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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 14th October 2021.
DP Ruto’s New Strategies to Win Mt Kenya
Deputy President William Ruto has unveiled fresh strategies to consolidate the Mt Kenya bloc behind his presidential bid and lock out his competitors from the region.
The second in command is now going for senior party officials of small outfits that have refused to fold and join the United Democratic Alliance (UDA). The Service Party (TSP) of Mwangi Kiunjuri and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s Chama Cha Kazi (CCM) have been the biggest casualties in the DP’s onslaught.
Dr. Ruto is also imploring some loyalists of President Uhuru Kenyatta to switch camps. This is aimed at starving ODM leader Raila Odinga of campaigners in the vote-rich region. The DP views the former Prime Minister as his main competitor and is keen to ensure his inroads are fruitless.
Athlete Agnes Tirop Stabbed to Death
Police have launched investigations into the cruel murder of Olympian Agnes Tirop whose body was recovered at her home in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County.
The fast-rising athlete had been stabbed in the stomach and the neck, with her husband and coach Emmanuel Rotich suspected to be the perpetrator.
Keiyo North police boss Tom Makori said detectives have launched a manhunt for Rotich, who went into hiding shortly after allegedly committing the crime.
Friends and family revealed that the marriage between the two was rocky, as they often fought.
Serial Killer Escapes From Police Cells
The circumstances under which confessed child serial killer escaped the cells of Jogoo Road Police Station without breaking any door or window on Tuesday night left the country puzzled.
Officers who were on duty could not explain how Masten Wanjala slipped from police custody without anyone noticing. DCI boss George Kinoti ordered detaining of the officers.
The murder suspect was expected to take a plea yesterday following the death of 13 children.
Wanjala had confessed that he killed the minors after sexually assaulting them.
Uhuru: “We Won’t Obey ICJ Verdict’
President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to disregard a judgment by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that if obeyed will see Kenya lose part of her Indian Ocean waters after a protracted maritime dispute with Somalia.
The section that the court gave to Somalia holds oil and gas deposits.
“I will do everything possible to preserve the territory of this great Republic and bequeath, the same intact and unencumbered to the next President. The decision is, in the circumstances, a zero-sum game, which will strain the relations between the two countries,” the Head of State said.
Raila: It is My Time to Become President
ODM leader Raila Odinga yesterday assured his supporters next year is his ideal time to become the President of Kenya.
Addressing a mammoth crowd at the historic Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi, the former Prime exuded confidence in beating his competitors in the 2022 State House race but appealed to his supporters to arm themselves with the voters’ cards.
“As I have repeatedly said, I remain deeply committed to seeing our country evolve a government that is committed first and foremost to investing in the people,” he said.
The AU Special Envoy is partly banking on President Uhuru Kenyatta and the “deep state” to trounce his competitors.
IEBC Seeks 20 Changes Ahead of 2022 Poll
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is seeking at least 20 changes to the Elections Act to prevent repeating the mistakes that led to the nullification of the 2017 presidential election.
In the proposals presented before the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, the Wafula Chebukati-led agency said it wants the amendments adopted quickly so that it can begin serious preparations for the 2022 main poll.
One of the changes the commission is rooting for is being allowed to have alternative mechanisms of transmitting the presidential results, chiefly in areas with poor internet connectivity.
Governors Want Devolution Money Increased
Governors have opposed a position by the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) to maintain the revenue share at Ksh370 billion in the 2021/2022 financial year.
The Council of Governors (CoG) said the equitable share should be raised, as the national government is projecting to collect more money.
However, CRA said the county bosses should be content with Ksh370 billion, citing slow economic growth and funding of the 2022 General Election.
Atwoli Wants to Own ‘Alaa’
Since Cotu boss Francis Atwoli used the exclamation “alaa” during a TV interview, many brands and even meme creators adopted the catchy phrase in their works.
However, now anyone intending to use “alaa” may have to get permission from Atwoli after the veteran trade union applied to get a trademark for it.
In his application at the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), the workers’ activist says: “Alaa has no English translation. It is more of a slogan, chant, or an exclamation specific and attributed publicly to myself.”
MPs Want State to Stop Sponsoring Students in Private Varsities
Some members of Parliament are now demanding that the government should stop paying fees for students in private universities.
Garissa Township MP Aden Duale said the government cannot continue sponsoring students in private universities yet some public universities were struggling financially due to the low number of students.
On average, the government spends Ksh157,000 and Ksh67,000 for each student in public universities and private universities, respectively, depending on the course per year.
Man Abandoned at 5 Searching Family
A man who was separated from his family at the age of five is in search of his parents and siblings – dead or alive.
Moses Muturi, 32, says he was disconnected from his people after his uncle sent him to buy cigarettes. Instead of getting cigarettes, he bought sweets, which made his uncle angry. Muturi was thoroughly beaten and it only took the intervention of neighbours who took him to hospital.
While receiving treatment, his mother visited him once and then vanished. After recovering, there was no one to pick, forcing the facility to transfer him to the Nairobi Children’s Home in Kabete. He was later moved to Thika Children Rescue Centre.
He is now an electrician in Makongeni, Thika sub-county in Kiambu.