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Friday, August 16, 2013
Raila Odinga criticises sackings over Jomo Kenyatta International Airport fire
Sacking of the Airport senior official staff at JKIA following the
fire is the right thing to do, because it had a lot to do with total
irresponsibility with failing of integrity. It should follow with thorough
investigation and legal justice.
from Raila is self-explanatory. It is now clear that Raila had a bone to chew in
the JKIA airport fire.......
Could it be to do with the multi-billion illegal dealings of Gold
and Diamond found holed up in the airport storage facilities
Are these the
unfinished corrupt business he was engaged in that makes him so active pushing
people to go for referendum shuttling up and down through South Africa into USA
and would not bow down peacefully.....???
Let him explain
It is because,
the Truth Shall Set Us All Free Indeed......
Raila Odinga criticises
sackings over Jomo Kenyatta International Airport fire
Updated Friday, August 16th 2013
at 15:42 GMT +3
By Philip Mwakio
NAIROBI, KENYA: Former Prime
minister Raila Odinga on Friday claimed that Kenya
Airport Authority MD Stephen GichukiÂ and other airport managers have been
unfairly sacked or suspended over the recent fire at the Jomo Kenyatta
International Airport JKIA.
Raila told a lawyers'
conference in Mombasa that Gichukiâ€™s suspension before investigation of the
fire tragedy has been completed is emblematic of the Jubilee
governmentâ€™sÂ alleged mistreatment of civil servants and disregard of due
He said that ministers in the
government have harassed civil servants or sacked them without fearÂ because
they â€œare not accountable to parliamentâ€ any more following the promulgation
of the 2010 constitution.
â€œPeople are being sacked
even before investigation of the fire tragedy at JKIA is done,â€
he said and added that Gichuki has been hounded out of office with a â€œ year to
his retirementâ€ for no reason.
According to Raila
Gichukiâ€™s removal is as unjust as Mining Secretary Najib Balalaâ€™s
cancellation of mining licencesÂ of 43 firms.
He said Balala recalled the
licence without fear because â€œhe cannot be called to parliament to explain why
he did thatâ€ adding that the Labour SecretaryÂ Kazungu KambuÂ removed the
Managing Trustee of the National Social Security Fund NSSF from office illegally
saying that the pension fund doesÂ not fall under the ambit of the secretaryâ€™s
powers when it comes to sacking.
Controversial city man claims he
didn’t smuggle Sh8 billion Congo gold to Nairobi
Updated Friday, August 16th 2013 at 13:40 GMT +3
By David Odongo and Solomon Koko
Few Nairobians knew much about Paul Kobia
before March 2011 when a furious President of a troubled neighbouring country
made an impromptu visit to Kenya.
What President Joseph Kabila
of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) wanted his host President Mwai Kibaki to do
was soon apparent: Order the return of 2.5 tonnes of gold worth at least Sh8
billion and arrest those who allegedly smuggled the massive haul from the
mineral rich state.
Kabila insisted some of the loot had been freighted from Nairobi to Dubai
and South Africa but part of it was in a warehouse in Embakasi.
Prominent among those named
in the supposed international smuggling syndicate was Kobia, who until then had
only been vaguely mentioned in relation to either the alleged illegal gold trade
in Nairobi or a con game hinged on the precious metal.
The man, who UN officials and Kenyan investigators believe also holds a
Congolese passport under the name of Ilunga Ngoei (or Paul Ilunga), was reported
to have fled to Tanzania. He eventually returned home, but the investigations
seemed to have fizzled. Last year a KTN investigative Inside Story /Jicho Pevu
series, Blood on Gold/Dhahabu ya Mauti also linked Kobia to a gold con
This week, Kobia, in a rare
media interview, has told The Nairobian that he is a clean man.Â
â€œI did not steal or smuggle Kabilaâ€™s gold. I am a legitimate
businessman,â€ he says matter-of-factly.
The controversial city man says he trades in gemstones and has invested in
â€œI own a lot of property in Embakasi and
other parts of the country. All my wealth can be traced. I work hard for my
money. It is all legitimate,â€ insists Kobia, without giving much details.
He believes reports linking him to illegal gold trade are a witch-hunt that
have sometimes led to police raids at some of his offices in View Park Towers.
He even doubts the authenticity of information released on the supposedly
smuggled DRC minerals.
