Friday, February 6, 2015

Kabete MP George Muchai, two bodyguards and a driver shot dead in Nairobi

 Gunmen sprayed Kabete MP George Muchai's car with bullets February 7, 2014 morning at the Kenyatta Avenue roundabout in Nairobi. The MP, his two bodyguards and a driver died in the incident.

Kabete MP George Muchai was shot dead early Saturday morning at Kenyatta Avenue-Uhuru Highway roundabout in Nairobi.
Two of the MP's bodyguards and a driver also died in the incident, Nairobi Central Police OCPD Paul Wanjama confirmed.
The incident, according to Mr Wanjama, happened between 3am and 4.30 am. 
The four were in the same car as another one with family members, including the wife and a daughter of the MP, followed from behind. 
Occupants of the second vehicle said the MP stopped at the roundabout when four people with big guns approached his car and started shooting. 
"They just started spraying it with bullets. When we saw that, our driver sped past the other car and when we came back to the scene a few minutes later, all the occupants of the vehicle were dead," the relative told detectives at the scene.
A newspaper vendor who witnessed the shooting told the police that one of the gunmen who led the shooting had a facemask.  
The bodies of the four had bullet wounds in the head and chest. 
They were taken to the Lee Funeral home at 6.30am.

Legislators who arrived at the Lee Funeral Home asked the government to do a thorough investigation into the killing, saying it would be easy to get the murderers as the scene of the crime is under the surveillance of CCTV cameras.
Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi said Mr Muchai had been threatened several times and had reported the threats to the police. 
"The CCTV clips should be handed to the detectives as soon as possible.  There is no way the perpetrators will not be known" he said.
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, who also arrived at the crime scene, asked the government to take the safety of legislators in the country seriously.  
Other legislators at the Lee Funeral Home include Gatundu North MP Kigwa Njenga, Kipipiri MP Samuel Gichingi, Ruiru MP Esther Gathogo, Juve Njomo, MP for Kiambu and Kiambu Women Representative Anne Gathechu.
They all alleged that Mr Muchai's death was a clear assassination whose execution was planned.

Friday, December 19, 2014


Parliament was on Thursday cordoned off from the public following reports that there were plans to disrupt the debate over the contentious security laws.
Anti-riot police drawn from the General Service Unit (GSU), regular and Administration Police kept vigil along all the roads leading to Parliament.
The security personnel, ready with tear gas canisters and police dogs, patrolled Harambee Avenue and Parliament Road to keep away protesters.
Some of the officers formed a wall near the President’s and Deputy President’s offices and directed the public to use alternative routes.
Journalists and those authorised to access the premises were thoroughly screened as MPs opposed to the passage of the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill engaged the ruling coalition.
About seven people who attempted to publicly declare their disapproval of the Bill were arrested as the hawk-eyed security personnel questioned everyone who dared move close to Parliament.
Members of the civil society who had planned to stage protests against the Bill had no option but to watch the unfolding events from a distance.

Cord Members of Parliament protest against the passing of the Security (Amendment) Bill 2014 outside Parliament.
At one time, one person suspected to be a police officer in civilian clothes was arrested near the entrance of Parliament after he was allegedly overheard by his seniors discussing the merits and demerits of the Bill.
Some Cord senators monitored the proceedings on television screens next to the entrance of the chamber before opting to move to the Speaker’s gallery.
However, Speaker Justin Muturi ordered that the five senators be ejected from the gallery when chaos ensued.
Senators Moses Wetang’ula (Senate Minority Leader and Bungoma Ford-K representative), James Orengo (Siaya, ODM), Janet Ong’era (nominated, ODM), Boni Khalwale (Kakamega, UDF) and Johnson Muthama (Machakos, Wiper) declined to leave.
They remained seated in the gallery even as the House was adjourned for 30 minutes in an apparent attempt to allow members who had become rowdy to calm down.

