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Murgor to represent Wairimu who pleads not guilty

A High Court in Nairobi has okayed lawyer Philip Murgor to represent Sarah Wairimu, the widow accused of killing her 71-year-old Dutch husband Tob Cohen.

Murgor’s representation had been contested by the prosecution which argued he was still a public prosecutor.Led by lawyer Cliff Ombeta, the prosecution told the court that Murgor remained a public prosecutor since the gazette notice of his appointment had not been revoked even though he resigned.Senior assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Catherine Mwaniki also notified the court that they were still in the process of degazetting the appointment.

Justice Stella Mutuku today ruled that there was no dispute in Murgor’s resignation and no one could be forced to remain in office against their will.S

he added that lawyer Murgor had been attending to other court issues, including with the office of the DPP, and the resignation had not been contested.After the ruling, Sarah Wairimu finally took a plea in the murder case. Plea-taking had been deferred four times before.

She denied killing her husband Cohen, a former CEO of Philips Electronics East Africa.Wairimu was arrested on August 29 after the police picked and interrogated her for the third time over the disappearance of Cohen on July 19, 2019, from their Lower Kabete home in Nairobi.

Cohen’s body would later be found stashed in a septic tank at his home in Nairobi. It was wrapped in layers of clothing indicating the gruesome torture he underwent before his death.“He was bound (on) legs, hands, and neck before he was murdered and then they hid him in an underground water tank.

They took their time,” DCI boss George Kinoti said during the September 13 discovery.

Raila refunds ODM hopefuls fees after hitch

ODM leader Raila Odinga has refunded Sh2.25 million nomination fees to nine aspirants after rogue party officials bungled primaries in Kibra, The Standard can reveal.

Raila handed each of the aspirants Sh250,000 they had paid for the party primaries following revelations of how some top party officials orchestrated doctoring of the voters’ roll.

The latest development points to an open admission by the party’s top brass that the process – which was generally seen as peaceful – fell short of a free and fair vote.Yesterday, two senior party officials confirmed that Raila returned the funds on Wednesday to Dagoretti High School Principal Peter Orero, who emerged second, Ben Musungu, John Otieno, Chris Odhiambo and Tony Ogola.

Others who were refunded were Stephen Okello, Brian Owino, Reuben Ojijo and Eric Obayi.

The Standard verified the information with some of the aspirants, who confirmed that they received their nomination fees from the party.

Interviews with multiple sources indicated that the furious opposition chief made the decision after an hour-long meeting last Tuesday where the claims of deliberate interference with the register was laid bare in his presence and other party honchos.

A good number of the ODM members who turned up to participate in the exercise either found their names missing or had them mixed up, effectively denying them opportunity to cast their vote.

ODM Secretary Edwin Sifuna yesterday declined to comment over the development.But in a previous interview, Sifuna admitted that there were challenges with the register used during the primaries.

Yesterday, Raila admitted there were cases of missing names in the register but denied the errors were deliberately introduced by the officials.Through his spokespersons Dennis Onyango, he appealed to all the aspirants in the party primaries to remain committed to the outfit.

He was responding to our earlier story that revealed how top officials at the secretariat doctored the party’s voter roll to influence the outcome.“Mr Odinga acknowledges that there were challenges in the nominations, with names missing from the voter register but those were not tailored or deliberately introduced to favour or disenfranchise any aspirant,” reads the statement sent to newsroom yesterday.

Raila further urged party supporters to take pride in the fact that only ODM conducted party primaries for Kibra constituency by-elections.

Other parties in the race handpicked their candidates while Jubilee Party conducted interviews in picking footballer McDonald Mariga.Raila will today meet the campaign team of ODM candidate Bernard Okoth (Imran) at AIC Olympic Kibra.

The party has picked Makadara MP George Aladwa to spearhead campaigns in the constituency that fell vacant following the death of Ken Okoth.

ODM ends tenancy at Orange House, where careers were made, destroyed

The Orange party yesterday moved to its new Sh180 million headquarters in Lavington, Nairobi, ending a 12-year tenure at Orange House headquarters in Nairobi’s Kilimani area.

The Orange House (pictured), located on Menelik Road, is owned by party leader Raila Odinga’s former aide Caroli Omondi.It is an address that had become a defining feature in the politics of Kenya, where political careers were built and others destroyed, in particular during the hotly contested party nominations.Past and present politicians have fond and bitter memories of the house, with some declining to say much.

