Thursday , 4th August – Good morning! This is your daily edition of our brief and salient Kenyan news properly selected for you.
It’s Propaganda Time
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga on side and Deputy President William Ruto on the other have resorted to propaganda in their homestretch campaigns.
Though initially it had been thought that the President will only pull the strings behind the scenes for Azimio, he has now hit the ground running and making a strong case for Raila across the country. The President has branded his estranged deputy a liar and warned the country against electing him.
According to the President, Ruto and his allies embezzled funds set aside for revival of collapsed factories in Western Kenya.
However, Dr Ruto has accused his boss of presiding over grand corruption in the second term of the Jubilee administration. Ruto claims that Uhuru has crippled all sectors of the economy through what he calls “State Capture”.
Chebukati Keeps His Cards Close to His Chest
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati has opted carry out his duties away from the public, save for a few times when need be.
Unlike in 2017 when gave a blow-to-blow account of election preparedness, this time he has avoided giving regular updates and even ignored questions from the media and other stakeholders.
But every time he has appeared in public, he insists that his agency will deliver a credible poll, the numerous challenges that have emerged not withstanding.
Chebukati will go down in history as the first electoral commission boss to go digital, a brave step that will either expose him or build a legacy for him.
Junet, Joho Under Fire Over Incitement
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed have faced sharp criticism after trying to incite Kenyans against Deputy President William Ruto.
On Tuesday, the Azimio honchos posted a doctored clip of Ruto insulting residents of Nyanza, Mt Kenya and Western regions.
In the manipulated clip, Dr Ruto is heard saying he will crush the regions if he becomes President. Internet users forced the duo to delete the clip on their respective social media handles.
UDA Secretary-General Veronica Maina has written to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), asking the agency to take action against the politicians.
US Embassy Issues Travel Advisory
The US Embassy in Nairobi on Wednesday issued a travel advisory to its citizens residing in Kisumu County and those intending to travel to the lakeside city.
The Embassy, however, denied that its statement was meant to cause fears and portray Kisumu as a city of violence.
The statement said Kisumu was single out because the US have several installations in the county and a good number of Americans live there.
At least 4.3 million Kenyans could face starvation by December if proper measures are put in place, the government said yesterday.
Public Service and Special Programmes Cabinet Secretary Prof Margaret Kobia said reduced rainfall in arid and semi-arid areas in recent years has escalated the situation.
She said the government needs some Ksh15 billion to mitigate the effects of the drought.
Mahoga Apologies Over Sudden Closure of Schools
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said the inconveniences he caused on Monday when he ordered closure of schools earlier than communicated were not intended.
In his apology to parents, teachers and learners in basic education institutions, Magoha said the abrupt decision to close schools was necessitated by preparations for the General Election by the electoral commission. Most schools will be used as polling stations.
He insisted that he means we’ll for all children.
Chebukati: Election in Form 34A Will Be Final
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will rely on results captured in Form 34As to tally and declare the presidential election results after next week’s General Election.
Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said the polls agency will not address complaints raised by agents of presidential candidates should they feel that the forms were manipulated.
He said only the Supreme Court can solve such matters through a petition filed by an aggrieved candidate.
It’s Raila’s Time, Uhuru Tells Nyanza
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday campaigned for Azimio flag bearer Raila Odinga in Kisii County, maintaining that the stars were aligned for the ODM chief’s presidency.
The Head of State explained that he resolved to throw his weight behind Raila because he means well for this country and will continue his development projects.
The President reiterated that Deputy President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance is a coalition of thieves.
He advised Nyanza leaders to set aside their differences and mobilise for huge voter turnout.
Inspection of CBC Classrooms in Private Schools
The government has started inspecting facilities being put up by private schools in readiness for junior secondary schools under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) next year.
State Department for implementation of Curriculum Reforms Principal Secretary Fatuma Chege said the government wants to ensure that the classes meet the set standards.
Speaking in Kerugoya, Kirinyaga County after visiting several schools, Chege said the private learning institutions must partner with the government to avoid building sub-standard classrooms.
Ruto Dismisses Opinion Polls
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday asked his supporters not to believe the recent opinions that indicated that his competitor Raila Odinga would defeat him in next week’s presidential election.
Speaking in Kirinyaga and Kiambu counties, the second in command accused the State of sponsoring the polls to deflate his followers.
He exuded confidence of whitewashing the former Prime Minister, saying that many Kenyans identity with his bottom-up economic approach.