Friday, November 23, 2007

What Kenyans Want: NTV vs. Citizen TV Forums

I was struck by the difference of opinions expressed by Kenyans during NTV’s People’s Voice, which was aired from Nyeri (Central Province), and Citizen TV’s Louis Otieno Live in Narok (Rift Valley). Presenters Judy Gichuru for NTV and Louis Otieno for Citizen TV did great. They let Kenyans set the agenda.

Concerns fielded by both audiences could convince someone that NTV and Citizen TV were reporting from two distant countries, Nyeri being a developed nation and Narok a developing one. Nyeri audiences were concerned with issues like strengthening shilling that was making their exports expensive, Economic Partnership Agreements with EU, farmer exploitation by middlemen, slow pace of road reconstruction, and lack of title deeds in squatter areas among others.

The Maa community in Narok was on the other hand complaining about lack of visionary leadership in the area since independence (an attack on Ole Ntimama), lack of road infrastructure, poor education facilities, male domination in local politics, negligence of the girl-child, inequality in sharing national resources, and corruption in the Narok County Council, probably the richest local government in East and Central Africa.

Calls for a new constitution (read federalism, majimbo, devolution or ugatuzi) rent the air among panelists in Narok. The same calls were high during Louis Otieno Live in Kisumu and Mombasa, where the presenter got tired of Majimbo issue; he silenced anyone who brought it up. Interestingly, the ugatuzi question was virtually non-existent in Nyeri.

Bottom Line: We are one nation of 35 million people with 35 million interests. USIDANGANYWE. No constitution or leader can serve all those interests without hurting the nation. Politicians should leave Kenyans alone. Kenyan are capable of running their economic lives if politicians keep off. But will they? Let your vote decide.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Problem With ODM Economics

Our possible government-in-waiting might use short cuts to solve perennial economic problems, such as: inflation, poverty, centralization of economic activities, poor access to education and health, and the marginalization of rural areas, youth and women. While those problems require urgent address, they cannot be resolved through instant formulas presented by Okemo, Ruto, Mudavadi, and Raila during the launch of ODM campaigns. I watched with aghast as speakers rose to say how high matatu fares, house rents, and food prices will become history; how Rift Valley farmers will start getting higher prices for their produce; how school fees from kindergarten to secondary school will be scrapped; and how private-public partnerships will solve parastatal crisis.

Bottom Line: This is economic nonsense. Should ODM win elections, Kenyanomics will be busy instilling economic sense in them. Incase they loose and the current administration returns, LGI Kenya—Kenyanomics’ sister blog—will be busy preaching transparency. Kalonzo’s ODM Kenya does not count; it may however join hands with Kibaki’s PNU, courtesy of a certain big man’s desire to settle political scores.

Vote Wisely and Say NO to Violence

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Fake Answer in BBC's Weekly Quiz

I am a confessed addict of BBC’s Weekly world news quiz. This Friday’s marking scheme was somehow fake. The correct answer to Question 7 was B, but someone at BBC screwed-up. Nini hii:

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Spam Email from Nation Newspapers????

I believe the following email was a spam.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Reducing Poverty through Economic Freedom

The following piece appears in today's In Brief, a publication of the Foundation for Economic Education

The worldwide obsession with poverty eradication is a major threat to economic freedom in developing nations. Through central planning, governments and aid agencies are busy blocking poor people’s road to prosperity. The United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- which seeks to magically reduce worldwide poverty by half before 2015 -- is the most popular, and disastrous, plan। The MDG Secretariat is urging developed countries to double their foreign aid, which will be used to promote UN programs on extreme hunger; primary education; gender equality; child mortality; maternal health; HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; environmental sustainability; and global partnership for development. The UN claims that poverty would be history if those issues were addressed. But it ain’t so! Things would be worse, considering that poor nations are being encouraged to spend more on the aforementioned programs. This would widen avenues of corruption and increase budget imbalances, both of which have crippled Third World economies for decades.

Then enter the Bretton Woods Poverty Reduction Papers (PRSP) that . . . read the entire article here

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Microeconomics of Love in Kenya

Kenyan sisters watch out sababu those jamaas are getting a little picky. Saturday Nation reported that Kenyan men salivate for the lady who works part time, has no kids, is chocolate brown in complexion, alafu si mnene na simwembamba (she must be medium sized). Also, the lady has to be younger and shorter than him. She must earn less. It’s advisable for her family not to interfere with the relationship. Same or lower education level is a plus. Do you—or does your lady—fit the gold standard?

