May 2019


Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu was yesterday questioned for more than eight hours by the EACC in connection with Sh 588 million paid to firms suspected to be linked to close allies and family members.

The investigators have zeroed in on payments made by the Kiambu county government through 55 bank accounts and re-routed to third party beneficiaries in what is suspected to be massive money laundering schemes.

According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) investigators, huge sums of money were withdrawn in cash, through cheque payments and electronic wire transfer.

“Preliminary investigations show the contractors paid monies to senior county officials, their companies or relatives through proxies,” said EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak.

The commission is also investigating suspect acquisition of public funds, conflict of interest and money laundering.

Fifteen people including the governor, members of his family, county employees and people believed to be his proxies operating contractual and supply firms are under the radar of anti-graft sleuths.

Waititu and his Chief Officer for Finance Faith Njeri Harrison have so far been granted anticipatory bail by Kiambu Senior Resident Magistrate Brian Khaemba, an order which barred barring their arrest.

“They are being grilled as a matter of procedure. No one will be detained. There is already a court anticipatory bail for the governor in force. We don’t intend to contravene that,” EACC Corporate Affairs manager Yassin Amaro said.

After the session, Waititu reiterated his innocence, saying no money has been looted under his watch and that he runs a real estate company where he and his daughter Monica Njeri Ndung’u are signatories.


The National Youth Service (NYS) has announced nationwide recruitment of young men and women starting Monday 10th June 2019 to Friday 14th June 2019.

REQUIREMENTS:

Prospective candidates who wish to be enlisted in the service MUST meet the following conditions:-

  1.           Be a Kenyan citizen and a resident of the respective sub-county of recruitment centre.
  2.       Undergo a medical checkup during and after the recruitment.
  3.       Be prepared to undergo rigorous physical training.
  4.       Be prepared to give voluntary service to the nation in any part of Kenya.
  5.       Be a KCSE certificate holder with minimum mean grade of D Plain.
  6.       Produce original National Identity Card, Academic Certificates and avail one set of photocopies of the same.
  7.       Have a valid Certificate of Good Conduct.
  8.       Be 18-24 years old.
Successful candidates will be admitted to NYS colleges at Gilgil and Naivasha for the basic NYS paramilitary training on dates and times specified in respective admission letters.

NB
  •  Orphans who meet the qualification requirements as stated above will be given special preference subject to production of sufficient documentary proof such as parents’ death certificates or burial permits.
  •  NYS does not condone corruption in any form. Canvassing and giving monetary or other consideration for the purpose of admission is an offence which can lead to disqualification/ or prosecution.
  • Instances of this nature should be reported promptly to the Director General on telephone number 020 – 2400129.

The following is the Kiambu County recruitment schedule and venues:-

DATE
TIME
SUB-COUNTY
RECRUITMENT CENTRE
MONDAY
10-6-2019
8:30 am
Thika East
Gatuanyaga Primary School
8:30 am
Lari
Kimende High School
8:30 am
Kiambu
Kirigiti Stadium
TUESDAY
   11-6-2019
8:30 am
Limuru
Kwambira Stadium
8:30 am
Kikuyu
DCC’s Office
WEDNESDAY
   12-6-2019
8:30 am
Kiambaa
Karuri Primary School
8:30 am
Gatundu South
Gatundu Town Stadium
THURSDAY
   13-6-2019
8:30 am
Githunguri
Githunguri Stadium
8:30 am
Ruiru
Ruiru Municipal Stadium
8:30 am
Rabai
Lungwe Primary School
FRIDAY
   14-6-2019
8:30 am
Juja
Premier Bag Grounds
8:30 am
Thika West
Thika Municipal Stadium
8:30 am
Kabete
Ndurarua Primary School


The Select Committee on Budget Allocation in the Kiambu County Assembly has invited Kiambu residents for public participation forums to collect their views on the county government’s Budget estimates for FY 2019/2020 beginning May 27th 2019.

