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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 14th September 2021.
Raila Revisits Mau Forest Issue Ahead of 2022 Poll
ODM leader has yet again gambled with the emotive Mau Forest conversation, a move that could cost him votes in the Rift Valley as happened in 2013 when he advocated for eviction of settlers, the majority of whom are from the Kalenjin community.
In what has been seen as his latest attempt to win the Maa community votes, the former Prime Minister insisted that the forest must be conserved at all cost.
Speaking during a forum with leaders from Kajiado and Narok, Raila said the focus should be on long-term solutions that would lift the Maasai and other pastoralist communities from cycles of drought and famine.
Mudavadi: I Don’t Fear Facing DP Ruto
ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi is optimistic that he will defeat Deputy President William Ruto in the 2022 presidential contest.
Insisting that he is not going to back anyone for the top seat, Mudavadi said that Dr. Ruto is just any other competitor and he has not panicked as some quarters have been alleging.
The former Finance Minister added that one of his key agendas will be fighting corruption, as the lack of political goodwill by the current administration has promoted the vice.
Archbishop Ole Sapit Defends Mudavadi
Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit has said ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford-Kenya counterpart, Moses Wetang’ula, did not walk out of a church function in Butere, Kakamega County, on Sunday, September 12.
Shortly after Sapit said politicians would not address the congregation, which had gathered for the consecration of Rose Okeno as Butere Diocese Bishop, Mudavadi and Wetang’ula were seen leaving the function, ostensibly in protest.
However, the archbishop yesterday revealed that the two leaders excused themselves to attend another function in Murang’a.
Sonko Tells Court He is in a Financial Crisis
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has pleaded with the court to allow him to access the Ksh15 million cash bail he deposited when he was charged with corruption.
Sonko said he is very broke and unable to meet most of his needs, including paying school fees for his children.
“I’m asking the court to be allowed to deposit security in place of cash bail to enable me to access the money to attend to my health, paying school fees, pay my lawyers and cater for my daily needs,” he said.
Ford-Kenya Deputy Leader Endorses Raila
Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka is now rooting for ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidency over his party boss and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula.
Onyonka, who is the deputy party leader of Ford-Kenya said the former Prime Minister is the best choice to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He claimed that Raila was rigged out in 2007, 2013, and 2017 General Elections, but now stands a better chance of ascending to power, thanks to his good working relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Schools Reopen in Laikipia
Learning in at least five schools that had been closed in the Ol Moran area of Laikipia county resumed yesterday under tight security.
However, a good number of learners did not report, a clear indication that some parents are still unsure of the safety of their children.
Last week, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i ordered the reopening of the schools and promised that police officers would provide security to both the teachers and learners.
Ex-Lawmaker Wants Alleged DP Ruto’s Land Given to Locals
Former Laikipia North Mathew Lempurkel now wants a disputed piece of land in Laikipia County sub-divided for local residents.
Recently, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i claimed that Deputy President William Ruto owns a huge ranch in Laikipia, but the second in command denied having such property under his name.
Ruto said the piece of land should be given to locals if at all it existed.
Lempurkel is asking the government to share the land with the people of Laikipia, stating that historical injustices have been sparking clashes in the county from time to time.
Start Online Jobs, ICT CS Tells Young People
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has urged the youths to embrace online jobs, saying over 1.2 million Kenyans are earning good money through the Ajira Digital Programme.
Cautioning the young people against being used by politicians, Mucheru said the government has set up tens of works stations, equipped with computers and internet, where the youths can work online.
“Don’t be cheated again that you have no value. Don’t get lost,” he said while in Mombasa.
Students Torch Dormitory After Being Denied to ‘Worship’ With Girls
On Sunday night, September 11, students at the Eor Ekule High School set one of the dormitories on fire after the school denied them an opportunity to have a prayers’ session with girls from a neighbouring institution.
The boys said the decision to refuse them to hold a joint Christian Union service with their counterparts infringed on their rights.
Before the fire was put out, items of unknown value were reduced to ashes.
Suspects in Murder of Three Men Detained
Eight men who allegedly butchered three men in Kilifi County last week will spend 21 more days in police custody to allow detectives to conclude investigations.
Robert Mganga, who is the prime suspect, is said to have hired his accomplices to kill businessman Sidik Mohamed, James Kazungu, a land agent, and another unidentified man.
The trio was on a land-buying mission when the suspects attacked them with machetes. They also burnt down the victims’ Toyota Fielder car.