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The Dark World Of Raila’s Financier Mohammed Jaffer

Raila’s financier and Mombasa tycoon Mohammed Jaffer | PHOTO COURTESY
The former prime minister, ODM party leader ,and founder Raila Odinga enjoys a vast contact internationally not forgetting his political power locally, even though he’s not reigning the State.

Raila Odinga was in October 2018, appointed African Union  High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa. His work is to support and strengthen AU’s departments and those of the Planning and Coordinating Agency of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

“His mandate includes mobilizing further political support from the Member States and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and facilitating greater ownership by all concerned stakeholders. Raila will pay particular attention to the missing links along the transnational highway corridors identified as part of the Trans-African Highways Network, with a view to facilitating their development and modernization,” Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said. 

Raila’s Financiers

There are more powerful and wealthy businessmen, some who you have never heard of but are lining up billions to fund political bigwigs as 2020 campaigns heat up. In 2018, Raila’s Political campaigns were funded by tycoon Jimi Wanjigi, flamboyant slay-king Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, former Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero, former Kenya Ports boss Brown Ondego, Mombasa-based businessman Jaffer Mohammed too had his part in Raila’s funding list–though he had also another leg in Ruto’s camp. The same way Jimi Wanjigi sold his Jubilee manifesto to the Jubilee duo.

Raila Odinga and Jaffer Mohamed| Photo courtesy

In July 2018, the National Assembly’s Transport committee issued a go-ahead on the licensing of a second grain bulk handling company challenging the monopoly of businessman Mohamed Jaffer‘s company. As by February 2019, the country was solely served by Grain Bulk Handlers Limited (GBHL) owned by Mr Jaffer. 

Then National Assembly Transport committee chair David Pkosing stated that members were aware that four companies had shown interest in putting up grain bulk handling business and put up grain bagging at the port of Mombasa and the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Embakasi in Nairobi.

We want to encourage other players in the market, this will ensure the ease of doing business and efficiency in gran bulk handling. We want to also encourage the new players once they come on board to ensure the maximum use of Standard Gauge Rail,” Pkosing exclaimed.

Unfortunately, monopolies kill innovation and encourage the abuse of customers. The same GBHL owns a monopoly in LPG imports through a company called AGOL in Mombasa and currently, they are even into the retail LPG market through Pro Gas and are currently under-cutting all players due to their large import monopoly. He has all the political classes in his pocket.

In 2016, Mwananchi Gas Project was to sell under the Gas Yetu brand and was meant to safeguard the poor from respiratory diseases caused by the use of firewood for cooking. It was also meant to contain the rampant destruction of forests.

In 2017 Gas Yetu was allocated Ksh2.2 billion for the period 2017-2019. A further Ksh700 million was allocated through a supplementary budget raising the total cost of the project to Ksh2.9 billion. The project would have seen millions of households receive subsidized 6 kg cooking gas cylinders at a cost of Ksh 2,000. Ksh 5 million households were targeted with the Gas Yetu cylinders fitted with burners and grills. The beneficiaries would refill them at a cost of only Ksh 840 per cylinder.

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Mohamed Jaffer’s owned company Pro Gas[ image courtesy]

Gas Yetu Collapse

A well-calculated plan by Pro Gas owner Mohammed Jaffer to kill Gas Yetu was exposed when the Tycoon awarded a Petroleum Ministry and the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (Nock) contract to a consortium led by Allied East Africa Ltd. 

The cartels planned it well that– Allied East Africa Ltd was crippled and they- through backdoor dealings turned to Mohammed Jaffer, the owner of Africa Gas and Oil (AGOL) which also owns Proto Energy Limited under which trades in Kenya as Pro Gas.

How possible is it that a company was then just beginning and was virtually unknown in the country yet they were referred to save the well-known consortium?

Jaffer had however managed to obtain a lease for use of a cylinder pressing machine from KPA in a shady deal that was orchestrated by officials from the Energy Ministry. The fraudulent suppliers, in the first batch, delivered faulty cylinders raising questions about quality assurance and monitoring of the manufacturing process. A total of 67,251 cylinders were found to be leaking posing a serious safety hazard had they gone into circulation.

These are the people the former premier associates with both in business and the political world.  Raila’s financier Mohammed Jaffer has multiple accusations of crime, money laundering, Tax evasion…

Pro gas with the help of then CS Charles Keter, PS Njoroge and other corrupt State officials at EPRA and KRA are allegedly still engaged in illegal and unfair trade practices.

The former premier boasts of being a close ally of Tanzania, yet his political financier has been accused of blocking all LPG imports from Tanga and Zambia. Tanzania government has stopped working with Kenya in the gas industry because of the tycoon’s political connections.

 

 



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