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Top 10 News in Brief: ‘Handshake’ Exam For Raila as Uhuru Makes Big Demand

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, 20th January 2021.

Will Raila Give in to Uhuru’s Demand?

ODM leader Raila Odinga is at crossroads after President Uhuru Kenyatta reportedly demanded a post-coalition agreement with the Jubilee Party for him to continue enjoying the trappings of power.

This came after the Orange party claimed the Nairobi deputy governor’s position, arguing that it played a major role in the impeachment of then-Governor Mike Sonko.

According to the Nation, it could also be a tactical move to thwart attempts by the former Prime Minister to distance himself from the failures of the Jubilee administration, as he has been doing in recent days.

Should he fail to ink the proposed cooperation deal, his March 9, 2018 ‘Handshake’ with the President could collapse.

Mt Kenya BBI Team to Start Mass Education

Mt Kenya leaders allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta have lined up a number of activities, among them, mass education on the BBI report to counter the perceived growing influence of the “Hustlers’ Nation”.

Team leader Charles Kiburu, who is the Kirinyaga Senator, said they would deflate the Tangatanga propaganda machinery and tell the people the truth about BBI.

He also rubbished Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’atas bare-knuckle letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta, stating that Mt Kenya dwellers are against the BBI report.

Search For Next Chief Justice Begins

Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu declared the position of the Chief Justice vacant on Monday, 18th January, via a gazette notice.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will now begin recruitment of the next Judiciary head to replace David Maraga, who retired this month.

Among those who have expressed interest in the seat are Justice Mwilu, Attorney-General Paul Kihara, Judge William Ouko and Prof Githu Muigai.

Police Arrested in Connection with Bank Heist

Two police officers and a cashier have been arrested to help detectives investigating the theft of Ksh3.5 million at Mombasa Road’s Prime Bank branch on Monday, 18th January.

Investigators have already recovered the pistols that were “forcefully” taken from the officers.

A video that went viral showed the suspects, who are still at large, taking control of the bank’s entrance before fleeing in different directions after accomplishing their mission.

Raila Takes BBI Gospel to Counties

ODM boss Raila Odinga on Tuesday, 19th January, held a session with county chairpersons in a new strategy to sell the BBI report at the grassroots.

The former Prime Minister asked the chairs to popularise the document and counter all propaganda by dissenters.

He also reportedly asked them to mobilise ward representatives to pass the referendum Bill once it is presented to counties by the electoral agency.

Man, Daughter Held Over Murder of Woman

A man and his daughter are helping the police with investigations into the murder of 72-year-old Beatrice Wangari in Githunguri, Kiambu County.

The suspects led investigators to a pit latrine where they had reportedly dumped the heavy metal they used to kill Wangari in August last year.

It is suspected that the victim was killed following a land dispute.

IEBC Clears 15 For Matungu Poll

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has cleared 15 candidates to contest the Matungu parliamentary by-election.

Six have been sponsored by political parties while nine are running as independents.

ANC’s Peter Nabulindo, Alex Lanya of United Democratic Alliance (UDA), and former MP David Were of ODM are said to be the front-runners.

Matiang’i Vows to Flush Out Bandits in Kapedo

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said the security authorities have a launched a crackdown following the killing of a senior GSU officer in Kapedo, Turkana County.

Matiang’i pleaded with the locals to work with the police and also asked civilians in possession of firearms to surrender them.

The Super CS further said the frequent attacks in the bandit-prone area were being sponsored by politicians.

Lawyer Paul Gicheru Suffers Another Blow at ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has allowed prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to analyse five items belonging to Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru.

The materials, which are yet to be made public, are believed to contain evidence that would incriminate Gicheru in the case in which he is accused of tampering with witnesses, who were crucial in the convictions of Deputy President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Sang following the 2007-08 Post-Election Violence (PEV).

The failure by the Kenyan Government to cooperate with The Hague-based court has made it hard for the lawyer to secure his release as the case proceeds.

Sossion Allies Win Knut Elections

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has a reason to smile, as a majority of his allies are winning the ongoing union’s branch elections.

However, this has been attributed to the shrinking membership, which saw some officials retain their positions unopposed while others did not have stiff competition.

Although Sossion maintains the labour movement’s register remains intact, data from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) shows that the membership has gone down to 23,000 from 183,000 in June 2019.

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