Despite those demands, 85 percent of Kenyan jamaas still think you love them because of their money; only 76 percent attribute your relationship to pure love and affection. I could not help noticing that ‘strong and independent ladies tend to intimidate mature Kenyan men;’ it gets worse as men get older.

Read Kwamchetsi Makokha’s report on the survey.

Bottomline: The survey asked what Kenyan men want in a woman, but what do Kenyan women want in a man? That can help us find the balance, i.e., equilibrium in economics.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Phillip Moi and the Looting of Kenya

Following is an exert from The Kroll Report.

Click here for a condensed version


It is understood that Philip has an estimated wealth of approximately $770 million and controls more hidden cash than Gideon, even though significant attention has been directed at the latter.

Whether by design or otherwise, the media more commonly associates Philip with motor vehicle tax fraud and other low-down economic vices. Therefore, unlike Gideon who would mainly wait for government-funded projects to broker deals, Philip's money machine was continuously churning out liquid cash on daily basis.

At a local level there is no single company in which Philip holds shares directly. He use proxies who range from low key Asians and houseboys who know little about the wealth in their names.

Business Links



Source material indicates the following ownership:

Gateway Properties

1992 documentary evidence

Paradise Holdings

Sheraton Holdings

Hahuru Investors

General Commodity Dealers

Kiharu Investors

Concord Holdings

Connected to Goldenburg

Panafcon Engeneering

Tiger farm Ltd

Ecta Kenya Ltd

Source Enquiries indicate the Gideon owns the following:

Property Ownership

Owned in Italy and Sultanate of Brunei

Cut Tobacco

Bank Accounts

Sultanate of Brunei

Sandhurst Matrix Inc.


Managed by Mr Sevak

Garian Investments

Director - Clemente

Prelimirary results of global searches conducted under Garian Investments and Sandhurst Matrix Inc have rot revealed any findings. Further searches are required.


United Kingdom

HSBC and Standard Chartered Plc

Sources[1] reveal that Philip operates accounts in London's branch of HSBC and Standard Chartered Plc. During the last quarter of 2003, it is understood that he issued cheques against accounts held in these banks for the purchase of equipment for manufacturing cooking fat.

"The HSBC account was also used sometime back when he personally went to London to buy equipment for his cigarette company Cut Tobacco Ltd.

Barclays Bank

We have uncovered documentary evidence of two Barclays Bank cheques for the sum of £500 000 written out and signed by Philip Moi for and behalf of Gateway Properties Inc, on 18 September 1993 and 1 October 1993, respectively. The cheques were received by ANZ Grindlays Bank on 3 November 1993.

The details of Phiiip's account are as follows:

Name of Bank: Barclays Bank Plc

Address: Barclays Business Centre, Hampstead Kgh Street Branch, 28 Hampstead H Street, London NM 1QB

Sort Code: 20 36 16

Account Number: 90391158

As this information dates back ten years ago, it is possibly connected to Goldenberg.


Credit Suisse. Zurich

Rosanna Moi indicated that in October 2002, Philip lost US$15 million to an Italian family on a deal that failed to deliver. This money was paid to his family through Philip's Sandhurst Matrix Inc account held at Credit Suisse, Zurich.

Sultanate of Brunei

Philip is a close friend of Prince Hamid of Brunei[2]. Moi's family has invested heavily through Prince Hamid. The precise details of Philip's investments through these investments are not known. Philip's wife was planning to spend the vacation of Christmas 2003 in Brunei with their children.

Business Associates

Zara/Rosanna Moi

During the beginning of December 2003[3], Philip made his move through Zara. She left the country for Italy, from where she visited Leichtenstein and Lugano located inside the Swiss canton of Ticino. It is believed that Ticino, though a remote area, consists of over 100 banks. Zara/Rosanna Moi, Philips Italian wife, estimates Philip's worth to be US$750 million[4].

