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Top 10 News in Brief: Plan to Have Ruto Rule For 20 Years Begins, Raila in Trouble

by Robert Mwangi
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Tuesday, 8th November – Good morning! This is your daily edition of our brief, but salient Kenyan news properly selected for you.

Ruto Could be Here For 20 Years 

Plans to amend the constitution and give Presidents the choice to seek re-election as long as he/she wishes are underway, an ally of President William Ruto has revealed.

Fafi MP Salah Yakub divulged that a team is already crafting changes to the law to scrap the presidential term limit, meaning if the proposal sees the light of the day, Dr. Ruto, 55, could be in power for at least four terms.

However, the proposers are of the opinion that a person who is 75 years and above should be barred from running for the top seat. This amendment will deal Azimio la Umoja leader and Ruto’s biggest nightmare Raila Odinga a huge blow since he is now at 77.

It was not immediately clear whether the proposal has the blessing of the Ruto-led United Democratic Alliance (UDA). Also, it is puzzling why a little-known MP is pushing such a weighty matter.

Uproar Over Govt Plan to Stop Funding Universities

The revelation by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu that the government is planning to stop financing public universities has kicked up a major storm.

Stakeholders in university education want President William Ruto to clarify whether the statement is government policy or a roadside declaration by Machogu.

Students from various universities have threatened to stage never-seen-before demonstrations if the government goes ahead to withdraw funding, which will force many institutions of higher learning to hike school fees.

Ruto Inks Multi-Billion Deal With UK

The United Kingdom (UK) will support Kenya with Ksh500 billion for climate change-related projects, a deal that will run for five years.

This massive agreement was midwifed yesterday by President William Ruto and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the COP27 climate conference in Egypt.

Some of the projects Britain committed to support include geothermal and solar energy generation in Naivasha and Malindi as well Grand Hill Falls dam.

Barasa Grilled Over Ksh18 Billion Scandal

Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa was yesterday interrogated for 18 hours at the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) over a multi-billion scandal in which taxpayers might have lost a lot of money.

The investigation has pointed out that the country might have lost Ksh18 billion in the Lake Turkana Wind Power, a project that was initiated when Barasa was the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco).

After probing the scam, the National Assembly Public Investment Committee (PIC) forwarded the file to EACC, recommending that the management of Ketraco be investigated for the contracts it dished and the implementation of the transmission line.

How Sakaja is Managing Politics 

After losing the control of Nairobi County Assembly, city Governor Johnson Sakaja reached out to Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga whose coalition is firmly at the centre of City Hall politics.

Sakaja reportedly inked a deal with Raila that saw the opposition leader forward his allies for nomination to the county executive committee positions.

The nominees will be vetted next week and it is expected that all of them will be approved.

Plan to Close Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital Opposed 

The recommendation by the Senate Health Committee last week to temporally shut down Mama Lucy Kibaki for a clean up over a string of medical negligence has attracted backlash from unions representing health workers.

Union leaders said they were shocked by the proposal considering that the facility serves over 2,000 patients every day.

Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUSO) official Tom Nyakagwa underscored that there are many positive outcomes the hospital has registered, adding that a few cases should not be used against the facility.

Raila to Address Climate Summit

Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga is expected to address the international climate conference happening in Egypt and attended by leaders from across the world.

Raila will make a presentation on how climate change is impacting infrastructure development in Africa. Raila is the African Union (AU) High Commissioner for Roads and Infrastructure.

Of the things Africa is pushing for is compensation from richer countries for playing a big role in polluting the environment.

Ruto Addresses Climate Summit

President William Ruto has asked developed nations to invest in Africa to save the globe from the adverse effects of climate change.

He said there are opportunities on the continent to produce wind power, geothermal electricity and solar energy.

In his address on Monday at the ongoing COP27 in Egypt, the President cited the case of East Africa whose hydroelectric power potential is 100,000 megawatts.

He insisted the world can no longer afford to power its industrialisation using dirty energy.

Linturi Thanks KDF For a Good Job at KMC

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi yesterday lauded the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) for prudent management of the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) since the agency was transferred to the military two years ago.

Though KMC has now been reverted to the Ministry of Agriculture, Linturi declared the military will continue managing the day-to-day operations of the agency.

Scrabble for EALA Jobs

Dozens of politicians, technocrats, and businessmen have applied through political parties to be considered for the few positions in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has attracted 145 applicants while ODM has received 96 requests.

UDA will only submit 15 names and ODM 12 for vetting by a joint committee of the National Assembly and the Senate.

Some of the big names who want the jobs include ODM leader Raila Odinga’s daughter Winnie Odinga, Raila’s nephew Jaoko Oburu, Amos Wako Suleiman Shahbal, John Mututho, Naomi Shaban, Peter Mwathi, Jeremiah Kioni, Jude Jomo, Peter Odoyo and Moses Ole Sakuda.

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