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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 19th January 2021.
Uhuru Deconstructs DP Ruto
President Uhuru Kenyatta has hit out at Deputy President William Ruto over the “Hustlers vs Dynasties” narrative, saying that the talk is dangerous for the country.
Speaking on Kikuyu FM stations, the President said the philosophy adopted by the DP and his allies was not healthy, as it could trigger deadly clashes before or after the 2022 General Election.
A furious Head of State asked DP Ruto to first help him achieve the Big Four agenda before telling Kenyans how he will reboot the economy if voted in as President.
Yes, It’s Time For Another Community to Rule – Uhuru
The current political crisis in the country has been framed categorically as a battle between the haves and have-nots.
The Deputy President William Ruto-allied Tangatanga group argues that sons of former national leaders should exit the political scene and pave the way for the children of peasants
But President Uhuru Kenyatta reiterated that as the DP’s camp “victimises” the so-called dynasties, ‘Hustlers’ who come from the Kikuyu and Kalenjin communities should be barred from contesting the presidency because “the two tribes have been in power for too long”.
The Kenyan leader said the “Hustlers’ Movement” should stop being with him, as he is just furthering what they started.
Uhuru Maintains BBI is The Way
President Uhuru Kenyatta has insisted he is not abandoning the BBI despite the warning of an impending flop in his Mt Kenya backyard.
He said Mt Kenya dwellers stand to benefit more from the BBI, but they have been incited to oppose the report by people who think he wants to stay in power after 2022.
Although admitting the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is one size that fits all, he said major perennial problems would be sorted once the referendum is passed.
Man Confesses to Offering Girl as Sacrifice on Witchdoctor’s Order
A 32-year-old man from Mpingu Village, Maara Sub-county in Tharaka Nithi, confessed to police and the family of a nine-year-old girl he reportedly beheaded that he was acting on a witchdoctor’s instructions.
The suspect, who is detained at Chogoria Police Station, said the traditional healer directed him to slaughter a goat, a chicken, and a girl and then take the hearts to him.
He said the sacrifice was to protect him from some relatives, who the witchdoctor claimed were planning to kill him.
DP Ruto, Kalonzo Engage in Heated Exchange Over Land
Deputy President William Ruto and former Vice-President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka have for the last two days being embroiled in a war of words over land grabbing.
DP Ruto started it all when he alleged that Kalonzo illegally acquired his vast Yatta Farm in Machakos County from the National Youth Service (NYS).
In a quick rejoinder yesterday, the ex-Mwingi North MP and former Vice-President denied the claims, saying the DP should be subjected to a lifestyle audit because he is the “chief land grabber and even the courts have proved so”.
Court Stops Swearing-in of Kananu as Nairobi Governor
The High Court has stopped the planned swearing-in of Anne Kananu Mwenda to take full control of City Hall until a petition filed under certificate of urgency by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is heard and determined. The LSK has stated that the hurried vetting of Kananu last week was unconstitutional.
This came even as acting Governor Benson Mutura stepped down and handed over the instruments of power to Kananu, who is the Deputy Governor and is poised to become the third city boss.
Mwilu’s Case on Misconduct to Heard Next Month
Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu’s petition seeking to stop the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) from grilling her over alleged misconduct will be determined on February 18.
The Deputy Chief Justice is accused of using her position to acquire irregular loans and evade tax.
She argues that members of the JSC are biased against her, adding that the case should be thrown out because it is pure malice.
Medics Say Governors Are to Blame For Prolonged Strike
Nurses and clinical officers have faulted the Council of Governors (CoG) for doing little to end their strike, which has run for more than 40 days.
The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) deputy secretary-general, Opeto Maurice, said they have a return-to-work arrangement with the Ministry of Labour, but the CoG has refused to append its signature.
Opeto said governors should be blamed for the deaths occurring in the public hospitals.
Uhuru, Sonko Trade Barbs
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko turned to social media after President Uhuru Kenyatta disclosed that he orchestrated the former’s impeachment.
The President said Sonko had hindered development in the capital by being “petty and always fighting”.
In his response, the ousted county boss said President Kenyatta should feel ashamed that he was lecturing him on development and yet his administration has nothing to show after eight years.
Uhuru Says Kenya Loses Ksh2 Billion Daily to Corruption
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s admission that the country loses about Ksh2 billion daily to corruption has seen him come under fire from Kenyans.
While telling off critics who argue that the planned BBI referendum would cost the taxpayers so much money, the Head of State said that what will be spent on plebiscite is a very small fraction compared to what is stolen daily.
A majority of Kenyans and leaders, reacting to the President’s remarks, said he should resign because he has just exposed his incompetence.