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Bank sucked into Wa Iria, Munga water wars

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The battlelines between Murang’a tycoon Peter Munga and Governor Mwangi Wa Iria have been drawn yet again after Equity Bank refused to change signatories of an account held by Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company as demanded by the county boss.

Tycoon Peter Munga

Munga retired as chairman of Equity Group Holdings last year after 35 years.
Equity vice chairman David Ansell replaced him in changes that came in a period when the businessman had substantially cut his holding in the bank.
The tycoon is a founding partner of the bank that started as a building society in 1984 in Kangema, Murang’a.
In a letter, the county had instructed Equity Bank Murang’a branch to include two county officials as signatories of Muwasco account.
According to the letter signed by Finance CEC David Waweru, the decision was set to reflect the newly adopted Murang’a County Water and Sanitation Services Act 2019, which puts Muwaeco under control of the county.
“We hereby give instructions as follows: That effective immediately, the existing signing mandate of the accounts be and is hereby reviewed to include Edwin Kamuyu (chief officer revenue) and Peter G Kihora (chief officer finance and IT),” read part of the letter.
In a reply, the bank declined the request and termed it as unlawful insisting that Muwasco is an independent corporation.
It instructed county leadership to discuss the issue with board of directors at the firm.
“In light of the forgoing, kindly regularise the position by issuing the instruction for change and/or review of the signing mandate of the company accounts through the board of directors of the said company. Consequently, the

Governor Mwangi wa Iria of Murang’a county

bank is unable to effect your request unless and/or until the same is sanctioned by the board of directors of the said company,” wrote the business growth and development manager Benson Kinuthia.
A similar letter was given by Water Services Regulatory Board which maintained that it had not received any compelling reason prompting the county to curtail autonomy of Muwasco.
“The instructions on change of mandate are derived from board of directors as per the constitution of the water service providers,” read a letter signed by CEO Robert Gakubia.
The developments show attempts Wa Iria is making to achieve control of the firm.
The seriousness of the water wars in the devolved unit came to the fore in August 2018 when Wa Iria marshaled an attack against Muwasco staff. According to the county chief, Muwasco should be under his control.
He also wants Munga to vacate office for what he terms as overstaying.
As a result of the wrangles, residents have been hit hard by water scarcity following several instances where people believed to be the governor’s allies destroyed water infrastructure.
In March 2019, Muwasco slapped a county official with a Sh500,000 fine for allegedly digging out water pipes using a tractor. The incident caused 10 days of water outage in Murang’a.
Among the governor’s grievances is that Murang’a’s Ndakaini Dam supplies water to Nairobi but proceeds from the water do not go back to Murang’a.
Wa Iria has been demanding that the government pays Murang’a Sh2 billion annually for the water

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Man infected Murang’a Prison Warder with AIDS before killing her

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Shocking revelations have emerged how the main suspect in the brutal murder of 24 year old Pauline Wangari engaged his victim into bhang smoking session that led to unprotected sex before he butchered her using a kitchen knife.

According to DCI sleuths handling the case, the assailant Joseph Ochieng in a chilling confession narrated how he traveled to Murang’a  after meeting his deceased lover for the first time through Facebook, a popular social media platform.

However, later in the night, the suspect claimed Pauline refused to take a certain drug he recommended to her, leading to a fierce scuffle.

Multiple police sources stated that the two love birds embarked on a major party filled with bhang smoking and unprotected sex prior to the horrific incident that has left the country baffled.

Troubled started when Ocheing who had engaged his victim into a marathon sex noted he had infected her with the HIV and demanded that she took some medicine he prescribed to her as a way of neutralizing the virus but the lady objected.

Police source privy to the matter further said it was at this point that infuriated Ochieng strangled Pauline before stabbing her severally , killing her on the spot.

“As per the suspect’s testimony, he strangled the woman after she refused to take the drugs he was recommending to her. He said the woman, thereafter, fell down with a thud, and he thought he had killed her. Sent into a panic mode following the development, the suspect said he reached for a kitchen knife and stabbed her in the chest, neck and abdomen, and, thereafter, put the knife firmly in her grip in a bid to make it look like Wangari had killed herself,”

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Plot to have Khawale replace Murathe in Jubilee – Weekly Citizen

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Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khawale has officially joined Jubilee Party to replace David Murathe as the deputy party chairman.

The firebrand politician made the announcement when he symbolically hosted Deputy President William Ruto at his rural home in Malinya, Kakamega County.

News of Khawale abandoning Ford-Kenya for Jubilee comes few days after your favorite Weekly Citizen uncovered faces behind Ruto’s new political Party which is in the offing.

The plot is to rope in Khawale and other like-minded politicians into Jubilee before a surprise major walkout into Ruto’s new political vehicle.

Ruto is on the drawing board quietly shopping for a political party ahead of 2022 general elections and according to sources also earmarked for a big post in the new party is Senator Ken Lusaka from Bungoma.

Sources further reveal that the DP plans to appoint Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa as the party’s treasurer as one way of winning Coast and women votes.

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In Eastern region Ruto plans to appoint Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi to be the new party leader in the region while in Turkana the DP has already won over Governor Josphat Nanok who will be a key pillar in his new party.

 



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Kenya railways MD Mainga records statement with DCI – Weekly Citizen

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Kenya Railways Corporation acting MD Phillip Mainga was on Thursday 16, May summoned to DCI headquarters where he recorded statement for hours on matters relating to dubious land compensation of phase two SGR from Nairobi to Naivasha.

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Sources have revealed to Weekly Citizen that Mainga is set to report back for further grilling on Friday 17th.

He is said to have colluded with corrupt officials from the National Land Commission (NLC) in the dirty dealings which has also seen the investigation of a chinese Construction firm.



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