Another reason Prof. Njuguna Ndungu should be sacked:
Apart from failing to inspire confidence in the financial sector that the Central Bank can stabilize the Kenyan shilling there is another reason for Prof. Njuguna Ndungu to leave office as Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya. He is clearly debarred from continuing in office under Chapter 6 of the Constitution having been found guilty of lying to the public and official institutions about the notorious sale of the Grand Regency Hotel.
The Cockar Report prepared after the hearings by the Commission of Inquiry into the sale of the Grand Regency Hotel makes damning findings regarding the conduct of high ranking public officers including the former Minister of Finance and the current Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya. The Cockar Report “finds the entire transaction tainted with misrepresentation and deception to such an extent as to warrant specialised investigation by the Attorney General and other relevant institutions into the bona fides of the purchaser and other aspects of the transaction.” 3 years have now passed since President Kibaki received this report and no action has been taken against the public officers, not least against the Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya whose contract was extended in March 2011. Kenyans are unaware of any attempt by Kenya’s investigative bodies taken any action to ascertain the bona fides of the purchaser as recommended by the Commission of Inquiry.
Kenya’s Ministry of Finance did not give evidence before the Cockar Commission despite its subject matter being intrinsically linked to the Goldenberg scandal which emanated from within Treasury during the early 1990s. One of the persons named in Gazette Notice No.6217, former Minister for Finance, Hon. Amos Kimunya, chose at the last moment not to appear before the Commission to give evidence. When the Commission was informed on 20th September, 2008, that he would not be appearing, it opted to summon the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury to give evidence on the Treasury’s role in the sale of the Grand Regency. Unfortunately the Commission was informed that the Permanent Secretary, who was a member of Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Kenya, Mr. Joseph Kinyua was at that time out of the country and was not expected to return before the 17th October, 2008, or thereabouts. Treasury therefore did not appear before the Commission. 102 exhibits were considered in compiling the final report. The proceedings run over 9,000 pages.
The Governor of the Central Bank was indicted in the final report of the Commission of Inquiry. The Cockar report states that –
“Prof Njuguna Ndungu was not truthful to other public institutions, namely the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, the Commissioner for Lands, the Public Procurement Oversight Authority and the Prime Minister about the sale of the Hotel. Even the valuers who were instructed to value the hotel were not told the purpose for which the valuation was being undertaken. At CBK Prof Njuguna Ndungu and Mr. Abuga were solely responsible for the disposal of the Hotel. Prof Njuguna Ndungu’s conduct was contrary to S 18 of the Public Officer Ethics Act which provides “A public officer shall not knowingly give false or misleading information to members of the public or to any other pubic officer”. Prof Njuguna Ndungu, must take responsibility for the disposal of the Grand Regency hotel in a secretive and questionable manner.”
It goes further to report that Prof. Ndungu compelled a subordinate to also violate the law –
“Mr. Kennedy Kaunda Abuga acted in concert with the Governor Prof. Njuguna Ndungu to rush the sale of the Hotel while at the same time keeping it a close secret. Kennedy Abuga was only too willing to carry out all the wishes of the Governor Prof Njuguna Ndungu relating to the disposal of the Hotel without offering independent professional opinion. Kennedy Abuga’s conduct was also contrary to S 18 of the Public Officer Ethics Act.”
Why is Prof. Ndungu still in office? What confidence can he really inspire?
You can download the Cockar Commission Report here
Threat of International Narcotics Trade to Kenya. Serious allegations of drug related offences made by ex-Senior Superintendent of the Kenya Police Force Mohammed Godana Jarssa. Tabled in Parliament by Gitobu Imanyara MP on 24th November 2010
A week ago (Wednesday, 24th November, 2010) Kenya’s Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, rose in Parliament to make a statement on the Threat of International Narcotics Trade to Kenya. The statement came days after the US Ambassador to Kenya, Michael Ranneberger, announced lifetime travel bans by the US Government against 4 unnamed Kenyans – three of whom are claimed to be Members of Parliament. Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Statement makes disturbing but revealing reading about the extent of narcotics trafficking in Kenya and the impunity enjoyed by organized criminal syndicates. Among the facts presented to Parliament include:-
- Close to 1 per cent of the population smoke bhang (cannabis). The highest consumption is recorded in Coast Province at 2.3 per cent followed by Nyanza Province at 1.4 per cent. The lowest consumption is in Western Province with 0.3 per cent.
- Heroin has emerged as a killer drug to many Kenyan youth especially in urban areas, along the Coast and in Nairobi. Nationally, heroine is consumed by 0.1 per cent of the population. The highest consumption is in the Coast Province with 0.4 per cent. Nairobi and Central provinces have 0.2 per cent consumption while the rest of the provinces have less than 0.1 per cent consumption. Kenya has become a significant transit hub for cocaine destined for North America and Europe.
- There is evidence that international drug cartels operate in the country. They operate as loose networks with limited membership. Occasionally, they compete with each other, but often, they co-operate with other criminal networks to carry out their trade. They have links with other drug cartels in other cities of the world. These cartels, although run almost exclusively by foreigners, have recruited Kenyans into their networks as agents. The Kenyan agents tend to be prominent personalities, mostly to provide protection. Some members of our key security and other governance institutions are among the recruits.
- Drug traffickers are endangering our national security by also trafficking in small arms. Since the beginning of the year, there have been several seizures of arms destined for various parts of the country.
The first response to the Prime Minister’s Statement was made by Gitobu Imanyara, MP for Imenti Central, and he too had great revelations to make. Imanyara tabled a dossier of documents and photographs related to a 2005 importation of cocaine into Kenya. Imanyara’s dossier states that about New Year 2005, a cargo of 24 containers of narcotics (suspected to be cocaine) came through the Port of Mombasa disguised as Vietnamese rice. The contraband was interdicted, in warehouses, by a Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohammed Godana Jarssa, but for his trouble, Jarssa was dismissed from the Police Force by the Police Commissioner. The narcotics were removed from the warehouses and their destination remains unknown.
Imanyara informed Parliament that Jarssa approached him in 2009 and told him how, in the course of the investigations, he had compiled a detailed report of how he had arrested and bonded two police officers for their role in abetting the importation of the narcotic containers. Jarssa explained to Imanyara how, after preliminary investigations, he had been ordered by the then Police Commissioner, Major-Gen. Hussein Ali, to immediately stop any further investigations and also to release the two officers he had arrested and return to Nairobi. Jarssa told Imanyara how, on his way from Mombasa to Nairobi, he had been ordered to report to some remote place near the Kenyan border town of Lokitaung, but failed to go after being warned it was a trap to secure his execution. Jarssa went into hiding for fear of his life emerging only recently to renew his written complaint against the former Commissioner of Police for abuse of office and corruption which he had first made to the then Director of KACC, Aaron Ringera, in a letter dated 10th August, 2006 setting out, in a detailed form, the nature of the investigations he had carried out. Incredibly the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission never took any steps to follow up Jarssaa’s report.
Considering the obvious threat that narco-trafficking poses to Kenya, and in support of Gitobu Imanyara’s campaign to end the impunity enjoyed by drug lords, Mars Group Kenya is publishing the Imanyara dossier as tabled in Parliament in its entirety. We hope Imanyara will be able to table the names of cartel members in parliament so that action can be taken against them immediately.
Use the hyperlinks below to read the Complete Mohammed Godana Jarssa Dossier