Sunday, 22nd May – Good morning! This is your daily edition of our brief, but salient Kenyan news selected for you.
DP Ruto Happy After Uhuru Takes Back Seat in Succession Politics
That President Uhuru Kenyatta will not hit the road soon to market his preferred successor, ODM leader Raila Odinga, is good music to the ears of Deputy President William Ruto and his allies.
Speaking in Murang’a and Nyeri counties yesterday, the DP and his running mate, Rigathi Gachagua, thanked the Head of State for listening to them and making the ground neutral.
Gachagua said Uhuru’s withdrawal from campaigns would enable them to face Raila head-on, especially in the Mt Kenya region, without fearing the repercussions of attacking the President in his backyard.
Jubilee vice-chair David Murathe confirmed that the President would not be on the campaign trail and this aimed at helping the Azimio la Umoja to shed the “State project” that appears to be baggage to Raila’s candidature.
Uhuru to Commission Projects in Mt Kenya
President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to tour his Mt Kenya backyard to commission projects amid confusion over whether he is going to campaign for his preferred successor.
Jubilee Party politicians in the region are reading from different scripts on whether or not the tour will be political.
While Jubilee vice-chair David Murathe insists the President will not sell Raila’s candidature during the visit, the likes of Kieni MP Kanini Kega believe that he will officially introduce the Azimio presidential flag bearer to his backyard.
Stop Attacking My Running Mate, Raila Tells Ruto
Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga yesterday trolled Deputy President Wiliam Ruto for demeaning his running mate, Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua.
Addressing thousands of his supporters in Narok County, the former Premier noted that the DP had sensed defeat and was trying to downplay the impact of the nomination of Karua.
“I took the deliberate decision to nominate Karua. Now, I hear some people saying she is just a woman. Those are fools. Women leaders should be supported by all,” he said.
Good Looking Men on High Demand to Donate Sperms
Fertility clinics are recording a surge in the number of women looking for sperm donors.
But the majority of these women, who are interested in marriage, are carefully selecting the men they want to sire their babies. However, there are also some cases where a married couple agrees to look for a donor when the husband’s sperm cannot fertilise his wife’s eggs.
According to the Sunday Nation, women are looking for “masculine, tall, dark and handsome men”. Most of them also consider men with the same blood group as them.
Another consideration is age. They prefer young, active men below 30.
DCI Exposed Over Double Standards After Man’s Shooting on Mireme Drive
The fatal shooting of Samuel Mugo Mugota last Monday, 16th May, has exposed the soft underbelly of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Following his murder, detectives took to social media to unmask his supposed criminal record. The DCI claimed that he has been robbing people at ATMs and leading a gang of women who have been spiking men’s drinks in clubs and stealing from them.
The investigators claimed in their expose that Mugota was able to sustain his crimes in Nairobi and Kiambu because rogue police officers have been helping him.
However, the DCI is yet to arrest the rogue officers, raising questions on whether the agency is protecting its own.
Karua Campaigns For Raila in Kiambu
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya deputy presidential candidate Martha Karua has assured residents of Kiambu County that the Raila Odinga government will not overlook the Mt Kenya region in terms of developments.
Karua, who toured Limuru, Kiambaa, Gatundu South, Juja, Ruiru, and Thika, said she would ensure that the mountain region gets its rightful share.
She outlined Raila’s 10-point agenda, noting that the country would be transformed in record time if Azimio succeeds the Jubilee administration. Healthcare, social protection programme, quality education, and manufacturing top Raila’s agenda.
Sonko Ready to Withdraw From Mombasa Gubernatorial Race
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has disclosed that he is willing to shelve his Mombasa gubernatorial ambitions if the electoral agency disqualifies him.
However, Sonko called out Chief Justice Martha Koome, who declared that impeached leaders such as Sonko cannot vie. He said the comments by the Judiciary boss were biased, noting he was yet to exhaust all avenues of appeal.
“They are threatening us with court matters every now and then. Don’t worry, we have a plan B but we shall ensure Mombasa gets a fresh leadership,” he said.
Sonko is expected to run on a Wiper Party ticket.
Nine Perish on Return From Burial
At Mafuta Taa centre on the Mai Mahiu-Narok Highway, a mini-bus ferrying mourners at night aftera burial in Kisii County rammed a lorry.
The crash left nine dead and others with serious injuries. Painfully, virtually all the passengers were from the same village.
More Emissaries Sent to Kalonzo
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya is still dangling the Chief Minister position to Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who has bolted out of the coalition party to run for President.
Three days after Kanu chairman Gideon Moi was dispatched to bring him back to Azimio, President Uhuru Kenyatta and the coalition’s presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, have sent another team to woo him.
On Saturday, the spokesperson of Raila’s presidential campaign secretariat, Prof Makau Mutua, and Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua visited the former Vice-President at his Yatta home in Machakos.
Makau shared a photo they took after the talks but did not provide any further details.
Shoplifter Bailed Out by Sonko Steals Again
Alvin Chivondo has shocked Kenyans after shoplifting again barely a month after he was jailed for a similar offence.
Luckily, former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko bailed him out after paying the fine. He had stolen goods worth Ksh3,165 from Naivas Supermarket.
On Thursday, he was rearrested for shoplifting again.
He will be arraigned tomorrow.