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Day March 14, 2011

Kenyan President,Kibaki, is a very rich man.Muranga is to Kenya what Masaka is to Uganda

Mr Kibaki is a very rich man. He became rich before he was president. FYI, the largest three land holders in Kenya are: a) Mr Kenyatta family, b) Mr Moi and C) Mr Mwai Kibaki. How did they get the land? After independence white settlers were forced to release some of their land , and records claim it was willing buyer-willing seller-to surrender some of their farms. And the post Independence elite benefited including Mr Mwaki Kibaki.

He also has substantial investment in real eates in Nairobi and Coats and rift valley-especialy land. In Nairobi, he owns Finance House near Chester House and opposite the General Post office. He is also the owner of Silver springs hotel near Hurlingham/Nairobi Hospital. . Most of his wealth was made when he was Finance minister. The only asset his children seem to have acquired when he was President is the the 5- star Hotel built with stolen money by Kamlesh Patin of the Goldenberg infamy. Word has it his children especially the eldest daughter is the one who bought the hotel from Central Bank of Kenya for about a billion shillings.

Mwai Kibaki

Karen Hospital is owned by Kibaki’s personal physician, Dr Gikonyo and his wife. Kenyans are in a different league from ugandan looters. Sure Kenyans looted too but they invested their loot locally and not in London or Switzerland.

Do not forget that Mr Kibaki was the longest serving finance Minister and was allowed to run the ministry as he wished by Mr Kenyatta. If Mr Charles Mugane Njonjo who was Attorney General is filthy rich, why not the former finance Minister. Then his long serving tresaury secretary, Mr Harry Mule-current Chancellor of Kenyatta University- from Ukamban, is also filthy rich.

FYI, the richest African Kenya is believed to have been the late Mr Philip Ndegwa from Kirinyaga. He was CEO of Kenya Commercial Bank(KCB) and Governor Bank of kenya. Among his property is ICEA building opposite the Ugandan embassy on Kenyatta Avenue. Although not perhaps richer than the Kenyatta family and Mr Moi who openly looted pubic funds. It is true that Mr Moi has invested heavily in Uganda with BIDCO. BIDCO is owned by Mr Moi and his side kick, Mr Nicholas Kipyetor Biwottt who also owns KOBIL, the largest oil firm in Kenya, a head of even Shell.

Also, the richest indigenous Kenyans come from Muranga. Muranga is to kenya what Masaka is to Uganda. Educated folks but also succesful businesspeople. Muranga is the home area of Mr John Njoroge Michuki who ownws Windsor hotels, Mr Stanley Nyindo matiba who owns allinace hotes and elite private schoolsl, the late Mzee Kirima who owned most buildings in the third world of Niarobi which is anything East of Tom Mboya street. The like of Jiman Mbaru and Mr S.K. Macharia of Citizen radio and Madhuapaer fame. Kenyans know that Muranga folks are frugal and mbesha.

One of Mr Kibaki’s children, the one with most visibility and a lot of power is the eldest daughter, Ms Judy Kibaki. Ms Judy Kibaki is to President Kibaki what Nina Mbabazi is to Amama Mbabazi.

Well, Kenyans including the media cannot stand a feminist first lady in the name of Mrs Lucy Kibaki. Make no mistake she is a women’s advocate and in the process has rubbed some people the wrong way. Funny because she is the daughter of a reverend from Mukurweini. So if need be, Ms Judy Kibaki accompanies the father to go to funerals and all that in Kenya.

Kibaki’s campiagns were not funded by Mondy Awoori as stipulated by some people. There are too many endowed ateereres-including the Muthaiga golfing buddies-to chip in. They have always contributed millions. It is true Mr Awori is very rich-he owns Mareba titles among others and believed to be the richest Luhya,but the Kibakii campaign was well funded by the aterere elite. Kenyan campaigns even for opposition are well funded because they are filthy rich. And Kenyans are not like Ugandan voters. There is no chnace in a milion YKM would have won such votes and seats in Acholi with two prominent presidential candidates from the region. There is no way too YKM would have won so many votes in Buganda with his attitude towards Buganda. Yes, I blame Ugandan voters for voting badly.

BTW, Mr Kibaki’s most loyal and fanatic supporters are the Meru-the Bakiiga of Kenya. Overall,I wish Ugandans had invested their loot the way Kenyans have done. The problem with Ugandans is they have short memory-political uncertainty too inhibits the long view-and simply enjoy.

WB Kyijomanyi

David Ojok- Oyite was not a Corrupt Man. He didn’t build Mansions like the current NRM leaders

The main reason why David Ojok- Oyite was appointed Chair Uganda Coffee Marketing Board(CMB) was to stamp out corruption in the company, the sort of corrupt dealings in coffee inherited from Amin’s era. CMB badly needed someone with authority and standing like David.

The background of David’s appointment was that after the 1980 elections the UPC government chose one of its unsuccessful party parliamentary candidates as Chair/Managing Director of CMB. Few weeks into the job this Chair/MD made a dashing world tour of CMB offices in Mombasa, London and New York. He was immediately relieved of his duties on his return. I have no clue why this was done and I am not suggesting there was anything irregular that this guy did
during the globetrotting trip. The Board was thereafter restructured. The position of Chair/Managing Director
was split. David Ojok Oyite was appointed Chair (part time), an old hand in CMB, who served as Uganda Rep at the International Coffee Organisation in London in late 60’s was recalled from retirement and appointed General Manager.

The whole exercise was to give assurance to the nation that their main foreign exchange earner was in safe hands and corruption would not be tolerated, smuggling of coffee would stop and Uganda would meet its world market quota
requirements. David rarely chaired board meetings. The name was enough. Most board meetings were chaired by his Deputy Hon Kenneth Magombe MP from Bugisu, a professional with a wealth of experience in commerce and finance.

The revamped board and the Central Bank and the Minister of Finance, (the man himself) monitored sale and receipts of coffee very closely. The rumours that the proceeds of sale of coffee were deposited on personal accounts of Oyite- Ojok with all the oversights in place is difficult to accept. Besides I doubt that a publicly quoted company like J H Rayner/Berisford, the London international commodity company which bought the bulk of Uganda coffee would go the extent of depositing the proceeds to the tune of $500m to an individual accounts without being detected considering strict UK companies laws. $500m wass serious money then as it is now.

Incidentally the proprietor of a leading FM Radio in Kampala was the boss of JH Rayner/Berisfod Eastern Africa then and is the best well placed man who knows all about coffee exports and deals from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia
for 20 odd years.

David was not a corrupt man as some people painted him to be. There is no legacy of corruption in form of mansions, businesses that can be traced to David’s name after his death. I know a lot of rogue Asian businessmen in Uganda House who use to masquarade about their business links with him. One of them was Hussein Lira and later on
changed his name to Hussein Kitgum during Tito’s time.

Paul Lam-Kilama

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