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Kamlesh Pattni in the fray for Westlands,
Campaigning for the Kenyan elections ended on (Saturday) and today (Monday) March 4 2013 is Election Day itself.
Businessman Kamlesh Pattni says he is set to be the next Member of Parliament for Westlands constituency.
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It is well known that Mr. Kamlesh Pattni is emerging as a revolutionary political leader in Kenyan Politics with his humanitarian approach and his powerful vision to develop
Kamlesh Pattni has asked voters in the area to reject politicians perpetrating tribalism.
Kamlesh, who is vying on a Kenya National Democratic Alliance (Kenda) party ticket, said there is no need to endorse leaders who are known to be masters of tribalism and discrimination.
He said the area needs leaders who will commit to address the grievances facing residents without discrimination.
“Reject leaders who are masters of tribalism and instead endorse individuals who will promote equality,” he said.
Pattni pledged to promote the rights of residents. He promised to ensure the livelihood of residents are promoted and further ensure equality of all people.
The business tycoon further promised to eradicate slums and ensure modern housing structures for the people.
An Interview with Kamlesh Pattni
Kamlesh Mansukhlal Damji Pattni
The Rise and Rise of Kamlesh Pattni
As it is well known that Mr. Kamlesh Pattni is emerging as a revolutionary political leader in Kenyan Politics with his humanitarian approach and his powerful vision to develop
The Story of Paul Kamlesh Pattni:
A Brief Outline of a Kenyan Enigma
by Alberto Leny,
Paul Kamlesh Mansukhlal Damji Pattni is an enigma in
Virtually everybody in
From his humble beginnings in Mombasa, Pattni grew up to become a successful businessman, such that by the time he was only 25 years, he was already controlling a chain of enterprises that included a bank, an engineering company, a tour and travel firm, duty free shops and five-star hotels. He had achieved what millions of people would only dream of at that age.
A man with a sharp mind and high intellectual aptitude, his phenomenal rise in the business world was bound to attract much attention, both negative and positive. The brilliant businessman came into the national spotlight in 1992 through his company, Goldenberg International, through which most people in
Goldenberg, Pattni’s brainchild, was according to him intended a mega multi-million project to make Kenya a gold and diamond re-export centre, but it plunged Pattni into a major controversy which changed his life and has taken him through a long period of difficulties and unending moments of reflection to date.
Pattni says Goldenberg was approved by the Central Bank of
He says the money earned from Goldenberg could have been used to uplift Kenyans from poverty and a serious foreign exchange squeeze the country was suffering from, but was instead hijacked by former officials in the regime of former President Daniel Arap Moi through various state corporations and financial institutions.
However, Goldenberg was accused of receiving the payments through fictitious exports of gold and diamonds and Pattni himself accused of swindling money from the Treasury to conduct an illegal business. His tribulations intensified after 1993 when the Goldenberg saga erupted in the public domain and he began to wage his famous court battles against the charges leveled at him.
The court battles over the issue have not ended, with cases still pending Most of Pattni’s businesses related to the transactions involving Goldenberg have been placed under receivership, including the five-star Grand Regency Hotel, which has been at the centre of a controversial legal tussle pitting Pattni and the Central Bank of Kenya.
He has for nearly 16 years ever since sought to clear his name against the charges so as to redeem his image and reputation and convince Kenyans that Goldenberg was a great and noble idea which was meant to help the country and assist to uplift the living standards of the citizens, but not a corrupt scheme to fleece Kenyans of public funds.
Due to the nature of the Goldenberg saga or scandal, as it has become to be widely known in public and the media, Pattni has faced many tribulations with accusations of corruption and theft, that has led to court trials and persecutions from many adversaries, including figures in high places who were once his associates in business and other professional aspects of his chequered life.
He became a frequent visitor to the courtrooms, successfully fighting many trials and other court battles that he was soon being referred to in media circles as the “legal expert who never went to law school!”
Pattni insists that he is not a corrupt person, pointing out that he has never been convicted of fraud, stealing or corruption, despite many attempts to smear his name and other forms of character assassination. He further points out that his name does not feature anywhere in the grand corruption exposed by former Permanent Secretary for Ethics and Governance, Mr. John Githongo, in the Anglo Leasing scandal in which the government lost billions of shillings through dubious contracts to foreign firms.
Pattni’s name does not also feature prominently (only in a single line in passing) in a recent report released in July by the UK-based Kroll and Associates, a consultancy firm that specializes in investigating fraud, disputes and transactions. The firm is recognized the world over for preventing, detecting and recovering assets and funds from fraudulent activity.
