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The Fight Over Control Of UHC’s Sh30B Between MOH And NHIF Becomes Evident

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Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki. She was the Minister for Public Service when Sh9 billion was paid out to dummy companies at the National Youth Service.

Let’s start with the good news, President Uhuru rolled out the Universal Health Coverage In Kisumu for piloting and the bad news is NHIF was ruled out of controlling the Sh30B project.

The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has been excluded from handling Sh3.1 billion allocated for the universal health coverage (UHC) rolled on Thursday in four counties.

The Treasury will send about Sh2.1 billion or 70 per cent of the funds directly to Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) for the purchase of drugs and essential kits for hospitals in Isiolo, Kisumu, Nyeri and Machakos.

The exclusion of the NHIF was arrived at after the four counties expressed misgivings over governance issues at the fund.

On Tuesday, Geoffrey Mwangi, NHIF chief executive, his predecessor and 16 other officials were also charged with abuse of office an irregular award an extension of a contract in which Sh1.1 billion was lost.

Health Cabinet secretary Sicily Kariuki said the NHIF was not able to grow its membership beyond a certain capacity, which would have hindered the start of the universal health coverage this year.

It may look like any other story any other day, but behind the scenes, there was a powerful fight over the control of UHC funds and this was the plan all along by Health CS Sicily Kariuki, whose ministry is now entrusted with running the Universal Health funds, estimated at over Ksh 30 billion.

How it unfolded

Geoffrey Mwangi is being charged with corruption at NHIF. However, DPP Noordin Haji could be charging the wrong man. All the issues given started as far back as 2001, during the reign of former President Daniel Moi, NHIF has been looted for the longest time. See this link and look at the history. Mwangi was not CEO then.

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These are the real board members and former CEO Kirgotty responsible.

The charge sheet used to prosecute Mr Mwangi and the NHIF management, is not pointing to any criminal activity, only obstruction through an SMS sent to the Finance Director. However, there is no case there since the SMS itself was illegally acquired through hacking of Mr Mwangi’s phone.

The charge sheet itself, was delivered by Health CS Sicily Kariuki herself to the Board of NHIF. The question is, what is her direct interest? The plan all along has been to scandalize NHIF and its management to a point where it loses public trust, and have it dysfunctional.

Now that Mwangi and NHIF management is out of the way, Sicily is now taking full control and has even appointed two cronies as board members. 

Once Ksh 30 billion UHC money is in MoH’s control, we’re in for NYS season 2. Remember who was in-charge when NYS lost Ksh 9 billion? MoH has successfully wrestled NHIF out of the way in what is a clear case of sibling rivalry. Now Kenyans should be prepared for round 2 of NYS, under the exact same architect – Sicily Kariuki.


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Al Shabaab Recruiting Youths In Kakamega Politician Raises The Alarm

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Al-Shabab's spokesman, Ali Mohamud Rage, speaks to Kenyan foreign fighters at one of the Islamist insurgent group's military training camps in Somalia in 2017.

Suicide bomber who blew himself up at Dusit terror attack was positively identified as Mahir, a Kenyan who hailed from Mombasa, Gichunge, who’s said to be the mastermind of the Nairobi Hotel attack that left 21 civilians dead, came from Nyeri.

Al Shabaab in their new terror phase are targeting the youths male and female who’re non Somalis and recruiting them into the militia with promises of better pay and mostly it comes with intense radicalization.

Slums such as Majengo in both Nairobi, Mombasa and Nyeri due to the poverty levels, had been a fertile grounds for recruitments and many youths have crossed over to Somalia to join Al Shabaab. Most youths from these areas are on the anti terror police watch list.

The new face of Al Shabaab is represented by young men from different Kenyan ethnic groups. It is a departure from the typical profile of an Al-Shabaab membership from Somalia and sympathisers from local Somalis. It is also a marked difference from the youth from Mombasa and other coastal towns attracted to the jihadist ideology.

Elgiva Bwire Oliacha, alias Mohamed Saif was jailed for life after pleading guilty to grenade attacks in Nairobi that rocked the city in 2011. Bwire comes from Busia in Western where there’s an alarm over heavy recruitment of the youths into the terrorist organization.

Former Ikolomani MP Bonnie Khalwale has called up the anti terror unit to move with speed and find the person behind the recruiting going round in the area, “The national security organs must pitch tent in Kakamega and establish who is (are) behind the disappearance of our youth (mainly from Shinyalu) from their homes to join Al-Shabaab camps in Somalia.” Said Khalwale.

