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Top 10 News in Brief: I Won’t Stop Early Campaigns, DP Ruto Tells Uhuru

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 Five stories making the headlines on this first day of March 2021.

DP Ruto Says Nobody Will Stop Him From Campaigning

Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed critics, including his boss, Uhuru Kenyatta, who have been asking him to stop his premature presidential election campaigns and channel the energy into fulfilling the promises made to Kenyans by the Jubilee government.

Speaking in Gatanga, Murang’a County, the second in command said he was elected by millions of people, and, therefore, nobody should dictate to him what to do.

Dr Ruto added that he has a plan to revive the economy if elected to succeed President Kenyatta.

Covid-19 Vaccine to Arrive Tomorrow

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has disclosed that the first consignment of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in the country tomorrow.

Kagwe said the vaccine would go along way in combating the coronavirus disease.

The CS reiterated that health workers, security officers, teachers and government human resources would be given priority in getting the jabs.

Make BBI an Inclusive Process, DP Ruto Tells Proponents

Deputy President William Ruto has reiterated that he is not again constitutional changes proposed in the BBI report but would like more stakeholders involved.

Declaring that he would not lead the anti-BBI group, the DP said the only way to succeed was to iron out the contentious issues is to give room for a multi-choice referendum.

However, he insisted the BBI should not be a government priority.

Mombasa Businessman Speaks After Bobi Wine’s Car Controversy

A Mombasa-based businessman-cum-politician has broken his silence after a car he sold to Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine through his cronies attracted attention of the country’s taxman.

Fauz Khalid said he followed due process before selling the bullet-proof luxurious car to Wine, whom he described as an “old friend”.

However, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) said the Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle was under-declared. The authority said the tax that Wine was charged was less than what he would have paid.

I Don’t Need Your Endorsement, Mudavadi Tells Raila

ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi has told ODM boss Raila Odinga to prepare for a bruising battle in the next year’s presidential contest.

Mudavadi said he would sell his manifesto to Kenyans and did not need Raila’s endorsement to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The ANC, who spoke in Meru County, also thanked the 42 county assemblies that have passed the BBI referendum Bill.

Raila Says Busia Will Get Extra Constituency

ODM leader Raila Odinga has assured Busia leaders and people that the county will get an extra constituency from the 70 additional seats proposed in the BBI document.

This is despite the fact that the western county has not been highlighted as one of the beneficiaries of the extra seats.

The former Prime Minister said the Government Printer made an error and he would make sure that Teso South constituency is split into two.

Stop Misleading Mt Kenya People, CS Munya Tells Ruto

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has criticised Deputy President William Ruto for taking credit for development projects initiated by government in the Mt Kenya region.

Munya said the DP has been engaging in pre-mature election campaigns and not helping the government fulfill its promises to Kenyans.

He noted that the DP’s frequent forays into the mountain were meant to hoodwink the residents.

Pro-Ruto Counties Expected to Debate BBI Bill This Week

All eyes are on Elgeyo-Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties as they debate the BBI Amendment Bill 2020 this week.

Speakers of the two North Rift county assemblies have made it clear that the Bill is not a priority for their people.

As of now, only Baringo and Nandi from Rift Valley region have rejected the BBI Bill.

Knut Asks TSC to Fast-track CBA Negotiations

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has asked the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to speed up discussions on 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for teachers.

Sossion said teachers should start earning new salaries on July 1 because the current CBA expires in June.

The teachers’ employer halted the Negotiations following a request by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s Daughter Finally Allowed to Travel to Kenya

The Malawian Government has finally allowed the daughter of controversial self-declared prophet Shepherd Bushiri to be evacuated to Kenya for medical treatment.

The minor will be accompanied by four people as she undergoes a transplant at a private hospital in Nairobi.

The permission comes 10 days after Malawi authorities barred the bishop’s offspring from leaving the country under unclear circumstances.

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