The Solai Tragedy: Let’s Wake Up From Our Handshake Falacy, Corruption is Here To Stay…

By Mwanzia Kasalu

Patel dam has just exploded waking up Kenyans from their handshake and 2022 slumber. This country has one big problem, corruption. As a first born whose second name is graft and surname is greed. His second sibling is incompetence, followed by mediocrity. Their godfather is tribalism. This cocktail makes sure you are kept in high strung political mode with no space to sit and evaluate where Kenya is headed.

That dam though an after thought by default was meant to wash away part of the misery around Solai. It has washed over 40 people to death and some are missing. The irony is I still have the energy to type this while waiting for a plate of hot dinner. I wonder what the people who commissioned it for use by the locals are doing now?

The dam is an earth dam. An earth dam’s embarkment is made of loose material and boulders. For those who may not know, the dam is the barrier that blocks water, the water is held in the reservoir. Now Patel dam looks like an old quarry that was run by a Patel. Ideally it was supposed to be turned into an earthfill but it seems it filled up with water and someone decided to let it be and call it a dam. The cheapest option available to save money and time.

Corruption comes in at the point where Patel was supposed to fill it up but he did not. Whoever was supposed to make sure he makes good that requirement for quarry operators knows why he looked the other way. Patel then can be termed as incompetent, another killer of dreams in this country.

Mediocrity comes where people saw water had filled a quarry, called it Patel dam and went on with their lives fetching water and watering their animals during the dry season. No one ever saw leakages if they saw it was ignores. Such accidents are not events but processes.

Condolences to those who have lost loved ones in this avoidable calamity. To County Governments, go after quarry operators and compel them to fill up abandoned quarries. If not, they should all the evaluated for safety and adjustments made. Let’s not forget about this when another County decides to buy MCAs tablets worth eight million shillings. No Kenyan should lose life because of an abandoned quarry again.

Kenyans Want Development, Not Politics: Ngilu

Kitui, Tuesday May 8,

Courtesy of The Governor’s

Kitui governor HE Charity Ngilu signs the visitors’ book upon her arrival at Ikutha Girls’ Secondary School, Kitui South today.

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has called upon elected leaders cease their endless politicking and deliver to their electorates. Addressing residents of Kamutei, Ikutha and Athi residents in Kitui South Sub-county today, Ngilu expressed displeasure in the continued political drama targeting 2022 succession.

She said politics ended with the 2017 general elections and Kenyan leaders should instead focus on development agendas that will push forward the country’s main transformative agenda.

“Let us shun intermittent politicking in our county and country, when are we going to embrace sanity as a people?” she challenged.

She dared leaders to deliver their campaign manifesto before engaging in premature politics. Ngilu pointed out that while competitive politics are healthy in the right time, leaders should avoid the platform of politics for the mere sake of, engage in development oriented endeavours and reserve politicking for the next electioneering period.

“We want to achieve what we must first do – development-, instead of talking about 2022,” Ngilu quipped.

The Governor affirmed her personal commitment to equally pursue development in all the corners of Kitui County.

During the tour, she issued cheques worth sh.300, 000 and sh.500, 000 to Kamutei Mixed and Ikutha Girls Secondary schools respectively.

She also distributed sanitary towels to girls in the two schools and proceeded to Athi where heavy rains caused devastating damage in the area. Over 300 residents benefitted from beddings from the partnership of the County government and the Kenya Red Cross.
Ngilu pledged to facilitate the setting up of a dispensary in the area to enable access to medical services and shorten distances travelled in search for such services.

Kasikeu Ward no Longer Maginalized in Makueni County Assembly

Kilome, Wednesday May 2,

By Mully Daniel

The symbiotic relationship between leaders and teamwork is transforming developments and services to the people of Kasikeu ward they are enjoying now something they have never seen in the last 5 years during the famous ‘kukusanisya isandoo’ wrangles between the executive and makueni assembly legislators.

This wrangles made it impossible for the executive to execute its mandate in time. Bills from the executive would take long in Parliament.

This however, has changed after the swearing in of new MCA’s who care and are developmental orientated leaders.

Unlikely in the last Parliament where parliamentarians from makueni assembly would word very hard to derail Gov Kivutha’s development dreams, the new milestone have been made upon the inception of the new MCA’s.

Hon Tangai being one of the leaders who have maintained strong relationship with the His county boss and the executive CEO Gov Kibwana have made it possible for Kasikeu people to be considered together with other MCA’s from other Wards.

Kitui County Governor to Launch Massive Mineral Extraction Expedition Tomorrow

Kitui, Tuesday May 1,

Courtesy of the Governor’s Press

Kitui County Governor H. E. Charity Kaluki Ngilu will be launching her push for the extraction of massive Kitui mineral wealth tomorrow, begining with a visit to the land owners in the demarcated mining sites.

The governor will make about seven stops to sensitize the residents on being alert and participating in the decision making process so as to ensure the mining activities change their lives for the better.

