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State probes UoN student leader for drug links

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University of Nairobi student leader Anne Mwangi Mvurya who was in the company of Nairobi governor Mike Sonko when the county boss was arrested in Voi is now a subject of drug and money laundering probe.

Also under investigations by secret state agencies are her bank accounts, cars she drives to see if they are registered under her name and if she is the leader of network of university students out for hire by politicians.

The state has opened a special file on her to trace her movement and associates at the university and high circles.

Sources say the University of Nairobi Student Association chair is being probed over her flashy lifestyle and expensive campaign for the seat.

There are fears student leaders at the premier institution of higher learning in Kenya are funded by drug cartels in their campaigns and in return facilitate the sale of drugs to students.

Some even allow the drug barons to use their rooms and those of their friends to store the narcotics.

Some of the student leaders also recruit students to be used by the drug barons to sell the drugs to the students and even lecturers.

The 21-year-old student taking a bachelors’ degree in law became the first female at the University of Nairobi to win the chairpersonship of the student leadership.

“My campaign was quite expensive. I spent slightly over Sh2 million,” she said during an interview with a local daily.

Mvurya further revealed that the whole amount used in her campaign did not come from her own pocket, adding that she sourced some from wellwishers who included fellow students.

It is these wellwishers the detectives want to know whether they include drug barons.

“First of all, I am a businesswoman. I am not only a student but also an entrepreneur. I sell produce from my mid-scale farm in Nakuru. Secondly, students, via harambee, contributed towards my campaign funds. I also held a harambee back home in Nakuru,” she said while defending her source of campaign funds.

Mvurya won the election after garnering 24 votes against her opponent Samuel Ayoma who managed 16 votes in the polls held on April 5 last year.

This is not the first time a UoN student leader is being linked to drugs.

Current Embakasi East MP,Babu Owino was at one time forced to hit out at Nandi governor Stephen Sang and Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi for associating him with drugs trade when he was a student leader at the University of Nairobi.

The Kapseret legislator claimed Babu was a drug peddler during his days as now defunct Students Organisation of Nairobi University leader and called for speedy extradition of influential Kenyans implicated in drug trafficking by Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Sudi, however, did not produce any evidence to back his claims and neither has the Embakasi East MP been charged over the charges.

The spat was ignited by Babu when he termed sentiments by Sang and Sudi that Mombasa governor Hassan Joho was on the list of drug dealers as frivolous.

Babu is also said to be close to the chairlady Mvurya and has introduced her to prominent personalities.

Former Nacada chairman John Mututho was at one time quoted asking the EACC, Central Bank and police to investigate Babu’s source of money.

The call by the former Nacada boss followed pictures making rounds on social media pulpits of Babu holding a gun and a briefcase supposedly full of dollars. It emerged they were just blank papers covered on top with a single dollar note..

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