Apart from Raila, ODM has links with other senior politicians such as Deputy President William Ruto, former Nandi political heavyweight Henry Kosgey, who was once the party’s chairman, Bomet Governors Isaac Ruto and the late Joyce Laboso, as well as former Aldai MP Sally Kosgey.Majority Leader Aden Duale was also once an ODM MP, as was former Budalang’i MP and current Foreign Affairs Cabinet Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba.

Najib Balala

Others are former Gachoka MP and presidential aspirant Joe Nyagah, current Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, the late William ole Ntimama and the late Kipkalia Kones, former Bureti MP Franklin Bett and Margaret Kamar.

Mr Duale acknowledged that the Orange party was still one of the strongest in the country and that it had been synonymous with the Orange House.“ODM and Jubilee are the strongest parties in Kenya now. I was a member and I have memories of its former headquarters. But some of us left because of intolerance,” Duale said.

He said the party should also chart a new path, where it conducts its affairs without violence and carry out fair nominations.Former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende had fond memories at the party headquarters and noted that during his time, he handled disputes fairly, unlike they are today.“We formed ODM after the 2005 constitutional referendum and in 2007, I became its chairman of the Constitution, Elections and Regulations Committee.

I am the one who crafted its elections, nominations and other administrative documents,” Mr Marende said.He added: “I solved disputes fairly, like in 2007, when Rachel Shebesh and Elizabeth Ongoro disagreed. We found out that Ongoro won the ticket and we issued her with the certificate”.

Raila offer

Marende told The Standard he declined Raila’s offer for him to be the party’s chairman.In April 2017, the ODM headquarters in Nairobi’s Kilimani witnessed chaotic scenes after supporters of Ongoro (nominated Senator) tried to storm the Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen’s office following reports that she had been barred from contesting the Ruaraka parliamentary seat.

Ms Ongoro led her supporters to storm Orange House, threatening to eject the party’s from office. Ongoro accused Mr Ong’wen of trying to shortchange her. Police shot in the air to disperse the rowdy supporters.Ongoro later decamped from the ODM party. The Ruaraka seat is currently held by TJ Kajwang’.

MP Opiyo Wandayi, who is ODM’s Political Affairs Director, said the party was moving to a new office as one of its strategies of re-branding and re-engineering.“I have fond memories of Orange House, as it has been the seat of momentous changes in the country’s politics. This is where we plotted, initiated and managed all our politics,” Mr Wandayi said.

He added that as party officials, they were proud that the Orange House had produced all the key political players in Kenya.“President Uhuru Kenyatta was a member of ODM because he supported the Orange Movement against former President Mwai Kibaki-led Banana wing.

We are proud that Orange House has produced a President, Prime Minister Raila, Deputy Prime Minister Mudavadi and Deputy President William Ruto,” Wandayi said.He said the former ODM headquarters would remain the seat of the reform movement for the last decade, and would be consigned to the annals of the country’s politics.

Mathare MP Anthony Oluoch said Orange House would remain a key pillar in the history of the party.“We can equate it to a military barracks where we assembled our arsenal, directed our troops and retreated to scheme our next attack. It is a place where many politicians began their careers,” said Mr Oluoch.He recalled that as a legal practitioner, it was the place where he went to receive directions on legal matters that ODM was involved in.But he also has bad memories. “In 2013, the party gave direct nomination to Stephen Kariuki.

I let my supporters to storm Orange House, where we were baying for the blood of Namwamba.But Raila talked to me and I cooled down. Kariuki lost to George Wanjohi but petitioned the outcome. Wanjohi’s election was nullified and I won the by-election,” Oluoch said.Former ODM national organising secretary and Makadara MP Reuben Ndolo said together with Tony Gachoka, the late Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ played a key role in founding ODM.“Makueni MP Dan Maanzo had run away and registered ODM-Kenya.

Shortly after myself and Gachoka bumped into lawyer Mugambi Imanyara at Nairobi’s China Centre. We took him to Raila and he agreed to give us ODM,” Mr Ndolo said.But he regrets that despite them building Orange House for everybody to be proud of, current party leaders have messed it up.“ODM is the mother party of all politicians, apart from Kanu. But the current officials are using it to benefit themselves instead of building it,” Ndolo said.

