Top 10 News in Brief: ‘Handshake’ in Tatters as Raila Says Uhuru Has Failed Kenyans

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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 18th January 2021.

Raila to Jubilee Government: ‘You’ve Failed Kenyans’

In what has been interpreted as an attempt to redeem his image, ODM leader Raila Odinga has criticised his ‘Handshake’ partner, President Uhuru Kenyatta, and Deputy President William Ruto over unfulfilled promises by their administration.

Speaking in Nairobi on Sunday, Raila said the Jubilee government had pledged to do so much in 2013 and after re-election in 2017, but almost eight years later, the Uhuruto duo has little to show.

The former Prime Minister’s remarks could scuttle the ‘Handshake’, as President Kenyatta’s allies may feel that Raila is dishonest in his quest for constitutional changes through the BBI, which he started with the Head of State.

You’ve Made Us Fail as a Government, Ruto Tells Raila

Deputy President William Ruto believes the Jubilee government would have honoured its promises had ODM leader Raila Odinga not entered into a deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Dr Ruto said the ‘Handshake’ and BBI had disorganised the Uhuruto administration, with “unimportant issues being prioritised”.

The second in command is now asking Raila to end his working relationship with the President for the sake of the country.

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Kang’ata Maintains BBI Won’t See Light of the Day in Mt Kenya

Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata is now advising President Uhuru Kenyatta to drop the BBI project and focus on his legacy.

Speaking at a church service in Murang’a County, Kang’ata insisted the BBI would fail in the Mt Kenya region, noting that the residents were demanding better policies to protect the sale of their farm produces from cartels.

Facebook Flags Uhuru’s Message to Museveni

Facebook has dismissed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s congratulatory message to his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as “false information”.

Reacting to the post shared on the State House official page, the social network app said that an “independent fact-checker” had established that the message contained misinformation.

In his statement, which was later deleted, President Kenyatta had said Museveni’s re-election was a “testimony of the confidence of the People of Uganda in his leadership”.

Ann Kananu Mwenda Could Take Oath of Office This Week

Senior government political strategists are doing everything in their powers to dim the hope of a by-election in Nairobi and block the courts from making rulings that may hinder Deputy Governor Ann Kananu Mwenda from taking the oath of office and assuming the governor’s position.

The Nation reported that a plan to swear in Mwenda before the end of the week was underway. Acting governor Benson Mutura is expected to resign and give the instruments of power to the new leader.

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Kananu became the deputy governor Friday last week, with her vetting, approval by the Nairobi County Assembly, and swearing-in all happening in under five hours.

Abducted Knec Officials Found Alive

Three Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) personnel who were reportedly abducted last Monday by Al-Shabaab in Mandera County have been found alive.

Mandera County Commissioner Onesmus Kyatha said the trio was not harmed in any way, as sources indicated that they were spared because of their Islamic faith.

The Knec officials found themselves in the hands of the abductors after the vehicle they were travelling in while transporting examination materials hit an improvised explosive device.

Orengo Asks Uhuru to Dissolve Cabinet

Siaya Senator James Orengo has warned President Uhuru Kenyatta that he may not secure his legacy if he doesn’t put his Cabinet in order.

The Senate Minority Leader advised the President to dissolve his Cabinet and appoint a new team that will help him achieve the Big Four Agenda.

Daughter Arrested in Connection With Mother’s Death

A university student and her step-brother are in police after they were linked to the death of their 65-year-old mother on Wednesday, 13th January.

The body of Benedina Nabwangu, which had a stab wound in her head, was recovered in her house in Mutaho Village, Kakamega County.

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Nakwangu’s daughter and her step-sibling were in the house the previous night, but went into hiding without reporting the incident to authorities.

Businessman Dies While in the Act

Police are investigating the death of a 60-year-old businessman who died while having sex with his girlfriend at Chaani, Changamwe, in Mombasa County yesterday.

According to the woman, her lover had complained of chest pains before collapsing and dying.

Teachers Want TSC to Compensate Them When Attacked by Students

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) has asked the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to come up with a plan to have teachers compensated if attacked by wayward students.

KuppetChairman Omboko Milemba lamented that several teachers had sustained serious injuries in line of duty since reopening of schools two weeks ago.

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