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Tilman Stasch; The Butcher Of Bavaria, Meet The Plastic Surgeon Practicing In Kenya Without License, Questionable Credentials & Botched Procedures.

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Dr. Tilman Stasch

Plastic, cosmetic surgery has become more popular in Kenya for the wealthy as people get more conscious with their looks. This used to be a preserve for celebrities but not anymore. Popular socialites as Vera Sidika and Huddah both have admitted having undergone several procedures, Vera underwent skin bleaching which she conveniently called skin lightening, Huddah had a boon job to increase sizes of-of her glands and lately, rumors have it that Anerlisa Muigai of Keroche empire took to the knife to cut off her extra weight.

With the demand for cosmetic surgery shooting up, so has been the influx and migration of quacks into the country. Many Kenyans have been traveling to foreign countries like South Africa, Dubai, India, the USA for these procedures which in total is very expensive. In an example of Huddah, got a boob job at a Beverly Hills clinic which had cost her about Sh.1,000,000 yet in Kenya for the same procedure she’d have spent half the amount.

Kenya trains Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons as well with the market opening up. Back to our story, many foreign doctors with questionable credentials have invaded the Kenyan market taking advantage of the white man superiority complex and Africans naivety on easily trusting men of color as competent.

A case of quack doctors is ‘Dr.’ Tilman Stasch a German citizen who earned a nickname ‘Butcher of Bavarian’ from the many botched procedures he had performed when he moved to Kenya a few years back. Tillman was treating the whites from Nakuru and Naivasha area who trusted him because of his white skin but he botched them.

Like many of his type and any other doctors websites, Tillman beams impeccable character and a world-class plastic surgeon. He describes himself as a qualified Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand and Aesthetic Surgeon with over 15 years of international experience. That he completed his medical degree at the University of Cape Town Medical School (MBChB) where he achieved the highest honors for his MD thesis (summa cum laude). Portfolio reads that he qualified as a surgeon at the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS Ed.) and specialized further as a Plastic Surgeon in Germany (Facharzt).

Tilman performing a liposuction procedure on a client at Aga Khan hospital, Nairobi.

(Aga Khan recently fired 300 local workers without notice. According to sources, the move is an order by the organization’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Shawn Bolouki in an effort to replace workers with outsourced services.)

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And also holds a specialist certificate in medical laser treatments and hand surgery. ‘Dr.’ Stasch is a Fellow of the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons (EBOPRAS) and regularly gets invited as faculty to present his aesthetic clinical work and research work on stem cell therapy at national and international meetings, most recently as a keynote speaker at International Congresses in Miami, Berlin, Singapore, Oslo and Nairobi (all in 2017).

‘Dr.’ Stasch now works as a Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand and Aesthetic Surgeon in Nairobi, Kenya with a special interest in skin cancers, facial and skin rejuvenation, body contouring (tummy tuck and Kenyan butt lift) and breast surgery.

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He developed a passion for Africa when his family moved to Namibia in 1993 where he completed his formal schooling in Windhoek before attending UCT in South Africa for his medical studies. He started working in Kenya in 2013, to advise and treat matters concerning Plastic and Aesthetic surgery and Skin Cancer Screening (Mole Mapping). As an external examiner for the University of Nairobi, he is actively involved in the support of the Plastic Surgery Masters Program by the Kenyan Society of Plastic Surgeons (KSPRAS), of which he is a member.

Now, if you navigated to his website, you’ll be welcomed with such enticing information and a profile to kill for as above, convincing don’t you agree? Now to get down to the matter, Kenya Insights has established that Tillman’s Clinic in Nairobi was closed last year by the medical board after establishing it was running illegally even without a license.

How could all this have happened?

Unless you’re new in Kenya, corruption is the clear language in most institutions, Tillman mastered that well and had his pocket do much of the talking for his clinic to be up and running without required authentication. Like many of his type, Tilman has maintained a professional footprint more so online where potential clients land first during their research. You’ll easily be swayed with the face value. But you wouldn’t expect less from someone married to a PR guru.

