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Richard Ngatia Called Out As A Fraud



Richard Ngatia.

The developments of Richard Ngatia, Chamber President – Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) vying for Nairobi governorship has elicited mixed reactions from the public. For a better part of Monday, the KNCCI boss became the most talked about person on Twitter with many throwing shades over his past murky history of scandalous deals with the government.

Ngatia is being fronted by the Mt Kenya Foundation made of wealthy Kikuyu men to be the candidate for Azimio La Umoja as an exchange and favor for their endorsement of Raila. Having rose to the high ranks of controlling close to 2M business persons in Kenya, Ngatia believes he’s best suited to takeover the running of City Hall that has left all its past office occupants battling court cases from graft accusations. Controlling the biggest budget in the counties, Nairobi is lucrative.

While voting  dynamics in Nairobi would highly favor Ngatia, critics are saying he’s not best suited to run the city given his track record that is marred with scandals. Under #CovidBillionare, netizens called him out as a fraud over his involvement in the KEMSA scam where his firm Megascope yanked the biggest share. The Kemsa scandal triggered national outrage that has seen EACC summon top dogs close to power as it seeks to uncover the rot.

Megascope was, for instance, awarded a Sh765 million contract by Kemsa for the supply of personal protective equipment.

It also got a tender for the supply of SV300 ventilators at Sh165 million and a Sh35 million deal to supply KN95 mask at Sh700 each. Made over a billion.

Ngatia was also mentioned in the failed Sh63B medical supply scam that has left taxpayers with more burden. Beside that, Ngatia’s firm Megascope was also named in the Covid-19 donation saga from Chinese Billionaire Jack Ma where he was accused of stealing the donations and sold them to Tanzania claims that he refuted and threatened to sue NTV who ran the expose.

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Merciless netizens tore the gubernatorial aspirant on Twitter based on the above accusations. Some of the samples tweets below:

In a quick rejoinder, Ngatia dispatched his online troops to counter the attacks under #RichardNgatia4Nairobi who heaped praises e their boss:

Ngatia joins other politicians eyeing the seat including Westlands legislator Tim Wanyonyi, former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja. Things are expected to get rough for the christened statehouse project governor and in politics, one needs a tough screen to survive.

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