The three-man probe team led by Justice (retired) Majid Cockar has Mr Charles Kirui and Mr Kathurima M’Inoti as members has been tasked to unearth the “truth” regarding the “sale” of the hotel.
Apart from Kimunya, the probe team is likely to investigate Central Bank Governor Njuguna Ndung’u and National Security Intelligence Service director Michael Gichangi who played key roles in the high-stakes drama surrounding the stinking deal.
This is the height of Kibaki’s arrogance. What will the Cockar team investigate? Isn’t this a straightforward matter the CID can investigate if there is political will? Even a layman could unravel the mystery if he is allowed to go to Treasury and CBK and access the relevant documents regarding the shoddy transactions!
Isn’t this a well-calculated scheme by Kibaki to buy time, use the judicial commission to cover himself and the real truth and cleanse Kimunya? What do these commissions achieve? Aren’t they mere circus to buy time, cover the truth and gulp the hard-earned tax-payers cash? Kibaki has either gone crazy or we Kenyans are too daft to comprehend anything!
Will Kibaki appear before the Cockar team since he is the principal suspect in the Grand Regency saga? Kenyans should rise up for they are being taken for a ride. Now that a judicial commission is in place, nobody can comment about the theft of the hotel in public without risking being cited for contempt of court. What a clever Kibaki!
As I have argued before in regard to the Grand Regency, our MPs and leading media houses have been tying to outdo each other to be seen to be shedding light (or is it more tears) yet they add little value to the debate or are ignorant to the truth and genesis behind the “selling” of the prestigious hotel.
What the MPs and the leading media houses (which are either owned or under the firm grip of Kikuyu managers and editors) are doing is flying the foot soldiers who foolishly acted on illegal orders to please their masters yet
the main thief in the Grand Regency sits pretty tight in State House in his characteristic gesture of hear no evil and see no evil.
Is there a conspiracy amongst the MPs and media houses to sit on the truth or are they afraid of spilling the beans or are they too incompetent to do a little bit of research and inform Kenyans the truth behind the infamous “sale” of the hotel.
As I have reported in this blog (Lands Minister James Orengo is now basking in the glory of being the whistle-blower in the Grand Regency theft yet Kumekucha was the first to expose Kibaki’s dirty hands in respect to the hotel “sale”), the plot to “sell” the hotel was sealed by President Kibaki himself when he made a three-day visit to Libya between June 4 and 6, 2007, to beg cash for his presidential re-election.
President Gaddafi didn’t disappoint the Kenyan beggar. In his generosity, he promised to give the man from Othaya a few millions to fund his PNU campaigns. But as the Swahili saying goes, mkono mtupu haulambwi, President Gaddafi is not a charitable organisation. He laid his demands on the table if he was to help the beggar.
A beggar has no choice. So, President Gaddafi looked for the best portion in the Kenyan beef which he asked the beggar to chop a delicious steak for him. President Gaddafi’s appetite for the Kenyan beef was in six key lucrative properties which he asked his beggar to chop for him. Grand Regency Hotel – which was then the private property of the Goldenberg thief Kamlesh Pattni – was part of the six properties.
And since none of the properties belonged to him, the beggar had no hesitation to give in to the request in exchange of the cash he needed badly. It’s like a man asking you to link him to girl he badly wanted. If you have no interest in her, you would do anything in your power to broker the meeting. But if you had any stake in her, you would take off when such demands were placed on your table. There is no pain trading off what is not yours.
President Gaddafi is a clever man. He could not trust his beggar who has a history of breaking promises – both official and unofficial. He made sure the deal was sealed between the two Governments – but there was no mention of the bribe he offered the beggar to fund his PNU campaign.
A dispatch from the Presidential Press Service (PPS) to KBC and all the other mainstream media houses plus a posting on the website of Dr Alfred Mutua’s Office of Public Communications clearly stated in back and white that Kibaki and Libya’s President Muammar Gaddafi had signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Titled "Agreement on Promotion Guarantee and Protection On Investment".
Under the MoU, President Kibaki committed Kenya into granting an exclusive trade pact to Libya, making Tripoli "most favoured nation" status - making it possible for Libyan companies to start at an advantage over investors when competing for lucrative contracts. The Grand Regency Hotel was as among the six projects that the Libyans had expressed interest in the Mou.
The MoU was signed by Kenya's then Minister for Trade, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, and Dr Ali Elisaue, Secretary General of Libya's General People's Committee for the Economy and Investment. The document was endorsed by Presidents Kibaki and Gaddafi.
Although the PPS dispatch stated categorically what Kibaki had offered Libya, it was silent on what Kenya was to receive or benefit in exchange. Why and it was a mutual deal to benefit the two countries? Of course Kibaki had pocketed millions for his campaign and that could not be made official! For the doubting Thomases, this confidential information was given to Kumekucha by two members of Kibaki’s inner circle privy to the Libya deal and the Grand Regency saga.
What the busy-body MPs and journalists should be trying to do is shed more light on the secret MoU, the content and how it was going to affect Kenyans and not feed Kenyans with empty and hollow debate – which has taken an ethnic dimension. They should have told us by now what was in the MoU and demanded its revocation. The MoU served Kibaki’s personal interests and not those of Kenyans. PNU campaigns were the personal affairs of the party and Kibaki himself and not Kenyans.
According to our confidential sources, Kimunya and Co were acting on the wishes of their master. How stupid they are acting on illegal orders just to please your master. Poor Kimunya chose to bite the bullet and ruin his illustrious career, his name and reputation for the sake of Kenya’s Thief Number One.
To me, Kimunya and his arrogance is not the big issue here. We should direct all our energies on the main thief. And what an irony! The prime thief in the Grand Regency is reported to be forming a team to investigate the theft. Poor Kenyans! Your duly-elected President is a man of wisdom. He has the interests of Kenyans at heart and we should all offer him our total support to lead Kenya into an industrious nation by 2030!
In fact, we should amend the Constitution to remove the two-five year tenure that bars him from vying for president in 2012. We should make the duly-elected H.E Mwai Kibaki the President for Life for the Republic of Kenya. Kenya will overtake the US economy in 2020 under Kibaki’s leadership.
Kibaki should stop beating about the bush and fooling Kenyans, we know the truth about the “sale” of Grand Regency!