Basildon councillor wants to be Kenyan president

Daniel Munyambu wants to be Kenyan president

Daniel Munyambu wants to be Kenyan president

First published in News

A COUNCILLOR who fled a Kenyan jail after being charged with fraud is convinced he can return to the country to become its president within three years.

Daniel Munyambu, who represents Vange, says he has become so high-profile in his native country, after becoming one of Kenya's first British local politicians in 2011, he could win the next general election in 2017.

While he was a sitting councillor in March 2012, he returned to Kenya where he was arrested, but jumped bail and fled for 20 hours across Africa before returning to Basildon.

He fought to clear his name against fraud charges which he claims were fabricated and politically- motivated due to his rising status back home.

He said: “In 2007, for the national election in Kenya, I was headhunted by ministers from the Party of National Union to campaign for them. They paid my flights and everything. When I became a councillor in England I became more well-known and that is why the charges were cooked up.”

Despite spending £6,700 on lawyers’ fees, he has been unable to lift the three fraud charges in connection with his former car export company Clickett Traders, registered to his home address in Clickett End, Basildon.

He remains suspended from the Labour Party as a result.

Yet he is convinced by 2017 he will have lifted the cloud and be able to return to form a new political party and oust current president Uhuru Kenyatta.

He said: “This has been something I’ve been planning for almost 20 years. I have a manifesto and I revise it every day. It is not a dream, but a plan.”

He said he would bring an end to corruption and a system which has meant thousands of Kenyans have been unable to return home for political reasons.

Mr Munyambu, who plans to form his own party in Kenya, moved to the UK to join his wife in Basildon before becoming a Labour activist.

He added: “I had no plans to join British politics, but when I came here I joined Labour and found we share the same politics and they gave me the chance so I went for it.”

LABOUR: He hasn’t told us of his plan Allegations of fraud over luxury car deal DANIEL Munyambu is accused of defrauding a client of his former car export firm Clickett Traders in November 2008.

It is alleged Kenyan politician and businessman Harun Ole Lempaka paid him £15,800 up front for a Land Cruiser to be exported while Mr Munyambu was in Basildon.

However, it is alleged Mr Munyambu took the money and did not export the vehicle.

Mr Munyambu claims the customer changed his mind and he sold it, deducting his expenses and offered to refund £6,000, but he refused.

He was due to stand trial after his arrest, but is now fighting the charges from the UK after skipping bail.

Clickett Traders was dissolved in 2010 after failing to file any accounts to Companies House, but Mr Munyambu opened a new company of the same name in April this year.

A LEADING Labour councillor has said Daniel Munyambu has told no one in the party of his presidential bid.

Nigel Smith, Basildon deputy group leader, said: “He’s not short of ambition, but the people of Vange would rather hope he would be putting them first and it would have been nice if he’d told us.

“He works as a Labour councillor and does what he was elected to do. I think he is a hardworking councillor and am surprised if he is expressing these ambitions.”

Mr Munyambu said he would stand to be re-elected for Vange last year and his high hopes had not impacted his case work.

He said: “I am contacted by people out of my ward because I get things done.”

He would not comment when asked if he would have to step

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3:23pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

Absolutely baffled by how folk can carry on in this country despite alleged fraud and other criminal activity. Lefties in particular always seem to get away with it. That;s because they protect each other's backs.

It amazes me how nobody is assassinating his character and tearing him to shreds. Funny how Callaghan and co can make up all sorts of cr@p about everybody else but when it's closer to home they remain strangely silent. And Nigel Smith's comments are hardly a condemnation but then, in a radio broadcast Smith all but admitted on air their election leaflets had told lies but would not apologise. Then there's Callaghan's Standards Board "apology" to Phil Rackley for comments he made about Rackley, that was no apology at all.

I'm sick and tired of people cherry picking the benefits of living in this country then using it to further their own ambition back home at our expense.

In fact, I'm sick and tired of the hypocrisy of holier than thou Labour spouting off about how things should be done, picking holes in anyone who doesn't agree with their doctrine and criminalising people who have never done a thing wrong.

It's time they looked in the mirror.

Look at the allegations that have been slung around about me - and other people - by Callaghan and co.. none of them ever proved. Mainly because they are all BS - something Callaghan specialises in.

Let's see Callaghan wriggle his way out of this one - and what excuses he's making... or perhaps he will remain silent as usual. The only time he ever expresses an opinion is on his poisonous Twitter page, something I gave up looking at after one or two glances told me all I need to know.. he spouts the same old rubbish all the time and fires off accusations about all and sundry - until it's one of his own.

