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Top 10 News in Brief: Raila Raids Murang’a, Pulls Huge Crowd

by Robert Mwangi
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Raila Odinga takes campaigns in Murang'a

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, 30th August 2021.

Raila Campaigns in Murang’a 

ODM leader Raila Odinga yesterday pitched his presidential bid in Muranga’a county, assuring residents that he would revive the economy of the Mt Kenya region if elected President next year.

Speaking to a crowd in Kangari, Kigumo sub-county, after attending a church service, the former Prime Minister said the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which he initiated with President Uhuru Kenyatta, would have been a game-changer for the region.

Insisting that BBI can still be salvaged at the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal and the High Court dismissed it, the opposition leader the Mountain would get extra billions of shillings in the allocation of money sent to counties.

However, his long-time friend media mogul SK warned Raila that he should not depend on votes from the region.

Jimi Wanjigi to Raila: ‘Your Time is Over’

Presidential aspirant Jimi Wanjigi has asked ODM leader Raila Odinga to exit the stage, as his time was over and has no new ideas to take the country forward.

Addressing his supporters, the billionaire, who is seeking to fly the ODM ticket, said the country needed new and fresh leaders like him.

“The challenges we are facing as a country need people with a different worldwide view.,” the business magnate said.

Mudavadi Markets Himself in Kiambu

ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi has promised to come up with drastic policies to help the Mt Kenya region residents grow their businesses like never before if he ascends to power in 2022.

Acknowledging that the locals were hardworking people, the former Finance Minister his focus would agribusiness and youth empowerment.

Speaking at AIPCK church in Githunguri, Kiambu County, Mudavadi said under his regime there would be no punitive taxes.

Bring Even G4S, DP Ruto Downplays Security Withdrawal

Deputy President William Ruto has insisted that he has no problem with the downgrading of his security detail.

The second in command said the withdrawal of elite GSU officers from his homes littered across the country was a non-issue to him because “I’m a man on a mission, you can even bring G4S security guards”.

He also affirmed that he will not resign as President Uhuru Kenyatta dared him last week.

“I was not elected to sell ice creams,” he said.

DP Ruto Allies Take Security Saga to Senate

Deputy President William Ruto’s allies now want Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and other top government officials summoned in the Senate following the redeployment of GSU officers from the second in command’s residences.

Nandi Senator Aaron Cheruiyot said the constitution is clear on how and why the DP should be protected, whether he has differences with his boss or not.

And although Dr. Ruto claims to less about the downgrading of his security detail, Cheruiyot said the DP was waiting for Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to explain why the changes happened.

Kagwe Asks Health Workers to Avoid Strikes

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has implored health workers, especially in the Nyanza region, to negotiate with counties rather than downing tools on regular basis over a pay rise.

The CS said the national government and devolved units were consistently addressing the welfare of the medics, and therefore, they should be patient as both levels of administrations seek a comprise.

He added that health care providers should be committed to helping the government fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kingi Unveils Coastal Party 

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has revealed that the registered Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) is his party of choice.

The governor, who fell out with ODM for rallying Coast leaders to dump the Raila Odinga-led party, said he would use the new party to champion the agenda of the region.

However, some of the fringe parties that Kingi had promised to work with have accused the governor of dishonesty, saying he did not inform them before registering the outfit.

“We are unhappy after someone in the Coast region has gone ahead and registered PAA, a name we had reserved,” Kadu-Asili Secretary-General Gerald Thoya said.

DP Ruto, Kalonzo to Faceoff in By-Election 

Deputy President William Ruto is once again giving Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka a run for his money in the upcoming Nguu/Musumba ward by-election in Makueni county.

The electoral commission has cleared Wiper’s Eshio Mwaiwa and UDA candidate Daniel Musau to battle it for the seat that fell vacant following the death of Harris Ngui.

In May this year, the DP unsuccessfully tried to snatch the Machakos senatorial seat from Wiper in a by-election that the Kalonzo-led outfit won with a huge margin.

PNU Courts Governor

Laikipia Governor Nderitu Muriithi has indicated he could seek re-election on the Party of National Unity (PNU) ticket.

The county boss, who won the seat as an independent candidate, said the party that retired President Mwai Kibaki ran on for his second term in 2007 wanted him to join it as an aspirant and possibly an official.

“I will seek the blessings of and votes from my people for a second term as that we can continue to transform Laikipia,” he said.

Kenyan Fishermen to be Charged in Tanzania 

A group of Kenyan fishermen that was arrested by Tanzanian authorities two months is expected to be arraigned today in the neighbouring country.

The six fishermen were apprehended after they fought their Tanzanian counterparts over fishing gear.

Attempts by various Kibo Beach Management Unit to have the six set free have not materialised.

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