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Top 10 News in Brief: Ruto Vows to Frustrate ‘Expired’ Raila

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, 29th October 2021.

Ruto Claims Raila is Behind Elusive Bill 

Deputy President William Ruto now claims ODM leader Raila Odinga is the architect behind the proposed amendments into the Political Parties Act.

Dr. Ruto alleged that the former Prime Minister is pushing for the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to secure his interests after betraying his partners in the past.

According to the second in command, the opposition boss has reached the end and wants to use the bill to continue his “political conmanship”.

He vowed to explore legal avenues if MPs allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila pass the bill during a special sitting of the National Assembly today, December 28.

Showdown Expected as MPs Convene Again 

Fireworks are expected in the National Assembly this afternoon when the two main political factions will faceoff over the contentious Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

Deputy President William Ruto has asked his troop to shoot down the bill, arguing that the ‘Handshake’ team wants to bulldoze changes out of deceit and to force coalitions.

Yesterday, Tangatnga allied MPs stormed out of a sitting called by the Justice Legal and Affairs Committee (JLAC) to find a win-win situation. Some of the proposed changes were dropped.

However, DP Ruto’s allies insisted that their colleagues, who are loyal to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Rail Odinga, have a hidden agenda in the bill, which seeks to pave pay for the creation of a coalition political party while allowing individual outfits to retain their identities.

Woman Killed by Lover Ignored Warnings

In November 2019, Moses Kipchirchir was jailed for one year after hitting his wife, Purity Chebet in the head and causing him serious injuries. In March 2020, he secured freedom following a presidential pardon.

Weeks later, Chebet reunited with her lover amid warnings from neighbours and family members. She moved in with him again, hoping that he had changed.

Their cohabitation was characterised by unending matrimonial wars. In September this year, Kipchirchir reportedly killed Chebet and their 18-month-old son before burying their bodies in shallow graves on a riverbank in Mogotio.

The suspect, who has confessed to murdering the two, is also accused of killing Veronica Kanini, a Nakuru businesswoman, and interring her body on the banks of the same river.

‘I’m Sorry,’ Officer Faulted For Killing His Boss Says 

The policeman accused of killing his senior in Naivasha, Nakuru County on Saturday night yesterday told a magistrate court that he was remorseful.

Joseph Muthunga said the incident has caused him mental anguish and asked to be taken to the hospital for psychological treatment and support.

The corporal shot dead his senior after he asked him why returned to the station late and drunk. He pulled his G3 rifle and fired at his boss, killing him on the spot.

The court allowed the police to hold the suspect for eight days to conclude investigations and allow him to find a lawyer.

Hyenas Maul Two People 

Two people were on Monday evening attacked and killed by a pack of hyenas in Kamuthi and Kang’oki areas in Thika, Kiambu County as they headed home. Relatives of the victims said they are yet to get some body parts of the kin.

Police said the deaths have been reported and investigations were ongoing, with postmortems expected to reveal where the duo was mauled by the wild animals, which have been roaming freely in Thika, Witeithe, and Juja.

Residents of the affected areas have been asked to be on the lookout and avoid walking at night, even as Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) promised to end the menace.

Rhumba Great Takes The Final Bow 

Tributes poured in from across the world following the death of Congolese Rhumba legend Lulendo Matumona, who passed away while receiving treatment.

The singer, who was preparing for a major concert to wrap up the year, fell ill after a music tour in West African countries. He had been admitted to a hospital in Cameroon. He was diabetic.

Matumona will be fondly missed in Kenya. The 62-year-old was based in Nairobi for 18 good years before relocating two years ago.

Uasin Gishu Leaders Demand Apology From Uhuru After Fatal Shooting

Leaders and elders in Uasin Gishu have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to offer a personal apology after Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers killed three locals on Saturday last week.

The military officer shot dead the residents following a standoff occasioned by a land dispute in Turbo Sub-County.

The dwellers claimed that there was an attempt to displace them from the nine 5,000-acres farms.

Deputy President William Ruto said he was aware of the tussle and promised to look for a solution.

Atwoli Says He Has Invited OKA Leaders at Bukhungu Meeting

Cotu Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has revealed that he has invited chiefs of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) – Musalia Mudavadi, Gideon Moi, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Moses Wetangula – to attend the much-anticipated Bukhungu II meeting in Kakamega on Friday, December 31.

However, Mudavadi and Wetangula, who come from Western Kenya, vowed not to grace the event, describing Atwoli as a political broker with selfish interests.

The trade unionist is expected to anoint Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya as the new Luhya spokesperson, dethroning Mudavadi, whom he endorsed in 2016.

Oparanya is a close ally of ODM leader Raila Odinga and has been in the frontline in selling the former Prime Minister’s presidential bid.

Family of Man Trapped in Gold Mine Ask For Help 

The family of Tom Okwach, one of the 10 gold miners, who were trapped in a pit that caved in on December 2 is asking well-wishers and the government help them retrieve his body.

Relatives of the victim said they are overwhelmed after the Siaya County Government withdrew and left them to search his body on their own.

They revealed that they spent Christmas Day at the site hoping to find his remains so that the family can give him a decent sendoff.

Of the 10 victims, eight were rescued alive and treated while one died.

DP Ruto: There Is Nothing Like ‘Deep State’

Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed the existence of the so-called deep state, stating the cabal is just imaginary.

The second in command said if the ‘deep state’ existed, it would have blocked him from forming the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and rigging out the party in recent by-elections.

He also warned State bureaucrats against rigging him out in the presidential election, noting that he will go to any extent to protect his votes.

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