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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 28th July 2021.
Mt Kenya Politicians Hint at Backing Raila For Presidency
Allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta from the Mt Kenya region have indicated that ODM leader Raila Odinga is their choice for President in the upcoming 2022 General Election.
The leaders, who hosted the former Prime Minister at the home business magnate SK Macharia in Gatanga, Murang’a County, to support local artistes, said the ODM chief has made many sacrifices for the nation and should be considered for the top job.
Laikipia Governor Nderitu Muriithi, his Murang’a counterpart Mwangi Wa Iria and National Assembly Deputy Majority Whip Maoka Maore said the Raila phobia in the Mt Kenya region had started to whittle away.
The music concert was also attended by Kiambu Governor James Nyoro, Kirinyaga county boss Anne Waiguru, Kieni MP Kanini Kega, Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth and over 50 leaders from across the country.
Raila’s New Options as Nasa Marriage Ends
With the imminent dissolution of the National Super Alliance (Nasa) coalition, ODM leader Raila Odinga has embarked on a new journey to court new alliances.
Wiper of Kalonzo Musyoka has already pulled out of the coalition, with ANC and Ford-Kenya expected to follow suit. The three parties are part of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) that features Gideon Moi’s Kanu.
The former Prime Minister is said to be plotting to pull a fast one on his estranged Nasa co-principals – Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo and Moses Wetangula – by snatching Moi from OKA. This will be a big blow to them to them considering that they are banking on the Baringo senator for financial support.
Others Raila could partner with include governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Ali Hassan Joho (Mombasa) as well as former presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth.
How ODM Will Share Funds With Nasa Partners
Of the Ksh487 million the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has received from the Treasury’s political funding kitty since 2018, the Raila Odinga outfit has agreed to share Ksh153 million with their partners in the National Super Alliance (Nasa).
Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper will get Ksh70.4 million while ANC of Musalia Mudavadi will take home Ksh43.8 million.
Moses Wetangula’s Ford-Kenya will receive Ksh36.04 million, with Isaac Ruto’s CCM taking the least share of just Ksh3.08 million.
Uhuru’s Upcoming Western Tour Divides Local Leaders
A section of leaders allied to ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford-Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula have threatened to boycott President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tour of the Western region, which begins on Sunday.
They claim Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, who the main organiser, was planning to hijack the presidential function for his own political gains.
The MPs and MCAs are now demanding direct involvement of Mudavadi and Wetangula, as Oparanya is an ally of ODM leader Raila Odinga, who is not from the area.
Gang Steals From Equity Bank After Overpowering Police
Detectives in Machakos County are hunting down five armed robbers who raided Equity Bank’s Matuu branch and made away with millions of shillings.
CCTV footage shows the gangsters positioning themselves outside the bank and then pouching on the two police officers who were manning the building. They successfully disarmed the officers before carrying out their mission.
All who were at the banking hall were ordered to lie down.
We Can’t Tell Whether Kangogo Killed Self, Pathologist Says
Chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor has said the post-mortem examination conducted yesterday on the body of corporal Caroline Kangogo could not reveal whether she shot herself or was fired at by someone else.
However, Oduor said the policewoman died of a single bullet that entered through the right chin and exited on the left side of the head.
He added that more tests would be carried out “to establish the manner of death, either suicide, accident or natural death”.
Uwezo Fund Scandal
Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu has revealed that at least Ksh4.1 billion allegedly credited to youth, women and persons living with disabilities by Uwezo Fund cannot be accounted for.
In her audit report, Gathungu said there was no proper documentation to show that the money was lent out to the said groups.
The report also shows that in 2020, the entity procured motor vehicle tyres at very exaggerated prices and paid Ksh1.05 million for the supply.
MCSK Top Official Arraigned Over Sale of Cars
Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) boss Milcah Mulati has being charged with illegal sale of the agency’s car in 2018.
The court heard that Mulati conspired with Henry Mungai and Stephen Wabacha to forge sale agreements between April and November.
However, Mulati denied the allegations, claiming that he was acting on behalf of MCSK.
Mysterious Death at Mbagathi Hospital
Mama Lucy Hospital and Mbagathi Hospital are on the spot after a woman died under strange circumstances.
Jane Kari, 57, was admitted to Mama Lucy Hospital on July 12 with diabetes complications and allegedly transferred to Mbagathi Hospital a day later.
However, when her husband, Naftali Mbaki, went to visit her at Mbagathi, he was told that she had contracted Covid-19 and was in isolation. When he went back to the facility after seven days as he had been instructed, the hospital said it had no record of such a patient.
Mbaki went back to Mama Lucy Hospital where he was dismissed and told to look for his wife at Mbagathi. It took the intervention of area MP Gathiru Mwangi to compel the two facilities to explain the fiasco. Finally, Mbagathi Hospital admitted it had taken in the patient, but revealed she had died.
Kelvin Omwenga’s Brother Rented House at Hidden Area Not to be Tracked
It is emerging slain businessman Kelvin Omwenga’s brother, Wycliffe Omwenga, rented a house in Nairobi’s Riruta area to escape a trap of people he suspected were baying were his blood.
According to his family, Wycliffe whose body was retrieved at the house last week, had been living in fear in the days leading to his alleged elimination.
He was a crucial witness in the murder trial of Kelvin, who was fatally shot at his Kilimani house in August last year by people believed to be his business associates.