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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 24th November 2021.
Robbers Corner Police in Interesting Kisumu Bank Heist
A three-hour attempt by police to arrest bank robbers in Kisumu County yielded to nothing after the gangsters escaped with no injuries.
The robbers, who had planned to steal millions of shillings from the Ang’awa branch of Equity Bank, threw tear gas at security officers, creating confusion among bank employees and the customers.
In the midst of the chaos, the gangsters quickly changed their clothes and left like other customers, using the front door. A shirt from one of the suspects was recovered.
Although no money was stolen, officers were left with more questions than answers, as they wondered how the gangsters tricked them despite a heavy operation that saw Ang’awa Street locked down for hours
Firm Demands Ksh80 Billion in Kimwarer And Arror Dams Deal
An Italian firm is demanding Ksh80 billion from the Kenya Government after the cancellation of a tender to build the controversial Kimwarer and Arrow dams in Elgeyo-Marakwet County.
Although no work was done, CMC Ravena Itinera Joint Venture has sued Kenya in the International Court of Arbitration for alleged breach of contract.
The project was to cost Ksh65 billion, but the contractor wants the government to part with Ksh80 billion in interest and damages.
Hundreds of Police Officers Shocked as Salaries Slashed
Over 1,000 police officers have registered their frustrations after being downgraded from Job Group J to Group F without their knowledge.
The men and women in uniform said their salaries were slashed without any consultations, the majority of them now stating they are unable to foot bills since a good percentage of their new pay went to servicing bank loans.
Before the massive pay cut, each ‘graduate constable’ would earn a basic salary of Ksh59,000 but now has been reduced to Ksh32,000. Allowances have also been slashed.
The officers are now threatening to sue the National Police Service (NPS).
Chitembwe to Defend Himself Before JSC
Besieged High Court Judge Said Chitembwe has been directed by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to respond to several petitions seeking his removal from office over corruption and gross misconduct within 14 days.
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has petitioned the JSC to dismiss Chitembwe after former Nairobi Governor leaked video clips and tape recordings of the judge allegedly collecting bribes to influence the outcome of a case.
However, the Justice Chitembwe has defended himself, saying Sonko’s leaks had been edited to soil his name.
In the past, the judge has been accused of corruption, but somehow he managed to clear his name.
TSC Continues Purge of ‘Rebel’ Teachers
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has come under sharp criticism, as it attempts to neutralise the influence of a new tutors’ lobby group that has challenged some decisions by the employer.
Last week, a representative from the commission stormed a hospital in Nakuru and served a key member of the Teachers Pressure Group (TPG) with a transfer letter. Nelson Kirui, who is the leader of the lobby in the Rift Valley region, has been moved from Uasin Gishu to Lamu County.
The teachers’ employer has been transferring tutors who have been vocal in the TPG. Most of them have been taken to remote areas.
Founders of the lobby have been trying to register it as a union.
Devolution Conference is Not an Avenue For Politics, Governors Say
Governors have warned the country’s top political leaders against dragging succession politics into their devolution conference scheduled to start today in Makueni County.
The three-day event will be officially launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta today. ODM leader Raila Odinga will grace the forum tomorrow while Deputy President William Ruto will make the closing remarks on Friday.
The planning committee chaired by Kisii Governor James Ongwae said only professional talk about climate change would be accepted from the three political heavyweights.
Meanwhile, chiefs of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) have cried foul for not being invited to address the conference.
OKA Chiefs in Talks With Mt Kenya Leaders
Leaders of One Kenya Alliance (OKA) have hinted at forming a new coalition with politicians under the Mt Kenya Forum.
Speaking after hours of consultations in Nairobi, OKA chiefs – Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula, and Gideon Moi – as well as Martha Karua, William Kabogo, and National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said they had started a new journey to liberate the country.
Karua revealed that they explored possibilities of working together, adding that they have a common goal of safeguarding Kenya’s future.
CJ Koome Says Judiciary Will Solve All Election Disputes on Time
Chief Justice Martha Koome has assured stakeholders in the 2022 elections that the Judiciary will fast-track cases to ensure they are credible.
The head of the third arm of the government revealed that Judiciary Committee on Elections is set to make sure that legal hurdles do not interfere with the election.
She was speaking at the Kenya School of Government during a meeting of the National Multi-Agency Consultative Forum on Election Preparedness. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, Attorney-General Paul Kihara Kariuki, and officials from IEBC also attended.
DP Ruto Returns to His Backyard
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday took his vote-hunting to his Rift Valley backyard, pitching camp in Kericho County, where he made several promises.
Suggesting that the Jubilee administration had forgotten the region despite supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013 and 2017, the DP promised that “his administration” would revive all the projects, including dams that have stalled over his bad blood with his boss.
He also pledged to create millions of jobs for young people by injecting Ksh50 billion into the economy.
Muturi Roots For Dialogue in Parliament Wars
National Assembly Speakers Justin Muturi has urged the Senate to stop fighting the lower house in the courts.
Speaking after the Court of Appeal approved 21 laws that the National Assembly had adopted without involving senators, Muturi said supremacy battles in the bi-cameral House were derailing implementation of key laws meant to help Kenyans.
“When we drag each other to court, it is the people of Kenya who lose, yet they are the very reason that the two Houses exist. When legislative processes of either House stop, it only means that Parliament cannot use or exercise its power to respond to the issues that concern the people,” he said.