Mr Wetang’ula said the Speaker’s directive to have them thrown out of the gallery was misguided and an abuse of power.
“We are MPs and have a right to sit here and follow the proceedings. If the Jubilee Government is watching the proceedings then it should immediately withdraw this Bill. We do not want anybody to impose anything on Kenyans,” he said.
In reference to the contingent of police on guard around Parliament, he said it was unfortunate that the Jubilee administration was already implementing the proposed law before it was passed.
“That is why they have cordoned off Parliament. If anyone is in doubt of how a police state will look like, you can see the dress rehearsal today around Parliament. The recreation of a police state is way underway under the Jubilee regime,” said Mr Wetang’ula.

He, however, said that Kenyans would not be cowed by the presence of security personnel to keep silent when the Constitution is being mutilated in the guise that the government was fighting terrorism, by sneaking mischievous legislation into the Bill.
“We are not going to watch this happen. We have people who are ready to face bullets. We stand here today ready for whatever consequences because we are on the side of history; we are on the side of Kenyans, fairness, justice and truth,” he said.
Mr Muthama said there was no justifiable reason for the government to deploy such a contingent of police to man Parliament.
“There are no terrorists here. This National Assembly is a public place where members of public can come and listen to what their leaders are saying,” said Mr Muthama.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Moses Wetang'ula Causes A Stand Off At The Airport

A Mombasa-bound Kenya Airways flight on Thursday evening was delayed for several hours after a standoff ensued when the crew insisted that Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula must produce his national identity (ID) card.
All the passengers were told to disembark, with some of them worried that there could be a security issue in the plane.
“The plane was supposed to take off at 8.40pm, but we have been made to wait for several hours as arrangements are made for passengers to board a different plane,” said a Daily Nation reporter, Mr Jeremiah Kiplagat, one of the stranded passengers.
Mr Wetang'ula spoke to his fellow passengers, saying he was at fault for the delay because he was not carrying his ID card, with the KQ crew insisting that it was a required procedure that all passengers identify themselves.
Mr Kiplagat said passengers were moved to a different plane for their flight to Mombasa, ready for take-off from Nairobi some minutes after 11.30pm.
Some of the passengers had started posting on social media that their security might be at risk, before it was clarified that it was Mr Wetang'ula who did not have his identification document.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Uhuru Kenyatta to hand power to William Ruto ahead of ICC case

President Uhuru Kenyatta will appoint William Ruto as Acting President for the duration he will be away attending his case at the International Criminal Court.
President Kenyatta made the unprecedented announcement during an address to a special session of Parliament on Monday.
He said he will revoke Article 147, section 3, to appoint Mr Ruto as Acting President while he attends the ICC status conference next week at the Hague.
The decision means President Kenyatta will attend the status conference in an individual capacity and not as the head of state.
President Kenyatta explained that the decision to hand power to his deputy is meant to ensure that the sovereignty and democratic will of Kenyans will not be subjected to a foreign jurisdiction.
Earlier, the President had met Kenya’s top security organ on Monday morning, before meeting Cabinet secretaries in the afternoon.

Monday, January 23, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Four of the six suspects to face trial - ICC

The International Criminal Court pre-trial chamber has confirmed charges against four of six Kenyan suspects for post-election violence crimes.

The judges confirmed the charges against Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Eldoret North MP William Ruto, Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura and Journalist Joshua Sang.

The charges against Tindreret MP Henry Kosgey and Post Master General Hussein Ali were not confirmed.
The ruling delivered at the ICC at The Hague by Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova on Monday stated that they were satisfied by evidence by Louis Moreno Ocampo’s team against Ruto and Sang for crimes committed in Turbo, Nandi Hills, Kapsabet and Eldoret.

Judge Trendafilova stated the charges against Ruto and Sang were crimes against humanity, murder, deportation, forcible transfer and persecution that led to death of hundreds of civilians.

The court dropped the charges against Ali and Kosgey saying the evidence adduced in court was not enough to sustain the charges against them.

Crimes Ocampo claims suspects committed

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta

He is facing charges of crimes against humanity relating to post-election violence in Nakuru and Naivasha in January and February 2008. He was accused of mobilising the outlawed Mungiki group to attack ODM supporters. He is jointly charged with Public service chief Francis Muthaura and former police boss Gen Hussein Ali.

