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Top 10 News in Brief: Ruto Talks Economy, Shades Uhuru in 1st Address to Parliament

by Robert Mwangi
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Friday, 29th September – Good morning! This is your daily edition of our brief, but salient Kenyan news properly selected for you.

Ruto 1st Address to Parliament 

President William Ruto was excited to address Parliament for the first time as Head of State and he seized the opportunity to celebrate his victory.

Part of his speech, which spanned just 34 minutes, included his bumpy road to State. He said it was the doing of the Lord that he was able to defeat the establishment candidate, Raila Odinga, who had the backing of retired President Uhuru Kenyatta and the State machinery.

Ruto claimed that he was the opposition candidate and defeating the “deep state”, which some people argue is mythical, was no mean feat.

He could not end his speech without trolling his former boss, Uhuru Kenyatta, whom he said choose a path that landed him in opposition straight from the reins of power.

Ruto: How I Will Transform The Economy 

“It will take at least three years to make the country’s economy stable and grow to an upper middle income.” President William Ruto declared yesterday.

In his inaugural speech in Parliament, the Head of State admitted that the economy was not in good shape and the National Assembly and the Senate must show goodwill by adopting laws that will correct mistakes done by the previous administration.

He detailed that agriculture, – productivity and value addition – technology, and innovations will be his key priorities.

On debt management, the President said borrowing for recurrent expenditure must stop.

Ruto Orders Slashing of Budget by Ksh300 Billion

President William Ruto yesterday afternoon made his inaugural address to a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the Senate where he directed Parliament to reduce 2022/2023 Ksh3.3 trillion budget by Ksh300 billion.

The President said the move will ease pressure on the government, especially because the expenditure has a deficit of Ksh900 billion. He reiterated that the spending by the government must be reasonable and sustainable.

“We should never borrow to finance recurrent expenditure. It is simply wrong. We must bring ourselves and our country to sanity,” he said.

Also suggesting that the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) be named Kenya Revenue Service, the Head of State said the tax collector must come up with a tax-friendly regime to spur economic prosperity.

Differences Aside as Ruto Addresses Parliament 

Government and opposition MPs yesterday put aside their differences as President William Ruto make his inaugural speech to Parliament.

Lawmakers embraced each other with hugs, handshakes, light conversations, smiles, and laughter.

But the photo of the day was a firm handshake between the President and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, who has been Ruto’s fiercest critic over the years. They exchanged a few words and laughed hysterically.

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino said he now accepted that Ruto is the President of Kenya.

Ruto Applauds Kenyans For Re-electing 193 MPs 

President William Ruto yesterday commended Kenyans for re-electing 193 MPs noting that move shows that the country has confidence in its leaders.

Addressing a joint sitting of Parliament, which was his first as President, Ruto also congratulated women who have been elected to join the National Assembly and the Senate, noting that the country was gradually women leadership.

Some 29 women were elected to represent single-member constituencies while 47 joined the National Assembly as Woman Reps. Three women were elected as senators.

He urged both Houses to pass laws that make sense to the common man and discharge their oversight role diligently.

Medic Raise The Alarm as Heart Diseases on The Rise 

Cardiologists yesterday gave worrying statistics about the surge in cases related to heart diseases, revealing that three in every 10 hospital admissions are a result of cardiovascular illnesses.

While marking World Heart Day, the specialists also highlighted that heart diseases are accounting for at least 10 percent of the country’s deaths.

Kenya Cardiac Society Chief Executive Officer Dr. Lilian Mbau explained that the problem is not only affecting adults, as children aged between 13 and 15 years are also suffering from these diseases due to unhealthy lifestyles.

The medics advised Kenyans to reduce their intake of alcohol, tobacco, salty foods, and sugary beverages.

Journalist Petitions Parliament to Remove Chebukati 

Journalist Milton Nyakundi has petitioned the National Assembly to initiate the process of removing electoral commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati, Chief Executive Officer Marjan Hussein, and commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye.

In his petition, which was received by the Clerk, the scribe is of the view that the aforementioned bungled the 2022 presidential election and the exclusion of four commissioners, including Vice-chair Juliana Cherara was unconstitutional.

Nyakundi is anchoring his argument on the detailed Supreme Court judgment regarding the presidential election petition, which ruled that the split within the electoral agency ought not to have happened.

Ken Ng’ondi is The Nairobi Speaker 

Efforts by Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja to influence the election of Speaker at the Nairobi County Assembly have yielded nothing after his preferred candidate, Robbow Mohammed was whitewashed by a man picked by Azimio la Umoja.

Ken Ng’ondi garnered 68 votes against Mohammed’s 55v votes. Earlier, chaos almost erupted as MCAs from the competing sides disagreed over the mode of voting.

Though he was not Sakaja’s choice, Ng’ondi said he will strive to work with the Executive for the benefit of city dwellers.

Recruitment of DCI Boss Kicks Off 

The search for the man or woman who will replace George Kinoti as the Director of Criminal Investigations has started, with the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) advertising the position. Kinoti resigned this week.

Any interested candidate must be a Kenyan citizen, holds a degree from a recognized university, and have at least a 10-year of experience at the management level of public institutions.

NPSC will propose more than one person. The names will be forwarded to the President, who will appoint one of them.

Woman Who Snored in Court Pleads Not Guilty 

The woman who caused a scene at the Milimani Law Courts last week after she fell asleep and started snoring while the magistrate was charging her over drunk driving has been arraigned afresh.

Sharon Wakhu denied that she snored in court and that she was driving her Mercedes Benz under the influence of alcohol. Traffic cops had arrested her along Ngong Road and despite the irrefutable evidence that she was intoxicated, Wakhu pleaded not guilty.

The e case will be mentioned on October 12.

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