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Top 10 News in Brief: DP Ruto Stays Indoors, Saying Life in Danger

by Robert Mwangi
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Deputy President William Ruto has protested withdrawal of GSU officers from his homes

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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 28th August 2021.

DP Ruto Opposes Dramatic Security Changes 

Deputy President William Ruto has protested the National Police Service (NPS) decision to withdraw the elite General Service Unit (GSU) officers from his homes and replace them with Administration Police (AP).

In a letter to Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai, the second in command said he does not trust the new officers guarding his residences in Nairobi and Sugoi in Eldoret.

The DP, who did not leave his official Karen residence yesterday, 27th August, said the new security detail might be on a mission to spy on him.

He added that the changeover would compromise his security, putting his life in danger.

DP Ruto’s Drivers Withdrawn 

Deputy President William Ruto suffered yet another massive blow yesterday after several of his drivers, who are also trained police officers, were recalled under unclear circumstances.

The Kenya Prisons Service also withdrew its officers who had been assigned to the DP.

DP Ruto’s spokesperson Emmanuel Taalam said the changes being effected at the second in command’s office were worrying, as the State is not briefing him prior as protocol dictates.

Clergy Implores Uhuru, DP Ruto to Mend Fences

The Kenya Congress of Pentecostal Churches has lamented the escalation of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto’s messy fallout, saying it is harming the country.

The president of the religious group, Stanley Michuki, appealed to both leaders to retrace their steps, as their differences could plug the country into chaos.

“This misunderstanding is not healthy for our nation. It is likely to affect the peace, unity, and stability we have prayed and worked for,” he said.

Quit if Unhappy, Raila Tells DP Ruto 

ODM leader Raila Odinga has asked Deputy President William Ruto to borrow a leaf from his father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, who resigned after falling out with Kenya’s founding President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

Speaking during a joint interview by all top Kikuyu radio and TV stations from the Mt Kenya region, the former Prime Minister said the DP could not continue drawing a government salary yet his job was only sabotaging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s agenda.

I Don’t Need Uhuru’s Endorsement, Raila Says 

ODM leader Raila Odinga has insisted that he is not after President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s endorsement to become the next Head of State.

In an interview aired on all popular radio and TV stations from the Mt Kenya region, the former Premier said he has enough support across the country and all he needs is a free, fair and transparent election.

He added that the dismissed Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) did not serve as a lightning rod for his presidential bid as critics argue.

The opposition boss, however, expressed his disappointment with the Court of Appeal for shooting down the BBI, saying the judges usurped the people’s power.

Mwangi Kiunjuri to DP Ruto: Tell Us if You Want A Coalition

The Service Party (TSP) leader Mwangi Kiunjuri has told Deputy President William Ruto to pronounce himself on whether he has any intentions of entering into a coalition with small parties from the Mt Kenya region that support him.

While insisting he will not fold his party in favour of the DP’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA), the former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary said he was backing his presidential bid. However, he added, he could support someone else if Ruto was not ready.

Recently, the DP said he cannot forge an alliance with tribal parties, insisting on building UDA into a national outfit.

MPs Accuse Police Bosses of Frustrating Juniors

Members of the National Assembly Security Committee have blamed police bosses for “being too arrogant while dealing with their juniors, leading to frustrations”.

The lawmakers, who had summoned National Police Service Commission (NPSC) chairperson Eliud Kinuthia and Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai, said the increased cases of suicide and murders among junior officers shows how the lot is depressed.

Committee chair Peter Mwathi said some officers were using their own money to fuel police cars for patrols yet when they ask for a refund they are dismissed.

Lawmakers Refuse to Change Helb Repayment Plan 

The National Assembly has rejected a Bill that sought to restructure the repayment of student loans from the Higher Education Loans Board (Helb).

Nominated MP Gideon Keter, who had sponsored the Bill, wanted the time for starting to service the loan moved from one year to five years, citing joblessness among university and college graduates.

MPs argued that such would make it hard for the government to help other needy students leaving Form Four and joining tertiary institutions.

Registrar Okays Nasa Divorce 

Political Parties Registrar Ann Nderitu has allowed former partners in the National Super Alliance (Nasa) to enter into new coalitions.

Nderitu said all parties that formed the coalition had written to her and requested to exit it.

Three parties that formed Nasa – Wiper, ANC, and Ford-Kenya – are in the process of registering a new coalition, One Kenya Alliance (OKA), that includes Kanu.

Wanjigi Officially Tells ODM He Will Contest Presidency 

Businessman Jimi Wanjigi has officially communicated to ODM his intention to run for President on the party’s ticket.

The billionaire, who supported ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential campaigns in 2017, said he was ready to face the former Prime Minister in the nominations.

He demanded free and transparent picking of the ODM presidential flag bearer. He said the delegates should be allowed to choose whom they want without any coercion.

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