The Kroll Report which was commissioned by the Kenya government soon after President Mwai Kibaki came to power to help recover state assets and billions of shillings (estimated at KShs 300 billion), through which billions of shillings in public funds are said to have been stashed in overseas accounts, allegedly by key figures in the Kanu and Narc administrations.
Pattni argues that since he is not adversely mentioned in either the Anglo Leasing scandal or the Kroll Report is enough vindication that he is not a corrupt person. Pattni is still trying to clear his name in the courts, more than 15 years since the Goldenberg saga came to the fore and he is convinced that he will finally be exonerated, saying that all sorts of charges and legal suits have been instituted against him to no avail because of his innocence.
He believes that despite all the vendetta and aspersions cast on his character and reputation, justice will prevail on his behalf.
The most notable court case against Pattni was in the year 2003 when he was charged with the murder of a former bodyguard. Pattni maintained his innocence for the nearly two years that he was incarcerated, including spending most of his time at the country’s notorious Kamiti Maximum Security Prison.
Pattni’s brilliant mind, patience, and the experience gained from many brushes with the law came in handy when he mounted a historic and one of the most vigorous legal defenses ever seen in
He maintained that he had been framed by one of his former lawyers who he claimed was using his position as the government’s prosecutor to unjustly settle old scores with him.
Pattni was truly vindicated when the court acquitted him and dismissed all charges against him, while describing the prosecution case as a gross abuse of office and that the murder charges against him had absolutely no basis.
By the time the trial was over, Pattni had become a changed man. Before he was remanded at Kamiti Prison, he had converted from his religion of birth, Hinduism, to become a Christian, and was baptized Paul.
He had also added another feather to his cap - that of being a philanthropist, through his charity Hand of Hope to assist the poor and other less fortunate members of society.
While in prison, the Bible became Pattni’s constant companion, from which he drew great solace and inspiration as he battled to secure his freedom. It is through this deep faith in God that Pattni believes he finally walked out of prison a free man.
He decided to commit his life to the work of God, helping the oppressed, the exploited and others denied justice, while continuing with his business activities and philanthropy.
Pattni had also learnt another virtue through his close companionship with the Bible while he was in prison remand. That was love and forgiveness. He declared that he would not revenge against those who had wronged and persecuted him. Instead he would forgive them and continue with his life.
However, the Goldenberg saga had not yet ended. In 2004, the President instituted the Goldenberg Commission of Inquiry, which came up with many revelations and testimonies from scores of witnesses. Pattni was the star witness and he impressed the public with his sharpness and witty responses to the intense questioning that he was put through by leading counsel and commissioners. He was able to expose the wide web of drama, manipulations and underhand dealings that touched on both the lowly and the high and mighty.
In the end, the Goldenberg Inquiry that lasted more than one year turned out to be more of an exercise in public relations and a display of the intrigues that characterised the Kenyan political scene in the late 1980s and early 90s, than a probe that would finally put the real issues of the Goldenberg saga to rest. It provided even more questions than answers even as it recommended further prosecutions of various personalities. The Goldenberg saga is still a subject matter of the courts and a pet subject of all sundry politicians and analysts.
At the end of the inquiry and although he still had to face related court appearances, Pattni also discovered that through his newfound faith, another calling was beckoning. He believed that God was inspiring him to become a politician.
Through the hand of God, he was able to become a member of the Kenya National Democratic Alliance (KENDA), and was soon elected the party’s chairman. Although there were numerous calls for Pattni to vie for seat of President in the 2007 General Election, he opted instead to strengthen his party and address the major political, social and economic issues facing
His main vision is to make
Pattni, through Kenda, is championing a new agenda for a welfare state in
His party wants to ensure that if its nominees are elected to Parliament, they would table bills and legislation that would radically transform the socio-economic status of
Pattni is vying for the Westlands parliamentary seat and will be spearheading the Kenda manifesto and vision ahead of and beyond the December 27, 2007 General Election.
It has been a long, hard and eventful road for the businessman-philanthropist-evangelist-politician and all indications are that Kenyans can expect to see and hear much more from him.
