A group of TNA influence peddlers has turned into a full extortion cartel and is destroying the goodwill President Uhuru’s TNA party has in Nyanza, if any, Kenya Today can now reveal.
While President Uhuru’s TNA party (now in the process of converting to JAP) is not so popular in Luo Nyanza, the party has nevertheless created grassroots structures in the region.
However, as the party’s presence grow, with the revelations that it will field candidates in the region – which many people have shown interest on – a cartel has emerged with the worst type of extortion and blackmail .
At the TNA Kisumu office, this cartel is believed to be minting millions of shillings from unsuspecting tender seekers, job seekers or those who want to remain working in the government, especially if they’ve been suspended or facing threats of interdiction from their work stations.
They use threats, blackmail and their perceived Â close proximity to top TNA leaders to con their victims. In the list of victims are youths, women, ex-civil servants, prospective party candidates and local civil servants in the lakeside region.
The ringleader of this group is John Oloo. He is alleged to be TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo’s brother. His accomplice is Mr. Albert Oduor, who claims to have worked for the national intelligence service before quitting under unclear circumstances to become a grassroots mobilizer of TNA in late 2012.
It is however believed that he was interdicted from the police force unceremoniously due to allegations of extortion.
The cartel started ripping off TNA candidates as early as the 2013 elections. They allegedly sold TNA nomination certificates across the country and printed ballot papers which they sold to high bidders. In Nairobi, for instance, Simon Mbugua fell in their trap. They two had promised to give him excess ballot boxes but failed to deliver which saw him lose the nominations to incumbent Yusuf Hassan.
The business with Mbugua leaked recently when he engaged them in a gun drama at a location in Nairobi West. As politics changed in Nairobi, the group then started to ply their evil trade exclusively on Luo victims.
Take for example the case of former MD of Kisumu Water Services Company (KIWASCO), Mr Ochieng’. They promised to fix for him an audience with then Water CS Charity Ngilu. He was then trying to explain the circumstances involving his suspension. When the duo got wind of his predicaments, they called him to Oloo’s bar in Umoja, Nairobi, and demanded he pays them sh 500,000 to get him on Ngilu’s diary. When the money changed hands, the two disappeared!
Next was Mr. Atonga of KENGEN.
Upon end of term of Eddy Njoroge as the MD of KENGEN, Atonga, who was serving as the Business Development Manager was promised by the two extortionists that they will lobby State House to have him appointed as MD. Again, he parted with several thousand shillings only for the appointment to go to Mr. Mugo.
The list is endless.
The evil duo are however finding the going rough since the beginning of this year. Apparently, their extortion was revealed to President Uhuru, or people close to the President. Just before the appointments of the 302 civil servants to serve in parastatals, they went round bragging how they will be appointed to lucrative positions. However, while most of those who supported Jubilee have since landed one appointment after another, the two have been conspicuously missing from the list of appointees.
“Their names have been forwarded to statehouse for various jobs but have met a flat refusal. John Oloo begged to be appointed to the board of KRA while Albert wanted to be reinstated to NIS. However both requests were flatly turned down by State House operatives who are aware of the integrity challenges facing them,” revealed a source privy to the goings on.
It is alleged the two are being protected by Onyango Oloo, the TNA Secretary General. Oloo is yet to condemn the group, despite knowing their racketeering.Â
Recently, they roped in Kisumu County office of TNA in their evil schemes. The office led by Titus Onduu and Midigo are super conmen who take even Kshs. 500 bribe.
The Kisumu office is now a conduit where those who want KWS or NYS jobs are told to drop their applications with a modest fee. After being paid, they claim to be acting for nominated senator Joy Gwendo, who will submit their names to relevant KWS or NYS officers in Nairobi.
One of the people they attempted to con happened to be close to Senator Gwendo and alerted her. Gwendo stormed the Kisumu office and warned the officials of criminal culpability should their victims decide to take them to court.
Exposed, they turned the heat on Senator Gwendo, whom they later summoned to answer to various charges ofÂ charges of indiscipline, not cooperating with them and being an ODM mole.
Yet the truth is that she refused to yield to their connish tendencies. She gave the officials Kshs. 100,000 to get an office but they ate it.
Later on TNA headquarters secured an office in Kondele which Senator Joy gave money for painting and purchase of seats which again was eaten by the greedy officials.
They even con TNA sub-county officials.
Mr. Oranga, Nyakach sub-county chairman complained that they are constantly being harassed to contribute money to buy chairs and contribute to costs of running the office which often are not accounted for.
The Seme sub-county chairman was flatly asked to give Kshs. 25,000 for his son to be given a job.
Several people have approached the senator and County government officials led by the County commissioner Mr. Ekidor with various complaints of extortion and theft. Midigo is even facing child molestation charges in Kisumu. These officials are a disgrace to the party and the presidency such that when they President visited Kisumu recently for the devolution conference, non of them was allowed with 50 metres proximity. They were blocked by security details and had to contend with sitting in the periphery.
Even in Nyalenda where the president launched slum upgrading programme, Midigo was missing while Titus, the branch chairman, was seen hovering around in a boda boda trying to get attention. Again when the first lady visited Kisumu to launch beyond zero project, Titus was not allowed both at mama Ngina Childrens home and Otieno Oyoo secondary school where the events were taking place.
“Mr. Oloo, Oduor, Midigo and Titus are political conmen and criminals whose days are numbered and should be exposed to the public. Deal with them at your own peril,” revealed a Kisumu TNA supporter. TNA supporters now want the party to dissolve the Kisumu branch office and call for fresh elections under JAP.