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Top 10 News in Brief: Mixed Messages From DP Ruto Camp After BBI Betrayal

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, 8th May 2021.

Discord in DP Ruto Camp

The eight Members of Parliament from Deputy President William Ruto’s camp, who surprisingly voted for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020, have disclosed that several reasons compelled them to make a U-turn.

Lack of a clear position from the DP, pressure from the State, persuasion, and personal choices were some of the explanations given by the Tangatanga-linked politicians.

Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri said he dropped his hardline stance on the BBI after consulting the people of Nakuru County, who said they support the bid to amend the Constitution.

However, DP Ruto’s allies who voted against the Bill, insisted that the proposed to change of the supreme law is not a priority to Kenyans at the moment.

DP Says He Has No Grudge Agaubst His Allies Who Voted For BBI Bill

Deputy President William Ruto last evening said he has no bad blood with the members of his camp who unexpectedly turned around and endorsed the BBI referendum Bill on Thursday night.

Dr Ruto noted that everyone’s decision should be respected to enhance democrac.

He, however, said the final decision on BBI lies with Kenyans.

Kimunya Warns DP Ruto

National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya has advised Deputy President William Ruto to toe the line or be ready to face dire consequences if he continues defying his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Kipipiri MP said the DP should read the signs, and if not careful, a motion of impeachment could be launched against him.

Kimunya appeared to suggest that ‘Handshake’ team of the President and ODM leader Raila Odinga has enough numbers to dethrone the DP, basking in the glory of the outcome of the vote on the BBI referendum Bill on Thursday.

Raila at Crossroads Over New Divergent Views in ODM

At least three key figures in ODM have openly differed with party leader Raila Odinga over the creation of the 70 new constituencies proposed in the BBI document.

Kakamega Governor and ODM deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya, Siaya Senator James Orengo, and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo have poked holes into the sharing out of the new areas, insinuating that the regions where President Uhuru Kenyatta has a huge following were given an upper hand.

The former Prime Minister is now torn between de-whipping these members who have been loyal to him or allowing dissent within his party.

MPs’ Vote on BBI May Influence Senators

Senators are expected to endorse or reject the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 next week.

Considering that the National Assembly has already approved the Bill after the majority of the MPs voted in support, it is unlikely that lawmakers from the Senate will cast it aside.

Some senators, including Kakamega’s Cleophas Malala, have said though they have some reservations, they will support the Bill because voting against it would put them into a collision path with MPs and MCAs from their counties.

However, others like Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata maintained that they will reject the Bill despite legislators from their areas endorsing it.

Matiang’i Declares Friday Public Holiday

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has through a Kenya Gazette notice has declared next Friday a public holiday to mark Idd-ul-Fitr.

“It is notified that Cabinet Secretary for Interior, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 2 (1) of Public Holidays Act, declares that Friday 14, 2021, shall be a public holiday.”

The holiday will signal the end of the holy month of Ramadhan, marked by Muslims all over the world.

Advocate Wants Hiring at IEBC Stopped

Nairobi-based lawyer Adrian Kamotho has moved to the High Court seeking to have the panel that has been selected to hire four IEBC commissioners declared unconstitutional.

Kamotho argues that the Constitution is silent on how commissioners should be recruited at the agency should vacancies arise from time to time.

He noted that the law only explains how all the six commissioners and the chairperson should be hired, an exercise, he says, should happen at once.

16,000 Teachers Promoted

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has promoted 16,152 teachers as part of the final phase of the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

TSC Chief Executive Nancy Macharia said the promotions were done on merit following interviews conducted between December last years and February 2021.

Those promoted will be reporting to their new work stations on Monday next week when schools reopen after a seven-week break.

Magoha: Marking of KCSE Exam is Done

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has revealed that the marking of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination has been completed.

However, CS Magoha said the exact date when when results will be released had not been decided yet despite recent speculation.

He confirmed that schools will reopen next week as scheduled.

Tens Quarantined Over Indian Coronavirus Variant

At least 71 people in Kisumu have been quarantined after they were found to have interacted with some of the patients who have been detected with the Indian variant of coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health said some 108 people who came to contact with those infected with the new strain had been tested for Covid-19 so far.

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