KENDA DECLARED PARTY WITH THE SECOND LARGEST NUMBER OF PARLIAMENTARY NOMINEES.
by Mustafa Arif
A Sanskrit proverb says: “Wealth stops at the house, friends and relatives at the grave; good deeds and evil deeds follow the dying man.” And
Completely devoting his life to God and prayers Bro Pattni preaches to the Kenyan masses that it is God who decides all the steps. Not only through the Bible, but almost all holy books including the Quran and Bhagwad Gita support Bro. Pattni’s statement.
With this godly approach, his political party the Kenya National Democratic Alliance popularly known as Kenda Party is in the field of election to be held on 27th December, 2007 putting 170 candidates in the election arena of
Bro. Pattni himself is vying for the Westlands parliamentary seat of
With his very powerful slogan “When the righteous are in the authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” A Hindu holy book perfectly supports this statement, saying that for the wicked and the evil, the remedy is of two kinds:-
Either to disgrace them by strategy or to leave them at a distance, people of Kenya are gradually being hypnotized by this approach and supporting him to bring righteousness on throne of Kenya in the forthcoming General Election of 27th December, 2007.
He says if God is willing, his party would bring a maximum number of seats and his first step will be to make Kenya God’s own country. The concept that 10 per cent share of profit should go towards God’s work is commonly described in the Bible and Quran. Kenda party intends to bring a Bill in Parliament to form a Religious Development Fund. This fund will be proportionately divided according to the population of the communities living in
For example, 80 per cent of the fund will go to the Christian Development Fund as Christian constitute 80 per cent of the total population, while the rest of the 20 per cent will go to Muslims, Hindus and other religions’ development fund. This fund will be utilized for the construction and completion of religious and other holy places and in case of dire medical emergency for their needy and poor people.
His second priority will be to form a Poverty Alleviation Council and to provide jobs to the jobless of the country. To analyse and make design a strategy for this task, his party has created a Kenda Welfare Data Analysis Form which has been launched throughout the country. His party has got tremendous response and the people are willingly coming forward to submit their details in this form.
Bro. Paul Pattni says it is the duty of the government to provide jobs to every jobless person in the country. Safety and security, tourism promotion, trade and industry as well as general social and economic development are other important tasks included in his vision to lead
The Kenyan people have welcomed his vision, saying that he is the only leader in
Recently at a public meeting in
While contesting as an aspiring MP for Westlands constituency, he has until now attended many public meetings and gatherings, everywhere he has left his impression of generosity, sincerity and humanity. People of his area says they like Kamlesh as he is a truly a man of God, who takes care of us. This statement of the people of his area is completely true, because wherever he goes apart from making promises he tries to solve problems and fulfills their demands on the spot.
Recently he was welcomed by the Maasai community in Oserai location in Kajiado Central constituency, where he announced he would help in the construction of boreholes in the area. The people of Kajiado Central have been traveling for more than 20 kilometers searching for water for domestic use and for their livestock. Work on this project has started.
He is also sponsored an aeroplane trip for 8 poor people from Nairobi to Mombasa as a living example of his sentiments and feelings to the people, who can never imagine such pleasure of a journey, a surprise of a gift of a lifetime. He always makes himself available for the poor and needy people.
When the story of the agony and suffering of a two-year-old little boy Samuel Wafula was brought to his attention, he immediately sponsored the boy for complete medical treatment and after a successful operation at
The boy’s mother, Mrs. Nancy Wafula, offered her gratitude to God and praying for Bro. Paul Kamlesh Pattni, who brought the light of happiness into the family’s life.
A charity Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Hand of Hope and his evangelistical Hope International Ministry which he established to complete his task of regular humanitarian service are another facet of his kind nature and commitment to the work of God.
Many needy and poor people are getting financial and material help every day. Hand of Hope also provides free legal advice and legal aid to those whom getting justice is a very costly affair. Through Hand of Hope many needy Kenyans have received assistance to get justice and relief. Hand of Hope is also involved in many humanitarian activities like digging boreholes, providing food to hungry persons, running orphanages, assisting the jobless and providing educational and medical support.
Hand of Hope runs a countrywide sanitary towel distribution programme for the Girl Child. Many of the school going girl children, especially in remote, poor and marginalized regions of
With a totally different social and humanitarian approach, Kenda party is emerging as a powerful instrument for change all over
His appeal and practical approach towards the people of
TEN former MPs are among the 170 parliamentary candidates who have joined Kenda to run in the December 27 General Election.
The list included former Cabinet ministers, Mrs Lina Kilimo for
We would like to thank Pandit Mustafa Arif, Director Media, Kenya National Democratic Party for his contribution in preparing this profile