Together with Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura and Postmaster General Hussein Ali, Uhuru is charged with five counts of crimes against humanity. They include murder, deportation or forcible transfer of a population, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution and inhumane acts.

ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo claimed that Kenyatta, as a supporter of President Kibaki, planned, financed, and coordinated the violence perpetrated against the perceived supporters of the President’s rival during post-election violence from 27 December 2007 to 29 February 2008. He is also alleged to have used the Mungiki.

Eldoret North MP William Ruto

He is accused of planning and organizing crimes against PNU supporters. Together with Henry Kosgey, and Joshua Sang, faces charges with three counts of crimes against humanity. They include murder, deportation or forcible transfer of population and persecution, all which constitute a crime against humanity in violation of article 7 (1) (a) (d) and (h) of the Rome Statute.

Joshua Arap Sang

He is the head of operations at the radio station Kass FM, was accused of using his radio broadcasts to send messages of assistance to those committing acts of violence against PNU supporters. He is alleged to have had a role in the organisation of crimes against PNU supporters by using his radio show both to gain support and also to communicate by code to the members of the network.

Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura

As the Cabinet secretary and chairman of the National Security Advisory Committee, was accused of authorising the police to use excessive force against ODM supporters and to facilitate attacks against the opposition. Moreno-Ocampo claimed Muthaura and Uhuru hatched a plan to use an ad hoc organisation comprising Mungiki militia and the police to execute retaliatory attacks.

This was planned during meetings that allegedly took place at State House and Nairobi Members’ Club. He added that Muthaura instructed then Police Commissioner Hussein Ali to ensure the police did not intercept Mungiki as they unleashed terror in Nakuru and Naivasha between January 24 and 31, 2008

Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey

He was accused of planning and organizing crimes against supporters of Party of National Unity (PNU). Together with his co-accused former minister William Samoei Ruto and radio presenter Joshua arap Sang, allegedly established a network with the goal of gaining power in the Rift Valley Province by committing crimes against supporters of the PNU.

It is alleged that after the disputed presidential election of December 2007, members of this network allegedly attached PNU supporters’ homes, killing and torturing civilians, and driving them from their homes. A witness alleged that Kosgey attended planning meetings of the alleged network.

Maj-Gen (rtd) Mohammed Hussein Ali

He is the former Commissioner of Police was accused of facilitating attacks against supporters of the ODM. However, the Chamber ruled that his contribution was not essential to the commission of the crimes and so he was charged with having otherwise contributed to the same crimes.

The ICC Prosecutor alleged that Ali, together with Head of Public Service and Cabinet Secretary Francis Muthaura and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta developed and executed a plan to attack perceived ODM supporters in the aftermath of the disputed 2007 elections.

The Prosecutor further alleged that that Ali, in his role as Commissioner of the Kenya Police, personally authorised the use of excessive force in attacks against ODM supporters.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


A UK-based firm will start drilling for oil in the Lake Turkana Basin later this month.

Tullow Oil plc, which discovered more than two billion barrels of oil in the Albertine Basin of Uganda three years ago said surveys in Kenya and Ethiopia are complete and that Ngamia-1 well in Kenya is due to spud (the process of beginning to drill a well).

‘’The Weatherford 804 rig has reached the well site in preparation for a late January 2012 spud of the Ngamia well, which has an anticipated depth of 3,000m,’’ it said in its latest operational update in respect of recent production, development and exploration activities.

The firm acknowledged that the imminent drilling is later than originally expected following delays in the mobilisation of the rig.

It said the rig will then move to drill the 4,500m deep Paipai-1 well in Block 10A in the second quarter of 2012 before moving to Ethiopia to drill a well in the South Omo Block in the third quarter of 2012.

‘’The data quality is excellent and there are similarities with the FTG acquired in Uganda in 2009,’’ the firm said, adding that a 1,000km 2D seismic programme is under way in the South Omo Block in Ethiopia.

In Kenya, a 500 km 2D seismic programme has also started in Block 13T, which would be followed by a 1,350km 2D survey in Block 10BA, it added.

The high-impact Mbawa-1 well also in Kenya’s northwest region will be drilled in the third quarter of this


Two presidential aspirants on Tuesday vowed to forge ahead with their campaigns even if the International Criminal Court indicts them over the 2008 election violence.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto insisted they would be in the race for the top seat irrespective of what The Hague court rules.