Philip real'ses that his wife is relatively unknown and more so her Italian connection, and thus instead of him travelling, possibly leaving a wide trail, he prefers to use his wife. Zara claimed, following her trip in December 2003, that most of Philip's money is invested overseas.

Source enquiries indicate that major international drug barons mostly favour the Lugano destination and therefore it is not surprising that Philip's wife should visit the place soon after the change of government in Kenya. It has been reported that Philip is expected to mount massive fronts to cover for his wealth.

It alleged that Zara laments that government could be monitoring her husband's movements and as such Philip has kept them at the minimum. Mostly he prefers to hold his meetings at night often meeting his Asian intermediaries in their homes at night.

It has been reported that whilst Zara has been running errands overseas for Philip concerning their foreign accounts, it is apparent that she is not in control of Philip's overseas accounts in her name.

According to source enquiries, Zara is fully aware of where Philip's money is hidden and indeed confirmed having made several trips overseas on his behalf, delivering confidential information to his intermediaries.

Dr Clemente

Philip totally refuses to visit Italy and instead he has been using an Italian doctor named Dr Clemente to recover his money. Clemente is a listed director of Garian Investments, a company owned by Philip through his proxies. However, it would appear that Clemente may have reached some understanding with that family, because he left Nairobi late 2002, abandoning his practice, along with Rangers Restaurant, which he was running with Philip's wife. Therefore, part of the reason Mrs Moi was visiting Italy was to meet Dr Clemente to discuss this money.

Akasha Family

According to source enquiries, where narcotics are concerned it is understood that Philip dealt in Hashish, Madrax tablets, and Shang grown mainly around Mt. Kenya with the Akasha family. On hard drugs, Philip dealt mainly in Cocaine, providing cover to some Italian families dealing with drugs in Malindi and through his wife's family connections in Italy, they would receive bigger cuts once drugs are exported. The drug carte' in Malfndi was able to at times offload twenty-foot containers without docking facilities in Malindi. Hollowed furniture was also stuffed with drugs and exported. The Italian drug cartel operate the busiest Casino in Malindi where bets were quoted in Italian Lira and predominantly frequented by Italians[5].


Muzahim, who has been known to be a car dealer, a drug baron and involved in dealing with counterfeit money, has for the last fifteen years operated as Philip's partner in all the above vice. Philip provided the cover and Muzahim managed the operations[6].

Jointly, they made counterfeit dollars for Somalia, Zaire, Sudan and, Liberia. Muzahim has full documentation of all his dealings with Philip, including bank accounts used. He also has documentary evidence reflecting deals done by Philip on his own, which he used to obtain from Philip's employees whom he used to pay handsomely.

When Muzahim and Philip fell out, Philip paid an assassin to eliminate Muzahim but unfortunately the would-be assassin confessed to Muzahim and got paid off[7]. Muzahim would like to cut a deal to provide information on Goldenberg.

It has been learned through source enquries that Muzahim has indicated his willingness to sell information along with documentary evidence based on Philip[8].

Business Associates and Front Men


Personal Details

UK Companies House records reveal that Mukesh Gohil, a British national, was born on 2 October 1956.

His address is given as PO Box 56947, Nairobi, Kenya.


United Kingdom

Address locator research within the United Kingdom has uncovered eight distinct addresses pertaining to a Mukesh Gohil: one of which relates to a Mukesh P Gohil and another to a Mukesh S Gohil.

The address details are given as follows:



Mukesh Gohil

7 Wilkins Close, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 4LL

Mukesh Gohil

41 Oswald Road, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 1HN

Mukesh Gohil

7 Shaftesbury Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8AL

Mukesh Gohil

128 Yorkshire Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 6PJ

Mukesh Gohil

60 Sandringham Crescent, Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 9BT

Mukesh Gohil

16 Paxford Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HAO 3RQ

Mukesh Gohil

12 Pasture Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HAO 3JD

Mukesh Gohil

87 Milton Avenue, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 2EY

Property ownership database searches have been conducted on the above addresses with a view to establish the registered owners. However, without specific identifiers for the subject of this enquiry, in the form of a middle name or initial of the middle name, it has not been possible to distinguish the identity of the individual. As such, the results of all properties owned by a Mukesh Gohii in the United Kingdom have been listed below.