According to a media advert carried on the dailies on Monday May 20 2019, presentation may be done orally or in written memorandum addressed to the clerk of the County Assembly of Kiambu or through their email address info@kiambuassembly.go.ke.

Oral submissions can be submitted as per the following schedule:
DATE AND TIME
SUB-COUNTY
VENUE

Monday 27 May 2019
(9am – 5pm)
Gatundu South
Gatundu Catholic Hall
Gatundu North
Mang’u Youth Empowerment Centre
Thika
Gatuanyaga Chief’s Camp
Juja
Premier Grounds Juja

Tuesday 28 May 2019
(9am – 5pm)
Ruiru
Ruiru Catholic Church
Kiambu
Kiambu Community Hall
Githunguri
PCEA Ayub Kinyua
Kiambaa
St. Martin De Pores Karuri Catholic Church

Wednesday 29 May 2019
(9am – 5pm)
Kikuyu
ACK St. Emmanuel Church Hall Kikuyu
Limuru
Limuru Sub-County Offices
Kabete
ACK Ndunyu Church Hall
Lari
AIC Rukuma – Lari Kirenga



Kiambu County Government on Monday hosted a delegation from World Bank who are on a review of the implementation of projects being funded by the organisation through Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP). 

Among the ongoing projects being implemented under the KUSP programme are storm water drainage, sewer lines, street lighting, roads, beautification of public open spaces and a fire station in Karuri 

(Related story: 
Thika’s Journey towards city status begins with sh. 100m beautification, sewerage programme.)

Kiambu is currently the largest beneficiary of the Urban Development Grant by World Bank having received Ksh 1.89 billion for the FY 2018/2019.

The 26 infrastructure programmes have been spread across the 6 municipalities in Kiambu namely Kiambu, Karuri, Thika, Kikuyu, Limuru and Ruiru.

There has been a lot of confusion about the Traffic Act and whether police officers have the right to demand for a driver's licence from a motorist or even board one's vehicle to the stations.

As Thika Town Today, we have tried to digest what the law says about these controversial sections as stipulated by the Traffic Act (CAP 403) of the laws of Kenya. 

Should one produce a DL on demand by the police?

The answer to this is in Article 36 of the act which states:-


36.
Production of driving licence on demand
(1)
Any person driving a motor vehicle on a road shall carry his driving licence or provisional licence, and, on being so required by a police officer, produce it for examination.
(2)
For the purposes of this section, “driving licence or provisional licence” includes such other evidence as will satisfy the police that there is no contravention of section 30.
(3)
Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with this section shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand shillings.

Should a police officer enter one's car or drive it to the station?

The answer to this is in Article 105 of the act which states:-

105.
Inspection of vehicles
(1)
It shall be lawful for any police officer in uniform to stop any vehicle, and for any police officer, licensing officer or inspector—
(a)
to enter any vehicle;
(b)
to drive any vehicle or cause any vehicle to be driven;
(c)
upon reasonable suspicion of any offence under this Act, to order and require the owner of any vehicle to bring the vehicle to him,
for the purpose of carrying out any examination and test of the vehicle with a view to ascertaining whether the provisions of this Act are being complied with or with a view to ascertaining whether the vehicle is being used in contravention of this Act.
(2)
Any person who fails to comply with any instruction or order given under this section shall be guilty of an offence and liable on a first conviction, to a fine not exceeding thirty thousand shillings, and for a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding fifty thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term of one year.


Thika residents were on Saturday treated to a thrilling football friendly match between bodaboda operators and Thika police officers at the MKU Graduation Pavilion Grounds where the riders won the match 3-2.

In the first of its kind in the area, the match that was organised by Thika West Sub-County Commander Beatrice Kiraguri and Kamenu Sub-Location Bodaboda Association (KSBA) was geared towards drawing the two warring groups into a working relationship to enhance security in the area.

Area MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina donated the trophy that was won by the bodaboda riders.

The officers were drawn from Thika and Makongeni Police Stations as well as Administration Police posts across the sub-county.

