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Top 10 News in Brief: Kalonzo Clouded by Ksh3 Billion Bribery Stink

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, February 14th, 2021.

Kalonzo is Asking Ksh3 Billion to Join Azimio, Governors Claim

The three governors from the Ukambani region have renewed their fights with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka after sensationally claiming that the former Vice-President is demanding a colossal sum of money before joining ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja.

According to Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, her Makueni counterpart Kivutha Kibwana, and Machakos’ Alfred Mutua, Kalonzo is into political business and is demanding Ksh3 billion before he considers a move to Azimio.

The county bosses, who have declared they would support Raila for the presidency, assured the former Prime Minister that they would deliver the Kamba vote to him even if Kalonzo goes all the way to the ballot.

Last week, allies of Raila and Kalonzo revealed that Azimio and the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) had initiated talks designed to form a “super coalition”.

IEBC Protests Huduma Bill 

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has cast doubts on the Huduma Namba Bill, which is being deliberated at the National Assembly.

The Bill proposes among other issues the identification of voters using the National Integrated Identity Management (Niims) database.

While the body’s chair Wafula Chebukati admitted that the recommended system will help weed out dead voters, he said there was time to change the standard operating procedures as the election is just around the corner.

Azimio Team Market Raila in Laikipia 

Laikipia Governor Nderitu Muriithi on Sunday led a host of political leaders inclined to Azimio la Umoja in a vote hunting mission for ODM leader Raila Odinga in his country. Muriithi is the chair of Raila’s presidential campaign boards.

The leaders who included Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina, and Kieni MP Kanini Kega urged members of the Kikuyu community to embrace the former Prime Minister and vote him as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s replacement.

They also taunted Deputy President William Ruto for attacking the President, stating that the Head of State deserves respect from his principal assistant and the Tangatanga group.

Ole Kina claimed that the way the DP was disrespecting the President is the same way he will treat Mt Kenya with contempt if elected President.

Casualties and Destruction as Tanker Explodes 

Seven people were rushed to hospital after sustaining burn injuries on Sunday when a gas tanker explodes in Mutarakwa along the Mai Mahiu Road.

At the same time, six vehicles were burnt beyond recognition.

According to the locals who witnessed the accident, the LPG tanker was had crashed at around 5 am. A crane arrived hours later and when it was lifting the vehicle, it exploded.

Kenya Kwanza Dares State to Rig August Election 

Deputy President William and his Kenya Kwanza alliance partners, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula and ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi have warned the State against rigging them out in the coming General Election.

Mudavadi alleged that a senior government official had hinted to him while he was in the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) that President Uhuru Kenyatta would steal the presidential votes from his deputy.

The DP said he will do everything to ensure to protect his votes and any attempts to rig will be repulsed ruthlessly.

Vaccination in Schools 

The Ministry of Health in conjunction with secondary schools from across the country has launched a Covid-19 vaccination drive targeting students aged 15 and above.

The exercise was launched two weeks ago and hundreds of students have received the jab.

The move is aimed at raising the number of inoculated Kenyans after it emerged millions of people are still skeptical about the coronavirus vaccines.

DP Ruto: Nepotism in Govt Must End 

Deputy President William Ruto has vowed to end nepotism in the government if his presidential bid materialises in August this year.

Speaking in Baringo County, he lamented that some greedy leaders were appointing their relatives to lucrative positions at the expense of other qualified Kenyans.

Ironically, his daughter, June Ruto is Kenya’s Deputy Ambassador in Poland and previously served as senior counsel at Kenya’s embassy in Rome, Italy.

Najib Balala ‘Unsure’ of His Next Political Move

Since 1998, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has held senior positions in government, and even after making political mistakes, he has always survived.

However, Balala, who did not resign to join politics, is having one of the hardest tests choosing his side of the political divide to join.

Almost all his colleagues in the Cabinet have joined Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja while some quit last week declared support for Kenya Kwanza of Deputy President William Ruto.

The CS maintains that he will be part and parcel and next administration “because I cannot afford to be in opposition”.

KCPE And KCPE Exams 

The Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) are putting all mechanisms in place before the administration of national exams in March.

On Friday this week, the ministry will give keys for the containers where exam materials are kept. The containers will be then moved to Deputy County Commissioners’ offices across the country.

Some 1,225,698 examinees will sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) while 832,026 candidates are set for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.

Wamalwa’s DAP-K Cause Jitters in ODM 

The overnight popularity of Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa’s Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K) has sent Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) back to the drawing board in Western Kenya.

Although the Leopard’s party is backing ODM leader Raila Odinga for the State House job under Azimio la Umoja umbrella, its rise barely three months after it was launched has caused jitters in the Orange outfit.

A majority of elected leaders who dumped ANC of Musaalia Mudavadi after his partnership with the Deputy President William Ruto have opted to join DAP-K.

ODM has been the dominant party in Luhya land since 2007.

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