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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 13th January 2021.
Mudavadi’s ANC Vows to Impeach Ruto
The Amani National Congress (ANC) has threatened to lead a motion of impeachment against Deputy President William Ruto if he does not resign.
ANC deputy party leader Ayub Savula, who is also the Lugari MP, said the DP was running a different agenda instead of supporting the government he serves as second in command.
The Musalia Mudavadi-led outfit accused Dr Ruto of inciting Kenyans after he rebuked President Uhuru Kenyatta over his sentiments that it was time Kenya embraced a rotational presidency.
However, the DP’s allies laughed off the threat, stating that the ANC is a “village party”, as it has only 14 MPs.
Military Aircraft Crashes
A Kenya Air Force aircraft, model Harbin Y-12 crash-landed in Voi, Taita-Taveta County, claiming four lives.
According to a statement from the KDF, the plane was flying from Moi Air Base, Eastleigh, Nairobi.
The accident occurred a day after an unknown number of KDF solders died after their convoy hit an improvised explosive device in Somalia.
Ann Mwenda Defends Self Over Plot to Prevent Her Vetting
The High Court has been urged to reject a petition by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, in which he seeks to stop Ann Kananu Mwenda from being vetted as the deputy governor.
In his lawsuit, Sonko argues that he revoked her appointment, but Mwenda dismissed that claim, saying there is no legal provision for such a retraction.
The Thirdway Alliance also filed a petition on Tuesday, 12th January, seeking an order to bar the city county assembly from vetting her.
DPP Drops Charges Against Ex-PSs in Kimwarer and Arror Dams Scandal
Former Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge and ex-Tourism Principal Secretary Susan Koech are now state witnesses in the Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal.
The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) has dropped corruption charges against them.
The two will now testify against former Treasury CS Henry Rotich and other officials charged over the multi-billion scam.
DCJ Mwilu Now Can Lead Judiciary
The High Court has given Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu the nod to head the Judiciary in an acting capacity after dismissing activist Okiya Omtatah’s petition.
Omtatah had argued that the law does not provide for the position of acting Chief Justice, adding that there were four cases in court questioning the DCI’s integrity.
Mwilu becomes the first woman to be at the helm of the Judiciary after Chief Justice David Maraga handed over the instruments of power to her on Monday, 10th January.
Naomi Campbell Named Magical Kenya International Ambassador
United Kingdom supermodel Naomi Campbell is the new Magical Kenya international ambassador, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala announced on Tuesday, 12th January.
Balala said the famous model would help to market Kenya as a tourism and travel destination.
Nurses Vow to Continue With Strike
As the nurses’ nationwide strike enters Day 37, the medics have vowed not to resume duty until all their grievances are considered.
Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary-General Seth Panyako faulted the Council of Governors (CoG) for the delays in signing a return-to-work formula.
Kisumu County has already sacked 500 nurses while other devolved units are threatening to do the same if the medics fail to return to work.
Schools Closed in Kapedo Over Insecurity
At least four schools have been closed indefinitely in Kapedo at the Baringo-Turkana border after bandits attacked the area.
Security officers evacuated learners to safer grounds.
The attack left one person dead, several injured and more than 10 houses torched. Locals have fled their homes for fear of being killed by the bandits.
Students Stabs Two Teachers
A Form Three student at Kisii High School left two teachers with serious injuries after stabbing them with a knife.
The student had picked up the weapon from the dormitory after one of the teachers gave him a punishment to kneel down for being late for class. The other tutor was injured as he tried to save his colleague.
The student was arrested and is expected to be arraigned today over assault.
Uganda Takes Down Internet
Uganda’s communication regulator has directed all internet service providers and social media platforms to suspend their operations until further notice.
The announcement came before Ugandans head to the ballot to elect their President on Thursday, 14th January.
The move has been interpreted by observers as an attempt by the government to deny opposition candidate Bobi Wine a platform to communicate and mobilise his youthful followers.