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Top 10 News in Brief: Smile For DP Ruto as He’s Cleared in Multi-million Scandal

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, 23rd January 2021.

EACC Clears DP Ruto

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has cleared Deputy President William Ruto of any wrongdoing in the hiring of a luxury private jet in 2013.

According to a report by the anti-graft body, investigations revealed that neither the DP nor his staff benefited directly from the procurement irregularities in chartering the plane dubbed the “Hustler Jet”.

The jet was used to fly the DP to various destinations in Africa and its estimated that the taxpayers lost a whopping Ksh100 million.

Ruto to Raila: ‘You Are Part of Our Failed Government’

Deputy President William Ruto told ODM leader Raila Odinga to stop running away from the failures of the Jubilee administration, insisting that the former Premier “forced” his way to the government through the ‘Handshake’.

The second in command noted that his allies were removed from the leadership of parliamentary committees and those slots given to ODM lawmakers, but now they are accusing the government of incompetence.

Dr Ruto said the Big Four Agenda would have been implemented “had the opposition not joined government through the back door”.

Gideon Moi Installed as an Elder

A group of Talai Clan traditional ritualists have finally installed Baringo Senator Gideon Moi as a Kalenjin elder and community spokesperson.

The ceremony happened at the Kanu chairman’s Kabarak home after supporters of Deputy President William Ruto blocked the lawmaker from accessing the home of one of the elders in Kapsisiywa, Nandi County, two weeks ago.

The coronation comes days after the Kalenjin Myoot Council of Elders endorsed DP Ruto for the presidency and okayed him to speak on behalf of their community.

Kalonzo Presents Himself to DCI

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has recorded a statement with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) after Deputy President William Ruto alleged that he grabbed his Yatta Farm in Machakos from the National Youth Service (NYS).

Kalonzo now wants the Deputy President charged with what he termed as criminal libel.

The former Vice -President’s lawyer, Siaya Senator James Orengo, insisted that no one is above the law, and therefore, the DP will have to respond to their complaints.

Manhunt For Boyfriend Who Killed and Set Lover’s Body on Fire

The police are looking for a man who killed his girlfriend before setting her body on fire.

Margaret Muchemi, a mother of one, reportedly invited her boyfriend to her Kasarani home in Nairobi to settle their differences.

According to Muchemi’s two house helps, the suspect first sent them away before neighbours called to inform them that their house had caught fire.

Tension Still High in Kapedo

The government has stepped up security operations in Kapedo, Turkana County, after a non-local teacher was shot in the arm by bandits.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya said the operation would continue until they flush out the attackers, adding that those in possession of Illegal weapons should surrender them to the authorities.

He also warned unnamed politicians and influential persons, who are suspected to be fuelling and funding the clashes. Tiaty MP William Kamket is among local leaders who have been interrogated by detectives.

Kenya Airways Suspends Flights to France, Netherlands

Kenya Airways has temporarily suspended flights to France – Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris – and the Netherlands’ Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to take effect in February.

The decision was made following low number of passengers occasioned by stiffer Covid-19 regulations in the two countries.

The national carrier will resume normal services in France on March 3 and to the Netherlands on March 7.

Treasury Reports Drop in Tax

The National Treasury has reported a 13.6 per cent drop in tax for the first half of financial year 2020/2021.

The Treasury attributed the slump to an unstable economy due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in March last year.

However, the Exchequer hopes for a turnaround this year after reopening of the country and reversal of pre-Covid-19 taxes.

DP Ruto Allies at Coast Suffer Setback in Plot to Takeover Kadu Asili

Attempts by Deputy President William Ruto’s allies at the coast to make Kadu Asili the regional political party have flopped.

This is after Kadu Asili party leader Gerald Thoya wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties, claiming the Tangatanga politicians had staged a “coup” in his party.

He said the politicians led by Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa had wanted to “illegally” take control of the outfit by changing its colours, symbol, and slogan.

Magoha Rebukes Kemri

A report by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) that reopening of schools will cause a spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths has angered Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha.

Magoha hit out at Kemri experts over the startling projections, saying that learners are safe in schools.

“Do you want me to believe politics or facts?” he posed, adding that the Ministry of Education has not received serious concerns three weeks after the reopening of schools.

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