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Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY POLITICAL DESK
Former Mukingi leader, Ndura Waruinge addressing press in a hotel at Kenol in Muranga Photo/James Wainaina
Former Mukingi leader, Ndura Waruinge addressing press in a hotel at Kenol in Muranga Photo/James Wainaina
Paul Muthaura the Acting Chief Executive of the Capital Markets Authority. Photo/FILE
Paul Muthaura the Acting Chief Executive of the Capital Markets Authority. Photo/FILE
Kenya's Parliament buildings.Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
Kenya's Parliament buildings.Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE

Former Mungiki leader Ndura Waruinge, who held the sect together while its spiritual leader Maina Njenga was in jail, has denied he is or has ever been considered a potential witness— either for the defence or the prosecution— in the crimes against humanity case against President Uhuru which is scheduled to start in November. “I will be in the country throughout the trial to prove to Kenyans that l am not one of those taking the witness stand at the Hague,” he said. 

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The appointment of a substantive chief executive officer of the Capital Markets Authority seems to be taking an unusually long time. Our moles tell us that those shortlisted for consideration was presented to Finance secretary Henry Rotich a long time ago but he seems to be unwilling or is reticent in deciding who should step into the shoes of the immediate former CEO Stella Kilonzo. In the absence of a decision, lobbying has intensified and pressure is mounting to formally appoint the acting CEO Paul Muthaura.

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Police officers seconded to Parliament as bodyguards to MPs are complaining that someone somewhere in the murky back rooms of Vigilance House is irregularly retaining some Sh3,000 from each of them every month. The policeman say they are supposed to be paid some Sh22,000 per month for the additional responsibility of providing the Waheshimiwas with security but for sometime now, they have been receiving only Sh19,000. And when they ask where the Sh3,000 is disappearing to, they are met with silence which seems to confirm their suspicions that the money is being used to line the pockets of some top policemen. The fact that they are never issued with payslips makes it nigh impossible to trace where the 'leak' is happening.

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And it seems there is no end to the schemes that people will go to to fleece taxpayers. Still on Parliament, the same police bodyguards have recently been instructed to always sign two vouchers every time they eat at the Parliament canteen. Previously, they only used to sign meal vouchers for the meals they have taken there which are then paid. Under the new system, even if a bodyguard has not taken breakfast or lunch or dinner, he is supposed to sign and submit at least two vouchers per day even if they did not take these meals! Another leak in need of plugging?