6 members of Kenya's first family who have been linked to corruption but walked away scot-free

From Mama Ngina Kenyatta to Uhuru's youngest sister, all have been linked to corruption but still walked away scot-free.

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday re-emphasized that he was committed to fighting corruption and that if
  • The President's brother, Muhoho Kenyatta has been linked to the importation of toxic sugar.
  • This is not however the first the Kenyatta family has been mentioned in corruption scandals and  still walked scot-free.

Speaking during 2018 AMCHAM Economic Summit held in the United Nation offices at Gigiri, Mr Kenyatta stated that if his brother was found guilty of bringing in illegal sugar into the country, he should be charged.

“I have full confidence in the agencies…they were bundling my brother yesterday me I have said if he is guilty let him be dealt with, what is the problem,” he said at the Summit.

The President's brother, Muhoho Kenyatta has been linked to the importation of toxic sugar.

Aldai MP Cornelius Serem, Tuesday told Parliament that the Mr Muhoho's company, Protech Investment Limited, had imported about 180,000 metric tonnes of brown sugar into the country.

"It’s my hope that this animal called corruption will not affect or inflict the future generation of this country. We are fighting it to protect the future generation," he said.

This is not however the first the Kenyatta family has been mentioned in corruption scandals and still walked scot-free.

Gatheca Muhoho

President Uhuru Kenyatta's maternal uncle Gatheca Muhoho was among people who were paid millions of shillings in the 2016 National Youth Alliance corruption scandal which saw taxpayers lost Sh1.9 billion.

Gatheca's company, Petrokenya Oil Company Limited, which he co-owns with former Youth Fund Chairman Gor Semelang'o, was paid Sh68 million for supplying diesel to NYS.

The initial tender to supply the fuel was awarded to Horizon Limited, owned by the infamous suspect in NYS one - Ben Gethi.

Gethi later sub-contracted Petrokenya Oil Company to do the supply work.

In the 2016 NYS probe, Gatheca's close relatives were listed as some of the beneficiaries of the infamous Scandal.

Two years down the line and with another scandal at the NYS going on,  no criminal proceeding has been initiated against President Kenyatta’s maternal uncle.

Nyokabi Kenyatta Muthama and Kathleen Kihanya

Uhuru's sister Nyokabi Kenyatta Muthama and cousin Kathleen Kihanya were adversely mentioned in the infamous Mafya house scandal which rocked the country in 2016.

The two are directors of a company that pocketed Sh41 million in questionable payouts that saw Sh5.3 billion of taxpayers money looted.

They own Sundales International Limited, registered on September 12, 2013 – five months after Uhuru's election.

According to the Star, apart from the NYS millions they received, the company has been awarded government contracts running into hundreds of millions since President Kenyatta came into office.

Between September 2014 and February 2016, for instance, Sundales won at least five separate tenders from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority — worth Sh270 million.

Two years down the line, no criminal charges or investigation against the two has ever been filled.

Mama Ngina Kenyatta and Margaret Kenyatta

According to American spy agency, CIA, special report issued in 1978 and made public in 2017, President Kenyatta mother Mama Ngina and Uhuru’s half-sister Margaret Wambui Kenyatta, the second African Mayor of Nairobi were big-time ivory smugglers and oversaw depletion of Kenya’s forest cover over their profitable charcoal business.

Margaret was the daughter of Kenyatta’s first wife Wahu.

One of the CIA’s memos says.

“Mama Ngina and Margaret Kenyatta are probably the country’s two largest charcoal and ivory traders – particularly lucrative businesses. Although the export of these items is banned because depletion of Kenya’s forests and wildlife threaten the underpinning of the Kenyan economy, both women have been able to obtain special licenses. For instance, shortly after a ban on ivory exports (except for tusks from elephants that died of natural causes or shot for control purposes), went into effect, the United Africa Corporation, whose chairman and chief stockholder is Margaret Kenyatta received an export licence for 1,250 baby elephant tusks.”

Up to today, more than 40 years no investigation has ever been opened against the  two.

Wambui died aged 89 at a Nairobi hospital after a short illness last year.


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