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Top 10 News in Brief: Drunkards Are Now Advising Uhuru, DP Ruto Claims

by Robert Mwangi
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As you start your day, you need to power your mind with some relevant and useful information.

We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 17th April 2021.

I Have Given Up in Jubilee, DP Ruto Says

Deputy President William Ruto has revealed that he is no longer interested in the running of the government he serves as the second in command as well as meddling in the affairs of the Jubilee Party.

He told Citizen TV during an interview that decisions at the ruling party are being made by people who are never sober and even appear in TVs while intoxicated. Mentioning Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe, the DP said these people have misadvised the Head of State.

Dr Ruto said he is now focused on nurturing his presidential ambitions.

Good Performance By Public Schools is an Indication Things Are Changing

When the government closed schools last year as a result of Covid-19, many private schools switched to online classes while leaners in public schools were left study on their own.

However, results from the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination showed that students from public schools performed way better than their counterparts in private schools.

Out of the top 10 achievers countrywide, only one from private schools featured in the list.

An official from the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) said: “Teachers in public schools nurture learners in the correct way. There is no spoon-feeding. When those children are presented with challenging tasks and tested alongside the ones in private schools, they will perform better.

Top Performer Says a Promise of a Tour to Mombasa Inspired Her to Work Hard

Second best student in just released results for the KCPE examination says her parents and teachers motivated her to put efforts in her studies.

Nanzala Wesonga, who went to Chogoria Girls Boarding School in Tharaka Nithi, revealed that a promise by her parents that they would take her to Mombasa if she performs well motivated her even more.

But the bright girl said it the results were not surprising, as she had always topped her class.

Boy Who Excelled in KCPE Says He Had to Make Her Late Mum Proud

Just two days before he sat for his KCPE exam, Humphrey Oduor lost his mother following a short illness.

Oduor was disturbed by the sad news, but that even pushed him to do well in the national test.

“I was overwhelmed, I felt so pained by my mother’s demise. But I knew I had to do my best and make her proud even if she had left us,” he said.

He scored 405 marks.

Girl From Garissa Fights All Odds Shine in KCPE Exam

They say disability is not inability. This statement can best be demonstrated by one Ifrah Mohammed Shuriye, who is among top KCPE achievers in Garissa County.

Despite being physically and visually impaired, she fought all odds to score 405 marks in the 2020 KCPE exam.

Shuriye said she has a vision of becoming a haematologist.

Philip Murgor Grilled by JSC as Search For Chief Justice Continues

As the hunt for the next sheriff of the Judiciary entered day five yesterday, Senior Counsel Philip Murgor appeared before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for an interview, but he ended up lecturing the panel.

Her differences with Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu played out, as he refused to take some questions from her, saying she were biased.

He also denied being used by the Kanu regine of the late Daniel Moi to fix government critics. At the time, he was the Director of Public Prosecution.

At the end of the session, Murgor told the JSC that it is not a must they consider him for the Chief Justice job, as he has nothing to lose.

It’s One Year Since We Lost Ken Walibora

One year since celebrated author Ken Walibora passed away, the family says investigative agencies are yet to give them answers on the mystery surrounding his death.

The scholar’s brother, Patrick Wafula, said they are thinking of hiring a private detective to help them get justice.

Walibora succumbed to his injuries at the Kenyatta National Hospital after he was knocked by a speeding matatu in Nairobi’s CBD.

Meanwhile, Wafula revealed that the former journalist was an introverted man, and it is yet to be known whether he left any estate behind.

Jubilee NMC Member in Trouble After Visiting DP Ruto

Allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta have raised eyebrows after a member of Jubilee Party National Management Committee (NMC) visited Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday.

Walter Nyambati and a group of Tangatanga MPs from Nyamira County met the second in command to discuss how to popularise the United Democratic Alliance (UDA). It is also alleged they deliberated on how to cut the influence of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in Gusii region.

Nyambati is now in trouble as he could be removed from the powerful committee over betrayal.

Uhuru Announces Vacancies at IEBC

President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally moved to replace four commissioners at the electoral agency who quit over various reasons.

In a gazette notice, the President declared the four positions vacant, setting stage for recruitment of new commissioners.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and commissioners Abdi Guliye and Boya Mulu have been under pressure to resign, with some politicians and lawyers arguing that the commission is not properly constituted.

Suspended Ward Administrator to Continue Enjoying Benefits

A Mombasa ward manager is smiling all the way to the bank after the Employment and Labour Relations Court ruled that he should continue enjoying all the benefits that come with the position, pending hearing and determination of a case he filed.

The court reinstated Kipevu ward administrator Fredrick Otieno after he was suspended over alleged graft and abuse of office.

He sued Kipevu MCA Faith Mwende, County Assembly Board and Clerk of the Assembly over alleged mistreatment.

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