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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 4th October 2021.
Why Kibaki Didn’t Borrow Loans Like Uhuru
As President Uhuru Kenyatta continues to face sharp criticism for his insatiable appetite for loans, a former powerful man in Mwai Kibaki’s government has detailed why there is a stark contrast between the current administration and that of the retired Head of State.
In a new book, former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) director-general Michael Gitau explained that during Kibaki’s regime, he did not entertain tax cheats, some of whom were powerful government operatives.
He remarked that making sure there was discipline in the collection of taxes made the former President’s administration have enough money to fund projects without sourcing many loans.
Gitau also claimed that President Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga, who was the Prime Minister then, were top government officials who tried to compel him to protect tax evaders, but he stood his ground.
He added that he would frustrate the political elites until they would surrender.
Vaccinated People Can Still Catch Covid-19 Omicron Variant
Persons who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 have been warned that they still get the virus if they come to contact with the new Omicron variant.
Although the symptoms may be moderate, medical researchers from South Africa, where the first Omicron case was reported, said those who have developed immunity through the jab or from the previous infection should also be worried.
Kenya says it has put enough measures to protect the country from Omicron by stepping up the screening in all entry points.
Fraudsters Use DP Ruto’s Name to Con Women
Dozens of women in the Kamahuha area of Murang’a County have lost more than Ksh1 million to three con men and a woman, who used the name of Deputy President William Ruto and his wife Mama Rachel.
According to the victims, the fraudsters lied that the DP’s family would be making a Ksh10,000 Christmas donation to every woman who would register at a fee of Kh630.
The woman said they learnt of the conmanship through a local radio station.
Police have taken up the matter and are looking for the suspects.
IEBC Set to Register New Voters
The Independent and Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has revealed that it is planning to roll out another mass voter registration in January.
According to IEBC interim Chief Executive Officer Hussein Marjan, the National Treasury has allocated the agency additional billions to enable it to conduct the new exercise.
During the just recently concluded mass voter enlisting, the commission performed way below the target of six million voters, only registering 1.5 million individuals.
Govt Asked to Think About SGR Burden
A former senior official of the Kenya Railways has warned the government that its contract with a Chinese firm that built the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) was not good for the country.
The former Commissioner-General, Michael Waweru disclosed that the deal has little economic benefits to Kenya yet the government continues to pay the huge loan that was borrowed to construct the single largest project in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.
Waweru advised the State to renegotiate the terms if Kenya is to gain financially from SGR or else the taxpayers will continue being slaves of China Construction Contracting (CCC) company.
Should default on the credit, the Chinese firm would take over operations at Kenya Ports Authority, which was used as the collateral.
Son of Senior Police Boss on the Spot Over Accident
A son of a powerful police boss whose name we have concealed is on the spot after he allegedly hit two boda boda operators using his Toyota Hilux double-cabin along Sothern Bypass, leaving them dead. Another person was seriously injured.
The vehicle being driven by the drunk suspect veered off the road and ran over the victims.
But since his father is extremely influential, the accident was covered up and the car, registration number KDB 421Z, was hidden.
The matter was reported at the Langata police station, but officers have gone silent for fear that they could be dealt with ruthless if they dared to investigate or talk about the accident.
Confusion as Raila Big Dinner Put Off
Allies of ODM leader Raila Odinga were giving conflicting statements yesterday after a much-publicized dinner whose attendees were to pay Ksh1 million for a plate was ‘postponed’. The event, which had been slated for Tuesday next week, was aimed at raising money for the former Prime Minister’s presidential campaigns.
However, Raila’s spokesperson Dennis Onyango said he was not aware of such a dinner.
On the other hand, ODM MPs who have been sharing posters to invite Kenyans to the dinner said the function was just moved to another date.
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino noted that the dinner would happen in the near future, adding that organisers were forced to cancel the event due to unanticipated overwhelming support.
Mau Evictees Cry to Gideon Moi
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi on Friday dived into the emotive issue about Mau Forest after evictees cried to him for help.
During a political meeting in Tendwet, Narok County, hundreds of people who were chased from the water tower by the government pleaded with the Kanu chairman to see how they can be compensated.
The evictees who carried with them title deeds claimed they legally acquire the forest land.
The younger asked to be given two weeks to speak to President Uhuru Kenyatta about the matter.
Politicians have been riding on the Mau issue to fight their opponents and seek the support of the Maa community.
Echesa Wins Against State
The Milimani Magistrate Court has acquitted former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa in a case he was accused of forging signatures from the Ministry of Defence to defraud foreign investors.
Echesa and several other individuals were arraigned for trying to dupe the investors that could help them secure a deal to supply military equipment to the Department of Defence.
Judge Kennedy Cheruiyot ruled that the 18 witnesses who were produced by the State to testify against the controversial businessman did not have incriminating evidence.
ICC Drops Witness in Gicheru Case
A witness who had been lined up to testify against Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been dropped from the suit.
The witness, P-0604, who allegedly received bribes from Gichuru to pull out of the case that roped in Deputy President William Ruto and radio journalist Joshua Arap Sang, refused to cooperate with the court.
ICC prosecutors said they arranged several meetings with him to give evidence, but failed to turn up.
Gicheru is accused of corruptly interfering with witnesses in Ruto and Sang cases. The two were facing crimes against humanity following the 2007/08 tribal clashes that left over 1000 people dead and hundreds of others displaced from their homes.