‘Dr.’ Stasch had moved into the country to attend a medical conference and that’s how he got attached and moved into the country. Being a calculating man, he quickly married Alison Ngibuini, CEO of Al Is On Production famed for series like Shuga, Siri, Mali amongst others. Being a widow with a child, it was a blessing for both and they tied the knot. This is a familiar script borrowed from South Africa where failed doctors would rush into the country, marry locals for citizenship, in Kenya, this too is taking shape. She has trained him well how to survive in this jungle. Even Michael Joseph is settled in the country under similar relationship.

With a well-connected wife and his own devious mind, Tillman joined the power circles in the country by being friends through private clubs with who’s and who’s in the land. In fact, we learn he has his own book club with most distinguished members of society, to name one, PLO Lumumba who has been in the forefront together with other friends in asserting the pressure on medical board to issue him with a license despite failing the tests. When you want power, surround yourself with the powerful and that’s the card the German played.

Alison Ngibuini, Tilman’s wife and a TV producer.

Valentist Clinic is one of the plastic surgery clinics that will pop on your search engines when you browse through cosmetic clinics in Nairobi. Valentist is Tillman’s Clinic that was closed by the board for running illegally putting at risk the lives of many clients that went through.

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Our investigations goes back to a former employee at the Valentist clinic who blew the whistle not only to our writer but the board earlier leading to its closure. A matter is in court too by the plastic surgeons society to block the medical board from issuing Tilman with a licence as they deem him unfit, dangerous to the unsuspecting general public and a reputational hazard to the surgeons society.

Without a doubt, Tillman has performed several procedures in the country but that doesn’t make him any better than other quacks like Mugo Wairimu who ran a full clinic without certification. Tillman in the recent times, has been having rough times with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board and also the Kenya Society for Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery solely on his credentials that now puts the reputation of Kenya’s plastic surgeons in line.

Tillman has been practicing without a working permit contrary to immigration regulations and this is because he has failed several times to satisfy the board. According to our sources, Tillman has failed to meet the KMPDB threshold, failing certification exams but pressure has been piling on the board from powerful forces who mainly are friends of Tillman to award him the license. His credentials has been a matter of discussions though in low tones, his colleagues in the fraternity most of whom the writer interacted with in this follow up, knows he’s of questionable credentials but opt to shut for fear of victimization and generally keeping off trouble. He’s a connected man that rubbing shoulders with him would earn you a quick summon wherever.

With the many questions standing, Tillman currently works at Columbia Healthcare at Park Place in Parklands, Nairobi and is also a consultant at Aga Khan for the in and outpatient services as a plastic surgeon. This brings to question the safety of patients having to go through a surgeon with questionable credentials. Despite coming from Germany, Stasch’s credentials doesn’t allow him to practice in his own country as he’s considered unqualified now you wonder why he should be allowed to practice here.

It really wouldn’t come as a surprise if eventually, the medical board would succumb to the pressure from the powerful Tillman’s circle and money exchanging hands within the board but that wouldn’t mean he suddenly becomes the best of the world, the suitability questions will still remain and the standards of treatment in the hospitals employing him and his own will remain highly questioned. Patients safety should be a priority for the medical board and hospitals management.

In 2007, another case of a botched process by a foreign surgeon was registered with Dr. Cresceno D’Onofrio, an Italian plastic surgeon with a license to operate in Kenya, Mrs. Gee paid Sh240,000 and went to have the operation on August 3, 2007, at the Karen Hospital in Nairobi.

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Two weeks after the operation in August 2007. Gee fell ill and, because D’Onofrio was away, her husband decided to rush her to Nairobi Hospital. There Nadira was seen by another plastic surgeon, Dr. Stanley Khainga.

“After an examination, Khainga said he thought the discolored area was ‘wet gangrene’ (the most dangerous type of dead body tissue) and surgery should be performed at once,” Gee noted in his letter to Karen Hospital.

“Later in the day, after a long operation, I was told by both Khainga and the anesthetist that on opening the wound, three-quarters of a litre of old blood had flooded out. A palm-sized slab of flesh had been removed from Nadira’s belly area around her navel as the flesh was also suspected gangrenous. She almost lost her navel due to the loss of flesh,” he said.

Mrs. Gee went on to spend another nine days at the hospital. The cost came to Sh785,000, about three times the cost of the initial operation. With travel and accommodation costs for the couple, which resides in Tanzania, the Gees spent about Sh940,000 to deal with the complications from the ‘tummy tuck’.

