Kenyan newspapers review for May 14: Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula denies allegations linking him to KSh 400m gold scam
Muyela Roberto|May. 14, 2019
Newspapers in the country on Tuesday May 14, reported on the gold scam that has taken Kenya by storm.
The dailies further examined Deputy President William Ruto's trip to Turkana where he won the heart of Governor Josphat Nanok.
1. People Daily
The daily reports on the multi-million gold scam that has hit the country and seen dozens of people lose millions of shillings.
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula is the latest public figure to be linked to a dishonest scheme that allegedly saw a United Arab Emirates government official conned KSh 400 million.
Wetang'ula has, however, denied the claims arguing he is among victims who have lost a lot of money to the gold scam.
This development comes two weeks after the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Marktoum wrote to the government of Kenya demanding action to be taken for the money they lost to fraudsters.
The DCI boss George Kinoti has since urged any person with interest to trade in gold to consult the geology department to avoid being duped.
The African Union (AU) envoy for infrastructure Raila Odinga has clarified the government has not abandoned the Naivasha-Kisumu SGR line project.
Raila said the KSh 380 billion project was still on course and termed claims the government was denied funding by China as misleading.
He nonetheless pointed out that the project will gobble up to an excess of KSh 8 billion for the Chinese bank to prove its feasibility.
It had earlier emerged the government will embark on overhauling the old meter gauge railway after SGR funding was thrown into uncertainty.
Raila, however, termed the reconstruction of the line as a very expensive undertaking.
3. Taifa Leo
The Swahilidaily reports on President Uhuru Kenyatta's first public appearance since he jetted back from China about a fortnight ago.
Uhuru's low profile had sparked concern from Kenyans who demanded to know his whereabouts.
According to the daily, the head of state could be going through a difficult a time after several leaders from the Mount Kenya region turned their backs on him.
Some of the leaders, for instance, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, accused him of neglecting his backyard.
Detectives on Monday, May 13, raided a Kileleshwa home where they arrested 15 suspects liked to a KSh 300 million fake gold scam.
The suspects had packed cement in bags and staffed them in metal boxes and the consignment was set to be shipped to China as gold.
According to the daily, a Chinese national was duped into paying the huge amount after the fraudsters won his trust by introducing him to a fake cabinet secretary.
While the deal was brewing, the victim was driven to high end hotels in Nairobi aboard a limousine. He was even accompanied by 'armed police officers'.
The fake gold scam has hit the country hard and many have been left in shock. This is considering the fact that Kenya is not known for harboring large deposits of the expensive metal.
After his three days tour in Turkana, DP Ruto is set to return to Nairobi in smiles after winning the heart of Governor Josphat Nanok.
Nanok endorsed Ruto's 2022 presidential bid and informed the DP that 14 governors from the Rift Valley region will ensure that he forms the next government.
Ruto's win over the ODM governor has come as a relief after he lost Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos to Gideon Moi's camp.
The DP had also lost Uasin Gishu tycoon Zedekiah Bundotich Kiprop (Buzeki) who departed to Chama Cha Mashinani.
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