How Noordin Haji Won Uhuru’s heart

Haji won the hearts of Kenyans because of his zeal to fight graft.

Since he was appointed on March 13, there have been high profile arrests as he renewed the fight against corruption.

The case against Migori Governor Okoth Zakary Obado sparked a lot of reactions from Kenyans. Obado was alleged involved in the planning and execution of the murder of his girlfriend Sharon and her unborn baby.

What gave The Director of Public Prosecution an upper hand is the amount of time the Governor was forced to stay under devastating conditions in Industrial Area Prisons. The governor spent more than 30 days behind bars leaving the normal life as other prisoners.

This proved that nobody is above the law and the action of the DPP Noordin Haji grew to be evident.

The latest casualty is outgoing Kenya Pipeline Company MD Joe Sang who has been charged over the alleged loss Sh1.9 billion at the firm.

Former KPC bosses Ken Tarus and Ben Chumo are also facing corruption charges.

Other big names caught in the crosshairs are Migori governor Okoth Obado, Lugari MP Ayub Savula, Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Kibwezi West MP Patrick Musimba and former nominated Senator Joy Gwendo.

Gwendo has been sentenced to two years in jail for failure to pay Sh2.2 million belonging to a Kisumu church.

Uhuru will also award Mombasa governor Hassan Joho and his Kirinyaga counterpart Anne Waiguru the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart (EGH).

Joho, an erstwhile fierce critic of the President, is now enjoying the fruits of the March 9 handshake between his ODM boss Raila Odinga and Uhuru.

His company, Autoports Freight Terminal Limited, is back in the export and import business.

Other notable names who will receive the Order of the Golden Heart are governors Martin Wambora (Embu), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Joyce Laboso (Bomet), Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Josphat Nanok (Turkana).

Senators Gideon Moi (Baringo) and his Nairobi counterpart Johnson Sakaja as well as Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa are also set to be honoured among others.

Waiguru buried the hatchet with Raila on November 15. The AU Envoy had linked her to the loss of funds at the National Youth Service when she was the Devolution Cabinet Secretary.

Waiguru, who resigned, has maintained her innocence. She had sued Raila. However, the two “let bygones be bygones”. They agreed to the leave the case to the relevant authorities.

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