7 Wilkins Close, Hayes. Middlesex. UB3 4LL

According to Lard Registry records, Mukesh Gohil and Pratixa Gohil have beer the owners of the above property since 19 June 1996.

As at 2 November 2001, the Land Registry received an application to register a mortgage charge dated 31 October 2001, in favour of Nationwide Building Society of Nationwide House, Pipers Way, Swindon, SN38 1 NW. The mortgage is for an undisclosed amount.

41 Oswald Road, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 1HN

According to Land Registry records, Premkunwar Gohil and Harji Laxman Gohil, both of 162 Hambrough Road, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 1JE and Nalin Gohil and Hansa Gohil, both of 164 Hambrough Road, Southall, Middlesex have been the owners of the above property since 15 August 1996.

Details of the registered mortgage charge remain undisclosed.

7 Shaftesbury Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8AL

According to Land Registry records, Sahida Begum has been the owner of the above property since 8 November 2001.

As at 8 November 2001, the Land Registry received an application to register a mortgage charge dated 5 October 2001, in favour of Alliance and Leicester Plc of Mortgage Customer Services, Customer Services Centre, Narborough, Leicester LE9 5XX. The mortgage is for an undisclosed amount.

The price stated to have been paid on 5 October 2001 was £58, 000.

28 Yorkshire Road, Leicester, Leicestershire. LE4 6PJ

According to Land Registry records, Mohanlal Lalji Gohil and Kamlaben Mohanlal Gohil have been the owners of the above property since 27 September 1974.

Details of the registered mortgage charge remain undisclosed.

60 Sandringham Crescent. Harrow, Middlesex. HA2 9BT

According to Land Registry records, Narendra Shamji Gohil and Mukesh Shamji Gohil have been the owners of the above property since 25 September 1990.

As at 13 November 1991, the Land Registry received an application to register a mortgage charge dated 31 October 1991, in favour of Nationwide Building Society of Nationwide House, Pipers Way, Swindon SN38 1NW. The mortgage is for an undisclosed amount.

16 Paxford Road, Wembley, Middlesex. HAO 3RQ

According to Land Registry records, Mukesh Gohil has been the owner of the property since 14 October 1994.

As at 2 October 1992, the Land Registry received an application to register a mortgage charge dated 2 July 1992, in favour of Cheltenham Gloucester Plc of Barnett Way, Gloucester GL4 3RL. The mortgage is for an undisclosed amount.

12 Pasture Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HAO 3JD

According to Land Registry records, Mukesh Keshavlal Gohil and Kundan Gohil have been the owners of the property since 7 July 1989.

As at 3 March 2003, the Land Registry received an application to register a mortgage charge dated 27 February 2003, in favour of Cheltenham Gloucester Pic of Barnett Way, Gloucester GL4 3RL.The mortgage is for an undisclosed amount.

87 Milton Avenue. Barnet, Hertfordshire. EN5 2EY

According to Land Registry records, Mukesh Gohil and Maithri Gohil both of 32 Cardrew Close, Finchley, London N12, have been the owners of the property since 13 September 1988.

As at that date, the Land Registry received an app cation to register a mortgage charge dated 8 July 1988, in favour of Nationwide Building Society of Nationwide House, Pipers Way, Swindon, SN38 1 NW. The mortgage is for an undisclosed amount.


Global directorship searches conducted under Mukesh Gohil have revealed the following companies:

United Kingdom

Within the United Kingdom, Gohil is listed as a director of three companies, the details of which are provided below.

Armada Services Ltd

Incorporated on 8 January 2001, Armada Services Ltd is a private limited company. Although listed as currently active, the company has a proposal to strike off the companies house register. According to corporate records, the nature of business is described as "Business and Management Consultancy".

Details are listed in the Appendix.

Technology 4 All Ltd

Incorporated on 10 April 2001, Technology 4 All Ltd is a small private limited company. The company is listed as currently active and according to corporate records, the nature of business is described as "Software Consultancy and Supply".

Details are 'fisted in the Appendix.

Aandatta Ltd

Incorporated on 21 May 1979, Aandatta Ltd is a small private limited compary. The company is listed as currently active and according to corporate records, the nature of business is described as "Other Wholesale".

Details are listed in the Appendix.