The remarks come just days before the ICC releases its verdict on the pair and four others alleged to have planned, sponsored and executed the chaos in which 1,133 people were killed and 650,000 uprooted from their homes. (READ: Kenya chaos suspects to know fate on January 23)

The others are Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey, Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura, radio presenter Joshua arap Sang and Postmaster-General Hussein Ali.

Mr Kenyatta said on Tuesday after launching the 2012 public Budget hearings at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre:

“My campaign is not anchored on the ICC process, but on an agenda that I have for the country. These are processes that will ultimately come to an end and should not derail our campaigns.

“What is important is for Kenyans not to panic but to remain calm and maintain peace and continue to build the country.”

Separately, Mr Ruto said he was confident that his latest political vehicle, United Republican Party (URP) would form the next government.

“We are going to mobilise support from every part of the country and make sure we are in the next government... the ICC ruling will not distract my course to change the living standards of Kenyans,” he said.

But a civil society group urged the two to step aside if the court rules that they had a case to answer.

The ICC clarified on Monday that the provisions of the Rome Statute did not bar Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto from vying for elective positions even if the charges were confirmed. (READ: Uhuru and Ruto can still run, clarifies ICC)

ICC head of public affairs Fadi El Abdallah, in response to questions on the implications of the court’s verdict, said the decision on whether or not the politicians could vie for the presidency lay with Kenyan courts.

“A candidate’s eligibility in Kenya is governed by Kenyan laws, not by the Rome Statute.

Principles of leadership

“It is for the Kenyan authorities to interpret and apply the national law in that regard,” the ICC said in a paid up advert in daily newspapers.

Chapter Six of the Constitution stipulates that the guiding principles of leadership include “selection on the basis of personal integrity, competence and suitability, or election in free and fair elections’’.

Some analysts say the personal integrity of Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto will come into serious question if they are charged with the murder, rape and displacement of Kenyans during the 2007/08 election violence.

A member of the Cabinet sub-committee handling the ICC cases said they were awaiting the ruling before taking a position on Mr Ruto and Mr Kenyatta’s presidential ambitions.

“Once the decision is taken one way or the other, the Cabinet sub-committee dealing with ICC matters will seek an opinion from the State Law office.

“At the moment, the sub-committee has not discussed the matter,” said the member, who sought anonymity in line with the oath of secrecy binding ministers from disclosing Cabinet matters.

Attorney-General Githu Muigai, who is in charge of the State Law Office, could not be reached for comment.

But the Institute of Education in Democracy (IED) demanded that the two politicians suspend their ambitions until they were fully cleared of the charges facing them.

“Whereas the law may not expressly bar these individuals from running for high office even if the charges are confirmed, the Constitution sets such a high pedestal on issues of integrity, ethics and morality that it is incumbent upon all of us Kenyans to demand of these people to set an example by stepping aside once questions about their integrity are raised.

“It is very much like the allegations facing the Deputy Chief Justice,” said IED executive director Peter Alingo.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Ahmed Isaack Hassan declined to take a stand on the matter when contacted. “We will cross that bridge when we reach it, that is all I can say,” he said.

But Nairobi Metropolitan minister Njeru Githae, who is a lawyer, maintained that there was no law stopping Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto from pursuing their presidential ambitions.

“We are praying that the charges are dropped so that they continue with their presidential ambitions. Before the charges are confirmed, one is deemed not to be facing any charges,” Mr Githae argued.

“Even when the charges are confirmed, one is still deemed to be innocent. Until the charges are proven, there is no criminal, civil, social, political or economic liability on the accused,” he added.

Former Law Society of Kenya vice chairman James Mwamu said the decision on whether Mr Kenyatta and Mr Ruto can vie for the presidency if the charges are confirmed rested with the IEBC.

“Whereas article 25 of the Constitution dealing with ICC does not stop them from contesting, the IEBC will have to look at Chapter Six of the Constitution and weigh whether the charges facing them amount to a breach of the Integrity chapter,” Mr Mwamu said.