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Kaberia Plotting Mwendwa’s Arrest in Revenge Attack

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A blog by Twiga News about the imminent arrest of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa has hit the headlines on social media amongst the top trending stories.

This was a confirmation of a plot revenge action hatched by the Ministry of Sports Principle Secretary Kirimi Kaberia to fix Mwendwa for defying him and alleged disrespect.

Kaberia who felt short changed by FKF over the 2019 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) cut is out to teach Kenya’s football chief by using government machinery and media to discredit Mwendwa through blackmail and intimidation.

After the 2019 Afcon championship, the PS had resorted of using his influence and office in government to frustrate the football federation through chocking by it’s funding for international and continental assignments as an initial measure of frustrating FKF.

Kaberia wanted to whip emotions of football stakeholders against Mwendwa in the name of not being accountable for the Ksh244 million advanced by the government through the National Sports Fund.

Kaberia was outmaneuvered by Mwendwa who let the cat out of the bag by accusing the PS for being the stumbling block over the funding for the national women’s football team Harambee Starlets 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifications and their male counterparts Harambee Stars 2021 Cameroon Afcon qualifiers.

On the same day, Mwendwa addressed the press over the impasse, in a rejoinder, Kaberia in a media briefing in his office, he accussed the FKF supremo of being thankless to the Government’s efforts of financing football.

After the debacle, according to sources, Kaberia held a secret meeting with his gang and brainstormed on how Mwendwa can be tamed and disgraced.

In their strategy, the group decided to have the PS issue a notice to the federation to account for the Sh244 million by presenting a report and specific documents on November 11, 2019.

It was agreed that in the run upto to that date, they use propaganda by compromising Kenya’s media to publish stories implicating FKF to having embezzled the Afcon funds by taking joyriders to Cairo to whip emotions.

In the strategy, the mainstream media was to sustain that media war by punching holes into the FKF Afcon report by implicating the federation in the malpractice.

In the plan, it was to start by members of the media going and scrutinise the Afcon 2019 report at the FKF Kandanda House headquarters the FKF Secretariat and deliberately punching holes by questioning the report.

At the behest of the PS, Kaberia was to deal with government friendly and leaning reporters in order influence them to publish stories against the local governing football body FKF.

That gave to the emergence of a story of alleged joyriders making the Cairo trip to kick off the allegations against FKF.

On the second day of the allegations in the media, an analysis of how Harambee Stars received only 25 percent of the 244 million Afcon funds.

On the third day, it was the coverage, by Cameroonian national Joe Kamga, the man tasked with spending almost half of the Sh244 million the government set aside for Harambee Stars preparations at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Nation Sport claiming that he is nowhere to be found to account for the Afcon money.

The next step was to use senior Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officials from his Meru backyard to conduct investigations with a view of fixing Mwendwa by preferring corruption charges against him with a view of curtailing his re-election bid as the FKF president for the national polls scheduled for December 7th.

The process went on as planned by the PS issuing a November 11th notice for FKF to present the Afcon 2019 report to the National Sports Fund and CID officers raiding the FKF headquarters for evidence.

On November 10th, a day before, the orders of issuing the report by the PS, a negative story against the federation about the alleged Afcon scam was published in a leading media house.

Kaberia issued the orders for accounting, after a letter written by the FKF acting Ceo Barry Otieno whose reference is Afcon (Egypt) 2019 Accountability of Ksh244 million addressed to Kaberia dated August 8, 2019 and copied to the National Sports Fund Chief Executive was received by the PS on August 9.

In the script, Kaberia was to pretend he was raising the queries based on an independent audit by the Kenyan media to provoke the Government’s action and precipitate curiosity from members of the public.

The media reports were to be used as a justification and an excuse for the CID officers to crackdown and descend on the federation’s offices in the name of carrying out investigations.

The PS decided to fire the first salvo at FKF by demanding for the report which had been presented and received by him four months earlier.

Before the federation protested about it’s mistreatment over funding for the Harambee Starlets by the Sports ministry through Kaberia, the PS had never questioned the report.

The second step, he invited sports editors in his office to solicit their support against his sworn enemy Nick Mwendwa by using their editorial space in painting him as corrupt and inept.

During the meeting with editors, Kaberia was advised against appearing on live TV and radio interviews because he might be at pains to justify claims against Mwendwa but confine himself to print media interviews where his statements will be polished before being published.

In the tactic, it was hoped that Mwendwa will be invited in the electronic media live where he will witness hostility from the infuriated Kenyan media and be unable to defend himself where unfortunately to them the FKF president was able to clear the air.

As it stands now the PS wants to use Mwendwa as a case study and a strong message to federation’s that defy his directives and don’t toe his line of what will befell them.

