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Top 10 News in Brief: Raila Left Out as Uhuruto Camps Hold Secret BBI Talks

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 sories making the headlines on this day, 8th December.

Uhuru, Ruto Allies Hold Secret Meetings

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto‘s allies held consultations at the weekend to try and iron out the contentious issues in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

According to insiders, the meeting, which did not involve ODM boss Raila Odinga’s camp, discussed how the document can be harmonised to avert a contested referendum.

DP Ruto’s men are insisting on a multiple-question referendum, reducing the number of MPs to 504 and changing the formula for the equalisation fund.

Stop Delaying Tactics, Raila Tells Ruto

ODM leader Raila Odinga has yet again claimed that Deputy President William Ruto is pretending to support the BBI referendum, knowing too well that at the end he will join the ‘No’ camp.

Speaking in Kisumu, the former Prime Minister said the DP was proposing new ideas to be included in the BBI report so that the constitutional timeline for implementation lapses.

Another Doctor is Felled by Covid-19

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists’ Union (KMPDU) has announced that another doctor had succumbed to Covid-19 after going for five months without pay, which has angered many Kenyans.

According to the KMPDU, 28-year-old Stephen Mogusu did not even have a medical insurance cover and it is his colleagues, who chipped in to pay his bills.

A few days before he died, Dr Mogusu wrote a message in a WhatsApp group, telling other doctors to down tools if the government does not provide them with standard PPEs. Last month, three top doctors succumbed to Covid-19. They were Dr Nira Patel (dental surgeon), Dr Hudson Alumera (periodontal surgeon), and Prof A. J. O, Were (a nephrologist)

Pain as Health Workers’ Strike Begins

Kenyans seeking medical services in the public hospitals across the country were greeted with shock after finding out that there was no one to attend to them due to a health workers’ strike that started on Monday, 7th December.

Nurses and clinical officers’ union officials said their members would not resume duty until the government assures them of their safety as they handle Covid-19 patients.

BBI is Your Future, Uhuru Tells Youth

President Uhuru Kenyatta has told a group of young people, who had assembled at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi, that their future is well captured in the BBI report, and that is why they should support the push for constitutional reforms.

The President said the new positions recommended in the BBI document were up for grabs, and that young people should take advantage of them to ascend to power.

Mystery of Thika Businessman’s Abduction

DCI detectives in Gatanga, Kiambu County have said CCTV footage from KRA offices will help them to unravel the mystery of the alleged kidnapping of Thika millionaire Julius Gitau.

The sleuths poked holes into a statement recorded by Gitau after he resurfaced at the weekend, as they did not comprehend how the armed abductors carried out such an operation in a public area without anyone noticing.

This came against the backdrop of a letter reportedly from the tycoon, telling of his intentions to commit suicide over poor returns from his businesses.

PPEs Yet to be Released to Counties

Acting Kemsa CEO Edward Njoroge told a committee of the Senate that the agency is yet to release thousands of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to counties.

Although Health CS Mutahi Kagwe had directed Kemsa to sell the PPEs at the current market price, Njoroge said he had not written a formal request to them.

Ironically, some healthcare providers are on strike and one of their key demands is the provision of quality PPEs.

Sonko Alleges MCAs Received Bribes

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s impeachment saga has taken a new twist after the county boss claimed that MCAs received bribes to okay a memorandum aimed at denying the NMS billions of shillings.

In a letter to the DCI, Sonko alleged that members of the Budget and Appropriation Committee received more than Ksh800,000 from the county government to attend a committee sitting in Dubai, but they never travelled.

Interestingly, it is the governor who wanted the session held and approved the money to be wired into the MCAs’ accounts so that he could manipulate them to slash the budget of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

Private Universities Oppose plot to Deny Them Funds

Private University Vice-Chancellors Committee chairman Kisau Mumo has opposed a plan by some stakeholders in the education sector to have all government-sponsored absorbed in the public universities.

Kisau said the move would deprive them of funds and at the same time prevent students from joining universities of their choice.

With the backing of the Ministry of Education, public universities’ vice-chancellors argue that their institutions have built capacity to accommodate all the government-sponsored students.

Politicians’ Pulpit Clash Ends Church Service

A church leader had to end Mass at the Christ the King Catholic Church in Kanduyi, Bungoma County, after two camps of the Ford-Kenya party clashed at the pulpit.

Party leader Moses Wetangula’s side started it all when Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala accused the Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi faction of plotting a coup in the party.

Malala told Wamunyinyi to his face that he would never be endorsed as the Luhya community spokesperson.

When Wamunyinyi’s time came, he hit back at Malala using strong words, prompting a near fight among the faithful.

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