â€œIf someone had 2.5 tones of gold, would he store it in a ware house in
asks Kobia, alluding to the futile 2011 search by city security agencies at a
However clean he may claim
to be, Kobia has been treated as a suspect in various investigations and cases.
For example, early last year police dropped fraud charges against him after a
complainant in the case, said to be linked to Hong Kong-based Meranti Holdings,
withdrew from the case.
"The complainant refused to come and we are told he has sworn an affidavit
to that effect," said CID head of investigations Mohamed Amin.
Kobia had been arrested and
charged on November 2, 2010 with pretending to sell 825kg of gold and obtaining
$200,000 (Sh17.4 million at current exchange rate) from a South African Dennis
A UN report last year also linked Kobia to a gold con game and a warehouse
at JKIA, which he allegedly used to dupe his victims. The 392-page report also
claimed the syndicate ran a gold refinery in Nairobi. Kobia denies all the
â€œI honestly have no idea why I am on that list. Nobody asked me anything.
I just heard that the UN had mentioned me in a report. But my conscience is
clear, I have nothing to hide,â€ claims Kobia, who also denies that the Banking
Fraud Investigation Unit froze his Sh800-million account. Â
Â â€œThat never happened my
friend. If you follow the case, you will realise that the matter was concluded,
and somebody (George Mutiso) was charged in court. It wasnâ€™t me. My accounts
havenâ€™t been frozen,â€ says Kobia.
However, Directorate of Criminal Investigation boss Ndegwa Muhoro told The
Nairobian that Kobia and others were not off the hook yet.Â
"For now I can't say that
the case has been abandoned. It will depend on the progress and findings of our
investigations. The evidence will be crucial," he said.
So who exactly is Paul Kobia?
Well, the â€˜exactlyâ€™ part does not come out quite clearly after our
interview, but he nonetheless opens a window to his life.
â€œI am a humble man, who trained as a priest,â€ claims Kobia. â€œBut I
remain deeply religious.â€
For a man who says he left
priesthood in Tanzania for the business world, Kobia does not hide the fact that
he is doing well. For example, he tells us he once paid Sh16 million in cash for
two Range Rovers at a Nairobi car bazaar. He also lays claim to being the first
to import an Audi Q7 to Kenya.
Designer suits have replaced the religious robes and instead of a rosary he
has a gold chain. He tells us he bought his Dunhill â€˜pure leatherâ€™ belt in
Monaco for $320 (Sh27,840). As the interview progresses, it is clear fine single
malt whisky has also replaced church wine.
On the Congolese alias,
Kobia alleges he was nicknamed Ilunga Ngoei by his friends from DRC because of
their respect for him. He claims to have once been involved in legitimately
exporting raw copper from DRC to a Chinese firm at a tidy profit.Â
Today, Nairobi-based Congolese refer to Kobia as â€˜Prezdaâ€™ (President),
perhaps since he lavishes cash on band members at various city venues whenever
he shows up.
Kobia, who says he is so
popular in the city that he can walk around â€œeven in the most dangerous slumâ€
without a bodyguardâ€ , admits he has two licensed gun.
â€œI have never had occasion to draw them or even think of using them. I
only applied for the licence because I sometimes carry huge amounts of cash, and
I also want to protect my family,â€ claims Kobia.
Â â€˜Officiallyâ€™, he says, his family is made up of one wife and four
children but he â€˜takes care ofâ€™ 10 children in universities and about 40 in
various primary and secondary schools.Â
His son Geoffrey â€˜Jeffâ€™ Kobia made an unsuccessful bid to be Nairobi
Governor in the March 4 elections.
â€œI spent hundreds of
millions but we didnâ€™t win because we started campaigns a bit late,â€ claims
Kobia, adding that he plans to spend at least Sh700 million for his sonâ€™s
campaigns in the 2017 elections.
He thinks he would have made a good governor for Nairobi, but â€œI donâ€™t
have a degree,â€ which is a requirement. Kobia, however, says Nairobi Senator
Mike Sonko is a close friend.
â€œWe used to share a single room many years back when we were both
â€˜hustlersâ€™,â€ he says.
As he animatedly waves his
left hand, which has a missing finger, we ask the inevitable question. What
â€œIt wasnâ€™t anything close to the rumours about my finger being chopped
off by business rivals. I was simply involved in an accident and shrapnel
severed my finger. In fact, I have been trying to get the nurse who treated me
in a clinic in Huruma so that I can say thanks to her nicely,â€ claims Kobia,
saying he could buy a car for the nurse or pay fees for her children.
