institutions such as schools sponsored by the church and employees.
At least half of these are Equity accounts due to accessibility, meaning over 15,000. With only an average Sh1,000 transaction fee for an account per month, this translates to a minimum of Sh15 million monthly, and Sh180 million annually.
This is the distance church officials are willing to go, seeking to undermine other institutions for self-preservation, while using the church as a shield.
But what worries officials the most is the fact that it will be impossible to proceed with the case without church auditor Maina Kinyua who is also a witness in the case tabling 2016/17 audited accounts to show how the church accounted for the stolen money.
The accounts were rejected by the church’s general assembly in April 2018. These accounts, which are public documents on church website, are a complete fabrication, casting aspersion on how 2017/18 accounts have been prepared without the foundation that is 2016/17 accounts.



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