Kaberia intends to manifest to an African saying that “You can not compete in excreting with an elephant, as a sign of power basing on his influence in the government as a senior officer.

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H.E. RAILA ODINGA’S TAKE ON THE PROPOSED REVENUE SHARING FORMULA:

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In recent few days, the attention of the country has been captured by the standoff over the sharing of revenue among county governments. Five times, the Senate has failed to adopt its own amendments to the third basis formula for sharing revenue from the Commission for Revenue Allocation.

This stand-off is causing paralysis and mistrust at a time the country needs to be united and singularly focused on tackling the grave pandemic currently threatening the lives and livelihoods of our people. It has also taken a dangerous ethnic undertone instead of being a level-headed debate on the nation’s development trajectory.

The revenue sharing formula that the Senate has deadlocked over is a variation of what was recommended by the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA), the body mandated under Article 216 (1) of the Constitution of Kenya, to come up with a formula.

The key principle in the CRA recommendation on the third basis for revenue sharing for the next five financial years is that allocation should be population-driven. The CRA recommendation is based on an understanding that county governments are about service requirements of the population including in health, agriculture, infrastructure,education, among others.

The Senate made certain amendments to the CRA recommendation but equally retained the central principle that allocation must be about the population. Unfortunately, the institution has disagreed on its own amendments.
Under the circumstances, the country and our people would better served if we adopted the recommendation of the CRA for the next five years.

The CRA recommendation built on lessons from a comprehensive review of the second basis, a comparative analysis of financing transfer systems from other countries, and extensive consultations with national government, county governments, public finance experts, and the public in an independent and non-partisan manner.
In order to avoid a similar stand-off next time, the concerns currently arising should be forwarded to the CRA for consideration in its future recommendation.

The resources currently being recommended can adequately serve our counties if we eliminate corruption in addition to heavily punishing those perpetuating the vice both at the national and county levels. Luckily, the war on corruption is yielding fruits and should safeguard public finances.

We must also focus on encouraging counties to raise own source revenues from the economic activities within the county and demanding a prudent usage of those resources.

Having had a robust debate on this matter, the Senate should now allow the country move forward by adopting the CRA report while using the concerns voiced for future recommendations on revenue sharing.

H.E. Raila Odinga, EGH.

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Fresh Bid to Impeach Elachi as Nairobi Speaker

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A fresh bid to impeach Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi has been launched over abuse of office.

On Sunday26th, 2020, the MCA’s had collected 51 signatures way above the 42 required for an impeachment notice against the speaker to be filed in the county assembly.

The ward representatives are accusing Elachi of charges including abuse of office, the illegal appointment of corruption, poor leadership, victimisation of MCAs and assembly staff, impunity, disregard for the law and county orders, and militarisation of the assembly.

Led by Utalii ward MCA Wilson Ocholla, from the ODM Party, the MCAs accused the Speaker of militarizing the Assembly.

“The Speaker has taken the law into her own hands and made the County Assembly to seem like her own property. We are elected leaders we are not ready to work under military rules.

“The County Assembly is now flooded with military and police officers, we cannot accept this. Why don’t they resign and get elected?questioned?” Ocholla.

The MCAs had previously voted to eject Elachi in September 2018 but, unbowed, she returned to office in October last year setting the stage for a fresh bear-knuckle confrontation with the MCAs.

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Nairobi Metropolitan Boss Badi Dares Governor Sonko over Threats

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Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director General Major-General Mohamed Abdalla Badi is unfazed by threats issued by Governor Mike Sonko of withdrawing from the agreement that saw NMS take control of key operations of the City.

“I’m not scared by the Governor’s move to head to court. For us at NMS we are proud of the services we are delivering to Nairobi residents to improve their livelihoods,” said Badi.

He said The Office of the Attorney General will represent NMS and they shall follow directions from the National Government.

Major-General Badi says he is not concerned by Sonko’s action and that NMS will continue delivering on its mandate assigned by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Badi reiterated that NMS was formed in the interests of Nairobi residents who had been deprived to key services after the Governor was barred from office following his prosecution on corruption-related charges.

He added that should in any case NMS be disbanded, the entire team would just go back to serving in their previous positions where they were handpicked from.

“When NMS was formed we were picked from different departments to come and work in NMS. So with or without NMS each one of us can go back to their department and continue with the job he/she was doing before NMS was formed.

“But I’m hoping that the courts will put put into consideration the importance of NMS in making their decision,” added the military strong man.

Sonko, in a letter dated July 24, 2020, expressed his intent to terminate the Deed of Transfer of four critical functions from the County Government to the National Government, citing illegalities in the agreement.

The Governor claims he has been sidelined in the running of Kenya’s capital city, and is contesting the appointment of military officers, led by Major General Abdalla Badi to run Nairobi.

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