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Outrage after Ondego’s firm bags Kenya Pipeline job



Outrage has greeted the award of a multi-billion shilling security tender to a company owned by former Kenya Ports Authority KPA) Managing Director Brown Ondego.

Other bidders for the major contract have cried foul, insisting Radar Security was the least qualified among the local firms to bag the job, considering its small number of personnel and other demands for the job.

In a week that he was also appointed to chair the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, tongues are wagging about the tender that saw a company that he has owned, but managed by his brother in law, Ondego is on a spot over the way the tender award was executed.

The tender to supply security to Kenya Pipeline remains a lucrative one considering the expansive outlay of the oil transporter’s network and very few in the country can match the demands of the contract.

Many within Kenya Pipeline Procurement department allege that they were shocked when the management gave the contract to Radar Security, a company owned by Ondego but all along run by his in-law Andrew Tolle, who has over the time acted as proxy.

Radar, a fourth tier firm was not among those in the early running for the jib, but the input of Ondego, a key Kenya Kwanza operative and major campaigner for the ruling coalition during last year’s General Election was enough to bag the billions worth contract.

Ondego was a key mobiliser for the coalition in Western Kenya region and a key contact for Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, a major reason he has over time landed major appointments in succsive governments.

Ondego serves at KPA for a long time in past regimes and has been seen as a key government contact in the appointments he has bagged since leaving the port, including RVR and the Mama Ngina Water Front in Mombasa among the high profile jobs that he has had in the recent past.

According to insiders at Kenya Pipeline, Radar Security stood no chance in the run for the big job and were shocked to get communication from the top management to award the job to the company.

Efforts to get comments from Ondego or Andrew Tolle, the MD were not fruitful as they failed to return calls as promised.

“This is a man very close to Musalia Mudavadi. A man who did so much for Kenya Kwanza in Western Kenya. The company rightly got the contract through political connections in the country and by all fairness, it only needs a phone call and they get it.

“As you ask about this one now, the company has already ordered for new vehicles to keep with the demand for the job. Kenya Pipeline has depots across the country and it needs along the logistical support which is one of the demands. Soon, they will be advertising for personnel recruitment. They have even placed an order for vehicles,” says an informant.

Ondego, married to woman from the famous Tolle family in Mombasa will reap big in this contract an already, the operational headquarters of the firm moved from KIlimani along Argwings Kodhek Road to a news address next to the Sudanese Embassy on Kabarnet Gardens off Ngong Road.

The company is also lined up for another major contract with a parastatal in the energy sector and work is already in place to knock out a leading security firm from the contract awarded during the tenure of former President Uhuru Kenyatta under unusual circumstances.

“Radar simply got the job because it is owned by Brown Ondego, a close friend of Musalia Mudavadi and a key campaigner for Kenya Kwanza. Otherwise, there is no reason they could have been considered. Truth be told and that is the truth. Musalia, Ondego and Ruto (President). Nothing more,” says a director of a leading security firm in the country

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Njeri Maina Condemns Planned Demos



Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wakili Njeri Maina has unequivocally castigated the planned demos orchestrated by Azimio leader Raila Odinga.

Speaking to the press after a church service at Christian Worship International Ministries Kamugunda in Kirinyaga, the Honorable Wakili Njeri Maina urged the Azimio leader to tone down his calls for the mass action because such a move us detriment to the Economy.

Kirinyaga woman representative Wakili Njeri Maina franked by MCAs from Karumandi and Baragwi

“We held elections in August and we elected His Excellency The President Dr William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua and that was final. The supreme court affirmed and upheld the people’s verdict. So any other move to discredit such is Uncalled for.”

On same sex unions that the supreme court okeyed their association, Wakili Njeri Maina said that as Parliament they are going to ensure that same sex unions won’t have a place in our country Kenya.

“we shall enact legislation as Parliament to make sure that such UnChristian unions don’t find any opportunity to infiltrate our country Kenya.”

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Interpol, Kenyan police urged to Kenyan in centre of financial scam in South Sudan



The government and Interpol (international police) have been urged to arrest, investigate and prosecute a Kenyan businesswoman who has allegedly siphoned millions of US dollars from the government of South Sudan.

It is alleged that the Kenyan national Ms Ann Kathure Rutere received into her accounts under unclear circumstances.

