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Top 10 News in Brief: Raila Inches Closer to State House as Mt Kenya Tycoons Root For Him

by Robert Mwangi
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Mt Kenya tycoons ready to endorse Raila Odinga

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, 26th September 2021.

Mt Kenya Tycoons Lean Towards Raila 

Mt Kenya billionaires and multi-millionaires have made their clearest indication yet that their preferred person to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta is ODM boss Raila Odinga.

On Tuesday this week, the tycoons will meet the former Prime Minister at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi for him to explain his priorities for the mountain region.

Under the Mt Kenya Foundation lobby group, the wealthy individuals want an assurance that Raila will not marginalise the region if elected President next year.

When satisfied that the opposition leader will protect their interests, the tycoons are likely to finance his presidential bid and mobilise Mt Kenya region residents to vote for him.

Leaders of Akorino Church Endorse Raila 

ODM leader Raila Odinga yesterday got a big boost in his fifth presidential bid after leaders of the Akorino Church and hundreds of members pledged to support him.

During a meeting held in Gilgil, Nakuru County, the Akorino clergy said the former Prime Minister was the most qualified person to succeed President Kenyatta. They also prayed for him.

Raila said he intends to liberate the Kenyans from economic hardships and other social ills.

DP Ruto: Uhuru And Raila to Blame For Nyanza Economic Woes 

Deputy President William Ruto has faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga for running down the economy of the Nyanza region.

Speaking in Migori, which is Raila’s bastion, the DP said the two leaders have done nothing to improve the lives of the residents even after the former Prime Minister “joined the government through the back door.

“Many people here are jobless and businesses have collapsed. Sugarcane farmers are suffering because the government has let them down. We must have a government that thinks about the ordinary Kenyan,” he said.

Wanjigi Takes Campaign to The Coast 

Presidential aspirant Jimi Wanjigi is expected to meet ODM delegates from Mombasa, Kilifi, Lamu, and Kwale counties as he begins his tour of the coastal region today.

However, he could face strong resistance after ODM leaders in Mombasa said they were not aware of the billionaire’s visit.

Wanjigi has been accusing ODM of undermining him and plotting to rig him out of the presidential nomination.

Teachers’ Unions Under Fire From Members

Teachers from various unions have rebuked their representatives for siding with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and ignoring their plights.

Knut, Kuppet, and Kusnet members have written to the officials of unions protesting an agreement signed between the labour movements and the teachers’ employer.

The agreement states that all tutors must go back to class at their own cost failure to which their teaching licenses will be revoked.

The teachers noted that they will agree to the programme if the TSC sponsors the training.

Petition Seeks to Stop CBC

Some stakeholders have petitioned Parliament to halt the implementation of the competency-based curriculum (CBC), claiming that the new system is not effective.

The parents, whose petition was presented to Parliament by Nominated MP Wilson Sossion, noted that the country should go back to the 8-4-4 system, as CBC is expensive.

They also argued that the Ministry of Education was misadvised by “clueless” technocrats to launch the curriculum yet there were not enough practitioners to implement it.

Who Are These Asians?

Eyebrows were raised yesterday when three different groups of Asians arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, aboard a Pakistani airline.

The travellers did not seem to know anything about Kenya, as they spent hours at the airport waiting to be picked up and taken to their host.

Airport officials were unwilling to talk about the foreign nationals, according to the Sunday Nation.

However, some sources revealed that they are investors who have identified Athi River for their ventures.

Were Politicians Mentioned in Kemsa Scandal Cleared? 

Was a parliamentary committee used to clear politicians and firms linked to the Ksh7.8 billion scandal at the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa)?

This question has come up after a report by the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) exonerated some politicians and companies associated with influential individuals, although the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had recommended their prosecution.

Conspicuously missing in the report is Jubilee Vice-Chairperson David Murathe, who was linked to Kilig Limited, a company that is at the centre of the scandal.

More Women Embrace Naturall Family Planning Methods 

At least 63,700 or 10 per cent of married women in the country do not use modern contraceptives, data from the Ministry of Health’s Reproductive and Maternal Unit has shown.

Instead, the women either abstain or count safe days to avoid getting pregnant. These are natural family planning methods.

However, over 780,800 women were using modern methods, with a majority of them going for injection.

Big Blow to Patients Going For Dialysis as NHIF Reduces Payments

Patients in need of renal dialysis will have to dig deep into their pockets after the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) announced that it was cutting payments.

The national insurer’s Chief Executive, Peter Kamunyo, said itwould pay Ksh6,000 for a dialysis session from the current Ksh9,500.

“We have patients paying Ksh6,000 annually and receiving benefits of nearly Ksh1 million per year. This is a burden to NHIF,” he said.

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