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Kenya Signs A Deal With Visiting Switzerland President That Will Return Stolen Money Stashed In Swiss Banks Home

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Swiss counterpart Alain Berset in Statehouse.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Swiss counterpart Alain Berset today oversaw the signing of a key agreement that clears the way for the recovery of assets acquired through corruption and crime  in Kenya and stashed in foreign countries.

The two President’s said the agreement, Framework for the Return of Assets from Corruption and Crime in Kenya (FRACCK), which is also supported by the United Kingdom and the Jersey Island, will create a mechanism for Kenya to recover money stolen by corrupt individuals and hidden in the three countries-Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Jersey Island.

President Kenyatta said the signing of the agreement at State House, Nairobi, was part of his resolve to eliminate corruption in the country, saying that his stand on the vice is clear.

“We have seen, in the last few months, a new intensity in the fight against corruption in Kenya.  Quite frankly, my Administration has shown that corruption cannot, and, will not, be tolerated,” said the President.

The framework, which is in line with the United Nations Convention against Corruption, provides the principles to guide the recovery of stolen assets. The first assets to be targeted by the new framework will be monies stolen through the Ango-Leasing scandal and hidden in Switzerland.

“In the spirit of the Global Forum on Asset Recovery’s Principles for Disposition and Transfer of Confiscated Stolen Assets in Corruption Cases, returns should proceed in a transparent and accountable manner with the mutual consent of both Kenya and the partner offering the return,” says the  new agreement . To avoid complicating of asset recovery, the framework says that recovery should follow executable judgements.

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The agreement further says that assets recovered under the mechanism will be used to pursue clearly identified development objectives, for example in the health sector, that benefit the people of Kenya in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Vision 2030.

A steering committee comprising of the Executive Office of the President, the Attorney General, the National Treasury, the Assets Recovery Agency, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Agency and envoys or representatives representing the partner countries will be established to implement the deal.

Parts of the roles of the team will be identifying potential assets to be recovered; identifying potential implementing organizations; decide unanimously on priorities for the use of returned funds; monitor progress in returning assets; receive reports on the progress of projects funded through recovered assets and learning lessons for future returns.

The agreement also has a provision to allow other nations willing to cooperate with Kenya in the recovery of stolen assets to join.

“Other countries that have anti-corruption laws and that have identified proceeds of corruption that they are willing to return to Kenya may join   as new partners with consent of all the existing partners and the government of Kenya.

Speaking after the signing of the agreement, President Kenyatta who was joined by Deputy President William Ruto and other senior Government officials, said the fight against graft will continue.

“The reasons could not be clearer.  Corruption directly threatens Kenya’s future; it denies our children the education they deserve; it denies Kenyans the public goods their hard work has earned them; and it degrades the quality of our Government.  Most unfortunately, it erodes Kenyans’ pride and confidence in their country,” said President Kenyatta.

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President Kenyatta thanked President Berset for Switzerland’s continued support of Kenya’s prosperity saying that Switzerland which was the first country to recognise Kenya at independence in 1963, has given immense support to Kenya’s health and humanitarian sectors.

“Our friendship with the people of the Swiss Confederation endures.  Our friendship dates back to our independence, and has grown stronger in the half century since,” said President Kenyatta.

He said the two countries are working on an agreement to tackle double taxation while also inviting his guest to attend the global blue economy conference Kenya will co-host with Canada later in November this year.  President Kenyatta also announced that Kenya will open a new embassy in the Switzerland by October to promote trade and tourism.

President Berset who is in the country for a two day official visit said his country appreciates the role Kenya is playing at regional and global stage. 

The Swiss President further said that Kenya is a good investment destination and that opportunities for more trade are opening up under President Kenyatta’s Big Four development agenda.

Earlier, the two leaders held private talks followed by a bilateral meeting where they discussed how to deepen trade and security ties between the two countries.


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Murdered IEBC Manager Chris Msando’s Wife Eva Msando Awarded With A State Job

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Eva Msando.

Death Of Chris Msando, the IEBC’s tech guru who was brutally murdered in unclear circumstances continues to linger on many Kenyans minds an year later. One of the most outstanding memories is his wife’s testimony and strength shown during those trying moments.