Two months after the operation, in October 2007, the Gees filed a complaint with Karen Hospital about the conduct of Dr. D’Onofrio.

There had been several meetings and communications between the Gees, Karen Hospital, D’Onofrio and Madison Insurance, the hospital’s insurer. But very little progress was made to resolve the matter.

This prompted the Gees to file a case with the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, according to letters of correspondence. Ordinarily, the Board would have taken up the case to see if the hospital and the doctor had a case to answer on professional negligence. However, in unclear circumstances, the board did not seem to take up action.

In the recent past, we’ve seen most private hospitals laying off locals for expatriates most of whom come with poor academic levels but are darlings to the management given poor pay. If nothing is done, we’re staring at an ugly probability of private hospitals being taken over by quack foreign doctors as our own local doctors are left hanging dry with their vast experience.

Advisable that before you seek treatment and in this case cosmetic and plastic surgery, that you do thorough research both online and off to understand better the doctor you’re dealing with without ending up a botched case by the many quacks masquerading as experts in this town. Safety first. As for ‘Dr’ Tillman Stasch, make this article your first preference then ask around from friends and your circles about him and other surgeons. We have many great plastic surgeons in Kenya, don’t allow yourself to be an experiment and end up as a statistic and a case study of botched cosmetic procedures.


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Lobby Group Wants Co-Operative Bank And Nairobi County Assembly’s Salary Deal Investigated With Corruption Red Flags Raised

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Nairobi County’s Assembly.

A concerned city resident, Kelvin Njihia has written to the anti corruption body EACC and DCI to launch investigations into widespread corruption and impunity cases at the capital’s county assembly.

In a letter addressed to the two bodies, Njihia claims  there are serious integrity and public trust issues within City Hall. He alleges that the County assembly has gone against the set threshold by Salaries and remuneration commission restricting members not be in more than four committees.

According to his findings, most senior members in the board and their allies, have occupied more than four committees thereby contravening the law. The petitioner want members of the assembly occupying the extra committees to be investigated and prosecuted over corruption and the impunity displayed. He lists top officials flagged in his findings including;

  • Elias Otieno Okumu- 7 committees.
  • Esther Waithera Chege- 6 committees
  • Abdi Ibrahim Hassan- 6 committees
  • Peter Wahinya Njau- 5 committees
  • Peter Anyule Mwatok- 5 committees
  • Juliet June Ndegwa- 5 committees

 

Rest of the list

Besides, the concerned citizen coalition want the assembly to be probed as to how salaries of the members is channeled through cooperative bank contrary to the SRC’s directive and s contravention of county and national laws.

The petition also noted that the suspended County’s assembly clerk Jacob Ngwele who’s out of office over miss appropriation of funds still executes official duties despite the court’s directive. Ngwele in what the petition claims to be a contempt of court, recently invited public’s participation in approval of Halkano Dida Waqo as County’s Chief Executive Officer for ICT in what is flagged as one of many suspicious appointments.

The questionable advertisement signed by Ngwele on Daily Nation.

Ngwele himself was illegally appointed into office and being investigated for the same. Petition also want the commission to speed investigations and findings following the impeachment of County’s Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

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They want the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to give updates on the Majority leader of the Nairobi County Assembly Mr Ibrahim Abdi Hassan who had been summoned by the commission over the City Hall clash pitting members against Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

EACC ordered Hassan to appear at the Integrity Centre on September 12, 2018 to record a statement that will aid in the investigation of members’ conducts. He’s alleged to have conspired with members in wider plot to oust the speaker. According to the petition, Elachi was kicked out due to her lack of corporation in fraud schemes hatched by the board members.

Petitioner wants the DCI to dive in and investigate why the county’s salaries are being channeled through co-operative bank and not directly from central bank to individual’s accounts in what is read with suspicions.


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FRAUD: Bungoma County’s Nzoia Water Services Board Sneakily Attempts To Impose Kennedy Wekesa Kilali As The MD

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Ag. MD Kennedy Wekesa.

Nzoia Water made an advertisement for open positions of Managing Director and Head of Internal Audit and Risk Management in daily nation dated October 23,2018 page 18 under anonymous company in western Kenya.

