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Jowie Irungu Released on KES 2 Million Bail

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Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu was on Thursday, February 13 released from police custody on a Ksh2 million cash bail.

Justice James Wakiaga granted the bail noting that the prosecution had failed to provide sufficient reason why Jowie should remain in remand.

Jowie was arrested on September 25, 2018 and charged with murder following the gruesome death of 24-year-old Monica Kimani in her Kilimani apartment.

Four days later, his fiancee, former Citizen TV reporter Jacque Maribe was also arrested as it emerged that she had spent time with Jowie on the night of the fateful murder.

Irungu’s legal team led by high-profile criminal lawyer Cliff Ombeta had failed in two previous attempts to secure Irungu’s release on bond.

In November 2019, Jowie filed a fresh application noting that protected witnesses in the case had already testified.

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Police Arrest Duo for Propagating Interior CS Matiangi’s COVID-19 Claims

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Two suspects believed to have authored a social media post claiming that Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i had contracted COVID-19 and was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) have been arrested.

Emmanuel Kimutai Kosgei alias Kemxy  aged 31 and his 19-year-old brother Isaac Kibet Yego, were arrested on Saturday, July 25th, 2020 by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives at Ngeria area in Uasin Gishu County.

The duo are being interrogated in Eldoret and are expected to be arraigned next week to face charges of propagating false information.

According to the DCI, police recovered a laptop and mobile phone linked to publication of the social media post from the suspects.

Dr Matiang’i said he had filed a complaint with the National Police Service to establish the source of the rumours.

“I have told the DCI and the Inspector General of Police and they are trying to investigate. We hope that we shall get to the bottom of the situation,” he said in an interview at his Harambee House office on Friday.

Dr. Matiang’i on Friday dismissed reports claiming that he has contracted COVID-19 as rumours which he blamed on individuals he described as “mentally deranged” and who are keen on distracting him from his job.

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DCI Probe Kirinyaga County Assembly for Fraud

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Former Kirinyaga County Assembly Speaker David Githanda during a past event.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)following a visit to Kirinyaga County Assembly on Tuesday, have instituted investigations into fraudulent payments made by the County Assembly to County employees for allegedly supply of materials and services and irregular award of tenders within 2016-2019 financial years.

In a letter exclusively seen by Opera News The officers are looking into the assembly for suspected gross misappropriation of funds allocated to building the County Assembly chambers.

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The DCI detectives ambushed the County Assembly staff at 10am on Tuesday, in efforts to retrieve key documents to aid the investigations.

Sources indicate that the DCI has in the recent past gathered evidence that some of the Kirinyaga MCAs have been diverting funds allocated to building the Chambers to personal bank accounts.

The scandal is said to have contributed to the resignation of former Speaker David Githanda, who allegedly chose to resign and not be part of such scandals.

Mr Githanda tendered his resignation on July 30th 2019, citing ‘personal reasons’ in a notice addressed to the Governor Anne Waiguru.

At the center of this heist is Majority Leader Kamau Murango, who oversaw the ousting of heads of key House committees in August last year.

Sources close to the County Assembly Office indicate that the vocal MCAs colluded to steal money that was earmarked for renovations of the County Assembly Chambers.

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Pilot in KES 39.5 Billion Fake Arms Tender Freed on Bond

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Bluebird Aviation Pilot Subow Mohamed Ahmed (Second from Right)

A pilot arrested in connection with the Sh39.5 billion military hardware tender has been freed on police bond.

He is expected in court today to answer to various charges. He told the police he had been away in India where he had accompanied his ailing father.

The man told detectives that he knew former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and had accompanied him to Poland where they inspected equipment from an arms supplier.

But the pilot — the son of a Kenyan ambassador to a Middle East country — said he did not know the deal was fake.

He told detectives he accompanied Echesa to Poland after he was asked to do so because of his knowledge of planes.

He was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on return from India. He was then taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations where he was grilled for hours. He was released on Saturday night and ordered to return to DCI for possible arraignment.

Police handling the case said he was cooperative.He was asked if he knew Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei, a security guard attached to the deputy president’s office who was found murdered on February 20.

In photos that appeared after the saga broke out, the pilot is seen in the company of Echesa and the would be suppliers of the military hardware.

When Echesa was arrested on February 13, one of the arms dealers told the police he knew the man as a pilot involved in the joint operations between Kenya Defence Forces and US in Somalia. He said he knew how to operate drones.

The arrest comes as the DCI continues to probe the murder of Kenei who was caught on CCTV footage walking to the deputy president’s Harambee House Annex office with some of the suspects.

Echesa has since been charged in court over the deal. Echesa is charged alongside three people – Daniel Otieno, Clifford Okoth and Kennedy Oyoo.

They have denied charges of conspiring to commit a felony, making a document without authority, obtaining money by pretence and attempting to commit a felony.

The police believe Kenei was murdered because of a deal that went bad. His seniors are among nine people who are targeted for grilling.DCI boss George Kinoti criticised Kenei’s seniors for not immediately inquiring his whereabouts when he failed to report to work.

The slain officer was expected to record a statement with the DCI concerning the arms saga before he went missing only to be found dead three days later.

“There is no doubt that it was a cold murder. The motive of cold murder is very clear. It was simply to safeguard, protect, insulate and or save the source from the adverse involvement and attendance consequences using the country military procurement process in the most deceitful and fraudulent manner,” Kinoti told a press conference.

 

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