Why UDA is criminals’ paradise
By John Kamau, Editor, Thingira.org (Email:email@example.com)
By all indications, United Democratic Alliance (UDA) is turning out to be a paradise for criminals.
The list of the criminals trooping to the party associated with Deputy President William Ruto increased following the entry of Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru, a known looter of public resources.
Topping the list of those that make UDA a conglomerate of criminals is Ruto.
From theft of funds meant for Kimwarer and Arrow dams, grabbing of Kenya Civil Aviation land, grabbing Muteshi land, grabbing Ngong Forest land, the scandals executed by Ruto are countless.
Also on the list of criminals in UDA is Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri.
Recently, Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko revealed to Members of Parliament that Ngunjiri was illegally allocated 14.5 hectares of land in Ngong Forest.
Also, awhile back conservationist Joannah Stutchbury was shot dead while defending and opposing attempts by the likes of Ngunjiri to build on Kiambu forest water catchment area.
Also on the list of criminals in UDA is Kapsaret MP Oscar Kipchumba Sudi.
One of the staunchest defender of Ruto, Sudi forged his KCSE certificate purporting it to be a genuine document issued by the Kenya National Examinations Council.
He lied he sat his KCSE in 2006 at Highway Secondary School in Nairobi in November and was awarded certificate serial number 3381074 under index 401006/081.
However, Kenya National Examinations Council principal examinations secretary Nabiki ene Kashu told magistrate Felix Kombo that Sudi did not register or sit the 2006 KCSE examination at Highway Secondary School in Nairobi.
Kashu said after checking, they established that the 401006 code did not belong to Highway Secondary but Parklands Secondary School.
Furthermore, they also established that a candidate by the name Sudi did not appear in the 2006 KNEC database for either Parklands Secondary School or Highway Secondary School.
There was no school called Highway High School during the 2006 KCSE examination as indicated in Sudi’s certificate.
Also on the list of criminals in UDA is Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua.
Gachagua is charged with receiving over Sh7 billion fraudlently.
The list of criminals in UDA also includes Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.
He is trying to stop prosecution on 37 fraud-related criminal charges.
The charges include; Giving false information to a person employed in the Public Service; Conspiracy to defraud Contrary; Forgery; Making a false document; Obtaining credit by false pretence; Fraudulently Procuring the Registration of a Charge, among others.
For Waiguru, she was recently questioned by the Anti-graft agency over a Sh52 million pending bill in her county.
She appeared before the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission over the claims.
Waiguru was also the principal player in the National Youth Service multi-billion shillings scandal as Devolution Cabinet Secretary.
UDA Chairman who is the former Machakos Senator, Johnstone Muthama, is another criminal.
Muthama was last year summoned to court to answer charges related to the sale of a 5,000-acre ranch.
Muthama was to answer to charges of heft of Sh179 million.
Former Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba linked to the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal in 2017.
Three years ago a parliamentary committee filed a petition against Murkomen claiming that his company, Sing’oei Murkomen and Sigei Associates, were linked to the Sh12 billion NYS scandal.
Murkomen was accused alongside his business partner Hillary Sigei for aiding and abetting money laundering.
The committee claimed that the firm had withdrawn Sh500 million from the client account but refused to make the information public.