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Top 10 News in Brief: ICC Ghosts Follow DP Ruto Again in Fresh Testimonial

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, 25th November 2021.

New Trouble For DP Ruto at ICC

Deputy President William Ruto could be charged afresh at the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the prosecution linked the collapse of his case and that of radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang.

The Hague-based court says it has obtained new evidence showing that the second in command corruptly interfered with the cases that touched on crimes against humanity following the 2007/2008 post-election violence (PEV).

During the trial of Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru, who is faulted for bribing and intimidating witnesses in the suits that were withdrawn over lack of evidence, Deputy Prosecutor James Steward said they have information to incriminate Dr. Ruto.

If charged, the DP risks five years in jail and compensating those who were displaced from their home and families of individuals who died during the clashes.

DP Ruto Camp Demands Koome to Exit Election Committee 

Deputy President William Ruto and his foot soldiers have accused Chief Justice Martha Koome of playing politics taking sides in the 2022 General Election.

In a protest letter, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Secretary-General Veronica Maina questioned why the president of the Supreme Court is a member of the committee overseeing next year’s poll yet she should be neutral.

She demanded that Koome must exit from the National Multi-Agency Consultative Forum on Election Preparedness, saying that her involvement in the team raised eyebrows.

In Nandi, Tangatanga politicians who accompanied the DP also criticized the CJ, with Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen claiming that the committee is full of con men, intending to block the second in command from winning the presidency.

Uhuru, Ruto Strained Relationship Plays Out Devolution Forum 

Governors allied to Deputy President William Ruto have snubbed the annual Devolution Conference that started yesterday in Makueni County.

Only county bosses who support the ‘Handshake’ between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila attended, painting a clear image of the fallout between the Head of State and his deputy.

Apart from Devolution Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, pro-Ruto government officials also avoided the forum, which will go on for three days.

The President, who is outside the country, was represented by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

2022 Our Time to Ascend to Power, DP Ruto Tells His Rift Valley Backyard 

Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday drummed up support for his presidential bid in Uasin Gishu and Nandi counties, asking the locals to stand with him as they have done in the last three General Elections.

The DP appealed to the Rift Valley bastion not to let him down, noting that their support would enable him to take back power to the Kalenjin community after 20 years.

Addressing concerns among some UDA aspirants, who fear that he could interfere with the nominations, the second in command assured that the wheelbarrow party has no preferred candidates, adding the people will choose their favourites.

Court Refuses to Stop Kinoti’s Sentencing 

The Director of Public Prosecution (DCI) George Kinoti has suffered a big blow after the High Court declined to set aside a judgment that sent him to four months in jail over contempt and disobedience of court orders.

Justice Anthony Mrima rejected an application by Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki, who wanted the verdict suspended, pending hearing and determination of an appeal.

The AG argued that Kinoti’s suing and sentencing were irregular.

The DCI boss has until today to surrender at the Kamiti Maximum Prison, failure to which the Inspector General should arrest him.

Officers Have Been Earning Illegal Allowances, NPS Says 

The National Police Service (NPS) has defended its decision to slash salaries and allowances for graduate police constables.

NPS Chief Executive Joseph Onyango said the deductions were made after the court ruled that there was a rank like graduate constable, thus the officers have been drawing huge illegal salaries.

The affected police have been earning salaries equivalent to those of Inspectors.

The officers lamented that their payslips are showing negative or very little money since a good percentage of pay goes to serving loans.

Raila Pledges More Funding to Counties 

ODM leader Raila Odinga has promised to increase the amount of money given to counties by the national government if he becomes President next year.

Speaking at the 7th Annual Devolution Conference, the former Prime Minister said he will raise the allocation from 15 percent to 35 percent as it had been proposed in the Building Bridges Initiative.

He added “his administration” would ensure that the devolved units get the money on time to ensure that projects are completed on time and payments for services rendered done without delays.

Currently, the Treasury has been delaying to disburse the funds, creating a crisis in most devolved units.

Come Help Us Revamp Our Rail System, Uhuru Invites SA Firm

President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed Kenya’s readiness to diversify its partnerships in the ongoing revival and upgrading of the country’s railways system.

The President said Transnet Engineering Company, a state-owned South African manufacturer of railway components including freight wagons, locomotives and passenger coaches, could partner with Kenya Railways in the ongoing revamp of the country’s railway infrastructure.

“The advanced engineering that is taking place here is a clear indication that Transnet can be a leading partner in working together with other African countries to restore their rail-stock. We look forward to working with you as we move towards fast tracking the restoration of our railway system,” President Kenyatta said.

Speaker Ousted

Drama unfolded yesterday at the Kakamega County Assembly when a majority of the MCA voted out Speaker Morris Buluma. He was replaced by Bernard Omboko on an interim basis.

The 75 ward representatives accused Buluma of massive corruption and nepotism in the assembly.

However, the ousted Speake, flanked by the 12 MCAs, insisted that he was still in charge, saying that his impeachment was hurried and was not given time to defend himself.

Police Questions Suspects in Botched Kisumu Bank Robbery

Police in Kisumu have interrogated at least 18 people who are suspected to have planned a heist at an Equity Bank branch in Kisumu on Tuesday.

County police bosses said 14 of those questioned are bank workers while four were customers. However, no arrests have been made.

Despite mounting a heavy operation to nab the robbers, the gangsters lobbed tear gas canisters at the police at managed to escape disguised as customers.

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