Raila’s cousin and former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo did not want to talk about ODM.“I have bad memories of ODM and I don’t want to speak about it. Sometimes it is wise to keep quiet once you walk out of someone’s house,” Mr Midiwo said.

Underhand operations

Former National Assembly Speaker Farah Maalim said the party lost its national appeal due to underhand operations.“When we formed ODM, it was a national party represented by all tribes. Orange House was full of all Kenyans. But Raila became intolerant and told everybody who questioned him to leave. We left.When dishing out positions, he began with family, Luos and then others. Today, the party is a shell and only has one tribe as leaders,” Maalim said.

Imanyara acknowledges

Mr Imanyara acknowledged that it was he who gave Raila the party, but said many problems that faced the party then occurred due to the little time the outfit had to the 2007 elections.“ODM-Kenya had run away with their party. There was anxiety as to whether Raila would get a party to use for his presidential bid. I gave him ODM and helped them register it. The nomination squabbles resulted due to little time to the 2007 elections,” Imanyara said.

Another ugly episode at Orange House occurred when, in 2014, then Executive Director Magerer Lang’at was hounded out of office by party supporters.“I’m no longer in the party. I made my decision to quit on Thursday last week, and I am just saying this to end the turmoil in people’s minds. Though I am ODM’s life member, my spirit has refused it,” said the former Kipkelion MP, when he quit in 2014.

Wairimu pursues freedom to secure shared property

The wife of slain Dutch businessman Tob Cohen has pleaded with the court to release her on bail to allow her take part in a property dispute case.

Lawyer Philip Murgor told a court yesterday that Sarah Wairimu has a 50 per cent stake in property jointly owned with Cohen and she needs to be out fighting for her rights.”My client and the deceased are embroiled in a divorce case that is pending in court.

Among the contested properties are their house worth Sh400 million, which should be shared equally,” Mr Murgor said.The lawyer said his client’s Kitisuru house risked being grabbed because nobody was living there after police found Cohen’s body inside a water tank in the compound last Friday. 

“Wairimu’s housekeepers were chased away after the body was retrieved,” claimed Murgor, even as he denied reports that the house had been handed over to Cohen’s sister.Wairimu has been in detention in connection with the disappearance of her estranged husband whose body was found after a two-month search. The suspect has been in custody for 28 days and is expected to be charged with murder.


But even as Murgor asked High Court Judge Jessie Lessit to grant his client bail because the prosecution had not tabled sufficient grounds to hold her further, the State sought to have Wairimu’s plea-taking pushed to September 26.

State counsel Nicholas Mutuku told Justice Lessit that they needed more time to conduct a post-mortem examination to establish the cause of Cohen’s death.The autopsy is expected to be conducted today after all parties reached an agreement to accommodate Wairimu’s pathologist.

Mutuku said the post-mortem results would form part of the evidence they had compiled and would disclose to the defence.“It is true the matter has taken long but some of the delay has been occasioned by the defence because they took us in circles on the whereabouts of Cohen. It is not a ploy from us to get more time as alleged.”

While protesting his client’s detention, Murgor accused the prosecution of employing delaying tactics to stop Wairimu from being examined by a psychiatrist to establish whether she could stand trial.

“The court had issued an order that the mental assessment be conducted on Thursday but the prosecution has failed to honour the same,” said Murgor.But Mr Mutuku said they had been unable to schedule a mental health test because the defense team had requested them to accommodate another lawyer.”We have not conducted a mental assessment against the suspect because it requires booking and planning,” the prosecutor said.

Murgor told the judge that Wairimu had been subjected to hostile media coverage despite being arraigned and asked that the press and team of investigators be barred from publishing reports based on police records.”My client has been prosecuted by the media, which is against her fundamental rights. She has been in custody for over 28 years and not accorded the right of reply.

“Up to this point the prosecution has not tabled any evidence in court and we still do not know what charges my client is facing,” said Murgor.He added that the prosecution had drafted a stand-alone charge sheet in court without any evidence.“Bodies are being found and reports made while my client is sitting in the cells without being granted a right of reply.

Justice Lessit, while giving directions on the matter, barred the defense and police from addressing the media on matters related to the case.She also directed all parties to agree on a date for the mental health test, which must be done before September 26 when the matter will be mentioned.

Murgor was also directed to file and serve the prosecution with the bail application, which will be argued if Wairimu takes a plea.