According to the official programme, Governor Ngilu will fly to Ngaiye area of Kyuso, then drive to Mathuki in the Mui basin, move to Mutito, Kanziku, Mathima, Ikanga and end the itinerary at Mithikwani area of Kitui West.
Also, the governor will pass by Kanyoonyoo to express her solidarity with victims of flooding in the area before embarking on her eye-opening tour.

The county has cosmic deposits of assorted valuable minerals including coal, iron ore, Limestone, gypsum, graphite, granite, quartz and copper that dot many parts of the region.

Several prospectors are said to have obtained licenses in the past years and continue to occupy people’s land to date without an elaborate compensation process.

The meetings come ahead of a major stakeholders forum that the Governor will chair on Friday at Kefri , Kitui Town, that will bring together holders of mining licenses , the County Government of Kitui, the National Government and the communities that live on the land bearing the minerals.

The meeting is expected to discuss how best to utilize the mineral to the benefit for of all stakeholders, the compensation plan for residents, the law governing the whole process, the source of compensation money and the formulae of sharing and distribution of mineral benefits.

Mrs. Ngilu has also invited the Wiper leader and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka to the meeting, alongside the Kitui Senator and Women Representative. all Kitui MPs, Former Senator David Musila, MCAs, former MPs, former councilors, Cabinet Secretary for Mining, Religious leaders and Community leaders to be part of the big mineral conversation.

At stake is the fate of mining licenses being held by firms for the last seven years without a tangible effort to start mining the vast mineral deposits.

Governor Ngilu’s focus on mining resonates with her fifth pillar of Wealth Creation in her manifesto. The governor believes that through organized utilization of Kitui’s minerals that is devoid of exploiting the land owners is one of the quickest ways of developing the county.

MCA’S Corrupt Deal Backfires as Accomplice Freaks, Sells Out to The Media!

Kitui, Wednesday April 25,

by The Kitui Newspaper Investigative Team

The Matinyani Ward MCA has hit the headlines one more time; his deal to ‘influence’ a 1.8 million tender award backfiring right on his face, after the youth he obtained money from freaked out and spilt it all to the media.

The 26 year old Tony Katana got uneasy when Hon. Sylvester Munyalo Kitheka, the Matinyani Ward Representative, got suddenly evasive and stopped answering his calls, after he allegedly bribed him a whooping Ksh. 40,000 following his promise to influence his awarding of a pipeline extension tender in Matinyani Ward. Tony approached Kitui Newspaper with the intention of publishing a paid notice for the refund of the money, failure to which he would take legal action. Innocently, he spilt all the beans on the deal; including screenshots of their conversations, his transaction histories, and call logs of both the legislator and his uncle who was brokering the deal.

Tony, a youth from Syongila in Kitui Central, who has family ties with the Mwendwa’s family in Matinyani; revealed to the Kitui Newspaper reporter that his Uncle, Mr. Ngala introduced him to the MCA, who is populary known as Yaamu. He disclosed that the uncle, a teacher at Kitui Water Institute (KEWI) at Syongila, arranged a meeting at the MCAs Matinyani home on Sunday 15th April around 9.00 am. the MCA asked promised directly to ‘hand over’ the tender to him at an appreciation token of Ksh. 40,000; insisting on cash transactions.

“The following day, at around 2.00 pm, mheshimiwa called me and we met around the Kitui Bus Stage,” confided the nervous youth. “When I got into his car, he asked me for his ‘package’ but I got suspicious because he had no documents to seal the deal. I told him to give me more time and consulted with my uncle after.”
Mr. Ngala assured Tony that there was nothing to fear, and he claimed he went ahead and borrowed the amount from a relative.

Screenshot of the transaction history when Tony borrowed the money

On Tuesday 17th april, between 1.00pm and 2.00 pm, Tony claimed that he met Hon. Kitheka at the Royal Makuti, a popular eatery opposite the GK Prison Kitui Town and handed him the cash; after much pestering from both his uncle and the mca. The legislator left almost immediately, claiming he was in a hurry to rush to some funeral; but not before telling Tony to meet him in town the next day at 11. am to pick the documents for the job.

The next day, the MCa’s phone was switched off till around 3.30 pm, according to Tony’s statements. He spend the whole day in a limbo, and when he finally got through to Hon. Yaamu, he curtly told him that he was attending some burial and ignored him till the time he approached the press.

