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Nairobi mayor leaves offices over corruption charges

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  1. Invisible

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    Nairobi mayor Geophrey Majiwa in court where he denied three counts of conspiring to defraud the City Council of Sh283 million October 26, 2010. He stepped aside to facilitate investigations into the scam October 28, 2010.

    By PETER LEFTIE
    Thursday, October 28 2010

    Embattled Nairobi mayor Geophrey Majiwa finally stepped aside Thursday following pressure from Local Government minister Musalia Mudavadi and the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission (Kacc).

    Mr Majiwa, who had earlier vowed not to step aside despite the corruption charges facing him, is said to have agreed to step aside after Mr Mudavadi informed him that he was a public officer and was therefore required to step aside until the corruption case he is facing is heard and determined.

    “His Worship Mayor Geophrey Majiwa of the City Council of Nairobi has agreed to step aside upon a request by Hon. Musalia Mudavadi, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister and Minister for Local Government following the concurrence of the Attorney General that civic leaders are indeed public officers,” a statement from the deputy prime minister’s office read.

    Mr Mudavadi based his directive to Mr Majiwa on Section 18 of the Transitional and Consequential Provisions in the new constitution, the Public Officer Ethics Act and the Anti Corruption and Economic Crimes Act.

    Kacc director P.L.O Lumumba had earlier written to Mr Mudavadi asking him to direct Mr Majiwa to step aside until the corruption case is determined.

    In a letter dated October 27, Mr Lumumba demanded that Mr Majiwa be suspended at half pay until the corruption charges facing him are determined.

    The letter quoted the Anti Corruption and Economic Crimes Act which it says defines a public officer as “a member of the government, national assembly, local authority or any state corporation.”

    Mr Mudavadi in turn wrote to the AG seeking legal advice on the matter. “The DPM stressed the urgency of constitutional interpretation in view of the fact that “The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission has written to my Ministry of Local Government requesting us to take “administrative action” on the basis of Section 62(1),” read Mr Mudavadi’s letter to the AG.

    In his written advise, the AG stated that Chapter six of the Constitution does not only apply to persons who are appointed to a public office, but also applies to persons elected to office such as the President, Deputy President and a Member of Parliament.

    Mr Majiwa was on Tuesday charged that on diverse dates between December and April last year he conspired, with others before court, to commit an offence of corruption by acquiring Sh283.2 million from the Ministry of Local Government purporting it to be the purchase price payable by the City Council for cemetery land at Mavoko Municipality, Machakos District.

    The city boss denied four counts of conspiracy to defraud the government and willful neglect to perform his duty. He was also accused of failing to ascertain whether the city council had received or accepted any offer from Mr Henry Kilonzi who was to sell the land.
     
  2. Jammu Africa

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    Kwaheri Your worship Mwizi Majiwa. You tried to run but the new Katiba couldn't let you hide.

    You tried interpreting the new Katiba your own and simple way, that you were not a government officer, lakini, the new Constitution is powerful na hamna ile michezo yenu ya kawaida, ati si mimi...

    Usijali msee, umekuja wakati mbaya, i know you are cursing the new constitution, very bad indeed, i wish you were there some time ago, when you could have easily taken refuge behind your tribe, quite safely after looting pesa ya makaburi.

    This time, mambo ni Moto, you cannot be a government officer and at the same time, a 'thief' No, la, hapana,the new Katiba will not allow it, impossible, you steal and you go.

    For the time being, enjoy your loot, or you enjoyed it long time ago, hakuna shida, but remember, PLO Lumumba is waiting for you, na hacheki na watu hata kama ni wa kabila yako.

    Hata Wetangula alijaribu kujificha nyuma ya wa Luhya, eee bwana, Wakenya mara hii si pumbafu, la, hapana, aiiwezekani, itawezekana aje?

    Wengi wakaee tayari, wembe ni ule ule, hata umepata makali zaidi.

    Mara hii, Mambuta hamna bahati.:smile-big::smile-big::smile-big::smile-big:
     
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    hahaha, mambuta raundi hii sijui watajificha wapi. tungoje ya henry kosgei in a few weeks tym, pia yeye achapwe chini. this is a new country, we wont entertain their triabalistic cries, kenya comes first. am loving it.
     
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    Things are boiling up
     
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    The look of that security guard towards Mayor Geophrey Majiwa i am just wondering what is running through his mind
     
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    I salute my Kenyan brothers for this. You have managed to make a step forward in the fight against this cancerous desease called corruption. This, in my opinion, is a key step forward towards sustainable economic and social development of your country and her people. Big up. Let our pumbafu Tanzania leaders learn from this because we are closely watching their steps.
     
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    I guess this is what is running through the mind of this seriously looking cop: Hii pumbafu mwisi ndio inafanya maisha yangu kuwa mbaya leo simwachi.
     
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    I think the key step towards Africa's economic and social development is to throw away colonial constitutions whose main objectives were to protect the colonial governments and ensure maximum plunder of african resources. We need to come up with new constitutions that represent the wishes of the people and which will ensure that our resources are used, first of all, to alleviate our people's poverty. Kenyans have made it and there is no reason why it should not be done elsewhere in East Africa.
     
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