Explainer: CBC not an exam but curriculum evaluation

As the Kenya Early Year Assessment test for the 1.3 million Grade Three pupils kicks off today countywide, we lay bare what KEYA is all about. 

Not an Exam

The ministry of education says the KEYA test is not an exam but rather an assessment of the Competency-Based Curriculum so far. It was launched two years ago. “We are not examining these children.

We are trying to see how their abilities are going to help us move on to the next level,” says Education CS Prof George Magoha. 

Is there going to be repeaters?

The national assessment will not determine the transition to the next class. All Grade Three learners will transit to Grade Four under the 100 percent transition policy. According to the Education CS, the Grade Three assessment is not weighty as KCPE and KCSE.

Grade 3 learners aren’t sitting any exams. KNEC is only monitoring their progress in a term-long exercise that doesn’t have a timetable, is conducted by class teachers, has no supervision, and learners won’t be ranked,” says Prof Magoha The new curriculum, which is focused on child development, aims at bringing the exam-based culture to a borderline with Prof Magoha stressing that Kenyans need to forget the fascination with examinations. 

“This Kenyan love with examinations, please forget about it. This is not an exam,” says Prof Magoha.


English Activities, Mathematics Activities, and Integrated Learning Areas will be assessed in the ongoing Grade Three assessment and class teachers will act as supervisors.The tests are on the Kenya National Examination Council portal where Head Teachers are expected to download them from and assess the pupils.  

The learners will also be administered with an integrated test that includes Kiswahili Activities/KSL, Environmental Activities, Movement and Creative Activities, Religious Activities, Hygiene and Nutrition.

Under the integrated learning areas, orientation and mobility skills, pre-numeracy skills and sensory-motor and creative activities will be assessed.Once the assessment is done, the class teachers are expected to upload the results on the Knec portal.

Knec has already started receiving uploaded results of the integrated environmental activity test that required learners to clean markets in their locality between July 12 and September 14, 2019. “At KNEC, we have received a lot of results about the integrated activities.

It is not starting on Monday it has already started,” said Magoha. According to Magoha, the assessment which was expected to end on Friday, September 20 will continue until the end of the term.

What is it all about?

Prof Magoha explains that school-based assessments will be used to archive three critical goals that will inform government policies.Firstly, it will help the government to understand if effective learning is taking place under the CBC and whether the learners are acquiring the expected skills.It will also be used to identify areas of interventions to improve learning. 

Students will only sit national examinations at the end of Grades 9 and 12.Grade 12 is an equivalent of the current Form Four. This means the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations has been retained and will be used to place students in universities. Under the new 2-6-3-3-3 education system, learners will spend two years in pre-primary before proceeding to Grade One to Six.

According to Prof Magoha, the CBC is aimed at improving every leaner’s life since it provides a child with an opportunity to learn from their mistakes. 

Leaners with special needs

Learners with special needs in regular schools will be provided with the same assessment tools but shall be adapted to suit their various disabilities.In this category, learners’ competencies are monitored in communication, social and pre-literacy skills, activities of daily living and religious education will also be assessed.

Professor Magoha admitted on Friday that there are some ‘very severely disabled children’ who are finding it difficult to be assessed. He called upon teachers to administer repetitive assessment tests to them until they realise their potential. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta had assured that all learners including those with disabilities will be given equal opportunities to excel in their areas of abilities and interests.

Good to go: Mariga cleared by IEBC to vie for Kibra parliamentary seat

The die has been cast or at least will be cast on November 7 at the Kibra parliamentary by-election.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Dispute Resolution Committee has cleared Jubilee party’s McDonald Mariga to vie for the seat, after it emerged that he was not a registered voter.

In his response, IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati said, “The complainant was duly registered as a voter.”

He further said that every document presented by Mariga was authentic. It emerged that he registered at the Kariokor Social Hall in 2016.

Chebukati has directed Kibra constituency Returning Officer Beatrice Muli to clear Mariga to enable him proceed with campaigns.

Speaking outside IEBC headquarters, Mariga said he is optimistic of the November 7 by-election, seeing as he is now cleared.

“Watu wa Kibra ndio wataamua atakayekuwa mbunge wao. Niko na documents zote. Hiyo sio shida kwa saa hii.” (The people of Kibra will decide who they want to vote.

I have all the documents needed, that’s not a problem. Today was about the validity of my candidacy, which has been cleared.)