Speaking after the match, the chief guest Kiambu County Deputy Police Commander Chief Inspector Munga urged the riders to weed out criminal elements in their midst as those who painted the sector with a bad image.

He reminded them that without good security, the area would not attract investors thus reduce their potential to earn more from a robust economy.
“Most of these (criminal) cases we find amongst you are brought about by ‘squad riders’. Kindly, if you have to lend your bike to someone else, ensure that it is a person who is of good morals otherwise you might find yourself in trouble having to answer for crimes you know nothing about,” advised Munga.

He appealed to the riders to come up with programmes to diversify their income through various business activities to ensure they were economically stable and not depend on their bikes alone for an income.

The Thika police boss Beatrice Kiraguri said her office was open to all residents and urged them to make use of it in order to secure the area.

“My doors are wide open for anyone with information that will enhance security in this area. There is no need to fear the police as we are trained to treat each information brought to our desks with a lot of confidentiality,” said Kiraguri.

She added that Saturday’s activity was just the beginning of a series of police-residents interactions aimed at bringing together the two groups into a working relationship.
John Mwangi Njuguna, who is the Personal Assistant to Thika MP, said that their office had set aside sh. 500,000 to ensure all bodaboda operators acquired all the requisites documents required to operate their businesses.

Kamenu Ward MCA Raphael Chege Waithumbi warned the riders against harbouring criminal elements amongst them as this would only aggravate the already bad blood with the law enforcers. He also urged them to ensure they adhered to all traffic rules so as not to get themselves in trouble with the law.

Other leaders who spoke included the Thika District Business Association (TDBA) Chairman Alfred Wanyoike and the chairperson of Thika Community Policing Committee Bishop Ezekiel Karanja.


Detectives in Kilimani Nairobi have arrested six "notorious" criminals following a violent robbery incident in the area.

The police also confiscated two motor vehicles – a Toyota Prado and Nissan Navara, master keys, fake number plates, masking tapes & a safe.

The six suspects are – Stephen Ngiru Kuria, Wilson Mutua Kitheka, Vincent Odhiambo, Elizabeth Akinyi Abuto, Lavender Akinyi Ogilo and Quinter Adhiambo Ong’ino.

According to the DCI detectives, the six suspects have other pending cases in court in connection to several offences of burglary, house breaking and stealing in Kilimani.

Elizabeth and Lavender have warrants of arrest for absconding court and jumping bail respectively.

Mount Kenya University is looking to hire an ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT to work in NAKURU CAMPUS

This position reports to the Registrar, Finance Administration and Marketing and will be responsible for assisting in the maintenance, reporting and management of the University’s finances.
JOB SUMMARY
Under the supervision of the Campus Accountant, the Accounts Assistant will support the Finance data processing by the preparation of documents of original entry, initial data entry and management of the document filing process.
Specific Responsibilities:
  1. Receiving and processing payment requisitions.
  2. Receiving and processing invoices and claims and ensuring their completeness.
  3. Preparing bank reconciliations.
  4. Updating student ledgers and performing reconciliation of student accounts.
  5. Maintaining filing systems for accounting documents and records.
Qualifications
  1. Bachelor’s degree in Business with specialization in Accounting/Finance or its equivalent.
  2. CPA Part II
  3. 2 years’ experience at a finance position
OR
  1. CPA (K)
  2. 1 year experience at a finance position
  3. Registered with a professional body
How to Apply:
Each application should be accompanied with an up to date and detailed Curriculum Vitae.
Applications should be addressed to;
The Human Resource Director,
Mount Kenya University,
Main Campus, General Kago Road,
P.O. Box 342-01000.
THIKA.
NOTE:
  • Applications should be clearly marked for the position applied for.
  • Electronic applications can be sent in PDF format by email to recruitment@mku.ac.ke.
  • Applications must be submitted on or before 17th May, 2019.
  • Mount Kenya University is an equal opportunity employer:
  • Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Persons with disability are encouraged to apply.
Terms of service are provided for as per Mount Kenya University scheme of service

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