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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 1st April 2021.
DP Ruto, Raila Hold Meetings With Mt Kenya Region
Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga have intensified their activities around the Mt Kenya region, with each hoping to convince the vote-rich bloc to rally behind their presidential bids.
The former Prime Minister yesterday hosted members of the Kikuyu Council of Elders led by chairman Wachira Kiago at his Karen residence in Nairobi. Raila confirmed that he discussed with the the elders how the Kikuyu and Luo communities can enhance cooperation moving forward.
On the other hand, DP Ruto is today meeting over 40 MPs from the region for a three-day retreat at Masai Mara game reserve.
The second in command will explain to the lawmakers his economic plan for the region if he becomes President in 2022.
President Kenyatta assents to the Division of Revenue Bill, 2021
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday assented to the Division of Revenue Bill, 2021.
The signing of the Division of Revenue Bill, 2021 into law by President Kenyatta paves the way for the enactment of the County Allocation of Revenue Bill, 2021 and the Appropriation Act, 2021/22.
Present at State House, Nairobi during the signing ceremony were Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi, his Senate counterpart Ken Lusaka, Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and Treasury CS Ukur Yatani.
Joblessness Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
Workers all the world will today be marking the Labour Day under the shadows of uncertainty brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic for the second year in a row.
Here in Kenya, the Covid-19 containment measures have resulted to to joblessness, with official figures showing that 10..4 per cent or 4,637164 people did not not have a stable source of income as at the end June last year.
As at the end of September 2020, 700,000 Kenyans had lost their jobs.
This year the trend is expected not to be any different considering that the government has already announced new measures to curb the spread of the third wave of Covid-19.
Atwoli Defends Govt’s Decision to Impose Lockdown
As workers in the country continue to appeal to the government to open up the economy, Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has defended the government’s decision to impose a partial lockdown.
Although admitting that Kenyans are suffering, the veteran workers’ activist said the the fresh Covid-19 protocols announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta a month ago have kept Kenyans safe from the virus.
Atwoli Dismisses Critics
Francis Atwoli was recently re-elected as the Secretary-GenEral of Central Organisation Trade Union (Cotu).
This is his fifth term at the helm of the labour movement, with some people feeling that he has overstayed and now want him to step down for a younger person.
However, Atwoli has rubbished the calls, saying it is the workers who willingly elect him.
“Since I was first elected in 2001, I have never had an opponent, even in the just concluded election last month,” he said.
Alleged MRC Members Arrested
Police in Mombasa have arrested 11 people suspected to be members of the prohibited Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) group.
The suspects, who had MRC membership cards, were busted while taking an oath of secrecy at house in Mawea village.
Likoni Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Richard Koywer said they acted on a tip off from members of the public, adding that group could be regrouping ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Matiang’i Reveals of Plan to Prohibit Marriage Among Police Officers
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said he is now waiting an approval from the National Security Council before effecting a ban on marriage among police officers.
Speaking at the Kiganjo Police Training College in Nyeri, Matiang’i said relationships between officers, especially seniors and their juniors, were breeding indiscipline in the police service.
The CS’s directive, which is likely to take effect on June this year, attracted mixed reactions among Kenyans, with a majority calling out the senior civil servant.
Mating’i Resigns From Knut Job
The treasurer of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) John Matiang’i has resigned after serving the union for 13 years.
His early retirement comes a time when the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is on a sustained onslaught against the union.
The limelight-shy brother of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the resignation should not be read to much, insisting that it was voluntary.
Missing Kitengela Quartet: Family Denies Recovering Body of Kin
The family of Jack Ochieng, one of the four men who went missing without trace on 19th April, has denied reports that they have found the body of their loved one.
Ochieng’s brother, Ndona Ochieng, said after examining a body that had been recovered from Mathioya River, they learnt it was not that of their missing kin.
Now it is only the bodies of Elijah Obuong and Benjamin Imbai have been found, with relatives of Ochieng and Brian Oduor still finding out the whereabouts of the two.
Police Deny Killing Missing Kitengela Quartet
The police have dismissed reports that uniformed officers many have had a hand in eliminating the four men who vanished into thin air after having lunch at a club in Kitengela on Monday, April 19. Bodies of Elijah Obuong and Benjamin Imbai have been recovered while Brian Oduor and Jack Ochieng are still missing.
The Inspector General of Police yesterday said a special team of DCI sleuths had been formed to get to the bottom of the matter.