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Daily Nation : February 3rd 2014
2 | National News INVESTIGATIONS | Lending firm in the spotlight over dubious deductions Teachers repay loans they did not apply for CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 a private financial services and money-lending firm registered in Mauritius but with operations in Nairobi. The TSC has confirmed that it is handling complaints from its employees and, early last week, directed that the deductions from a teacher based in Eldoret, Ms Grace Kemboi, be stopped. Ms Kemboi of Arangai Pri- mary School had been paying Sh19,426 since August, which she believes was secured using forged documents. When she enquired from TSC, she was informed that she had taken a loan of Sh200,000 from Emu-Inya Enterprises Ltd in Nairobi which was to be repaid with interest of 240 per cent. By January this year, she still had Sh699,336 to clear. Administration Police spokes- person Masoud Munyi urged the police officers and the public to ensure safety and confidentiality of personal and official documents. “They must be very careful while handling such documents and in case of a loss, the matter should be reported to the relevant authorities as soon as possible,” he said. In one of the cases they were handling, an officer invited his friend to his house, who later stole his documents and used them to withdraw money, he said. One of the APs whose money had been deducted for repayment of loans he did not borrow told the Nation that he was refunded the full amount after he complained. Contacted by the Nation, GetBucks spokesperson Morne Reinders confirmed receiving complaints and said his team had launched its own investigations. “We can confirm that we are currently investigating the circumstances. We can also confirm that a staff member involved in the transaction has been suspended pending the outcome of this investigation,” he said in an e-mail. In most of the reported cases, the deductions exceeded the legally authorised upper limit of not more than one third of the PHOEBE OKALL | NATION A banner showing the requirements for one to qualify for a loan at GetBucks. Some teachers have been repaying loans they did not take. applicants’ salary. Mr Reinders said that the rates were charged depending on the loan size as well as each individual client’s risk profile and repayment record and is treated as confidential. The company promised to refund the money to the complainants after investigations. “All client queries are investi- We can confirm that we are currently investigating the circumstances” Mr Morne Reinders, spokesman for GetBucks, the alleged lender gated on an individual basis. In the case of Ms Kemboi, should our investigation prove that fraud was committed, we will of course refund the customer the full amount,” Mr Reinders told the Nation. It is not clear how the TSC approved the deductions without confirming with her. Other discrepancies noted were that while the name that the company trades under as displayed in their premises is GetBucks, the name that appears in the documentation is EmuInya Enterprises Limited. However, the company said that Emu-Inya traded as GetBucks in Kenya. The company said an Im- migration official verifies the identity documents and swears an affidavit that he has compared the papers presented with what is in their database. Investigations by the Nation showed that the affidavits were not sworn by the purported applicants and that the officer who allegedly verifies the documents was not known to the Immigration department. DAILY NATION Monday February 3, 2014 Elderly Kenyans to get monthly stipend CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ices Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi said Sh4 billion had been set aside for the programme this financial year. Elderly people from well-off families and those currently on pension will not benefit. “People should not think that this is for all the elderly people. We are targeting vulnerable people only,” Mr Kambi said. The programme was one of the Jubilee government’s campaign pledges on poverty reduction and putting food on the table for some of Kenya’s most vulnerable citizens. “On Tuesday, the President will launch the expanded cash transfer programme undertaken by my ministry,” Mr Kambi said. The launch ceremony will be held in Murang’a County. Committees have been formed in various counties to manage the programme. The members include religious leaders, politicians and provincial administrators. The diversity is meant to ensure fairness. “We want to make sure there is no misuse of even a single cent from this project. We will not tolerate any level of pilferage,” the minister said. The programme was started in 2007 targeting only the elderly aged over 65 and expanded by June last year to cover 59,000 ‘‘ On Tuesday, the President will launch the expanded cash transfer programme” Kazungu Kambi, Cabinet Secretary individuals in 210 constituencies. Among those expected to benefit are 164,000 persons aged above 65 who are living in extreme poverty. Some 27,200 persons with severe disabilities have also been incorporated into the programme that will also include 253,000 orphans and vulnerable children. Another 10,000 households will be put under the Urban Food Subsidy Programme. The Sh2,000 monthly stipend is expected to help beneficiaries pay for basic needs, access medical attention and invest in small businesses. Kimaiyo moves 40 top officers, reinstates 12 BY NATION REPORTER At least 40 senior officers, including the Kayole OCPD, have been transferred by the Inspector-General of Police. Mr David Kimaiyo has also reinstated 12 of the 57 senior officers who were dismissed nine years ago by then Commissioner of Police, Major-General Hussein Ali. Kayole OCPD (Officer Commanding Police Division) Samuel Mukinda whose area is now notorious for the criminal gang ‘Gaza’ has been moved to Narok County as the commander where he replaces Ms Grace Kakai who moves to police headquarters. The new Kayole police boss is Joseph Ndegwa while Mombasa’s urban police boss Kipkemboi Rop has been moved to Kericho in the same capacity to replace Aphiod Nyaga who was transferred to Vigilance House, Nairobi. The new Mombasa urban OCPD is Geoffrey Mayiek while Mr John Baraza is the new police boss for Merti. The new Marsabit police commander is Benjamin Kogo and he replaces Mr Erastus Muthamia who moves to Eastern police headquarters in Embu. Mr Joseph Omija moved to Msambweni as the new OCPD to replace Jack Ekakoro who moves to Vigilance House and Joseph Mutungi has been transferred to Kinango as the division commander. Court ruling Nyandarua OCPD Symon Gababa moves to Taveta while the Voi OCPD has been transferred to police headquarters. On the reinstated officers, a court in July 2012 quashed the decision by Maj-Gen Ali and the Public Service Commission to retire them on May 5, 2004 and ordered that 34 of the officers be reinstated. Police Service Commission chairman Johnston Kavuludi said that the commission had approved their reinstatement.
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