For now Paul Kobia says
he is minding his
business â€” perhaps in the hope that no furious president, inquisitive cops or
nosy UN officials will disturb his peace.
Sh2.2b made from illegal gold
trade could have funded terrorism, arms
Updated Wednesday, August 14th 2013 at 22:41 GMT
Investigators have exposed
how proceeds worth Sh2.2 billion from illegal gold trading was kept out of the
financial system and could have been used to finance criminal
reveals how exporters have been able to beat strict anti-money laundering laws
after bypassing banks to pay for illegal shipments of gold.
The report by the Criminal
Investigations Department (CID) submitted to a parliamentary committee probing
the shadowy dealings said some money could be used to fund terrorism, arms trade and money
said they suspect the firms involved in the trade preferred handling huge sums
of money in cash, and concealed some transactions.
The investigations have roped in the Kenya Revenue
Authority (KRA) over an alleged Sh2.8 billion tax arrears by two gold exporters,
and also exposed an illegal practice in which customs officials use illegal
documents to certify the cash that’s coming into the country “because the
official documents are out of stock”.
at the Ministry of Mining are also under scrutiny, and the investigators claim
Commissioner for Mines and Geology, Moses Masibo, created loopholes that allowed
illicit gold to be traded in the country.
Mr Masibo is on
suspension over the controversial licencing of mining companies in Kwale
County that were revoked by Cabinet Secretary Najib
The Director of
Criminal Investigation, after weeks of investigating two firms that export gold
from Kenya to Dubai, declared that he could “not rule out the possibility” that
the colossal amounts of money were being used to fund “
terrorism, the purchase and smuggling of arms, or money laundering”.
illegal trade in gold are sensitive, as highlighted in 2011 when DRC President
Joseph Kabila flew in for emergency talks with President Kibaki over huge
consignments of stolen gold smuggled into Kenya from his country by a
Commissioner Joseph Cheptarus was shot while preparing an investigative report
on its movement. An officer close to the investigations told The Standard the
players in the smuggling ring include “top boys” in Government.
The National Assembly’s
Environment and Natural Resources Committee is probing the matter.
Two firms at the centre of
the investigation, Skyhawk International Limited and Ushindi Exports Limited,
trade in cash without involving banks or foreign exchange dealers. The money
comes in through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi in cash, it
is declared at the customs using an “Improvised Custom Declaration
The declaration forms are
“improvised” because “official forms are out of stock”, according to statements
given to the detectives from the Customs officers at JKIA.
The millions of dollars come in via couriers on specific planes, and are
transferred in tranches by a Cash-in-Transit company to the firm’s
Only deposits of $10,000
(about Sh875,000) are reflected in their bank accounts but the cumulative
deposits do not add up to the millions that enter the country.
But the directors of the two
firms told investigators that they trade in cash because the local commercial
banks are too broke and too slow to service their demands. Also because
commercial banks charge high interest rates which eat into their profit
“Most of the time, the local
commercial banks do not have sufficient cash in US dollars, which the
(companies) use to pay their clients because of the fluctuation of the
shilling,” noted the confidential report of the CID.
KRA has also slapped two of
the firms linked to the exports with a demand that they pay Sh2.8 billion in tax
The confidential report
shows that Mr Masibo sent a letter to all licenced gold dealers allowing them
room not to capture all details of their suppliers.
The law requires full
details of the suppliers to be kept, but because some gold dealers had
complained that the unlicenced small-time movers of the precious metal were
reluctant to give details for fear of legal consequences, the commissioner
stepped in. He allowed the licenced dealers to focus on the quantity and date of
In the report filed with the
committee, the CID also revealed that for the first six months of this year, 1.9
tonnes of gold, whose source is unclear, was exported to Dubai.
The two firms declared $25.5
million (about Sh2.1 billion) as the value of the gold that was being exported,
but when it came to declaring the proceeds from the sale of that very
consignment, the value had gone down to $21.5 million (about Sh1.9 billion) –
meaning that the companies made a loss of $4.3 million (Sh367 million).
“There is no way the two
companies could have traded at a loss in this business. The only logical
explanation is that the gold was stolen, smuggled, or bought (from the supplier)
at a very low price to enable them make a profit,” the CID sleuths noted.