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Top 10 News in Brief: Kibaki’s Hidden Role in Shaping 2022 Presidential Race

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 September 2021.

DP Ruto And Raila Ride on Kibaki’s Legacy

Retired President Mwai Kibaki is arguably the best Head of State Kenya has ever produced and two main presidential candidates in the 2022 General Election are linking their bids to the former leader.

Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga have been associating themselves with successes of the Kibaki administration, either directly or indirectly.

The former Prime Minister is selling his presidential ambitions with the promise that he will continue Kibaki’s legacy. He has been saying that between 2002 and 2013, he helped the ex-President lay a strong foundation when he served as Road Minister and Premier. Former powerful operatives in the Kibaki era have also endorsed Raila for the top seat.

On the other hand, the DP has tapped in the services of Kibaki’s economic advisers led by David Ndii.

Gideon Moi Urges Raila to Join OKA

Kanu chairman Gideon Moi has asked ODM leader Raila Odinga to join the One Kenya Alliance (OKA), saying no one can win the presidency alone.

The Baringo senator said the former Prime Minister was welcome in OKA, noting that a formidable force will ensure Deputy President William Ruto does not succeed Uhuru Kenyatta.

“We need all our friends because we are united for a purpose. We cannot do it without friends. Mr. Odinga is not beyond reach because we are all working together,” he said.

DP Ruto Intensifies Campaigns in Ukambani 

Deputy President William Ruto’s two-day tour of the Ukambani region saw several politicians and elites who support Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka defect to United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

Addressing residents in various parts of Makueni, Machakos, and Kitui counties, the DP pledged to work with local leaders to identify challenges facing the region.

The second in command is planning another visit to the area next month.

Gusii Leaders Endorse Matiang’i as Kingpin 

A section of leaders from the Gusii region has called on Interior Cabinet Fred Matiangi’i to start positioning himself as their spokesperson and kingpin.

The over 15 elected leaders, drawn from different political parties, and who met at a hotel in Nairobi, acknowledged that the CS was experienced, hence he should negotiate on behalf of the region.

Although they did not declare which position they would like Matiang’i to contest for, there have been speculations that he could take a stab at the presidency.

Govt Bans Mashujaa Day Celebrations in Counties 

The State has announced that there will be county events to mark this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations on October 20.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said Kenyans should follow the national event to be held in Kirinyaga County from their homes.

He revealed that the ban was occasioned by the rising cases of coronavirus.

Blogger Charged Over Impersonation

Two bloggers were yesterday arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts and charged with impersonation.

The court heard that Fred Odanga and Thomas Ochieng tried to gain access at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) for a Senate event in July and identified themselves as members of the Media Council of Kenya (MCK).

Upon questioning by the Senate public relation officer James Macharia, it was established that the two were imposters.

They denied the charges and were released on bond.

Lawyer Paul Gicheru Wants Judge Disqualified

Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru has written to the International Criminal Court (ICC) wanting a judge presiding over his case disqualified.

In his application, Gicheru argues that judge Miatta Maria from Sierra Leone is not fit due to her “appearance of bias resulting from her involvement in the Kenya situation”.

The lawyer will face charges of interfering with witnesses who had been lined up to testify against Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang. The two were accused of inciting communities against each other, triggering the 2007/2008 post-election violence (PEV).

Tea to be Transported to Mombasa Using SGR

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has directed the Kenya Tea Development Agency to start transporting tea from factories to Mombasa through the Standard Gauge Railway.

Speaking in Kericho, Munya observed the cost of transporting the produce is very high, and therefore, the need for cost-cutting measures to ensure the farmers get more returns.

He also assured farmers that the new tea reforms will see them get paid within the shortest time after delivery.

Nakuru Doctor Had Ingested Mysterious Substance – Postmortem

The Nakuru doctor, who allegedly killed his two children by injecting them with insulin, died because his body had ingested a mysterious drug, a postmortem revealed.

What, however, the pathologist could not tell is whether Dr. James Gakara injected himself with the substance or someone else did it.

He died on Tuesday while at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Cry For Justice as Nurse Dies

A family in Kisii has accused the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital of refusing to disclose what killed their kin, who worked as a nurse.

Newton Onsase died on September 11 under unclear circumstances, with the postmortem failing to show what caused his demise.

The deceased’s brother said the hospital has been taking in circles, only saying that he was drunk on the day he passed away. His room, which is inside the facility, had been locked from the inside.

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