The following non conformities were noted which do not either conform with industry practices and approved operational HR Manual of the company as per the attached Advertisement:

1. The advertisement was only mentioning a leading water company in Western Kenya,excluding Kitale which falls in Rift Valley. Does it mean Kitale has separated from Bungoma and they have formed their own company? If not what is the effect of these on long term relationship with Trans-nzoia County?
2. The advertisement of MD’s position failed to meet the minimum threshold as per legal notice no.137 of 2012 which requires inviting the prospective candidates to have Masters Degree and registered members of respective bodies e.g  for Engineers should be registered with Engineers Registration Board(ERB) OR Institute of Engineers of Kenya ( IEK) and not Institute of Engineering Technicians (IET)  meant for Technicians who are lower cadre staff of the company.

The advertisement as it appeared on the dailies.

3. The requirements of chapter six was not observed in the advertisement which requires the prospective applicants to submit their chapter six compliance during the application as it forms part of shortlisting process and not to produce them during the interview.
4. The last advertisement through daily Nation were received without matching list from them,which resulted in most candidates who had applied not being shortlisted as their applications never reached the company’s offices. There’s no surety that the process will not be compromised in favour of specific candidates?
5. The Ag. Managing Director has failed to implement the inspection report by WASREB.(According to workers petition)
6. The advertisement should have been made either through the consultant or in the company’s name for it to attract competitive qualified candidates and not the way it is hidden as it is aimed to prevent competition and thus attract less applicants.
7. Therefore ,the recruitment process be stopped and the position be re-advertised in line with the above requirements.

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Ruto And Duale Buys Off Biwott’s Air Kenya Limited As Attempts To Exempt The Duale’s From KPC Prosecutions Revealed

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Duale(L) and Ruto(R)

In Kenya, the more things change, the more they remain the same. Since the President intensified the fight and crackdown on corruption, we’ve witnessed arrests and ongoing prosecutions but at the same time, new scandals continue to crop up.

President announced a lifestyle audit on public officers and we’re yet to see the full implementation, however, we’re aware of ongoing money laundering schemes where ‘smart’ public officials including those in executive, are desperately laundering their ill acquired wealth before the lifestyle audit bell is hit.

Talking Of wealth, reports reaching Kenya Insights allege that DP and Duale jointly bought off Air Kenya Ltd previously owned by the late Biwott in what we’re told was a cool Sh1.8B deal sealed about two months ago. According to a source, the ownership is based on a 50/50 agreement between the two.

Air Kenyan is  now registered under Focus Aviation Mauritius and the Directors are Abdulaziz Aden (Duale’s son) and Adil Khawaja ( representing William).

Away from that, Kenya Pipeline is proving to be a hard not to crack for the DPP, for a parastatal with endless scandals, many have been wondering what’s taking Noordin too long to press play on his reggae playlist. But you’ll have to wait a bit longer, KPC comes with heavy political baggage.

Duale and Abdul Duale are heavily implicated in the KPC mess a detective source intimated to Kenya Insights. Joe Sang, the company’s MD who’s whole body deep in the murky scandal world will not go down without the Duale’s we’re told to show the levels of complexity in the case. Sources at DCI say that there have been open threats by the Duales and told that they had seriously invested in the government and that they are untouchable.

There’s a developing narrative that the DPP is delaying prosecutions yet the DCI have concluded their investigations on the KPC corruption. This one case that comes with political ramifications and questions are arising whether the DPP who happens to come from the same region with the Duale’s is hesitant on the consequences.

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”Touching Duale Family is a direct attack on WsR. That is a live wire.  Infact Dualle son Abdul is so close to Joe sang and Keter. DPP Knows touching that file is war.” Says a source privy to the investigations.

DCI uncovered transactions amounting to hundreds of Millions between Abdul Duale and Joe Sang’s cousin Hillary. When both parties we queried what the transactions were for they both claimed that it was not a crime to give money to friends.

“Chief architects of tender fixing at KPC are the Duale boys, they are so entrenched at KPC that even removing Joe Sang wont affect their activities.” Said another source speaking to KI. He continues, “KPC is a chess board for WSR and the Duale’s. At times they are united in Looting however sometimes they clash and fight bitterly when things don’t go their way. Duale’s are cunningly smart and share what they steal with management but for WSR its me, Myself and I. Thats what is going to finish WSR. His selfishness Unmatched.”

