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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 13th November 2021.
Uhuru, Ruto Men Trade Barbs Over FKF Disbandment
When Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed disbanded the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and dismissed its president Nick Mwendwa on Thursday, it was obvious the decision would elite a divisive conversation.
However, not many had foreseen a situation where President Uhuru Kenyatta and his estranged deputy William Ruto would be roped in and placed at the centre of the organisation’s woes.
Yesterday, allies of President Kenyatta accused the second in command of looting the FKF through Mwendwa, who has openly endorsed Ruto’s presidential ambition.
On the flip side, Dr. Ruto’s foot soldiers led by Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot and former Sports CS Rashid Echesa criticised Amina, saying her resolve was not guided by the constitution.
Nick Mwendwa Arrested
Disgraced Football Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa will the weekend in custody after detectives apprehended him on Friday.
Mwendwa was grilled for hours over the Ksh244 million the government had given to the body for preparation of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) games.
Before the arrest, he had trashed his dismissal by Sports CS Amina Mohamed, who disbanded FKF and former a caretaker committee.
Mwendwa will be presented in court on Monday.
Kibicho: We Won’t Stop Politicking
Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has vowed to continue engaging in political activities amid backlash from Deputy President William Ruto’s camp.
The powerful and influential government official said those against his politicking should “eat razor blades or buy ropes and hang themselves”.
Kibicho asserted that he and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i should not be judged for being involved in politics since they were carrying out their duties diligently.
Raila, Raila Raid Kalonzo’s Backyard
Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga yesterday took their vote-hunt in Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s political bastion of Ukambani.
While the DP marked his Bottom-Up economic model in Kitui, the former Prime Minister was in the neighboring Makueni County, selling his Azimio la Umoja initiative.
Governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), and Alfred Mutua (Machakos) hosted Raila and endorsed him for President. Ngilu said Ruto was unsuitable to lead the country since he had derailed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s agenda and has been involved in several multi-billion scandals.
For his part, Ruto continued his attacks against the former Premier, cautioning the Kamba nation against voting for him again.
Beatrice Elachi: My Fights With DP Ruto
Former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi has opened up about the bad blood between her and Deputy President William Ruto.
Elachi, who is now working under the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS), said his beef with the DP started after the 2017 General Election. During a meeting of Nairobi leaders at State House, the second in command had his preferred candidate for the speaker’s position, but President Uhuru Kenyatta had settled on Elachi.
After she was impeached, Elachi claimed that Dr. Ruto called the then-governor Mike Sonko and told him not to allow her back at City Hall.
In an interview with the Saturday Nation, she describes the DP as “greedy and arrogant”, warning Kenyans against electing him as President in 2022.
Kagwe Says No Worry For Nurses Who Failed
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has encouraged nurses and midwives who had been shortlisted for UK jobs but failed the English test not to give up.
The CS asked the health workers to prepare adequately as the government continues to engage Britain to have the test redone.
However, the UK has in its National Health Service published a message, stating the recruitment has been halted.
Ethiopia Crisis Forces Govt to Action
The ongoing conflict in neighbouring Ethiopia has compelled the Kenyan government to recall all security officers on leave and those off duty.
In a statement, Deputy Inspector General of Police Edward Mbugua ordered station commanders to ensure that all officers resume work by Monday.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also directed security institutions to heighten vigilance and surveillance across the country following the unfolding security situation in the region.
Rebel forces in Ethiopia have been causing a scare every day as they advance to the capital Addis Ababa.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji and DCI boss George Kinoti have failed in their attempts to have Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu removed from office.
A three-judge bench of the High Court cleared Mwilu from corruption and tax evasion charges that had been leveled against her by the two bosses of the two investigative agencies.
She was accused of taking bribes, failing to pay taxes, and having fishy dealings with a bank that has since collapsed and put under receivership.
The court also ordered the Judicial Service Commission to stop any disciplinary proceedings against the DCJ.
Court Dismisses Miguna’s Petition
The return of controversial lawyer Miguna Miguna to Kenya on November 16 is in doubt after the High Court trashed a petition he had filed against the government.
The firebrand politician wanted the State ordered to lift the red alerts it has allegedly issued to international airlines that Miguna is expected to use.
In their submissions, the Attorney General and two Cabinet Secretaries, who had been cited as respondents in the case, challenged Miguna to prove that the government was against his return from Canada, where he was exiled in 2018.
Ruling in favour of the State, Justice Hedwig Ong’undi said Miguna’s claims were baseless.
Kalonzo Pleads With Eastern Region to Unite
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has implored residents of the eight counties that form the Eastern bloc to rally behind his presidential bid.
Speaking in Embu, the former Vice President said the region could produce the next President if the locals unite.
Traditionally, the bloc, which comprises Embu, Meru, Marsabit, Kitui, Tharaka Nithi, Machakos, Isiolo, and Makueni, has never put its votes in one basket.