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Top 10 News in Brief: Raila Says Uhuruto Duo is ‘Corrupt’, Messed His Project

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 stories making the headlines on this day, 27th January 2021.

Raila Lashes Out at Jubilee Government

ODM leader Raila Odinga has continued his criticism of the Jubilee administration, accusing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, of runaway corruption and mismanagement.

Speaking in Nairobi, the former Prime Minister said one of the projects the Uhuruto duo messed was Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

The AU enjoy noted that the project was conceived by the Grand Coalition government between him and Mwai Kibaki, adding that they had already awarded a contract of Ksh297 billion.

However, he claimed that the Jubilee government after winning the 2013 poll gave a new tender, inflating the cost to Ksh473 billion.

Uhuru Dismisses Critics

President Uhuru Kenyatta has told off critics questioning the style of his leadership, affirming that he is fully in charge of the Jubilee government.

Although admitting that his time at State House is running out, the Head of State said he still has days to roar like a lion and naysayers should not think he is a lame duck leader.

He also told those who have started early presidential campaigns that there is no vacancy in the Office of the President.

Why I Joined the DP – Isaac Ruto

Former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has explained that he joined Deputy President William Ruto’s “Hustlers’ Nation” because they share the same ideology.

The Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader said DP Ruto‘s empowerment programmes under the “wheelbarrow movement” were meant to uplift the common man.

The aspiring Bomet governor, who spoke to the Nation, also said the post-coalition deal he signed with Jubilee Party last year still stands, noting that his relationship with the second in command does not mean he has become an enemy of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Four Parties Root for Coalition Ahead of 2022 Poll

Party leaders of Wiper, Kanu, ANC and Ford-Kenya have hinted of a possible coalition ahead of the 2022 main poll.

Speaking when they launched campaigns for the Wiper candidate in the forthcoming Machakos senatorial by-election, Kalonzo Musyoka, Gideon Moi, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula said they were working to produce a joint presidential hopeful to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Moi said a win for Agnes Kavindu Muthama in the mini-poll would boost Kalonzo’s chances of becoming the next President.

Joho, Kingi Part Ways

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart, Amason Kingi, could be in different camps in 2022, as both reveal plans to contest the presidency.

Joho has disclosed that he will apply for the ODM ticket while Kingi has announced that he will form a new political party to nurture his ambitions.

Initially, the two politicians had agreed to retreat and agree on who is more suitable for the top seat between them.

Lake Nakuru Fish Unfit For Human Consumption

The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFI) has warned that fish from Lake Nakuru is unfit for human consumption.

KEMFI researcher George Morara said the untreated industrial waste flowing into the water body was affecting the growth of the fish, and therefore, they pose danger to human health.

The institute conducted the research after consumers complained that fish from the lake were rotting faster even when refrigerated.

County Assemblies to Decide Fate of BBI

Regional assemblies have three months to decide the fate of the proposed constitutional changes through a referendum after the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2020, was presented to them by the electoral agency.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared that process can move to the next stage after verifying more than one million signatures collected in support of the BBI-backed plebiscite.

If the Bill is adopted by at least 24 counties, the country will hold the referendum, which is expected to happen June this year.

Kapedo: Leaders Divided Over Security Operation

Leaders from counties around the volatile Kapedo area have reacted differently to the ongoing security operation.

Turkana, Baringo and Elgeyo-Marakwet politicians are supporting the government in its disarmament efforts, saying that the frequent attacks have to come to an end.

However, West Pokot leaders, including Governor John Lonyangapuo, argue that security teams should hold peaceful meetings between the Pokot and Turkana communities, instead of using force on civilians in the name of eliminating bandits.

Suspect in Kiambu Murders Unfit to Stand Trial

The prime suspect in the murder of five people in Karura, Kiambu County, is unfit to stand trial, a second mental assessment has confirmed.

The court directed that Lawrence Warunge to be taken to Mathari Mental Hospital for treatment before the case is reviewed in March. Warunge’s girlfriend, Sarah Muthoni, was released after agreeing to become a state witness.

The university student is accused of killing his father, Nicholas Njoroge, mother Ann Wanjiku, brother Maxwell Njenga, cousin Christian Njenga and a farmhand, James Kinyanjui.

Nacada Wants Heavy Punishment For Traffickers

The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) has sponsored a bill in the National Assembly, seeking to have drug peddlers fined Ksh50 million.

The authority’s latest report indicate that children as young as four have been abusing drugs, blaming this to availability and poor parenting.

Nacada added that primary and secondary school students can easily access liquor and other drugs.

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