Abdul Duale is said to be the father’s right hand man. His finger prints all over state parastatals. At KPC they are involved in
1. Fibre- total was 1.8B
2. Devolution of KPC – 200M given to them. There was a big war between them and WSR over this.

3. Industrial area land was bought by a Company called Focus Logistics( Director is Abdulaziz Aden) at 150m and later sold to KPC at 600m 3 months later
4. Security consultancy. Awarded to Optilan UK and Black hawks eye (Aden duale and Abdul are Directors) value was 800m.

Mid November 2015 a meeting was called by One Abdul Duale ( Son of Aden Duale) at boma hotel. In attendance was Faith( Director KPC), Felicity Biriri( Director KPC), Joe sang (AG GM Finance then). The agenda was lack of control in KPC. The cartels had lost control as Previous MD Charles Tanui was sacked after Corruption allegations and his replacement was Mrs Florence.

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At this meeting of this 4 individuals a plan to oust was mooted. They had 2 Directors on their side already. Joe sang said he would convince Jerry and Neepee ( also Directors). The Kalenjins tasked Abdul Duale to Onboard John ngumi (Chair KPC) with whom they enjoyed a Cordial relationship.

A board meeting was subsequently scheduled 1 day before the Christmas holidays so that no eyebrows would be raised. In a Span of less than 1 hour Florence (Ag MD KPC) was ousted and replaced with Joe sang in Acting capacity. Mr Director kindly check the visitors book and Examine CCTV footage on 23Rd December 2015 at exactly 2:31 till 4:00pmYou will notice that Abdul Duale personally supervised the removal of Florence (Ag MD). Cctv footage from security will help you.

Abdul Duale was a close ally of Charles Tanui and often sat at the negotiating table for kickbacks on behalf of Tanui. When tanui left he became an orphan. Ag MD Florence had blocked all his contracts. Works were stopped and payments stopped also. He would visit Charles Tanui every other day probably to brief him on matters kickback.

After their successful mission to replace Florence the Cartel rejoiced and celebrated for days. Fast forward January 2016 Joe Sang os in office and alll cancelled contracts were reinstated. To begin with their was a Tender for Rehabilitation of the Nairobi – mombasa Pipeline that was awarded to The Duale family via Proxy during the Tanui Reign. It was Awarded to Center star Ltd. Amount was 490M. Florence (Ag MD) cancelled it after several issues were raised on the shell company.

The company had no experience for the sophisticated job that was to be undertaken. Mid January 2016 Abdul duale pushes for the reinstatement of the contract. Joe sang instructed the Mechanical team to reinstate it and he signed it off. A Kickback of 20M was delivered at Intercontinental Basement.
Distribution
joe Sang -6m
Faith and Felicity 6m
Legal – 2M

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The Cartel at KPC needed political protection and someone who also allowed them to eat unlike the DP who offered them protection but never allowed them to eat. DP would eat alone forgetting the team always. Political protection came via the Duale Family. Aden Duale and His son Abdul would protect Joe Sang from EACC, DCI and parliamentary Committees. In Return Joe Sang would be paying to the Duale family via Kickbacks.

The duales also provided the KPC cartel with money laundering options often charging them upto to 20% of the looted proceeds

1.Fibre Optic Cable

The Budget for this project was 300M. Joe sang gave instructions 6 months before the tender was advertised that this One belongs to Aden Duale. Duale and Son setup a Shell company and partnered it with JV of Express Automation.

All bidders quoted less than 300M including ZTE. Express Automation/white space quoted 880M. 500m Above the budgeted amount. The tender was marred by threats of deportation to ZTE from abdul duale if they ever appealed.

Beneficiary of the Kickbacks
Keter and PS – 100m
Joe Sang -20M
Lamek Rotich and Evaluation team -10m
Vincent Cheriyout – 1M

It will be a Futility if the political engines are not touched in cleaning up the KPC mess. As it stands, the political weight on KPC corruption continues to take toll as reports point at s conflict in the sense that both Ruto and Uhuru’s allies are swallowed into the multi billion theft at the oil courier. Kenyans are keen to see how the DPP will handle this case.


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