I'd lay money on him remaining silent on this. Anything to do with Labour and he can never admit when they get it wrong. In his juvenile brain, everything they say and everything they do is "the right thing". #Brainwashed.

What a bunch of sanctimonious hypocrites they all are. I hope Manyambu does return there so that somebody else can have a crack at Vange and hopefully stay around to finish what they started, without using the people of Vange as a stepping stone to further their aspirations..

Of course Labour haven't a hope in hell if that happens. The trend is set. Folk have finally realised what a bunch of charlatans they are and made their feelings clear on 22nd May. And if there's a by election they are bound to follow suit and vote UKIP regardless of doorstep bullying from Callaghan and co.
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It' time the rag tag and bobtail that is the Labour group in Basildon was disbanded and some halfway decent people put in their place. There has been nothing but discord and trouble this particular lot appeared on the scene.

I look forward to seeing them all but wiped out in next year's election, which judging by current trends, they will be.

Coalition my ****... what we have now at Bas Towers is a group of politicians determined not to allow this bunch of incompetents ever to run the show again.

The Tories may have made some mistakes but God only knows how Basildon would end up if this lot got themselves in charge. Tower Hamlets on Thames I should think.

We all know how Labour like to secure their votes once they have peed off stalwart Labour supporters who are now voting UKIP in droves.
Absolutely baffled by how folk can carry on in this country despite alleged fraud and other criminal activity. Lefties in particular always seem to get away with it. That;s because they protect each other's backs. It amazes me how nobody is assassinating his character and tearing him to shreds. Funny how Callaghan and co can make up all sorts of cr@p about everybody else but when it's closer to home they remain strangely silent. And Nigel Smith's comments are hardly a condemnation but then, in a radio broadcast Smith all but admitted on air their election leaflets had told lies but would not apologise. Then there's Callaghan's Standards Board "apology" to Phil Rackley for comments he made about Rackley, that was no apology at all. I'm sick and tired of people cherry picking the benefits of living in this country then using it to further their own ambition back home at our expense. In fact, I'm sick and tired of the hypocrisy of holier than thou Labour spouting off about how things should be done, picking holes in anyone who doesn't agree with their doctrine and criminalising people who have never done a thing wrong. It's time they looked in the mirror. Look at the allegations that have been slung around about me - and other people - by Callaghan and co.. none of them ever proved. Mainly because they are all BS - something Callaghan specialises in. Let's see Callaghan wriggle his way out of this one - and what excuses he's making... or perhaps he will remain silent as usual. The only time he ever expresses an opinion is on his poisonous Twitter page, something I gave up looking at after one or two glances told me all I need to know.. he spouts the same old rubbish all the time and fires off accusations about all and sundry - until it's one of his own. I'd lay money on him remaining silent on this. Anything to do with Labour and he can never admit when they get it wrong. In his juvenile brain, everything they say and everything they do is "the right thing". #Brainwashed. What a bunch of sanctimonious hypocrites they all are. I hope Manyambu does return there so that somebody else can have a crack at Vange and hopefully stay around to finish what they started, without using the people of Vange as a stepping stone to further their aspirations.. Of course Labour haven't a hope in hell if that happens. The trend is set. Folk have finally realised what a bunch of charlatans they are and made their feelings clear on 22nd May. And if there's a by election they are bound to follow suit and vote UKIP regardless of doorstep bullying from Callaghan and co. ing It' time the rag tag and bobtail that is the Labour group in Basildon was disbanded and some halfway decent people put in their place. There has been nothing but discord and trouble this particular lot appeared on the scene. I look forward to seeing them all but wiped out in next year's election, which judging by current trends, they will be. Coalition my ****... what we have now at Bas Towers is a group of politicians determined not to allow this bunch of incompetents ever to run the show again. The Tories may have made some mistakes but God only knows how Basildon would end up if this lot got themselves in charge. Tower Hamlets on Thames I should think. We all know how Labour like to secure their votes once they have peed off stalwart Labour supporters who are now voting UKIP in droves. Kim Gandy
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5:28pm Tue 24 Jun 14

cropped hero says...

I have asked you before what you mean by Tower Hamlets on Thames. Please explain as I feel certain that I am not the only one who has no idea what you mean.
Can you please give us some more examples of people who cherry pick the benefits of living in this country then use it to further their own ambition back home at our expense. You are renowned for FACTS and EVIDENCE and RESEARCH so it would be good to know who you are referring to.

