By Nyakundi Cyprian
This article is written for the sake of posterity and reference to any party that will wish to connect the dots between Kiambu Governor William Gitau Kabogo, Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Thika Town MP Alice Wambui Nganga.
Undercover police in developed economies like the United States often use funerals to monitor organized crime gangs like the mafia, to monitor suspects, their liaisons and family members.
Activist Boniface Mwangi once tweeted a very profound statement. That “other countries have a mafia, but in Kenya, the mafia have a country,” and he was right.
According to various eye-witness accounts, there was a grand funeral in November 2013 after death of the son of the proprietor of Njuca Consolidated Limited. The funeral mass took place at the Thika Sports Club Rugby Pitch and only three politicians spoke at that funeral.
You guessed right. Only Ali Hassan Joho, William Kabogo and Alice Nganga spoke during the funeral despite the presence of other politicians including the recently-appointed Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution Mwangi Kiunjuri and the immediate former Mayor of Mombasa who merely got a mention.
First on the podium was Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho who revealed that he had known the proprietor of Njuca Consolidated for many years and that he was the one that introduced him to Kiambu Governor William Kabogo. Joho spoke about their business together including cattle-rearing and milk processing.
On his part, Kiambu Governor eulogized the young boy and admitted that he had only recently been introduced to the cowboy-contractor by his Mombasa counterpart, and affirmed that they will continue working and collaborating together. So it is a fact on video record that Kabogo and Njuca Construction met in the month of November 2013.
Thika MP Alice Nganga was more generous with information during her speech and revealed that her sister who is a Member of the County Assembly in Nairobi (MCA) knew the late boy earlier but even though she had only been introduced to the contractor more recently, they had become good friends and even acted as a mentor.
The three elected officials would then tolerate each other despite their differing ideologies and political-affiliation, brought together by grief but with the vision and prospect of business collaboration. What’s more shocking is that as the tent had been packed with mourners who had come to grieve with the family, the proprietor of Njuca was using the opportunity of his son’s funeral to network and pitch for business. Such is life!
With multiple eye-witness accounts, video recordings and public proclamations by the leaders who took to the podium, the chain of events is quite clear.
A simple google-search on the Internet and on the twitter search-box will reveal the massive complaints against Njuca Construction in both Mombasa and Kiambu Counties. Inooro FM’s morning presenter Njogu wa Njoroge once fired at the proprietor of Njuca whom he referenced as a Thika local that has no honor or shame by looting from his home town, whilst building roads using out-dated technology or pounding rocks instead of mixing cement and murram like the Chinese contractors do.
If today the Government of Uhuru Kenyatta that speaks more than it acts, demanded a special-audit of Kiambu County, it would reveal the massive discrepancy in the money allocated for the project and the distance of the road vis a vis duration it has taken thus far, that even after 7 months the road is not even 40% complete. Mombasa is even worse with all details in the article that precipitated Cyprian Nyakundi’s arrest, and Uhuru Kenyatta saw 1st-hand for himself the dilapidated state of roads in the County. These are facts that are visible for anyone to see with their naked eyes.
It is highly suspected that it’s Uhuru’s tour of the coast that triggered this recent chain of events because it’s still unclear why Joho filed a complaint on Monday 19th January 2016 on an article and tweet posted on 8th September 2015.
Stay tuned for the next piece detailing media’s pettiness in giving Nyakundi’s illegal detention a wide-berth, thereby losing the chance to control narrative and conceding their position of authority in Kenya, a position that slowly being usurped by social media