Uhuru Kenyatta’s war against anti-BBI leaders have made him attract some impostors like Narok Governor Samuel Kuntai Ole Tunai.
Noting the patterns that most anti-BBI or anti-presidential agenda leaders are being targeted with now foreseen consequences such as one losing their seat, like in the case of one Ferdinand Ndung’u Waititu, the former Kiambu Governor, it is imperative that one saves their ass.
This article is about just how Gov Tunai has mastered that art.
The man from the smallest Maasai sub-tribe known as Siria is not popular in Narok county, he abandoned his home area and chose to dine with the high and mighty of Narok, Kajiado and Nairobi.
Because this is a sequel to some exposés about Narok that we’ve already done. It is also well to note in every article that Tunai is a very wealthy man who has managed to play both the president, his deputy and all the other state organs sent after him.
Two years into office, Tunai was already involved in a payments and revenue scandal via the Kenya Airports Parking Services Limited (KAPS) firm. Being one who owns large swathes of land at the lucrative Maasai Mara Game Reserve near the Mara Triangle, Tunai colluded with KAPS and some officials in the former Kilgoris district in 2013 to dislodge Equity Bank as a receiver of payments for every tourist that enters the Mara.
Mark you that tourist pay $80 (Ksh8000) per night. Now, because we receive close to a million tourists from outside and some internally from the country. That makes it nearly 2 million, of which a huge chunk must visit the Mara.
Despite the huge amount of cash collected via Governor Tunai-controlled KAPS, the money is never accounted for.
‘No one knows how much is collected and how much is remitted to the county government of Narok’, a source indicated.
However, it is estimated that the Mara Triangle of the Maasai Mara under Mara Conservancy (a firm that is also controlled by Gov Tunai) collects an average of Ksh800 million per annum from park fee.
This is money from that alone without considering land rates from the hotels and lodges located within. This money is alleged deposited at Oloololo Ranch Group Trust, another Gov Tunai controlled firm.
Gov Tunai and Kijape Kuyo Tunai, a powerful MCA, together formed Oloololo Group Trust in the name of the community to help them siphon Maasai Mara proceeds like park collection fee, 19% kitty and lease money from the Mara Conservancy of the Mara Triangle.
Once the duo managed to take over the Mara. They managed to control all the camps and lodges within the Mara triangle like Kichwa Tembo, Bartelour camp and Angama Mara as well as the Mara Conservancy that manages Mara triangle under Brian Heath. Mara Conservancy took over from the defunct Narok County Council that used used to manage the Park. This triangle is found in the Transmara West Sub county and is part of the Greater Maasai Mara.
Governor Tunai doesn’t support BBI according to people close to him. He has managed to play both the president and his deputy.
Tunai’s ‘dad’, the powerful Kimintet Member of County Assembly (MCA) Kijape Kuyo Tunai is said to be a very close friend to the President, covering for Tunai who is a BBI Impostor.
As stated earlier, Tunai doesn’t support BBI, he is a DP Ruto guy who circumstances is now forcing to support the Handshake Agenda because those who do not, pay the price such as being targeted in the war on corruption.
Waititu paid the ultimate price of being relived from power.
The enormous wealth has made Tunai invincible and as such he can pay and play any side of the political divide.
His wealthy MCA ‘dad’ whom they control the Mara revenues with is said to be very fluid with money such that he can order a pen be flown from Nairobi to Narok on a chopper.
Briefly about the wealth
Both Tunai’s are very wealthy. They have siphoned the Mara and now extending the same in the Narok County Government.
They have heavily invested in assets locally and overseas, in buying land, cattle, goats and sheep.
They’ve also invested in helicopter companies like Lady Lori as shareholders and many others as well as in stock markets.
The scandal at Lady Lori is that they send an invoice to Narok County disguised as travel services by revenue collection agents of Narok.
The bill per week from the choppers that the governor uses is estimated at a whooping Ksh12 million.
The MCA Kijape, the only one who owns a chopper in Kenya.
Divide and rule
Kijape has ruled and marginalized the Siria community living in Kimintet and Lolgorian Wards.
Also nepotism at the County government jobs is very high. Majority of the Siria community employed are from his Kaputiei clan. Siria subtribe of the Maasai is comprised of Kaputiei, Ilaiserr, Ilkunono and Iltorrobo
Why do they get away?
The Tunai’s sponsored UhuRuto presidential campaigns in 2013 and 2017.
Samuel Ole Tunai started with grabbing land from his own people, the Siria community in 1991. The heartlessness of the act is that the Tunai’s in doing so also grabbed an important water corridor for the community.
Gov Tunai knows very well how to ‘silence’ opponents with hard cash.
Owning 26,000 hectares in the Mara ecosystem is not a mean feat and having control over all the entry points into the Mara, the money is enough to buy anyone including the auditor general.
Take for example if the charges are Ksh8000 per night and 1.5 million tourists visit the Mara, and spend two days. That translates into about Ksh24 billion which is not declared anywhere.
The billionaires of Narok had planned a BBI meeting in Narok but all is to hoodwink the presidency and play the politicians that they are for it, yet they are impostors.
“Wanataka kutumia Ksh400 million kufanya hiyo BBI meeting Narok. Hiyo ni pesa mingi sana kutumia. Inakaa kama u wizi vile amezoea’, said a source.
“In the current world of BBI and anti-BBI brigade, Tunai is an impostor in supporting the BBI. His heart is not in it. He is just playing safe so that his crimes cannot be brought up”, the source concluded.
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