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We have picked for you the Top Five stories making the headlines on this day, 23rd February 2021.

DP Ruto Launches Charm Offensive in Nyanza

Deputy President William Ruto has devised a new strategy to popularise the “Hustlers; Movement” in ODM leader Raila Odinga’s backyard.

Knowing that well that his visits to Luo Nyanza region could be blocked or tampered with by Raila’s allies, the DP is now using family members to win over the residents.

Over the weekend, his brother, David Ruto, and his wife pitched camp in Kisumu and Siaya counties.

David and his aides started their tour on Friday and ended it on Saturday, having visited children’s homes, attended fundraisers and engaged in door-to-door campaigns.

Raila Facing Opposition From All Corners

ODM leader Raila Odinga yesterday met his close allies at trade unionist Francis Atwoli’s home in Kajiado County amid besiegement from various quarters.

His former confidants in the National Super Alliance (Nasa) – Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, and Moses Wetangula – have launched scathing attacks against the former Prime Minister, accusing him of political deceit, after he said that he won’t endorse any of them.

Deputy President William Ruto and his camp are also faulting the ODM boss over the failures of the Jubilee government, claiming that he has misled President Uhuru Kenyatta since the March 9, 2018 ‘Handshake’.

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Within ODM, Raila’s key lieutenants, Governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and Ali Hassan Joho (Mombasa), are challenging their boss for the party’s presidential ticket.

I’m Not Leaving Government, DP Ruto Insists

Deputy President William Ruto has declared that he is committed to helping his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, implement the Big Four agenda.

Speaking in his home county of Uasin Gishu, the DP said that he is not on good terms with the President, but noted that everything would normalise once the BBI is over.

He added that despite plans to edge him out of government, he would stay put.

Kivutha Kibwana Changes Tune on BBI

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has changed his earlier position on the support of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

The county boss said that he is now fully behind the clamour to change the Constitution.

Kibwana noted that he made a u-turn after listening to his people.

His endorsement of the BBI comes days after he met ODM boss Raila Odinga.

Doctor Moves to Court to Stop State From Giving MCAs Car Grants

A Nakuru-based surgeon has moved to court, petitioning the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) after it approved car grants for ward representatives and county speakers.

Dr Benjamin Magare said the move was discriminatory, as the plight of doctors and other health workers has been ignored by the same commission.

The doctor said he did not understand why the MCAs were being gifted to pass the BBI Bill, and yet doctors were denied risk allowances despite working in Covid-19 wards.

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DP Ruto Accuses the Government of Overborrowing

Deputy President William Ruto has urged the government to wean itself from over-reliance on borrowing.

The DP said the Jubilee administration should create jobs for young people so that the economy can grow.

Dr Ruto noted that a lot of money that could have been used in implementing the government agenda would go to repayment of debts this year.

Uhuru Directs Completion of Dandora Stadium

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the Nairobi County Government to fast-track completion of Dandora Stadium in Nairobi’s Eastlands.

The project stalled after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) opened investigations into the tendering after irregular awarding of Ksh196 million.

The President said the investigative agency can continue with the investigation as the contractor finishes the remaining work.

Juja MP Francis Waititu is Dead

Juja MP Francis Munyua Waititu alias Wakapee passed on last evening, 22nd February, after battling brain cancer for four years.

The family said that the lawmaker died at the MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi.

The second-term lawmaker was diagnosed with cancer shortly after his re-election in 2017.

BBI ‘Super Tuesday’

Promoters of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) have projected that by the end of today, 23rd February, the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020, will have been approved by at least 24 counties as required by the Constitution.

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ODM leader Raila Odinga on Monday, 22nd February, met various stakeholders, including BBI secretariat co-chair Junet Mohamed, National Assembly Majority Whip Emmanuel Wangwe and his deputy, Maoka Maore, as well as Senate Minority Leader James Orengo.

Maore revealed that that the meeting centred on the strategising how the BBI referendum would be debated at the floor of the National Assembly and Senate once it is done in the regional assemblies.

Covid-19 Reality Hits Tanzania

Tanzania has unveiled a raft of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health directed the citizenry to start practising good hygiene and wearing of face mask in public places.

Although President John Pombe Magufuli had initially declared his country Covid-19-free, his administration has been forced to go back to the drawing board after top government officials were recently felled by the virus.

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Robert Mwangi

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