Within Australia, Gohil is listed as the director of Shantilal Brother (Australia) Pty Ltd and South Austral Pty Ltd. Company details are not available on global directorship searches.

[1] Laundryman

[2] Laundryman

[3] Laundryman

[4] Laundryman

[5] Laundryman

[6] Laundryman

[7] Laundryman

[8] Laundryman"]

Gideon Moi and the Looting of Kenya

Following is an exert from The Kroll Report.

Click Here for a condensed version


Modus Operandi

In November 2003, Gideon travelled from Kenya through a circuitous route that took him to South Africa, Namibia, the United Kingdom and eventually Luxembourg[1].

Gideon spent a night in Namibia. Ex-President Moi enjoys a private and very cordi relationship with President Nujoma. During his visit, Gideon was meant to meet Nujon privately under intervention of his father. It is not known whether the meeting actually to place.

Ex-President Moi has invested heavily in Namibia and Nujoma personally protects investments. It is understood that Gideon is not comfortable with South Africa and all his actions are aimed at transferring his assets from there. There are indications that such a transfer is most likely to be Namibia.

Gideon has been known to frequently visit the Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac in the past travelling via Miami, USA.

Business Links

Gideon's business links are detailed below. The table illustrates ownership of businesses where:

1. Gideon's ownership has been alleged by sources

2. Gideon's ownership has been refuted by sources

3. Client material indicates Gideon's ownership

4. Client material indicates a business previously owned by Gideon



Ownership of the following Gideon’s interests has been alleged by Msamaha:

Kent Ship Maritime

Sielei Properties Ltd

Giant Holdings Ltd

Revak Ltd

Sudbury Ltd

Sudbury Investments

Giant Forex Bureau

Westfield International Ltd

Chesco Ltd

Hampstead Enterprises

Metipso Services Ltd

Maternity Shop

Eagle Airlines

Chemusian Company

Fresh Produce Ltd

Siginon Freight

Cartrack Kenya Ltd

First American Bank

Owned by Gideon, James Kanyotu & Naushad Merali, Biwott

Equatorial Bank

Owned by Gideon, Kanyotu & Merali

The Sasine Group of Farms

Owned by Gideon, Kanyotu & Merali

Cable & Wireless

Owned by Gideon, Kanyotu & Merali

The Duty Free Company

Owned by Gideon, Kanyotu & Merali

Everready Comapany (H. Young)[2]

Owned by Gideon, Kanyotu & Merali

Tobacco Farm in Malawi

Gideon 100%

Chester House

Gideon 100%

Safaricom Kenya

Biwott, Charles Field Marsham and Gideon 40%, the Post Office 60%.

Msamaha alleges that the follwing companies are owned bybthose detailed and NOT Gideon:

Sian Roses

Kulei 40%, Moi 60%

Mugoya Construction

Equity Stockbrokers

First Force Security Services

Regent Management

Client material indicates the following ownership:

Giro Bank

Held under Asian nominee businessman

Taurino Enterprises

Gideon and Cyrus Jirongo

Client material indicates the following previously owned:

Safariland Club

Was owned by Gideon, Mukesh Gohil and Pattni. Since taken over by Merinda Investments

Gideon’s possible interest?

Trans-National Bank

Gideon’s interest unknown


United Kingdom

It has been reported that Gideon has two properties in London held under a trust set up by Mukesh Gohil[3]. The name of the trust and the addresses of the properties are not known.

It has been reported that Gohil is the keeper of Gideon's funds in the UK.

South Africa

It has been reported that Gideon owns a number of properties in South Africa. His front man, Harbinder Singh Sethi, has 74 properties listed under 'closed corporations', ail of which ale registered in his name.

It has been reported that during_October_2003, Dr Kiplagat organised the sale of a Durban-based residential property belonging to Gideon for an amount of US$650 000.


United Kingdom

Mukesh revealed that by the year 2002, Gideon's cash in various banks overseas amounted to £550 million[4]. Mukesh indicated that this amount is for the deals in which Gideon has involved him. Mukesh further indicated that all Gideon's cash left the country through Citibank. Mukesh maintains that Gideon has colossal amounts of money in London although he has not revealed the identity of the banks.

