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Top 10 News in Brief: Gold Miners Trapped in Pit For 7 Days Reveal Miracle That Happened

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, 9th October 2021.

Rescued Miners: How We Survived

For seven days, three gold miners from Siaya County did not imagine that they would live to tell what transpired on December 2 when a pit caved in. They had lost all hope.

But when they were rescued yesterday, the men could not thank God enough for saving their lives.

One of the survivors, Joel Ogutu said while being trapped inside the gold mine, they kept praying and asking God to save them from death punishment, which was staring at them. Under dark pit, they survived on salty water alone.

Out of the ten men who had been trapped, eight were rescued while two died.

Top Govt Officials Join Billionaires to Endorse Raila 

Top civil servants, including ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, his Agriculture colleague Peter Munya and Interior Principal Secretary Ka Karanja Kibicho, joined billionaires from the Mt Kenya region at Safari Park Hotel to declare their support for ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Grouped under the Mt Kenya Foundation, the tycoons said they identified the former Prime Minister as the most suitable person to replace President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Munya read the message from the billionaires, who included Peter Munga, Titus Ibui, SK Macharia, and George Muhoho. They stated that the opposition boss had Kenya’s interests at heart and would improve the livelihood of citizens through economic revolution.

The wealthy businessmen also hit out at Deputy President William Ruto’s ‘hustler narrative’ and bottom-up economic model, claiming that they were mere slogans.

Suspected Al-Shabaab Terrorist Blow Himself in Kisumu.

A husband and his wife died yesterday after an Al-Shabaab suspect visited their home with a hidden explosive device, which exploded as they engaged in an argument.

The suspected terrorist also died while the couple’s teenage daughter sustained serious injuries.

Before the deadly incident, authorities said Joseph Odhiambo was being investigated by the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) over terrorism links in the recent past.

Woman Dies in Saudi Arabia Days After Reporting to Work 

The family of a woman identified as Lucy Wanja is seeking justice and answers following her death in Saudi Arabia last month.

Wanja left Kenya on September 12 after securing a job as a cleaner. Ten days later, she arrived at the Moi International Airport in a coffin.

According to her mother Susan Nzilani, she was informed that her daughter died from a fall in the bathroom. However, she would later be told she succumbed to Covid-19, raising many unanswered questions.

Even as the family prepares for an autopsy, Nzilani wants authorities in Kenya and Saudi Arabia to come clean about her child’s death.

Political Fund-Raisers Banned 

Kenyans seeking elective positions in next year’s General Election have until today, December 9, to engage in all forms of Harambees.

The law states that no aspirant should participate in fund-raisers eight months before the main poll. The electoral commission set today as the deadline for harambees.

Deputy President William Ruto has been the most generous politician in the country, dishing millions of shillings to churches and various groups under the guise of empowerment.

Often, his competitors accused him of using stolen wealth to bribe voters.

Police Hunt Down City Businesswoman 

Detectives in Nairobi have launched a manhunt for city billionaire Mary Wambui aka Wambui wa Ruto who went into hiding after the Milimani Anti-Corruption Court ordered her arrest for failing to appear in court to answer to charges of tax evasion.

Through her lawyer, Wambui wanted the arrest orders set aside, claiming that she is unwell. However, Senior Principal Magistrate Felix Kombo said her medical documents were questionable.

The businesswoman refused to take a plea in the Ksh2.2 billion tax demand case by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

She was among high-profile individuals who won multi-million shillings tenders to supply medical equipment at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) at the height of Covid-19 last year. The taxpayers lost more than Ksh7 billion through dubious awarding of tenders and procurement irregularities.

Covid-19 Jabs to Administered in Places of Worship 

The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) has allowed health officials to set up Covid-19 vaccination centres in churches and mosques.

The council, which has partnered with the government, said vaccines should be easily accessible to all Kenyans and that’s why they allowed the jabs to be administered in places of worship.

The Ministry of Health is targeting to inoculate at least 10 million Kenyans by Christmas.

Heath CS Mutahi Kagwe has warned that Kenyans who will not be fully vaccinated by December 21 will be deprived of several constitutional rights and government services.

DP Ruto Condemns Violence After He is Heckled Again 

Deputy President William Ruto last evening criticized his opponents for allegedly sponsoring the youths to disrupt his political meetings.

In a statement that came hours after he was heckled in Kisii County, Dr. Ruto noted that it was unfortunate that certain unnamed politicians were hiring unemployed young men to project him in a bad light.

He called for the release of youths who were arrested yesterday for shouting him down and causing chaos in his rallies, stating that there was no need to punish the paid hecklers yet their sponsors are free.

On Tuesday, lost his cool while in Laikipia after a group of rowdy youths jeered.

Chitembwe Moves to Court to Block Investigations.

Embattled High Court Judge Said Chitembwe has lodged a suit seeking to stop the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) from investigating her over corruption and abuse of office.

In his petition at the High Court, the Justice claimed that the commission hurried to initiate his probe without collecting sufficient evidence.

He argued that the JSC cannot use the video recordings leaked by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko since they were taken without his consent.

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