Tuesday, 21st May – Good morning! This is your daily edition of our brief, but salient Kenyan news properly selected for you.
Regions That Matter
Deputy President William Ruto and his main rival in the August presidential election, Raila Odinga have identified the four regions that are likely to determine the winner.
For better part of this year, the two have concentrated their campaigns in Mt Kenya, Western, parts of Rift Valley and the Coast. However, they have made more forays in the Mountain and Western.
Between January and June, Dr Ruto made 36 trips to Mt Kenya, meaning at times he visits the area twice a week. The region has 4.7 million registered voters.
In both the 2013 and 2017 presidential elections, more than half of the votes President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto garnered were from Mt Kenya.
IEBC Says It Will Work With Digital Register
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has ruled out identifying voters using the manual register in the August 9 General Election.
The national polls agency said all the 22.12 million voters will be identified electronically to enhance credibility of the election.
Chairman Wafula Chebukati and Chief Executive Officer Marjan Hussein Marjan noted that manual identification has in the past promoted illegitimate voting where in some areas those who cast the ballot are more than the number of registered voters.
Family Fued Rock English Point Marina
Weeks after the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) put the popular English Point Marina Hotel under receivership over a Ksh4 billion loan, an ugly family fight over ownership of the establishment has rubbed more salt to the wound.
Amyn Kanji, one of the owners, claims that his shareholding has been taken away from 30 percent to a paltry less than one percent.
He accused his brother Alnoor and his wife Nafisa of going behind his back and deducting his shares.
Documents deposited with the Business Registration Service shows that a board meeting was held in March and the new share allocation agreed. At the time, Amyn was out of the country.
IEBC Upholds Disqualification of 4 Presidential Hopefuls
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Disputes Resolution Committee has upheld the disqualification of four presidential aspirants who lodged appeals.
The four – Jimmy Wanjigi, Reuben Kigame, Mwangi wa Iria and James Kamau Irungu – failed to get clearance after failing to comply with the signatures’ requirement.
Kigame had argued that he should have been exempted from the requirement due to his disability, but the committee ruled that there was no legal provision for that.
With the committee’s verdict, Raila Odinga, William Ruto, David Mwaure Waihiga and Prof George Wajackoyah are the only presidential candidates.
IEBC Condemns Jacaranda Chaos
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has criticised politicians behind the fracas witnessed on Sunday when Deputy President William Ruto held a rally at the Jacaranda grounds in Embakasi East, Nairobi.
The body has challenged the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to order a probe and bring to book those who paid the youths to cause chaos.
The DP’s motorcade was stoned while several people, including UDA candidate for the Embakasi East parliamentary post, sustained injuries.
The second in command accused ODM leader Raila Odinga of sponsoring the violence, an allegation that the former Prime Minister described as false.
Mask Up, Kagwe Urges Kenyans
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has implored Kenyans to go back to wearing their face masks in the wake of a new wave of the coronavirus.
Kagwe urged passengers in trains, public service vehicles and planes to have their masks on always. Also, those attending indoor events have also been asked to carry their protective gear.
The country has been recording higher cases of Covid-19 in recent weeks, with the positivity rate averaging at 10 percent.
Raila: I Will Give Free Education
Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga yesterday affirmed that his promise of free education at all levels is realistic and implementable.
Speaking in Kajiado, Raila said those doubting the pledge will be shocked if he becomes President in August.
The former Prime Minister remarked that the first step will be dealing with the cancer of corruption by sealing loopholes that have facilitated looting of public resources.
It’s Over For Sonko
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko’s attempt to make a comeback in elective politics has hit a snag.
The electoral commission Disputes Resolution Committee on Monday agreed with the Mombasa County Returning Officer that Sonko does not qualify to run for office considering that he was impeached as city hall boss in December 2020.
Though the politician has a pending case at the Supreme Court, the committee was of the view that no court has set aside the impeachment.
Sonko had been given the Wiper ticket to contest for the Mombasa gubernatorial seat.
Ruto Chases Away Journalists From His Meeting
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday ordered journalists to leave his meeting with residents of Hugo in Njoro, Nakuru County.
The second in command said he had noted that journalists were fond of twisting his message, therefore, he did not want them to record him.
After th forum, the DP said he engaged the locals on peace matters.
Lately, he has been accusing the media of unfair and biased coverage of his political engagements.
Residents Decry Insecurity
Residents of Matungulu in Kakamega County have asked police officers in the area to beef up security by increasing patrols at night.
This comes after the killings of two guards in the past two weeks where several others have been seriously wounded and are receiving treatment.
The locals asked officers to track a Toyota Probox that has moving around at night carrying out crimes.
In 2019, 40 people were killed in the area within three months, prompting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to transfer all officers.