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Uhuru’s voice used in con, Iranian diplomat jailbreak plan, DCI summons big names: Your Breakfast Briefing




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Thirdway Alliance party has drafted radical proposals to amend the Constitution that will be presented to the IEBC on Thursday in what may send the country to an early referendum.

The party proposes to alter at least nine of the 18 chapters in the Constitution, with far-reaching amendments on chapter eight, the legislature.

Here are the other stories making headlines in the Star this morning.

How fake “Uhuru” conned Merali firm Sh 80 million

They drive new luxury cars, wear designer suits costing several thousand dollars and live in palatial homes in high-end neighbourhoods. They ooze money and influence.

They’re well-connected in the corridors of power and have the composure and audacity to mimic President Uhuru Kenyatta’s voice as they con gullible greedy people of millions of shillings.

Seven people arrested by the DCI over the weekend have been running an elaborate tender scam in which several unsuspecting Kenyans lost buckets of money.


DCI summons big names in Sh90 billion dam probe

Influential politicians and directors of top firms are among powerful individuals summoned by anti-graft detectives for questioning today over the stalled Sh63 billion dam projects.

Three Cabinet Secretaries including Treasury’s Henry Rotich have already recorded statements over the issue.  

Today, DCI boss George Kinoti has summoned 107 firms and hundreds of their directors in an unprecedented move to tame “tenderpreneurship” seen as the biggest platform for sleaze.


Haji says Iranian envoy bribes Kenyans to aid terror convicts

An Iranian diplomat offered a Sh150 million bribe to three Kenyans to facilitate the escape of two Iranian convicts.

The Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday accused the senior diplomat at the Iranian Embassy of colluding with lawyer Robin Nyangaresi and Wesley Kiptanui and Shemgrant Agyei for an escape plan.

The diplomat’s identify was not revealed. But the DPP said he has been following orders from Tehran to ensure Kenyan authorities are not aware of Iranian government involvement.


Battles for ailing parents’ property show the need to write ‘living wills’

Although the question of mental health is not openly debated in Kenya, families of people incapacitated by age and disease are slowly accepting it and finding a way to care for their loved ones and their estates.

Children in such cases use section 26 of Mental Health Act, which allows the court to make orders for the management of persons suffering from mental disorders.

The law allows the guardian to also take care of the well-being of the person with a mental disorder.

To solve the trouble that comes with seeking guardianship order, there is a deliberate move towards writing what is called a living will.


Liquor maker’s accounts frozen over tax evasion

Tycoon Humphrey Kariuki has suffered a major setback after the High Court yesterday froze three of his company’s bank accounts.

Anti-corruption judge John Onyiego preserved the funds of Africa Spirits Limited, WOW Beverages and Wines of World Limited and directed the Kenya Revenue Authority to serve the companies with the court documents within three days.

In the case, KRA sued the three companies after it discovered that ASL has been making supplies of alcoholic beverages fixed with counterfeit excise stamps, hence denying the authority Sh3 billion in revenue.


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