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Just In; Raila Odinga thrown into mourning

by Paul Nyongesa
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ODM leader Raila Odinga has sent a message of condolences to the family and friends of the late Issa Abdul Faraj.

Faraj, who was the chairman of the Council of Elders died on Monday.

“I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mzee Issa Abdul Faraj, Chairman of the Nubian Council of Elders,” Raila said.

He described Faraj as a true leader and advocate for the rights and causes of the Nubian Community in Kenya.

“Poleni sana kwa msiba. Inna Lillahi wa Inailayhi Rajiun.”

President William Ruto also mourned Faraj, describing him as a pillar in the Nubian Community.

“We mourn with the Nubian Community following the passing of Issa Abdul Faraj. Mr Faraj, who served as the chairman of the Council of Elders, was a pillar of the community,” Ruto said.

Nubians have been existing in Kenya since 1817.

They are the first army ever in Kenya to a subject of Kings’ African rifles.

The community has been calling on the government to speed up the process of their recognition in Kenya.

In other news,

The Peoples’ Parliament known as Bunge La Mwananchi has petitioned the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate and prosecute Lydia Kwamboka for corruption at City Hall.

The Bunge La Mwananchi President Edward Githaiga accused Kwamboka of engaging in corrupt deals and occupying the office of the County Attorney illegally.

In a letter addressed to the EACC Chief Executive Officer, Githaiga petitioned the anti-graft body to investigate the continued stay of Kwamboka in office.

On July 29th, 2021 Members of County Assembly (MCAs) resolved to terminate the services of County Attorney Lydia Kwamboka.
The ward representatives adopted a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that recommended for termination of the contract of Kwamboka for abuse of office and operating without a valid advocate practicing certificate.

The report stemmed from an investigation by the committee which had been probing a petition by John Mark Ojiambo who sought for the removal of Kwamboka “on behalf of Kenyan citizens and Nairobi taxpayers.”
Githaiga said Kwamboka’s conduct does not meet the provisions of Article 10 and Chapter Six of the Constitution, hence she is unfit to hold office.

The president accused Kwamboka of making and authorizing payments despite being out of office which he termed as stealing by servant.

Githaiga called for the investigations and prosecution of individuals who are behind aiding Kwamboka’s illegal continued stay in office.

He asked EACC to probe payments which were authorized by Kwamboka and the county’s Chief Finance Officer paid to Kwanga Mboya Advocates and freeze the Ksh51 million on December 21st, 2022 paid to the lawyer without following the law and financial audit procedures as laid down in the County Government Act pending investigations.

Githaiga said the money was paid despite Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja giving orders stopping payments for pending bills

“We want the EACC to also establish whether the law firm in question has the approval of the County Government of Nairobi in discharging financial transactions on its behalf,” said the petitioner.

The Bunge official asked EACC to make public the findings of their investigations given it’s a matter of national and public interest so that no dust is swept under the carpet.

He issued a seven days’ notice to the anti-corruption agency to respond to their petition and take action to save taxpayers from further loss of public funds.

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