Grand Cayman

It has been alleged that according to one of Gideon's aides, Ken Boit, during one of their visits to the Grand Cayman, he learnt from the former about a law in that jurisdiction known as " confidential relationships preservation law", similar to codes in Switzerland which made it a criminal act for anyone to reveal information about someone's banking or financial associations[5]. During their visit, Gideon would leave, alone, to attend to his business for hours, usually assisted by an intermediary who resides in Georgetown, the capital of Grand Cayman.


Kulei used banks in Luxembourg for ex-President Moi’s confidential banking[6]. During ex-President Moi’s last term in office, he visited Luxembourg with Gideon in the company of only one state house aide, who was Chief of Protocol at the time. The purpose of this trip was to introduce Gideon to his bankers. The aide believes that ex-President Moi actually transferred all dealings in his accounts to Gideon during this visit. What is not clear is whether Gideon was able to move these accounts elsewhere or shield their direct connection to them. During this trip to Luxembourg, four banks were visited by both ex-President Moi and Gideon, who would be picked from their hotel by a "simple" car which appeared to have been arranged for in advance. They would leave the aide waiting in some room while meetings were held behind closed doors in yet another room. The aide only recalls their visit to CitiCorp (probably CitiBank) and Union Bancaire Privêe. He does not remember the other two banks visited.


Allen & Overy

A law firm in Dubai named Allen & Overy holds all of Gideon's accounts[7]. Allen & Overy is a highly reputable international law firm with operations in 25 major cities worldwide.

The chairman of the law firm who runs all of Gideon's businesses is called Saimon Roadrodearek, a Greek national who is a lawyer by profession.

The address is PO Box 3251, 1603 API World Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The contact telephone numbers are: + 971 50 6524166 and + 971 4 3323190.

South Africa

It has been reported that Gideon has accounts held in South Africa and possibly Malawi[8]. Gideon's front man who operates from South Africa is Harbinder Singh Sethi.


Within the local scene, the following are the main banks that have been used extensively by Gideon for all kinds of transactions over the years[9].


Eurobank is currently under liquidation. It is alleged that Gideon has used Eurobank for payoffs related to parastatal deposits, from both NHIF and NSSF. He has also used it for small land transactions, mainly to channel through his share of the proceeds once allocated, land has been sold to a parastatal[10]. Usually, a company is floated for each and every, transaction with nominees representing his interest.

Giro Bank

It is alleged that Gideon under a front of Asian nominees owns Giro Bank[11]. Most of the cheques to Commissioner of Lands for land allocated to his companies were obtained from Giro Bank. A good example was 158 acres of military land in Embakasi allocated to a company named Torino Enterprises Ltd controlled by him and Cyrus Jirongo.

Trust Bank

Trust Bank is under liquidation. It is alleged that Gideon was heavily involved with Ajay Shah the key person behind this bank. Some of the most outrageous deals involving the duo are believed to have led to the collapse of this bank. However, when information started leaking out about his involvement, the governor of Central Bank was prevailed upon to close it promptly, thus making it easy for them to recover and destroy all compromising information[12].

Ketan Somata fnanced Trust Bank[13]. Separately, Ajay Shah controlled a finance company in which Ajay and Ketan became partners. Ajay was Ketan's operator. While Ketan did the dealing with the politicians, Ajay handled the money. At some point, Ajay and Ketan split up. Ajay took over Trust Bank and Ketan bought Delphis Bank (former BCCI).


It is alleged that Citibank has been the prime exit point for Gideon's cash to his off-shore accounts. Money generated from his numerous deals would be converted and transferred to overseas. During the last five years of Moi's rule, Gideon would often boast that any deal below a million US dollars is not worth his while[14].


It is alleged that Gideon used ABN-AMRO in a similar fashion to Citibank, to move illegally obtained cash emanating from corrupt deals to safe havens in off shore destinations. The funds were easily accessed through their wide branch network and correspondent banks in all key destinations[15].

Fjrst American Bank

Client material suggests that Naushad Merali and ex-President Moi control First American Bank in the background. The bank purchased the local operations of ABN -AMRO. In one masterstroke, tracing the trail of Gideon's money prior to, the acquisition of ABN-AMRO may at best prove to be futile if not strenuous.


