Friday, 27th May – Good morning! This is your daily edition of our brief, but salient Kenyan news selected for you.
Ragathi’s Careless Statements Hurt Ruto’s Bid
Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate and Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua describes himself as an independent thinker.
However, his recent comments in gatherings and media interviews have caused jitters in Ruto’s camp.
During the burial of his brother barely two weeks ago, he jokingly suggested that Ruto should adopt some of Daniel Moi’s actions like buying food for the residents of Nyeri when he visits the county if his presidential bid materializes. Earlier this week, he caused an uproar after saying that big corporates like Safaricom should be regulated to encourage the growth of small enterprises.
The likes of Mwangi Kiunjuri, who is one of the principals in Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza, have hit out at Gachagua, noting that his sentiments are working against their coalition.
National Prayer Breakfast: Uhuru’s Message to Ruto And Raila
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday called upon Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga – the two leading presidential candidates – to accept the results after the August 9 General Election.
Speaking during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, the President wished the two best of luck but reminded them that “there will be only one winner. Our prayer is that we shall accept, move forward, and live to fight another day.”
He reiterated that he will retire in August and “my intention is to pass the baton unbroken”.
The Head of State has endorsed Raila as his preferred successor.
UhuRuto Differences Play Out During Prayer Breakfast
The sitting arrangement during yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast exposed the escalation of the fallout between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his estranged deputy William Ruto.
While in previous events the two share a table, this time around it was different. The President sat next to Chief Justice Martha Koome while his deputy was at another table with Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate.
However, they shook hands, unlike the last two meetings where the President ignored his deputy in the full glare of the cameras.
National Prayer Breakfast: Ruto, Karua Messages
Deputy President William Ruto asked for forgiveness from his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, during this year’s National Prayer Breakfast whose theme was “transition and reconciliation”.
“I ask for your forgiveness. I may have fallen short of your expectations, my friend. We have not been united as we should have been. We have failed in some areas,” he said.
For her part, Azimio la Umoja deputy presidential candidate, Martha Karua, who represented his boss, Raila Odinga, implored leaders to preach peace ahead of the August General Election.
“I pray that after this prayer, our actions will match our words. Let us compete with ideas and not insults,” she said.
Ruto, Raila Trade Barbs Over Land Issue
The historical land issues are yet again becoming a key subject in the forthcoming General Election, with Azimio la Umoja flag bearer Raila Odinga and UDA’s William Ruto trying to whip emotions, especially in the Coast and Maa land.
The Deputy President says he has an elaborate plan to buy idle land in the Coast and settle squatters if elected President. He said those who will refuse to sell land they are not utilizing will be forced to surrender it to the State.
But Raila has laughed off the radical proposal by his main rival in the presidential race, saying that Ruto cannot offer solutions yet he is part of the problem.
He challenged the DP to share a portion of his land measuring 2,500 acres in Taita Taveta if he is serious about land reforms.
Karua Says Only Azimio Can Eradicate Graft
Azimio la Umoja deputy presidential candidate Martha Karua on Thursday insisted on she and his captain, ODM leader Raila Odinga have the guts to address corruption in the country.
Speaking in Nyandarua County, the Narc-Kenya party leader said Kenya Kwanza of Deputy President William Ruto was deliberately avoiding talking about graft because its top leaders are corrupt to the core.
He also pledged that if they take power, Azimio will look into the plight of farmers by ensuring there is a ready market for their produce.
New Law Unleashes Confusion in Courts
The formulations of new guidelines by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) on the prosecution of suspects caused confusion in courts yesterday.
In the new laws, only State counsels can sign charge sheets. In the old guidelines, courts would accept a charge sheet drafted by an Officer Commanding Stations (OCS).
Police were forced to release many suspects on bond after being told that it was no longer their job to present charge sheets in court.
Mudavadi, Wetangula Pitch Camp in Western Kenya
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford-Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula have now retreated to their Western backyard to rally voters behind the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
The duo has camped in the area for the last three days, assuring the locals that William Ruto will revive collapsed industries should Kenya Kwanza win the presidential election.
“I want to inform you that part of the agreement we have signed as Kenya Kwanza is to revive our factories and be able to create jobs,” Mudavadi said.
Ruto will share 30 percent of the government with Mudavadi and Wetangula but they must deliver 70 percent of voters in Western.
US Looking For 2 Kenyans in Wildlife Trafficking
If you have any information that could lead to the arrest of two Kenyans namely; Abdi Hussein and Badru Saleh, the US government will reward you will Ksh233 million.
According to US ambassador to Kenya Eric Kneedler, the two are wanted for their alleged involvement in an international network that trafficked from Africa and sought to traffic illicit drugs into the United States.
Suspect Drug Trafficker Arraigned
The woman who was arrested after heroin drugs worth Ksh110 million was found in her house was presented in a Mombasa court yesterday and charged with drug trafficking.
The prosecution pleaded with the court not to release her on bail, saying that she was a flight risk.
State prosecutor Peris Bosibori said Nuru Mahfud was a secret person and it should be established where she works.