Police arrest another suspect in Sh72m money heist, recover Sh2.3m from his grandmother’s house

Police have recovered Sh2.3 million more of the Sh72 million that was stolen in a heist in Nairobi West.A suspect who had been arrested in Machakos took police to his grandmother’s house in the area where they recovered the cash in new currencies on Monday.

According to police, the suspect is a brother to another suspect who had been arrested on September 12 in connection with the heist.

After interrogation, he took police to Machakos where his grandmother aged 60 had kept the money. The money was taken away by police.Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said they are looking for more suspects and hope to recover more cash from them.

He added the latest suspect was arrested in Muumandu in Machakos following a tip off.

“No criminal will rest or have peace after committing a crime,” said Kinoti.Six suspects in the heist were last week charged with robbing the bank of the money.

The six, including three police officers, jointly with others at large allegedly robbed G4S staff of Sh74 million and 38 cassettes, 13 purge bins and 13 canvas bags all totaling to Sh75.9 million.

Prosecutors said they were in possession of dangerous weapons like fire arms and threatened to use violence on the staff during the raid on September 5.I

n the second count, the six were charged with malicious damage to property.The court heard that on the fateful day, the suspects destroyed 36 cassettes and 11 purge bins, the property of G4S valued at Sh1,267,000 in Thogoto forest.They all pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted Sh1 million bond.

Police had earlier on recovered Sh7 million from two of the suspects in custody. Six other suspects are still being held over the heist and set to appear in court.Police investigations show the masterminds of the heist were the security firm staff, police and bank staff.

The money was being moved from G4S warehouse in Industrial Area to Standard Chartered Bank in Nairobi West. Those escorting the money accessed the bank ATM and vanished later on.

They reportedly plotted how to hire two vans to ferry their loot from Nairobi West to Thogoto forest in Kikuyu where they shared the same and left in a huff.

They intentionally left behind a team that was to pick the money and roped in the two officers who were in uniforms and armed. Those scheduled for the day’s work were never picked up from their residences as earlier planned.

Mariga to know fate as queries raised on his age

Footballer McDonald Mariga – whose candidature for the Kibra by-election has been the subject of unending controversy – will today know if he will be cleared to run for the vacant seat.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will make a ruling on whether he was duly registered as a voter. This, after invalidating his candidature over missing details in the voters’ roll.

But the football star’s woes might not end any time soon following yet another bid to stop him for contesting in the mini-poll over an alleged inconsistency in his national identification card.

The IEBC is largely expected to make a ruling on the voter registration issue and not the authenticity of Mariga’s ID after all parties made their submissions last Friday.

Leina Konchellah has petitioned IEBC to pronounce itself on the age issue, failing which, she says, she may move to the High Court. In her sworn submission filed with the electoral agency, Ms Konchellah says there could be integrity issues with the documents Mr Mariga submitted to the commission.

“It is curious to note that the complainant presented a national identity card indicating his date of birth as April 1987 and further presented his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education indicating he sat his Form Four examinations in November/December 2002,” says Konchellah.

She continues: “From the above, it means that the complainant sat his Secondary School examinations at the age of 15, which is rather unusual. And if the same is calculated backwards, it means the complainant enrolled for Class One for his primary school education at the age of three.

“This can only lead one to conclude that the complainant was either a genius at Primary School level, which brilliance abandoned him at Secondary level for him to get a mean grade of D-(minus), or there are integrity issues as to authenticity of the said documents he presented before the IEBC,” reads the submission.

Integrity important

Integrity is hugely important when clearing a candidate for political office and could be Mariga’s next major hurdle in his quest to succeed Ken Okoth.

This new development could force the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to probe the matter before Mariga can be cleared to run.

It could also put the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in a spot because it is required to provide clearance certificates for those seeking public office.

The saga surrounding the footballer has further cast doubt on whether Jubilee Party’s National Elections Board carried out due diligence before interviewing and picking the footballer from a list of 16 aspirants.

On Friday, Starehe Deputy Registration Officer Ishmael Yassin told the IEBC’s appeals committee, which is led by chairman Wafula Chebukati, that Mariga did not sign his voter registration acknowledgment slip.Mr Yassin told the poll team that Mariga had on August 26 gone to register as a voter at Kariakor but did not have his ID with him.

The footballer had to send his aide to fetch the document.It has also emerged that Jubilee never forwarded his contacts to the IEBC for the returning officer to invite him for a pre-nomination meeting for all candidates.

