Top 10 News in Brief: ‘Handshake’ Jitters as Uhuru Camp Plots to Weaken Raila

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We have picked for you the Top Five stories making the headlines on this, 7th March 2021.

Handshake’ Shaken Over Mistrust

Mistrust among the allies of the ‘Handshake‘ co-principals, President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, threatens to scuttle the political truce between the two powerful men.

Raila‘s foot soldiers are complaining that Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho and an unnamed Cabinet secretary are meddling in the affairs of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) secretariat in an attempt to manipulate its work.

BBI secretariat co-chair Junet Mohamed, who is also the Suna East MP, said Kibicho had been trying to coerce them to make certain decisions.

Mohamed, who is a member of the former Prime Minister’s inner circle, said the BBI is political, and, therefore, civil servants should keep off.

Raila Allies Say There’s a Plot to Weaken ODM Boss

Siaya Senator James Orengo has threatened to name senior civil servants who are allegedly scheming to undermine ODM leader Raila Odinga.

The Senate Minority Leader said the group had been plotting to “finish the former Prime Minister politically”.

According to the plan, the powerful men are to portray the opposition leader as a weak and an isolated presidential candidate so that he can endorse their preferred choice.

Orengo and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo warned that those trying to take advantage of the ‘Handshake’ to bring Raila down would fail.

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Justin Muturi Installed as the Mt Kenya Spokesperson

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has officially taken over the mantle of Mt Kenya region spokesman.

Muturi was installed to the position during a traditional ceremony held at the Njuri Ncheke shrines in Nchuri, Meru County.

The former Siakago lawmaker said he would his use his new role to unite all leaders from the region.

Mt Kenya is Fully Behind Me, DP Ruto Claims

Deputy President William Ruto has expressed confidence that residents of the Mt Kenya region will support his presidential bid to the last man.

Although ward representatives from the region passed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum Bill against his wishes, the second in command claimed that 90 per cent of leaders from the region back him, but had been threatened by the State.

He added that he would prioritise hustlers-friendly policies if elected the Head of State.

Kituyi Unveils Presidential Bid in His Home County

Former United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi yesterday pitched his presidential bid in his home county of Bungoma.

Speaking during his homecoming ceremony, Kituyi said he would use his international experience to better the lives of Kenyans if he ascends to the highest office in the land.

He noted that Kenya needs a sober leader who can turnaround the economy.

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Don’t Panic Because of Exams, Magoha Tells Candidates

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has assured KCPE and KCSE candidates that their final examinations will be “friendly”.

Magoha said examiners knew that the learners were not in school for a long time due to the Covid-19 outbreak and that the entire syllabus was not covered.

However, the CS said the government would mercilessly deal with people “selling and buying fake exam papers”.

Kenya to Get Fewer Covid-19 Doses

The number of AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine doses Kenya was to get from the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (Covax) facility has been reduced.

Initially, the country was allocated 4.1 million doses, but now only 3.5 million doses would be available. According to Covax, the reduction was occasioned by inclusion more countries to the initiative, therefore, fair distribution of the vaccines had to be factored in.

Kenya received the first batch of the vaccines on Tuesday

Counties Unprepared on Covid-19 Vaccination

The Council of Governors has convened a meeting with Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe over Covid-19 vaccination.

In a statement, the council said they had been been involved in the rollout of the vaccine.

One of the hurdles staring at counties is inadequate trained health workers to administer the jab.

16 Health Centres to Give Covid-19 Vaccine in Nairobi

The Health Department of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has identified 16 medical facilities where the Covid-19 vaccine will be administered.

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The facilities include Kenyatta National Hospital, Mbagathi Hospital, Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, Jamaa Hospital, Coptic, Aga Khan and Mater Hospital.

The Director of Health at NMS, Josephine Kibaru, said medics from the hospitals have been on training for weeks.

Government Confiscates Weapons From Politicians

The State has confiscated firearms from Kiminini MP Didmus Barasa and his Mt Elgon counterpart, Fred Kapondi, after they were linked to the violence witnessed during the Matungu and Kabuchai by-elections.

The security detail of several other lawmakers allied to Deputy President William Ruto were also withdrawn.

Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga said the police officers attached to her did not report to work.

Omanga and Barasa said the security officers told them they had been ordered by their bosses to go back to command centres for redeployment.

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Robert Mwangi

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