Tuesday, 30th August – Good morning! This is your daily edition of our brief and salient Kenyan news properly selected for you.
Kakamega, Mombasa Governor Election
Low voter turnout and voter bribery characterized the gubernatorial elections in Mombasa and Kakamega counties yesterday though the exercises were largely peaceful.
In both areas, allies of President-elect William Ruto, including Aisha Jumwa, Moses Kuria, and Ndindi Nyoro were roughed up for allegedly trying to bribe voters.
ODM leader Raila Odinga’s men were on the ground to protect votes for Abdulswamad Nassir and Fernandes Barasa in Mombasa and Kakamega, respectively.
Ruto’s UDA has sponsored Cleophas Malala in Kakamega and Hassan Omar in Mombasa.
Azimio Shines in Monday Elections
Of the two gubernatorial and four parliamentary elections held yesterday, Azimio la Umoja is likely to lose only one.
In Kakamega and Mombasa gubernatorial contests, ODM candidates, Fernades Barasa and Abdulswamad Nassir, respectively, took an early lead against their competitors, Cleophas Malala and Hassan Omar. Both counties are perceived to be ODM strongholds.
In Kitui Rural, Kacheliba, and Pokot South constituencies, candidates running on parties under Azimio were headed for victory in the early hours of Tuesday.
However, the UDA of President-elect William Ruto performed well in Rongai where Paul Chebor is projected to defeat Kanu’s Raymond Moi with a landslide.
Raymond Moi Loses Rongai Seat
President-elect William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has captured the Rongai parliamentary seat, sending home the incumbent Raymond Moi of Kanu, who was seeking a third term.
As of last evening, UDA’s Paul Chebor was headed for victory with over 27,000 votes while Raymond was a distant second, managing slightly over 14,000 votes.
After voting at the Mercy Njeri primary school polling station yesterday morning, Raymond accused the electoral commission of being lenient with UDA and allowing its candidate to commit electoral fraud.
Raymond’s defeat now marks the exit of the once powerful Moi dynasty from the political scene. Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi was floored by William Cheptumo in the Baringo Senate race.
John Githongo Develops Cold Feet
Popular activist John Githongo has now clarified that the evidence he provided in his petition against the election of William Ruto at the Supreme Court could be erroneous.
Githongo, who had alleged that IT expert Davis Chirchir and blogger Dennis Itumbi hacked IEBC servers and changed results from Form 34As, now says that the logs he submitted are for illustrating how the portal can be accessed and manipulated and it does not necessarily mean that actual hacking took place.
He added that his informant, who claimed that he was one of the hackers, might have misled him.
Titanic Battle as Supreme Court Begins Hearings
The Supreme Court is this morning expected to make several rulings regarding the presidential election petitions challenging the election of William Ruto as President-elect.
Some of the issues the seven judges of the apex court will decide on include parties to be enjoined as friends of the court and whether some petitions qualify to be heard by the court.
Later today, the court will conduct a pre-trial session before a proper hearing kicks off tomorrow.
NSAC: Yes, Our Team Met Chebukati, But…
The National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) has filed two affidavits at the Supreme Court in response to accusations leveled against it by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.
Chebukati, in his affidavit, defending the election of William Ruto, said a team from NSAC met him and told him to declare Raila Odinga the President-elect since the country “would burn” if Ruto was declared the winner.
NSAC admitted to meeting Chebukati but insisted that discussions revolved around releasing presidential election results and not trying to manipulate the outcome.
Kennedy Kihara, who swore the affidavits on behalf of NSAC, said the team wanted to know why IEBC was creating tensions by delaying the results.
Ruto Wants Commissioners’ Affidavits Rejected
President-elect William Ruto has asked the Supreme Court to strike out affidavits from commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), who have been mentioned as respondents in the petition filed by Raila Odinga.
Through his chief agent Kithure Kindiki, who is a lawyer, Ruto says some of the commissioners just want to prejudice him. IEBC Vice-chair Juliana Cherara and commissioners Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyang’aya, and Irene Masit already distanced themselves from the results that declared Ruto the presidential winner.
Ruto said an affidavit from IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati should be accepted since he might not have ample time to respond to the other commissioners.
Girl Who Confessed Killing 4 to Remain in Custody
A Kiambu court yesterday allowed the police to continue holding a 15-year-old girl, who has confessed to murdering his two sisters, a brother, and a cousin. The 15-year-old said she killed the four by strangling and suffocating them using a pillow between July 2022 and this month.
Kikuyu Resident Magistrate Catherine Mburu also allowed detectives to exhume the bodies of two of the four victims to carry out postmortems.
The Form One student will undergo mental and age assessments before any charges are preferred against her.
Asked why she committed the macabre acts, the minor a feeling of excitement overwhelms her.
Ruto Praises Chebukati
President-elect William Ruto yesterday lauded Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman for overseeing a “credible presidential election”.
Dr. Ruto said despite attempts by government officials to manipulate the election, Chebukati refused to betray the people of Kenya. He described Chebukati as a hero.
However, Ruto’s main opponent Raila Odinga has rejected the results and lodged a petition at the Supreme Court.
Pick Schools You Can Afford, Magoha Tells JSS Parents
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has advised parents with children in Grade Six under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) to select junior secondary schools (JSSs) they can afford.
Magoha said parents should not expect the government to foot the costs for boarding schools, insisting that his ministry only guarantees Freed Day Secondary Education (FDSE).
Learners in Grade Six are currently selecting JSSs they would like to join next year. Parents have been asked to offer guidance.