A widow left with orphans and without a job since the IT guru was the family’s breadwinner, there was immediate need for her to find a job or s business to sustain her young family.

Struggling with life, Eva at one point had reached out to the public for any job opportunity. Her prayers seemingly, have been heard, in a gazette notice Peter Munya the CS Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Eva Buyu Msando has been appointed to be member of the Export Processing Zones Authority for three years effective 20th September 2018.

The good news could be attributed to the handshake between President Uhuru and PM Raila Odinga. Msando who ails from Odinga’s community was suspected to have been assassinated by hit Squad allied to the state owing to his stiff grounds that would’ve limited rigging of the elections. The late Msando is on record saying to have developed a hack free electoral system. His death was widely read as a sabotage to the electoral system.

Many questions on the murder of Chris remains unresolved with the state reluctant to follow the trail.

 


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The Painful Death Of Monica Kimani, They Tied Her Hands, Slit Her Throat And Dumped Her Body In The Bathtub

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Monica Kimani.

As the nation comes to terms with the death of Sharon Otieno, the Rongo University student who was found murdered and body dumped in a thicket in what is suspected to be out of fallout from the affair she had with Migori Governor Obado, another bizzare killing has struck.

Monica Kimani, 29 was found murdered in the coldest way, her severely mutilated  body was discovered by her brother George at Luciane Apartments on Kitale Lane off Denis pritt road. The killer(s) slit her throat open, dumped the body in bathtub 🛀 left the water running in what reads like a murder movie.

It remains unclear how the killers would commit such a scale of crime at a gated and heavily secured neighborhood which is just near to the private home of the President.

Monica at her home

According to the brother who discovered her lifeless body, the two were chatting on that night before she went silent and he assumed she had slept. However, her calls and texts went unanswered the next day which was unusual of her according to the family prompting the mother to send George to go check on her sister and that’s when he came to discover the horrific news after breaking the door.

Detectives are trying to join the dots in the mysterious murder and it has been established that Monica hosted two of her friends Wednesday night before her body was found in a bloodbath on Thursday At 1pm.

Monica had just returned from South Sudan where she runs an established business and even her social media pages points at her wide networks with Sudanese. The family has a business there too. She was about to fly to Dubai for vacation before she was struck.

As she celebrated her birthday

The motive of the murder is yet to be established but looks like a professional hit, it takes extra guys not only to cut open one’s throat but to comfortably walk in and out of such an establishment after the murder. With keen investigations, CCTV footages both within the apartment and out on the road in that estate will easily piece up the movements and identities of killers.

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VIDEO: Moments When The Ugandan Military Took Over Entebbe Runway Before Arresting And Bundling Away Bobi Wine

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Bobi Wine moments before the plane touched down in Entebbe

Bobi Wine a prolific Ugandan legislature today made his way home after a trip to the USA where he had gone to seek specialized treatment following torture in the military camp where he was being held on treason charges which were trumped by the regime.

Bobi made a stopover at the Nairobi’s JKIA where he was received joyfully with airport staff and fellow passengers who scrambled for photos with him. Aboard Kenya Airways, Bobi sat calmly and later in the middle of the flight drowned into deep thoughts perhaps wondering what was awaiting when the plane touched down.

The writings were already on the wall, the government had banned public gathering and warned against turning out for Bobi’s grand reception which had been scheduled from the Entebbe airport.

Bobi Wine’s brother was arrested earlier this morning while making preparations for the welcoming of his brother. Police had also camped at various homes of leading opposition leaders stopping them from leaving to mobilize grounds for receiving Bobi Wine.

When the plane touched down in Entebbe, Bobi seemed uneasy perhaps the reality was hitting him that nothing had changed as the military had taken over the airport as if it was a high profile terrorist landing. The military was literally on the run way. The plane carrying Bobi was even taken to the far end of the airport where the military was waiting.

As soon as he got off the plane, he was met by army officials who first greeted him before turning into their custom beastly mode, bundling him into an awaiting military van and driving him away to unknown destination. Press was totally blocked and passengers were restricted from filming anything. Those found had their phones confiscated and photos deleted. We’re however, the Kenya Insights so we had our ways.

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