I think that practically everyone who reads this article will think it unlikely that a guy can go from Vange councillor to President of Kenya. Why do you see differently and turn the whole thing into one of your rants? What anyway do you know about councillors at 'Bas Towers?' Its not as if you live in the borough or that you have a glittering political careeer behind you is it?
I have asked you before what you mean by Tower Hamlets on Thames. Please explain as I feel certain that I am not the only one who has no idea what you mean. Can you please give us some more examples of people who cherry pick the benefits of living in this country then use it to further their own ambition back home at our expense. You are renowned for FACTS and EVIDENCE and RESEARCH so it would be good to know who you are referring to. I think that practically everyone who reads this article will think it unlikely that a guy can go from Vange councillor to President of Kenya. Why do you see differently and turn the whole thing into one of your rants? What anyway do you know about councillors at 'Bas Towers?' Its not as if you live in the borough or that you have a glittering political careeer behind you is it? cropped hero
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8:37pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Maybe Kim is hoping that her sudden switch of allegiance to the side of Mo Larkin and all the Tories and UKIp wallahs on the Council will give her the chance to take the Council seat for Vange next time it's up for grabs.....
Maybe Kim is hoping that her sudden switch of allegiance to the side of Mo Larkin and all the Tories and UKIp wallahs on the Council will give her the chance to take the Council seat for Vange next time it's up for grabs..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

12:17pm Sun 29 Jun 14

TheWizzard says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Maybe Kim is hoping that her sudden switch of allegiance to the side of Mo Larkin and all the Tories and UKIp wallahs on the Council will give her the chance to take the Council seat for Vange next time it's up for grabs.....
I wonder who is in who's pocket. Gandy praising the tories in everything they seem to do, perhaps she's hoping to get back into ukip and deliver them a mayor in the process. I also wonder whether the echo should investigate the gandy/larkin 'relationship'
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Maybe Kim is hoping that her sudden switch of allegiance to the side of Mo Larkin and all the Tories and UKIp wallahs on the Council will give her the chance to take the Council seat for Vange next time it's up for grabs.....[/p][/quote]I wonder who is in who's pocket. Gandy praising the tories in everything they seem to do, perhaps she's hoping to get back into ukip and deliver them a mayor in the process. I also wonder whether the echo should investigate the gandy/larkin 'relationship' TheWizzard
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2:22pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Devils Advocate says...

This obsessive carping by Ms Gandy is really beginning to take up too many column inches. This is Basildon New Town, First envisaged in 1948, and listed for development in 1949. It is here because of the Labour Party. It was developed and built for its population by the Labour Party. Most of that population moved from the badly overcrowded concrete jungle that was East London. They worked in new factories, with good working conditions, especially with regard to the much health and safety acts (then the factories acts) in green surroundings, every housing estate had parkland within easy walking distance and most, if not all New towners became part of a new community with fair pay and conditions who formed new communities that were far more social than anything else in Essex. It was a dream realised for these people until the likes of Ms Gandy began their right-wing editorial inspired diatribe.
If we could have found the way to shut that up, the town would still have been one of the best in this country. But, Ms Gandy and people of her ilk have joined with the right-wing fanatics and preach political poison against the party that helped give our workforce the dignity they were entitled to. If Ms Gandy thinks she is any better than the people who created the once fine town of Basildon, then she should present herself as a representative of whatever radical party she appears to support, Which, going by her wonderful support for her wondrous Mayor has to be for the " Saving up for our next war" right-wing ravers. But I wish she would stop her name calling on every post she raves on!
This obsessive carping by Ms Gandy is really beginning to take up too many column inches. This is Basildon New Town, First envisaged in 1948, and listed for development in 1949. It is here because of the Labour Party. It was developed and built for its population by the Labour Party. Most of that population moved from the badly overcrowded concrete jungle that was East London. They worked in new factories, with good working conditions, especially with regard to the much health and safety acts (then the factories acts) in green surroundings, every housing estate had parkland within easy walking distance and most, if not all New towners became part of a new community with fair pay and conditions who formed new communities that were far more social than anything else in Essex. It was a dream realised for these people until the likes of Ms Gandy began their right-wing editorial inspired diatribe. If we could have found the way to shut that up, the town would still have been one of the best in this country. But, Ms Gandy and people of her ilk have joined with the right-wing fanatics and preach political poison against the party that helped give our workforce the dignity they were entitled to. If Ms Gandy thinks she is any better than the people who created the once fine town of Basildon, then she should present herself as a representative of whatever radical party she appears to support, Which, going by her wonderful support for her wondrous Mayor has to be for the " Saving up for our next war" right-wing ravers. But I wish she would stop her name calling on every post she raves on! Devils Advocate
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