Tony send both his uncle, Mr Ngala, and MCA Kitheka messages; making it clear that he was out of the deal and he wanted his cash back by Friday 10.00 am. None bothered to reply or call back. That was when he approached Kitui Newspaper with an intention of publishing a paid notice to the two with the same message.
But on Friday evening, Tony called for a meeting, where he cancelled his reserved notice, claiming the MCA had ‘started co-operating’. He claimed that around 6.00 pm, Hon Kitheka had taken him to the Kitui General Offices where they supposedly met a procurement officer by the name Mr. Munyaka. He claimed that Mr. Munyaka gave him tender documents to fill up, which he did, but since he had forgotten to carry his company stamps, they agreed the MCA arrange for a meeting the next day so that he can stamp the documents. From the Kitui General Hospital offices, Tony confired that they proceeded to the Ministry of Education where they allegedly met a lady who was introduced to him by Hon. Yaamu as the Chief Officer Ministry of Education.
When the kitui newspaper investigative team called the MCA for a commentary on the story, the legislator was apprehensive and kept steering off the point. He challenged the originator of such allegations to go to court and prove any such transaction took place. He however made an interesting disclosure: there was no pipeline extension tender in Matinyani Ward!
Days after, when Kitui Newspaper revealed that they would be running a full story on this scam, the businessman, Mr Tony Katana switched lanes again! He challenged the editorial team to run the story on their own; threatening never to testify to their favor, but instead claim that the MCA sold him a cow which he took to his ranch in Naivasha!
The Matinyani Ward MCA, Hon. Sylvester Munyalo Kitheka has been on the spot severally in the past for claims of swiddling money from unsuspecting members of the public.

Screenshots of the chats and call logs between Businessman Tony Katana, Mr Ngala and the Matinyani Ward MCA Hon. Sylvester Kitheka. Their corrupt deal backfired when Mr Tony freaked out and disclosed everything to the press

Kitui Newspaper investigative team will continue digging into the corruption malpractices in our county government, and more so by our elected leaders. We vow to bring you out the ill and the rot in our society without any fear of threats or appraisals whatsoever. Anybody with an expose feel free to reach us through our contacts provided in the website Contacts page.

Angry Residents Lock Up MCA office!

Kitui, Wednesday, April 18

By Victor Vundi

Mutonguni Ward MCA elect, Hon. Musee Mati address irate residents of Mutonguni Ward after they locked up the Ward Rep offices in Tulia Shopping Centre earlier today.

Mutonguni Ward MCA elect Hon Eng Musee Mati in Tulia Shopping Centre, which hosts Mutonguni Ward Offices, today made an impromptu visit to the offices accompanied by enthusiastic residents to demand for accountability on spending of ward funds.

Speaking to a charged crowd gathered outside the office, which unanimously demanded accountability and agreed with the MCA elect that the office should be closed indefinitely pending determination and the outcome of the appeal before a Kitui judge, Hon Mati made it clear that he will not relent until the supreme will of the people of Mutonguni is respected.

The political drama in Mutonguni is far from ending and it appears to be gaining momentum to high voltage politics never witnessed before in Kitui West.

On Monday this week, the MCA issued a press statement at a Kitui Hotel, condemning the defiant move by the County Assembly speaker George Ndoto of allowing his opponent, the dethroned MCA Baridi Mbevo to continue attending assembly seatings and conduct house business in the name of the Mutonguni Ward Representative. Displaying his IEBC certificate, gazette notice, and copies of the appeal ruling by the High Court of Kitui; Hon Mati called upon the national government anf the Devolution Ministry to step in and quell the situation. He demanded accountability and transparency in the matter, disclosing that he had information that Mr. Mbevo was still recieving salaries from public coffers, despite having been degazetted as an MCA and the Kitui High Court denying him stay orders after filing an appeal.

Follow the link below to view the full video of Mutonguni Ward MCA’s press statement: MCA in Kitui County Assembly!

Am Beginning to Get Tired with Wiper: Governor Kibwana

The makueni governor, H. E. Kivutha Kibwana today expressed his discomfort with the Wiper Party, hinting his possibility of ditching the party.

In a post in the OKM Whatsapp group, governor Kibwana made it clear that he was beginning to tire with the never-ending fights inside the Wiper Party, and moreso the newly formed outfit, One Kenya Movement. He accused top leadership in Wiper of deriving pleasure from abusing and intimidating the very own people who are responsible for drumming support for Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka.

Kibwana accused the Mwingi Central MP Hon. Mulyungi of ill-will on the idea of unifying Ukambani region.

“I am disappointed that after we did a lot of work to help Party Leader to bring our community together Hon. Mulyungi saw it fit to virulently attack Gov. Ngilu. Other Wiper leaders relish in abusing some of the Makueni people who are working day and night to help (Hon. Kalonzo). They continue to view those who came to Wiper recently as outsiders. Personally, I am beginning to be fatigued,” read the 7.21 PM post by kibwana.

Hon. Mulyungi has been trending all over social media in the last two weeks following a tirrage of insults he unleashed on the Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, and was also among the top Wiper leaders who met Hon. Kalonzo at JKIA when he returned from a foreign trip a few days ago.

A screenshot of the post made by Governor Kibwana in the OKM Whatsapp group earlier this evening. The governor expressed his growing displeasure with the top Wiper leaders and hinted a possibility of quitting Wiper Party

Could the idea of unifying Ukambani politically be just another lame duck for Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka? Kindly share your opinion with us by leaving a comment.