It has never happened before and I was totally shocked. Usually this informant gives me A1 information in terms of reliability. In fact the problem with most of the info they give me is that it is too hot to use (sometimes even in my raw notes). But this time round they came back a few days after telling me Ruto was the Visa ban minister to tell me that it was NOT Ruto after all. The name they gave me confused me.
The US envoy had said that the banned person was a senior member of government. The last time I checked Joshua Kulei was NOT a member of the Kibaki administration. My source however assured me that Ruto was next on the dreaded list and as a matter of fact it is highly unlikely that he could ever be granted a visa incase he wants to travel to the United States.
So I made a decision to keep quiet until something happens. Well it happened last night when the Americans told us that the banned person they were referring to was in fact Kulei. Now this is really fascinating stuff because Mr Kulei is a very major investor in the American economy. In fact his entire family is currently based in the United States and his main business operations are in New York ( a place where many wealthy Americans cannot afford to operate from). See this Kumekucha article for details. And by the way according to the kroll report, guess how most of the corrupt and laundered funds have always been transferred out of Kenya? It has mainly been through Citi Bank (An American bank). Anyway that is a story for another day.
Now for the sake of those Kenyans to whom the Americans are blue-eyed boy-scouts who can do no wrong, let me inform you that these guys are masters of the use and dump “toilet paper syndrome.” They use and dump people at dizzying speeds. If one Mobuto Sese Seko, former president of the then Zaire (now democratic republic of Congo) could rise from the dead today, he would tell you a tale to remember. The Americans propped him up in the 60s at a time when he was hardly able to tie his own shoe laces and nurtured and grew him into the monster of a dictator that he became. The main casualty of this American move was one Patrice Lumumba (democratically elected Prime minister) whom the Americans helped assassinate in a most heinous manner. The man’s body was dismembered and burnt so that no trace of him was left save for his upper teeth proudly kept as a momento by some Belgian weirdo soldier who took part in the “operation.” The Americans then abandoned Mobutu at his hour of need and proceeded to heavily back an assault that removed him from power.
Back home, the Americans eagerly supported Mwai Kibaki for a second term and the World Bank was dishing out Aid money to the government as late as in December 2007, months before the general elections. Word in Washington was that Kibaki was going to be re-elected. Quite odd when on the ground he was losing by a landslide. You will remember that the American government was a wee too quick in congratulating Kibaki on his re-election hours after a pre-recorded night swearing-in at State House Nairobi. Even when they were well aware of an exit poll by an American set-up clearly showing that Raila Odinga won the presidential elections. Days later it was the same Americans threatening President Kibaki back into line and into accepting the ridiculous idea of a coalition government that would incorporate all major competitors in the presidential race.
So what is the latest American game in Kenya with these visa ban announcements?
Joshua Kulei has very close links with Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Everybody knows that the Mois are majority shareholders in the Standard group and that is why many were puzzled at the extremely favorable coverage Raila has always gotten from the Standard newspaper which at one time was almost an ODM newsletter. All that was courtesy of Kulei who was sure that Raila would win the presidency and wanted to warm himself to him to stay away from prison (a place he knows only too well after decades as a prison warden before his meteoric and overnight rise to wealth began).
What is in fact happening is that the Americans are practicing what I call “scare diplomacy”. It seems that some important Kenyan government officials have to be “scared into line” so that they play ball when the Americans present a petition for something they want very soon. It is as simple as that.
Hawa wewe Obama? OUCH!!!
The Americans stand accused for allowing Kulei into their country with funds whose source they knew very well. They in effect helped this man rape the Kenyan people. Uncle Sam held the legs apart as the heinous crime was committed.
See other HOT related Kumekucha articles;
Moi family problems in securing wealth abroad
Why Kulei was threatend by Moi sons
Gideon Moi’s trip with his father to be introduced to Banks in Luxembourg
The Joshua Kulei story