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Top 10 News in Brief: Cabinet Divisions Escalate Uhuru, DP Ruto Duel

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, 14th June 2021.

Uhuru Leads Divided Cabinet

Almost a half of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Cabinet comprises politicians, who were either rejected at the ballot or entered into an agreement with the Jubilee Party before the 2017 elections.

Considering that the next General Election is around the corner, the President is now heading a divided Cabinet, with sources revealing that some of the ministers are biding their time before openly backing Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid.

A cabinet secretary revealed to the Nation that those allied to the DP were carefully watching their steps and choosing who they meet to avoid being harassed by the ‘Deep State’.

Earlier in the year, President Kenyatta read the riot act to his Cabinet, warning them that he could crack down on members loyal to his competitors, including DP Ruto. Speaking during a recent TV interview, the DP disclosed that he was secretly meeting some Cabinet secretaries, but refused to name them on grounds that they could be fired or bullied.

DP Ruto’s Tour of Nyanza

Deputy President William Ruto is next month expected to set foot in ODM leader Raila Odinga’s political base of Luo-Nyanza.

According to the plan, DP Ruto will visit Migori and Kisumu in the third week of July and Siaya and Homa Bay counties later that month.

Speaking to Citizen TV a few weeks ago, the DP said he considers the former Prime Minister as his only competitor in the 2022 presidential race, arguing that all other hopefuls could not match his political stamina.

East Vs West: Mt Kenya Politics

Leaders from Meru, Tharaka Nithi and Embu counties have raised political temperatures in the Mt Kenya region after insisting that it is their time to produce a presidential candidate.

Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi said if the Mt Kenya West (Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyandarua, Nyeri) front their own to battle it for the top post, the eastern side would chart its own political path.

At the weekend, politicians from the Mt Kenya West, who met in Nyeri, vowed to sponsor their own for the presidency, arguing that half of the registered voters are from the mountain region.

Shahbal Rejoins ODM

Mombasa businessman-cum-politician Suleiman Shahbal has ditched the Jubilee Party for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), revealing that he will use the Raila Odinga-led outfit to pursue his gubernatorial bid.

Shahbal, who left ODM in 2013, has been critical of the party leadership, describing it as having no vision for the coastal people.

But since the March 9, 2018 ‘Handshake’ between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the former Prime Minister, the tycoon began paying courtesy calls to the ODM chief at his Capitol Hill office in Nairobi.

KUCCPS on The Spot After Employing Graft Suspect

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has rejected the recruitment of James Ambuso as the new director of quality assurance at the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).

The anti-graft is now investigating how Ambuso, who has a corruption case pending in court, was hired.

He was arrested in 2019 and is facing several charges in court, including taking bribes and gross misconduct, while he worked at another government office.

New Controversy Over Appointment of Judges

Days after immediate former Chief Justice David Maraga alleged that President Uhuru Kenyatta altered the original list of judges he wanted rejected over integrity issues, ex-Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Vice-Chairperson Mercy Deche has made a similar claim.

Deche said the initial names the President had presented to the commission had been changed and new ones included.

Both Maraga and Deche appeared to suggest the judges Joel Ngugi and George Odunga were added to the list after they made a ruling against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Form One Selection

The 1.2 million learners who sat for the 2020 KCPE examination will from tomorrow know the secondary schools they will be joining.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha will on Tuesday release the selection results.

Speaking last month, the CS assured all students that the selection would be transparent.

Elect Jubilee Candidate or Forget Development, Kiambaa Residents Told

Jubilee Party politicians yesterday cautioned residents of Kiambaa constituency against voting for John Njuguna of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) as their next MP.

National Assembly Majority Leader and Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya warned that should they fail to vote for Kariri Njama of Jubilee Party as their new lawmaker, he would not push for the development of the constituency.

“If you don’t elect him, the Ksh2 billion set aside for rehabilitation of roads will become history. Moreover, if you elect an opposition MP, I will not allocate him any parliamentary committee. The same fate has befallen the Juja MP George Koimburi,” Kimunya said.

Oparanya Endorses His Deputy to Succeed Him

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has thrown his weight behind his deputy, Dr Philip Kutima, to take over from him after next year’s General Election when his second and final five-year term ends.

Oparanya urged residents to elect Dr Kutima, noting that the deputy county boss was the best choice to continue his legacy.

“We should not gamble with the management of the affairs of our county. That’s why I have full confidence in my deputy,” he said.

Benjamin Netanyahu Ousted

Longest-serving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lost power on Sunday, 14th June, after Parliament voted to end his 12-year rule.

Right-wing nationalist Naftali Benett was sworn-in to lead the country until September 2023 after his coalition defeated Netanyahu with just one vote.

Netanyahu, who remained defiant following the ouster, promised a political comeback, as he became the official opposition leader.

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