A three-year investigation by The Sentry – an investigative and policy organization that seeks to disable multinational predatory networks that benefit from violent conflict, repression, and kleptocracy – established that Ann Rutere, a Kenyan businesswoman married and doing business in South Sudan is at the center of the sticky matter of plunder of oil revenues in South Sudan in cahort with politically-connected individuals.

The investigation found clear indications that a series of $30 million 2018 loan deals between Rutere’s company – South Sudan’s Trinity Energy Limited – and Cairo- based African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to purchase diesel and gasoline to

Mount Kenya University (MKU) is among the top lose the government-sponsored placements.

sell to the South Sudan market enabled powerful individuals to benefit from the manipulation of business worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Rutere’s husband Ayii had a 90% share in Trinity Holdings, with 10% owned by his wife. Rutere’s 10% was later acquired by Indian-national Richard Thadeus Raja in 2021. Ayii, Rutere, and Raja were the three directors of Trinity Energy at the time the deal was arranged and implemented with Ayii in the position of chair and Rutere as executive director.

According to the report released in February 2023, Trinity Energy spent $6.5 million to secure the Afreximbank trade finance facility and arrange the first two LCs under the deal, an internal company document seen by The Sentry reveals. Of the total $6.5 million, Trinity spent $2.5 million on fees associated with the Afreximbank facility, a further $2.5 million on what the document describes as “visits, meetings, [and] travel involving stakeholders,” and another $1.5 million on what are labeled “lobbyist fees and facilitation fees.”

To put this expenditure into context, the $6.5 million that Trinity Energy spent to set up the Afreximbank deal was more than half the government’s 2018/19 health budget.

However, and in response, Ann Kathure Rutere, Trinity Energy’s executive director at the time the deal was arranged and implemented, defended herself saying “During my tenure the company conducted business in a very transparent manner and at no point did we engage in bribes.”

Citizen Witness will publish a detailed report after reviewing and compiling some incriminating evidence in our possession against the Kenyan and other accomplishes. Watch this space.

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Kaluma in child upkeep drama



Homa Bay town MP Peter Kaluma is on the spot over his failure to pay Sh57,000 school fees for his 13 -year-old daughter allegedly sired with his estranged lover in 2007.

When the case seeking to compel the legislator to provide child support for his daughter resumed yesterday for hearing, it emerged he yet to settle school fees arrears amounting to sh 56, 993 for the daughter.

Lawyer Ochieng Alogo representing the mother of the minor identified as M. A.O told the court that  Kaluma had not given her the money and that the school had directed the girl to clear the arrears when she will be returning from the middle-term break next week on Monday.

“l want to bring to the court’s attention that the Minor is back for half term today(March 16,22023) in the morning and is supposed to return on Monday but fee is yet to be settled despite the allegations by the defendant(Kaluma) that he has paid fees,” lawyer Ochieng Alogo representing the mother of the minor identified as M. A.O told the court.

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But MP Kaluma’s lawyer a Ms Musanga from  P I Samba & Company Advocates denied the allegations claiming that he paid the fees on January 21,2023.  The court heard the MP deposited sh 56,000 directly to the school towards the annual school fees of the minor.

“On my part l am surprised that the balance of school fees is alleged not to have been paid . If you look at our further affidavit page 7 it is a print out of a whatapps conversation between the parties and on January 21,2023  the school fees for the year being Sh 56,000 was paid to the minor’s school account. The message was forwarded from Kaluma to the mother who akcnowleged receipt,” Musanga told Milimani magistrate Elizabeth Muiru.

The court heard that he had reservations in giving the woman codenamed M.A.O the cash money.

“She acknowledged fees were paid to the school account. There were misgivings when money was given to the mother. Money was paid directly to the school. If the school has demanded for the fees, that should be demonstrated so that we can take up with the school for reconciliation of the accounts,” added the lawyer.

The lawyer demanded to have the MP compelled to produce the alleged the alleged bank deposit slip he claims to have made on January 21,2023 when the schools re-opened for first term.

Ochieng stated that when the school was contacted it said the money was not in the account.

The court directed the woman to forward to Kaluma’s lawyer the communication from the school demanding the alleged fees arrears.

The woman filed the suit in 2008 claiming that to have cohabited with the MP since 2003 when they got a boy born in 2005 and a girl born in 2007.

The woman alleged that the lawyer-cum-politician got into a relationship with another woman.

In her court papers, she claims that MP Kaluma has not been paying the minor’s school fees since class six today despite court orders.

The case will be mentioned on April 27,2023

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