Kibra Constituency Returning Officer Beatrice Muli said she held a meeting with all the other parties on September 5, but Jubilee’s representatives and Mariga never showed up.Ms Muli said she tried to reach the party offices but the phone went unanswered.

She said when Mariga submitted his nomination certificate, election officials tried to find his name in the electronic register but it was missing.

Three killed, 15 injured in Delamere Farm road accident

Three people died while more than 10 people have been hospitalised following a grisly road accident involving a Nissan matatu and a mini-bus along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

Two passengers died on the spot while another one passed on while undergoing treatment at the nearby Naivasha sub-county hospital following the midday accident near Delamere Farm in Naivasha.

15 people were admitted in in the same facilty, six in critical condition.The accident occurred after the matatu that was heading to Nakuru from Naivasha rammed into an on-coming private minibus carrying students.

The crash caused a major traffic snarl-up on the highway as police and members of the public moved in to rescue passengers trapped in the wrecks.According to a witness Paul Karuga, the highway had in the last couple of months seen an increase in the number of accidents.

He said the rising number of accidents to is as a result of an increase in the number of vehicles using the road, adding that there was need to expand it.

“Today’s accident would have been avoided if this highway had been expanded but the drivers also need to be careful while overtaking,” he said.

Samson Ngigi, another witness, said blamed the matatu driver for the accident, saying the driver decided to overtake a fleet of vehicles before ramming into the minibus.“The driver of the matatu and another passenger died on the spot while scores of others mainly those in the matatu were seriously injured,” he said.

Confirming the accident, Naivasha police boss Samuel Waweru said the injured were getting treatment at the sub-county hospital.He added that the bodies had been taken to the local mortuary linking the accident to careless overtaking.

“We have lost three men in the accidents and over ten others have been seriously injured and are undergoing treatment,” he said.Last week, six people died on the same highway at Nyakairo trading centre in Naivasha following an accident involving a Nissan matatu and a lorry.

Unmasking Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro

When not running businesses, buying and selling shares or building houses, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro is busy making headlines.

The latest of such is being holed inside Royal Media Services offices on Sunday night as police waited outside to grab him.Earlier in the day, Nyoro was involved in an altercation with Nominated MP Maina Kamanda at Gitui Catholic Church in Kiharu, causing chaotic scenes that prematurely ended a Sunday service.

Police said they wanted him for assaulting one of their own and resisting arrest.It is not the first time he has ruffled feathers.


Ndindi Nyoro first raised eyebrows with his anti-Raila Odinga propaganda and later his support for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions.

Before the 2017 general election, Nyoro was profiled as a rubble-rousing keyboard warrior. He relentlessly insulted Raila Odinga with cusswords but no charges were pressed against him.In 2017, he threw his hat into the ring for the Kiharu Constituency Parliamentary Seat when the incumbent and a friend, Irungu Kang’ata chose not to defend the seat.

He won the seat whose previous occupiers include the legendary Kenneth Matiba.In March 2019, Ndindi proposed the Anti-corruption and Economics Crime Amendment Bill 2019, which proposed stringent penalties, including execution for those convicted of corruption in Kenya. 

The bill drew a flurry of excitement and criticism in equal measures, with ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga slamming it as a ploy to clip powers of the DCI and DPP to handle corruption cases. Reason? It was mooted when parastatal bigshots and governors seen as allies of Dr Ruto were being hurled into courts of law to face corruption charges.

Team Tanga Tanga

A Ruto ally, Nyoro belongs to Team Tangatanga, a faction of Jubilee Party politicians allied to the DP and which is determined to have a Ruto presidency in 2022.In July 2019, Ndindi accused the government of using state agencies to harass him.

He talked of plans to arrest him due to his association and support for the Deputy President.He declared he would not be intimidated and silenced since he has ‘lived in houses and situations worse than police cells.’

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro. [Standard]


Born in December 1985, Nyoro has interests in stock brokerage, communication and construction.He owns Afrisec Telecoms, Investax Capital and Telesec.Nyoro began his entrepreneurship journey as a cobbler and a hawker in his teenage life in Murang’a.

An online publication has quoted him as saying: “I always wanted to become a businessman and politician. I didn’t know what would come first, but surely business has taken over so far.”He is a graduate of Kenyatta University, where he studied Economics. He was also a student leader at the institution and has authored How to Succeed in High School a motivational book.?