All of Gideon’s monies invested in Kenya are held by a trust named SAMUT[16]. Registered in Kenya, SAMUT is the only trust to which Kulei transferred monies and shares held by him on behalf of the Moi family during 2001 and 2002. Msamaha indicated that around 80 percent of all of Kulei's holdings for the Moi family have now gone into SAMUT. Kulei still holds the remaining 20 percent, mostly the flower business and Trans-National Bank.

Business Associates

Mukesh Gohil

It has been alleged that sometime between December 2003 and January 2004, Mukesh Gohil had dinner at an Asian restaurant in Ukay Centre in the company of a relative of Krishan Behal and another individual who over the years has been dealing in properties on their behalf.

Mukesh boasted that without him Gideon is a lost man and as such is not able to keep track of his own money. Mukesh revealed that Gideon has been known to call him in Dubai to ask trivial questions about money already in his accounts.

Without divulging the specific reason for Gideon's need for him, Mukesh revealed that Gideon needs to have him around. Gideon has fallen out with several of his very close aides, many of whom were instrumental in his deals and most surprising, all are Kalenjins. Examples are Ken Boit, Donald Kipkorir, Ken Kiplagat, Sirma and Kogo. Gideon feels betrayed that his own people are deserting him while those of Asian origin are standing by his side.

A source claims that Gideon may be assessing the extent of damage that could be occasioned by the above individuals if he fails to honour their demands. Each individual is demanding serious amounts of money from Gideon for services rendered or a share of the deal money brokered by them.

It is very possible that Gideon needs Mukesh to help piece together the level of involvement and damage thereof.

Habinder Singh Sethi

It is believed that Sethi holds many of Gideon's assets in Southern Africa under his name Sethi[17]. Together they own a ranch.

Prior to elections, ex-President Moi and Gideon flew to Eritrea and then on to Malawi where they met with Habinder Singh Sethi. It is understood that Sethi flew the Moi's to South Africa carrying cases of dollars. The amount contained in the cases has not been disclosed.

Joshua Orwa Ojode

The current. Assistant Minister of Lands and Settlement, Joshua Orwa Ojode, is very close to Gideon[18],. Ojode is working alongside Gideon to undermine the current government.

Jared Kamgwana

Jared Kamgwana holds the office building Chester House in Nairobi in which Gideon Moi holds a 50 percent interest[19].

Dr Kiplagat

According to sources, Dr Kiplagat has shown a clear indication of his intentions to make revelations surrounding Gideon Moi.

Source enquiries indicate that the widely reported December 2003 altercation between Gideon and Kiplagat is over a financial rather than politically related matter as alleged[20] and, it appears to have been instigated by the sale of the Durban-based residential property.

It has been reported that after selling a property in Durban worth US$650 000 Gideon made arrangements for the proceeds to be remitted through the account of Kiplagat's law firm. This was done through a branch of Stanbic Bank in Durban. When Kiplagat received this money, he prepared a fee note of US$1.5 million for services rendered to Gideon on various matters and instead of remitting the US$650 000 to Gideon, he gave him a credit note for the same amount against the fee note.

Kiplagat then demanded the payment of the balance, which, it is believed, incensed Gideon to the extreme. Since the meeting of December 2003 held at Kabarak, Gideon has been trying to meet Kiplagat to no avail. In the meantime, Gideon has been sending Chepkonga to pressure Kiplagat to pay him.

As such, when Chepkonga found Kiplagat's vehicle at Fairview Hotel, he called Gideon. When the argument ensued with Gideon making threats, it is understood that Kiplagat cited "your father is no longer the President of this country and the days you used to order people around are long gone". He then ordered Gideon to move to another table causing the fight to break out.

Donald Kipkorir

Similarly, Dr Kipkorir has shown a clear indication of his intentions to make revelations surrounding Gideon.

[1] Laundryman

[2] Everready Company in Nakuru operates under the name of H. Young belonging to Schwartman.

[3] Msamaha

[4] Laundryman

[5] Laundryman

[6] Laundryman

[7] Msamaha

[8] Msamaha

[9] Laundryman

[10] Laundryman

[11] Laundryman

[12] Laundryman

[13] Source A

[14] Laundryman

[15] Laundryman

[16] Msamaha

[17] Msamaha

[18] Msamaha

[19] Msamaha

[20] Launryman"]