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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 18th September 2021.
DP Ruto, Raila Rebuke Government Over Fuel Hike
Deputy President William Ruto and his arch political rival ODM leader Raila Odinga have in a rare show of unity ridiculed the government for hiking fuel prices to a new historic high.
Dr. Ruto said it the fuel prices are punitive and the Ministry of Energy should address the concerns by Kenyans within the shortest time possible.
“This is mistaken in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. We must manage the situation before it gets out of hand,” the DP said.
For his part, the former Prime Minister said, “the prices should be lowed immediately the cushion the ordinary Kenyan.”
DP Ruto Maintains He Won’t Negotiate With Small Parties
Deputy President William Ruto has insisted that party leaders of small parties who want to work with him must fold their outfits and join the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
Apparently targeting some of his allies from the Mt Kenya region who have launched fringe parties, the DP said he cannot work with tribal leaders.
“Some people want us to go back to the days of tribal political parties. They want ethnic communities to be under small parties instead of embracing a national party,” he said.
Jimi Wangi Stoned in Migori
Chaos marred billionaire Jimi Wanjigi’s tour of the Nyanza region when some people pelted him with stones during a campaign rally in Migori.
The businessman, who is eyeing the presidency using the ODM ticket, left immediately after the hostile crowd pinned him down using slogans Orange party leader Raila Odinga.
ODM distanced itself from the drama, accusing Migori Governor Okoth Obado of mobilising goons to paint the party in a bad light.
Speaker Muturi Denies Having a Role in Purging of DP Ruto Allies
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has distanced himself from the fights between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, saying he has never taken sides.
Muturi, who is facing accusations of undermining the President since he announced his presidential bid, said he should not be linked to either Kieleweke or Tangatanga factions of the Jubilee Party, as he is not an official of the outfit.
The former Siakago MP was responding to claims by Jubilee Vice-Chair David Murathe that he played a significant role in the purging of the DP’s allies from House committees.
Lawyer Sues Government Over CBC
The fate of the new education system now lies with the court after a city lawyer sued the government for rolling out a curriculum without consulting and involving key stakeholders.
Lawyer Esther Ang’awa in her petition argues that the Ministry of Education started the competency-based curriculum (CBC) when teachers and learners were not prepared enough.
She listed Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoho, his Interior counterpart Fred Matiang’i, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). The Teachers Service (TSC) and Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) as the respondents.
Earlier this week, Magoha dismissed parents who were calling for halting of CBC due to high cost.
KICD Begins Process to Review CBC
Following an outcry from parents and other education stakeholders over the implementation of the competency-based curriculum (CBC), the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has announced plans to review the new system.
“We are already working on reviewing the early years up to Grade Three and our quality assurance terms are at work,” KICD Chief Executive Charles Ong’ondo said.
In their feedback, parents have been complaining that the syllabus differs from one school to the other, and also some of the items asked by teachers are expensive.
MoH: You Can Still Contract Covid-19 Even After Getting the Jab
The Ministry of Health has warned Kenyans who have received the Covid-19 vaccine against throwing caution to the wind.
Acting Director-General of Health Dr. Patrick Amoth said the jab is not a silver bullet, as some of those inoculated have been diagnosed with the respiratory illness and hospitalised.
However, he noted that jabbed people respond well to treatment as compared to the unvaccinated.
‘Nitakufinya’ Man Demands Pay From Companies That Used His Image
Aron Asiiba, the man who went viral after his ‘Nitakufinya’ (I will pinch you) video was shared online is now demanding compensation from companies that used his banter without his consent. The clip was captured when the man was warning a fellow slum dweller against divulging the illegal connectivity of electricity in Mukuru Kwa Njenga.
Through lawyer Tom Ojienda, Asiiba wants Cooperative Bank, Riuru Mabati Factory, and National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) to be ordered by the court to pay him for having his image and the video published on their social media platforms.
He argues that people think he is a rich man because the corporates used his image.
Families Flock Mortuary After Bodies Were Recovered in a River
Families whose kin disappeared with the trace from different parts of the country have been trooping the Garissa Referral Hospital mortuary where 11 bodies recovered in River Tana were taken.
Relatives of the missing persons said it has been an agonising journey in search of their loved ones. The Kenya National Commission of Human Rights (KNCHR) has been helping families in carrying out DNA tests.
Some families claimed that their kin were seized by security officers never to be seen again.
Mother Stoned by Her Children
A woman got the shock of a lifetime yesterday when her two teenage children threw stones at her when she tried to forcefully tried to take them away from their father.
A Mombasa court had ordered the man to hand over the children to their mother after a long court battle, but the teenagers were clung to their father.
When the mother attempted to drag them by force, they resisted and pelted her with stones.
The children were later reunited with their father.