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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 9th May 2021.
DP Ruto Hosts Allies After BBI Vote Setback
Deputy President William Ruto reportedly met his foot soldiers on Friday just a day after some Tangatanga-allied lawmakers pulled a fast one on him by endorsing the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2020.
The meeting, which took place at Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika’s residence in Nairobi, discussed unity and ways to strengthen the “Hustlers’ Nation” movement.
It was not clear whether the senators allied to the DP were advised on the position to take during voting on the BBI Bill in the Senate next week.
Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata and Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua denied that the vote at the National Assembly occasioned the meeting, insisting the BBI is not a priority for Kenyans.
Nyeri Tycoon Accused of Plotting Son’s Murder is Dead
Stephen Wang’ondu, the prime suspect in the murder of his 33-year-old son, has died from an undisclosed illness.
The Nyeri tycoon, 75, passed away at a private hospital where he had been admitted for more than two months.
Daniel Mwangi was murdered in cold blood on New Year’s Eve but detectives linked his father with his killing in February.
The old man was accused of hiring four hitmen to eliminate his son. The suspects confessed to killing Mwangi and incriminated the businessman as the alleged mastermind.
Heavy Downpour Expected
The Kenya Meteorological Department has told Kenyans to expect showers and thunderstorms in the next one day or so.
The weatherman said central, western, northeastern, and parts of Rift Valley would experience showers and thunderstorms while some other regions, including the coast, would be hit by strong winds.
The department advised Kenyans to put on the right attire and warned motorists against driving in flooded areas.
Journalist Philip Ochieng’s Family Pleads For Help
The family of the late veteran journalist Philip Ochieng has appealed for financial assistance to give him a decent final send-off.
Ochieng’s son, Charles Okello, said they had not yet met the funeral budget and wished well-wishers could chip in.
The former Nation columnist will be buried on May 14.
Unique Third Term Begins Tomorrow
As learners resume classes tomorrow after a seven-week break, this will be the first time in the country that the third term of an academic year will start in May.
It will be a term like no other, as schools reopen without the pressure that comes with preparing Class Eight and Form Four candidates for national examinations. However, teachers and students will be racing against time to cover the syllabus and recover the time lost last year.
The school calendar was disrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak in March 2020 that forced the government to suspend learning for seven months.
Alex Magelo is Dead
Maa community leader and former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Alex ole Magelo died on Saturday after battling Covid-19 for more than a month at the Nairobi Hospital.
Kajiado Governor Joseph ole Lenku, who confirmed the death on behalf of the family, said Magelo had been moved from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to a general ward, but unfortunately didn’t make it.
The 67-year-old politician served in the Kanu government as a nominated councillor for 15 years and is also a former chairman of AFC Leopards Football Club.
Students Rescued After Spending Days in Forest
Three students who went missing while on an excursion in the Mt Kenya Forest have been rescued after going for four days without food.
David Kinyua, Anthony Muhoro and Jackson Karuru had gone hiking but failed to trace their way back home.
After a ground search proved futile, the police deployed a helicopter and finally found the hikers.
The boys said life in the forest for the three days has been difficult and they thought they would die.
Fake Geometrical Sets Impounded
The Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA) has confiscated more than 20,000 pieces of sub-standard Oxford Helix geometrical sets at Mombasa Port.
The fake sets were valued at Ksh2.5 million.
Coastal region ACA boss Yusuf Osman said the agency had started a crackdown to flush out unscrupulous business people who have been using the port to import fake goods.
Govt Moves to Dismantle Companies Duping Kenyans For Jobs in Gulf Countries
The National Employment Authority (NEA) and the Association of Skilled Migrant Agencies in Kenya (ASMAK) have vowed to join hands and get rid of companies that recruit Kenyans to work in the Gulf countries only for them to end up in the hands of human traffickers.
NEA, which regulates firms that send jobseekers overseas, has noticed a rise in the number of unregistered recruitment agencies over the last two years.
The government body and ASMAK said their collaboration would help streamline the sector, and ensure that no Kenyan falls victim to the crooks.
The government yesterday, 8th May, began a three-month count to determine the population of wild animals.
Dubbed the ‘Total Area Count’, the wildlife census was launched in Narok County by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.
This will help the government to determine species that are becoming extinct and see how the animals under threat can be monitored or kept in safe places.