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Western region has been on the terror watch given increasing number of youths converting to Islam before disappearing to Somalia a jar of worms that has its lid now open by the former legislator.

Violet Kemunto whom the police have now listed amongst the top most wanted criminals said to be behind the Dusit attack, incidentally, went to school in Masinde Muliro University also in Kakamega, Western. She was wife to Gichunge whom the police say was the attack’s mastermind and believed to have been killed at Dusit.

With diversification in ethnic composition and using home grown terrorists, the security agencies must adopt to the changing times to avoid overlooking potential threats.

Initiatives such as Nyumba Kumi need to be taken with seriousness it deserves for surveillance, identifying and eliminating potential threats, Gichunge and Kemunto stayed at an apartment in Muchatha since March 2018 and planned the attack from there to its execution and no one suspected any foul play perhaps because of their ethnicity.

Other than securing borders, Nyumba Kumi initiative needs to be revived for human intelligence collection more so now that their could be a sleeper cell next door without you knowing since in Nairobi, no one bothers to know their neighbor and there lays the dangers.


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Central Bank Sacks It’s Employee And Atheists President Over His Tweets Attacking The Goverment

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Harrison Mumia

Harrison Mumia, the founder and President of atheists in Kenya, has suffered a blow from his employer CBK after disciplinary action was keyed on him following a cause of action letter in response to anti government tweets that he made.

Mumia was first served with a notice to show cause on 23rd May 2017 where he was accused of  disobedience and insubordination from various post that he made against the government, he was cautioned and told maintain political neutrality.

He might have survived but eyes remained on him, according to HR Acting Director, Terry Ng’ang’a, Mumia violated his terms by repeating the same posts that criticized the government.

In a supposed tweet captured from Mumia, It reads,”I thought MP Alfred Keter was in government. I thought he was ndaani ndaani, mbona anashikwa tena na his government tena? Unless being in government is a myth, to those who voted jubilee mko ndani ya government in best sense?”

He was accused of going contrary to the Public Officers Ethics Act No 4 of 2003 by stating his political opinion and for suggesting that action on Sang was politically motivated and not out of fair investigations. CBK was handling the case.

In the same arguments he was accused of gross misconduct by discrediting his employer(CBK) who was part of the investigating agencies on Keter’s case.

In another post he tweeted, “can jubilee NEC make Uhuru resign like the ANC did for Zuma? Does jubilee have a NEC? If it happened, it would be a relief for Kenyans. Right now any change from Uhuru is better than Uhuru any!!”

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According to CBK, this was a clear partisan, political stand that Harrison had made thereby violating political neutrality. He was suspended as investigations continued and officially dismissed on January 11.

Mumia in his defense, denies authoring the said tweets, “The letters quote TWEETS that were NOT authored by MYSELF. They do not mention anything about CBK or anyone. CBK has clearly demonstrated  that it will gag fundamental FREEDOMS and RIGHTS of employees who seem to be anti -establishment.”

The atheists president believes that there’s more of political witchunting involved in his case, “Assuming those were my TWEETS, it doesn’t lay ground for gross misconduct. CBK should realize that many Kenyans engaged in all sorts of political conversations before, during and after the elections. I believe Ms Terry Ng’ang’a (Ag. Director) was behind the scheme.”

Mumia believes his rights to free political expression has been abused and will be seeking legal redress and possibly win his job back or be compensated, “I am putting together a law suit against the CBK seeking damages. I also will seek audience with other parties that will help me fight this clawing back of our Constitutional Rights by the deep state at CBK.” He concludes.

What do you think about the action taken by the bank.


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Images Showing Intense Moments When Riverside Attack Survivors Reunited With Families After Being Saved

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When the armed attackers stormed into Dusit, the establishment had close to a thousand civilians going about their businesses. When the first attacker blew himself up in a suicide bomb mission, life took a sharp turn and it was everyone running to save their lives.

At the end of the 18 hours ordeal, 21 innocent people had been fell by the evil acts of 6 terrorists. Police say they rescued over 700 civilians. While some were quickly evacuated, some were trapped in buildings and had to endure every scary moments it came with.

Thanks to the swift action by our galatant Officers, last rescue was done at around 3am before the terrorists were cornered and fell. Fredrik Lernelyd for AFP, captured and shared the images below, showing the moment survivors running into the arms of their friends and relatives whom had camped outside praying to see them walk out alive.


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