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Top 10 News in Brief: DP Ruto at the Centre of New BBI Chaos

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, 25th April 2021.

Uhuru, Raila Hit Back at MPs

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have rebuked their allies in the Joint Committee of Parliament considering the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 after signing a report, which indicates that the allocation of the proposed 70 extra constituencies is unconstitutional.

The ‘Handshake’ brothers accused their key confidants in the committee, including Siaya Senator James Orengo of working with the enemy to frustrate the BBI.

Some members of the committee have intimated that Deputy President William Ruto may have influenced the writing of the contested report, as he has been secretly meeting his proxies in the team to give them instructions.

The intention of the DP is reportedly to cause confusion in the BBI camp and expose the whole process to legal questions.

Uhuru Project in Mombasa Hit by Corruption

The government has discontinued a contract with Daniel’s Outlets Limited that had been sourced to help in the construction of a multi-million fishing port in Mombasa

The company had been expected to build Liwatoni Fisheries Complex at a cost of Ksh1 billion.

Fisheries and Blue Economy Principal Secretary Francis Owino said the contractor had been linked to corrupt practices and double-dealing claims.

Ednah Otieno Lands Big Role in UK Company

East African Breweries Limited (EABL) Group Human Resource Director Ednah Otieno has landed a big role with the British mother company.

From 1st July 2021, Ednah will assume the role of Human Resource Manager at Diego Plc in London. She is the first Kenyan to be appointed to such a position in the company, which one of the largest producers of spirits and beers.

She joined EABL in 2003 before moving to Airtel and later Mars Wrigley. The beverage alcohol company would a few years ago tap her services again.

Anxiety as Safaricom Unveils Rebranding Plan

As he marks one year in office, Safaricom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Ndegwa is causing anxiety among staff after announcing a rebranding master plan.

According to Ndegwa, the telecommunication giant seeks to remodel and change into a world-class technology firm, a move that could leave hundreds of employees jobless.

That all employees will have to reapply for their jobs is a major cause for worry.

The CEO has denied that the transformation project has been prompted by declining revenues.

TSC De-lists Tutors Over Indiscipline

More than 50 teachers have been deregistered by the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) after been found guilty of various offences.

The tutors faced TSC’s disciplinary committee between July 2019 and December last year.

A majority of those struck off the teachers’ employer’s register are males, who allegedly engaged in sexual relationships with learners.

Oparanya: I’m Not Dropping My Presidential Bid

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has dismissed a group of ODM lawmakers, who are pushing him to drop his presidential bid and back his boss, Raila Odinga in 2022.

Oparanya said he has supported Raila more than enough times and now it is the turn of the former Prime Minister to return the favour.

He added that having served as a governor since 2013, he is now ripe for a bigger position.

Kiraitu Murungi Narrates Battle With Covid-19

Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi is grateful that he managed to beat Covid-19 after weeks of treatment.

Narrating his Covid-19 diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, Kiraitu said the experience had taught him the significance of life and that moving forward he will concentrate on living a better life from the shadows of politics.

At one point, the county chief said, he even imagined his death and burial, but prayed to God to allow him to celebrate his 70th birthday in 2022.

MP, Journalists Arrested in Evections Battle

At least nine journalists were yesterday arrested as they covered evictions and demolition of structures in the Makima area of Embu County over a disputed piece of land .

Mbeere South MP Geoffrey King’ang’i was also arrested when he joined residents in opposing the evictions.

One person shot and seriously injured by police during the encounter.

Samburu Governor in Trouble Again

Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal is on the spot once again after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) flagged some of his assets.

The EACC has demanded the governor explain how he acquired several properties valued at Ksh661.2 million between 2013 when he was elected governor, and now.

The county chief is facing another graft case, which has seen him stopped from accessing his office.

Ministry Doesn’t Know When The Second Consignment of Vaccine Will Arrive

The Ministry of Health has said the uncertainty over the shipment of the second batch of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine might continue.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi said the high demand for the vaccine had caused a global shortage, adding that all countries under the Covax facility were still not sure of when the second consignment would be delivered.

This is likely to affect the set time for getting the second dose for those who have already received the first shot.

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