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Top 10 Big Stories in Brief: BBI Duel Enters Dicey Stage as Uhuru, Raila Fight Court Ruling

by Robert Mwangi
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As you start your day, you need to power your mind with some relevant and useful information.

We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 23th May 2021.

BBI Appeal Case

Several parties that were affected by the High Court ruling that poured cold on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) are finalising their appeal cases to be lodged in the Court of Appeal.

Separately, President Uhuru Kenyatta, ODM leader Raila Odinga, Attorney-General Paul Kihara Kariuki, and the electoral commission are expected in court early next week.

The President, through his private legal team, wants expunged the part of the ruling that said he can be sued in his private capacity for violating the Constitution.

Raila and the AG, on the other hand, want the Appellate Court to “bring back reggae”, arguing that the State-backed initiative to amend the supreme law did not follow all the legal procedures.

Muturi Installed as Mt Kenya Spokesperson

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has been anointed as the official spokesperson of the Mt Kenya region.

Muturi was installed on Saturday at the Mukuwe Wa Nyagathanga shrine in Murang’a County.

Elders drawn from the Agikuyu, Embu, and Meru communities said they did not endorse the ex-Siakago MP as a presidential candidate, but noted that he must be involved in all the succession talks moving forward.

DP Ruto Wraps Up Three-Day Session With Coast Leaders

Deputy President William Ruto has pitched his economic plan for the coast region if elected President in next year’s General Election.

DP Ruto said he has a well-thought-out plan for the region and the country, noting his first priority would be reducing the cost of life and coming up with a strategy to see Kenya sustain itself without much borrowing.

His allies at the coast said soon they would present a woman or a man they want to be the DP’s running mate.

Matiang’i Ouster Plot

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is in more trouble after a group of politicians who support President Uhuru Kenyatta said they want him out of the powerful ministry for alleged abuse of office.

Some want the President to sack the Super CS or give him other duties while others want him impeached.

Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, a member of the Jubilee Party faction allied to the Head of State, said he can no longer continue defending Matiang’i.

Wambugu said the Kieleweke group would team up with the Deputy President William Ruto-linked UDA and Raila Odinga’s ODM to have the influential civil servant impeached.

Senior Prison Warder on The Run Over Ksh200 Million Scam

Detectives have launched a manhunt of a senior sergeant in the Kenya Prisons Service for allegedly running a criminal syndicate.

Over the last 10 months, Grace Nyamohaga is reported to have received in excess of Ksh200 million from different people, whom she had allegedly promised that she would help get secure jobs.

According to a statement from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the officer would use her juniors to con job seekers.

A warder in the racket reportedly received Ksh19 million while a driver collected Ksh5.7 from the victims, who have started to record statements.

KCPE Top Achievers to Join National Schools

The 8,091 candidates who scored 400 marks and above will secure admissions to the 103 national schools countrywide, the Ministry of Education has announced.

In a draft that captures the Form One Selection plan, top five achievers in every sub-county will join the national schools of their choice.

But even some those who scored 350 marks and above could be placed in the top high schools because the institutions have a capacity of 29,712 students.

Uasu Elections

The leadership of the University Academic Staff Union (Uasu) is braving a new storm ahead of next month’s election to pick new officials.

The new generation of lecturers want change in the movement and have fronted candidates to square it out with current officials, some of whom have held influential positions in Uasu for more than 10 years.

However, Uasu Secretary-General Constantine Wesonga could retain his post after securing two deals that have seen lecturers get a pay rise.

Kisumu Covid-19 Cases Soar

A new wave of Covid-19 is sweeping across the lakeside county of Kisumu, with the town recording more infections than Nairobi for the second time this week.

While Nairobi had 62 cases yesterday, Kisumu topped with 103 infections in the last one day. On Tuesday, the county had registered another high of 103 patients in a period of 24 hours.

But Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o said there was no cause for alarm, as the county is managing the situation scientifically.

Kisumu is set to host the Madaraka Day celebrations on 1st June, with President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga expected to attend.

Raila to Host Uhuru in Kisumu

ODM chief Raila Odinga is expected to host President Uhuru Kenyatta next week during his five-day tour of the Nyanza region.

The President is set to launch several development projects, including the multi-million Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, and the Lake Basin Development Authority Mall. He will also commission the newly refurbished Kisumu Port.

Although it has been described as a development tour, confidants of the former Prime Minister, who will arrive in Kisumu today, 23rd May, said the visit will help to cool down political temperatures over the BBI.

Chief Delivers Huduma Namba Card For Man Not Seen For Decades

For 45 years, a family in Mwingi, Kitui County, has not had peace after its member, Benjamin Malii, disappeared without trace.

But three weeks ago, Imba Location chief John Mbiti delivered a Huduma Namba card for the missing man. The registration for the document was launched a year ago by the government, meaning that Malii is still alive.

The picture and other details match his current age.

Although relatives have intensified a search for him over the last few days, they are yet to hear anything from the 69-year-old man.

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