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Top 10 News in Brief: I Need Your Favour, Raila Pleads With Mt Kenya Voters

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, 26th January 2021.

You Owe Me, Raila to Mt Kenya Region

ODM leader Raila Odinga yesterday pitched his ambition for the 2022 presidency to Mt Kenya residents, insisting that the vote-rich bloc has a debt it ought to pay him.

The former Prime Minister said he helped Mwai Kibaki ascend to power in 2022, while his father, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, refused to become President in favour of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

Speaking during a TV interview, Raila said he initiated various development projects such as the Thika Superhighway when he was in government.

Kibicho Declares War With Sonko

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has vowed to sue former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko after he claimed that they had collaborated in the past to paint ODM supporters as violent.

Sonko on Sunday during a rally in Dagorreti alleged that he, Kibicho has other actors of the “Deep State” printed ODM T-shirts and bought second hand vehicles, which were later set on fire along Ngong Road by hired goons posing as ODM protesters.

Kibicho, who recorded a statement with the DCI in Nairobi, said he would not allow Sonko to tarnish his name. However, the ex-city boss dared the senior government officiao to sue him, claiming that he has damning evidence to prove his allegations.

AG Kihara Opposes Multi-Choice Referendum

Attorney-General Paul Kihara has said the idea of holding a multiple-questions referendum should not be entertained.

In his advisory opinion filed in the Supreme Court, Kihara said although a multi-choice plebiscite is an option, the Constitution is silent on the number of questions a referendum should have.

The AG added that a referendum with multiple questions would be a tedious and an expensive affair.

Matiang’i Imposes Curfew in Kapedo

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has slapped Kapedo trading centre with a dusk-to-dawn curfew, as the government intensifies security operations in the troubled Turkana-Baringo border.

The 6pm-6am curfew is aimed at helping security personnel recover all the Illegal weapons possessed by the locals.

The new order comes a day after 10 people were killed by unknown people, with residents claiming that the victims lost their lives in the hands of policemen.

Counties’ Budget Allocation Reduced

The Treasury has fallen short of a promise by the national government to counties of Ksh370 billion in an equitable share for the 2021/2022 financial year.

According to the 2021 budget policy statement released on Monday, 25th January, the Treasury has, however, offered a new baseline of Ksh326 billion from Ksh316 billion in the current financial year.

The CS Ukur Yattani-led ministry said the the agreement between the national government could have been implemented, but revenue streams reduced significantly following the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020.

IEBC to Get More Funds Ahead of Referendum

The Treasury will increase the budget of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) by Ksh10 billion in the financial year 2021/22. The agency is currently operating on a Ksh4.4 billion.

The upsurge is expected to help the commission prepare and conduct the projected BBI-backed referendum.

Considering that the budget is read on the second week of June, that means the plebiscite can only be held in July or August.

DCI Warns Students

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has cautioned students against engaging in crime, noting that the records will be kept for the future

In a statement, the DCI said any crime perpetrated by a student while in school will reflect on their police clearance certificate, potentially denying them job opportunities.

This comes in the wake of rising cases of indiscipline among learners, where a number of teachers and non-teaching staff have been attacked by students since the reopening of schools.

Lawyers Sue Havi, LSK

Six lawyers have indicted the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) council and president Nelson Havi over the resolutions passed during a recent stormy and chaotic Special General Meeting (SGM).

The advocates want the High Court to set aside the resolutions, arguing that law and LSK constitution were not followed because Havi allegedly denied members who were following the session online a chance to vote.

The petitioners are also seeking an order to compel Havi to actively involve lawyers who will catch up with their colleagues virtually in the March annual general meeting.

Lawrence Warunge to be Charged Today

Lawrence Warunge, the prime suspect in the murder of his parents, Nicholas Njoroge and Ann Wanjiku, his brother, a cousin, and a farmhand will be charged today, 26th January, at a Kiambu court alongside his girlfriend, Sarah Muthoni.

Warunge was taken for a second mental assessment yesterday ahead of the trial.

Muthoni appeared before the court yesterday, where prosectors indicated that they want to use her as a State witness.

Health Crisis Continues

A meeting convened by Labour Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui to resolve the ongoing health workers’ strike flopped after officials representing the medics stormed out.

Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) and Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) leaders said the government has shown little interest in ending the stalemate.

However, the Council of Governors (CoG) insists that any “blanket agreement” between the medics and national government will not be accepted by the counties.

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