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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 22nd January 2021.
Uhuru Liaising With Allies to Kick DP Ruto Out of Jubilee
Days after President Uhuru Kenyatta condemned his deputy, William Ruto, during a radio interview for allegedly inciting Kenyans to violence, his allies within the Jubilee Party have hinted at a plan to push him out of the ruling outfit and subsequently out of the government.
Secretary-General Raphael Tuju said JP’s disciplinary committee would instigate charges against rebel members, among them, DP Ruto, who is the party’s deputy leader.
Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe said the second in command had disrespected the President and gone against the party’s constitution by endorsing candidates sponsored by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) for various by-elections.
Murathe said “things are cooking and soon you will see what we mean”.
Tuskys Last Branch Closed
Tuskys Supermarket has shut its only operating outlet across the county, which also happens to be the mother branch.
Residents of Nakuru Town watched in shock and others in tears, as the doors of biggest retailer in East Africa until recently, closed.
According to a recent exposé by Citizen TV, family wars among the sons of the founder, Joram Kamau, had led to the collapse of the retail chain.
Facebook Explains Why it Flagged Uhuru Post
Social media app Facebook has apologised to President Uhuru Kenyatta after flagging his congratulatory message to Ugandan Head of State Yoweri Museveni as false.
In a statement, Facebook said the photo used in the post published on the State House official page had been used in a separate post that contained fake information.
Young Woman Reveals How She Killed Her Grandmother
A 22-year-old woman in Githunguri, Kiambu County, has narrated to detectives how she killed her grandmother in August last year.
In her confession, the key suspect said she struck the 72-year-old woman with a piece of metal following an argument.
Initially, the young woman and her father had been accused of conspiring to commit the crime. However, it is now emerging that the man was only trying to shield his daughter, hoping he would be jailed instead of her.
Raila Popularises BBI in Nairobi
ODM boss Raila Odinga on Thursday, 21st January, took the BBI message to some parts of Westlands, Nairobi, highlighting the benefits of amending the Constitution.
The former Prime Minister said Kenyans would reap big from devolution should they pass the BBI referendum.
While dismissing Deputy President William Ruto’s ‘Hustlers’ narrative, Raila said the DP should first help President Uhuru Kenyatta to implement the government agenda before making new promises to Kenyans.
ODM admits It’s Behind Time For 2022 Race
ODM national chair John Mbadi has conceded that the Orange party is racing against time to catch up with opponents, who have hit the ground running for the 2022 General Election.
Mbadi said the party would now focus on promotion drives, even as they continue to seek support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
The party’s Central Management Committee held a stormy meeting on Tuesday, 19th January, with some party members lamenting that ODM has concentrated too much on BBI at the expense of its growth.
Mwilu Warns Judges
Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu has accused some judicial officers of colluding with lawyers to delay cases in court.
Mwilu said corrupt judges should either shape up or ship out, adding that she would forward the names of those denying Kenyans justice to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for disciplinary action.
BBI Gets Good Signal From IEBC
The electoral commission has verified at least 1.33 million signatures in support of of the Building Bridges Initiative-backed (BBI) referendum.
Although the verification of the 4.4 million signatures is still underway, this means that the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2020, can now proceed to the regional assemblies for adoption.
The law requires that changing the Constitution through the popular initiative must be backed by at least a million signatures before the referendum Bill is presented to the county assemblies.
Covid-19 Cases Could Rise, Kemri Says
The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) has indicated that Kenya could register more than 1.1 million Covid-19 infections by June.
In their latest report, Kemri researchers said the country’s coronavirus cases might start to spike in February as a result of the reopening of schools.
Over the last two weeks, Kenya has consistently registered a positivity rate of below five per cent. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a country is considered to have flattened the curve if it records a positivity rate of five per cent and below for two consecutive weeks.
New Locust Invasion
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has warned farmers in 15 counties, including Meru, Laikipia, Kitui and Wajir, that their farms will be invaded by desert locusts.
However, Munya said the government was well equipped to fight the pests, saying that unlike in the past, they now have the experience and knowledge to handle the menace.