There is a rumour going on in Stockholm that I am in jail for dealing in drugs and fake cards. I have been phoned by several people trying to confirm if this is correct. The answer is NO. As a business man, I am aware that I must have enemies. I have been a businessman for the last 7 years and I am proud to say that I have not been summoned by police or even been in jail.
Yes, as a business man, I have debts, I have made mistakes and I can also go bankrupt. This situation faces other major business companies like British Airways, Alitalia, KLM, Ericsson, Xerox and so on.
Even governments do have debts. The Kenyan, Tanzanian, Afgan and other governments all have debts and so on. Big Airlines like SABENA went bankrupt, just like other big companies have. Yes, as a businessman, I have also been a victim of fraud through visa cards and this applies to all large Airlines and big companies.
Now, one wonders why somebody should wake up one morning and build rumours that I am in jail. Rumours have been spreading for a month but I did not want to comment on them. It has gone too far now. It’s not funny to receive calls all the time from friends asking whether I am in prison.
I have been in touch with some of these rumour mongers and it is unfortunate that these are people who have been living in Sweden for the last 30 years and one wonders if they are becoming infants as they grow.
One even went to an African Embassy, made an appointment to meet the Ambassador and started saying that I usually organise parties so that people can come and fight, report the fights to police so that they can get compensation which I then share with them.
Surely, isn’t this a mentally sick person? I do not want to mention names. But I would advice Kenyans to keep these two individuals away from their lives. They would come to my office, rush to the kitchen, make coffee and before they leave, ask for 20 Kr for cigarettes but what comes out next? Rumours. Sometimes I wonder why God picks good people from the society and leaves the rotten ones.
For the last 24 hours, stories have been circulating in Stockholm that Mr. Clay Onyango is in police custody after being arrested. When the rumours reached KSB, we called Clay directly and confirmed that the Kenyan businessman is not in police custody.
“I am in my Office and I don’t understand why some people are spreading lies about me”, Clay told KSB.
This is the second time that rumours have swept Stockholm that Clay has been arrested. Last month, information that reached KSB that Clay had been arrested turned out to have been false because when KSB called Clay as investigations began, Clay answered the phone. He was eating eggs and bacon. Following the latest rumours, Mr. Clay has promised to release a statement through KSB.
ODMK-Scandinavia Executive committee has been briefed about recent contacts with headquarters in Nairobi. The Party had sent Mr. Dancan Munala, Secretary, to consult with the mother Party on certain central issues in the run up to the elections scheduled for December this year.
The most important issues included the launching of ODM-Kenya, the strategy for campaigns and the role ODM-K Scandinavia could play to ensure that the Party seizes power at the end of the year.
During his contacts, Mr. Munala held a meeting with members of ODM-K Executive council who appreciated the formation of ODMK-Scandinavia. The meeting was attended by Mr. Henry Kosgey, Kenneth Marende, Omingo Magara, Janet Ongera and Mutula Kilonzo.
Party members in Nairobi told Mr. Munala that ODM-K would like help in other areas like fund raising to finance its election budget which will soon be released.
The Party needs money for launching ODM-K as a political Party, provision of transport during campaigns, conducting opinion polls, spreading information and propaganda and organizing political rallies across the country in the run up to the elections.
Munala’s visit was a follow-up to a previous contact by ODMK-Scandinavia Chairlady Mrs Hellen Opwapo who visited headquarters in December last year. Mrs Opwapo had fruitful discussions with Hon Raila Odinga and other ODM-K officials.