DCI links Sakaja to global crime ring; Kabogo: Gachagua is a dictator, I warned Ruto not to pick him & Maribe lied to cover murder suspect Jowie court told

Good morning,

The August 9 elections are just about two months away and those in coalitions are looking for means to survive in the next government should their side win the polls.

On Wednesday, ODM leader and Azimio-One Kenya coalition flagbearer Raila Odinga announced that the outgoing Kitui governor Charity Ngilu would drop out of the August 9 gubernatorial race in favour of Wiper’s candidate Julius Malombe.

The former prime minister instead promised to appoint Charity Ngilu to a plum position in the national government.

Details privy to Opera News now reveal that, when Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka agreed to return to Azimio, he would be allowed to field governor candidates in the three Ukambani counties.

The demand meant that Ngilu would have to drop her gubernatorial bid.

During negotiations that led Ngilu to step down, she said she would only accept Kalonzo’s demands that she drop her bid on the condition that she is treated like a principal in the Azimio-One Kenya coalition.

She also demanded that she be appointed as Health Cabinet Secretary should Raila win the presidency during the August 9 elections.

Meanwhile, here are stories making headlines on Opera News today;

Kabogo: Gachagua is a dictator, I warned Ruto not to pick him as deputy

I warned deputy president William Ruto not to pick Mathira MP Rigathi Gachaguas as his running mate, former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has revealed.

The ex-governor who has seemingly fallen out with Gachagua said he told the DP the Mathira MP will cost him so many votes.

Kabogo made the remarks when addressing his supporters in Thika on Thursday.

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DCI links Sakaja to global crime ring as ‘fake’ degree saga takes another twist

DCI boss George Kinoti Thursday evening said Mr Sakaja and officials of Team University in Uganda, where the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate for the Nairobi gubernatorial race claims to have acquired a degree, are suspects in an international organised crime syndicate.

“We will not surrender our capital city to frauds. We will involve all international agencies in investigating and prosecuting anyone involved in academic fraud,” Mr Kinoti told the Nation.

The dramatic escalation of a row over Mr Sakaja’s eligibility to vie for Nairobi governorship apparently followed the intervention of Ugandan Education minister, Janet Museveni, who reportedly sent government officials to seek evidence of Mr Sakaja’s time at the institution.

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Journalist lied to cover murder suspect Jowie, sleuth tells court

The High Court yesterday heard that journalist Jacque Maribe lied two times to police about how Joseph Irungu alias Jowie sustained gunshot wounds a day after businesswoman Monica Kimani was murdered.

The chief investigator, Maxwell Otieno, told the court that they established Jowie shot himself in Maribe’s house and the two tried to conceal the evidence.

Justice Grace Nzioka heard that Maribe, in her two statements recorded on different days, claimed that Jowie was attacked by thugs, despite the fact that she knew he had shot himself with the gun of Brian Kasaine, her neighbour.

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