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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 3rd August 2021.
DP Ruto Blocked From Visiting Uganda
What had been envisioned as a quiet private trip to Uganda by Deputy President William Ruto yesterday ended in public humiliation after Immigration officials refused to clear him.
According to the DP’s office, he spent five hours at Wilson Airport, Nairobi, trying to secure authorisation. Finally, DP Ruto was forced to drive back to his Karen suburb home, disappointed.
Senior government officials said the DP could not leave the country without permission from his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, or Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua because he is not a private citizen.
Last month, the DP travelled to Uganda to meet President Yoweri Museveni, on a trip that reportedly caught the government by surprise.
The presence of Turkish businessman Harun Aydin in Monday’s botched entourage for the botched trip is said to have raised official concern, as he said to be in the country on a suspect mission.
Kanu’s Hardline Position to Feature in OKA Meeting
Kanu’s mixed signals on formally joining the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) is among the agenda to be discussed when leaders of the movement meet today, 3rd August,.The independence party’s leader, Gideon Mo. is expected to attend.
While Moi’s other partners – Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford-Kenya) – have pulled out of the National Super Alliance (Nasa), Kanu is sceptical about terminating its post-election deal with the ruling Jubilee Party.
Other issues to be discussed include the method of picking the presidential candidate and popularising the alliance.
Raila: I Won’t Retire From Politics
ODM leader Raila Odinga has told off critics asking him to exit the political stage due to his advanced age.
Speaking in Kisii, the former Prime Minister hinted at making a fifth attempt at the presidency, saying that a major announcement will be made when leaders from from his Nyanza turf meet on Friday this week.
He said similar meetings would be held across the country, adding that “this will be voice of change”.
Raila at His Weakest?
All eyes are on ODM leader Raila Odinga, who is in the coming weeks expected to unveil a new team of allies ahead of the 2022 presidential race.
For a man who has produced a new version of himself every five years since 1997 when he first ran for the presidency, observers say the former Prime Minister is at his weakest point, thanks to the politics of betrayal and age.
After falling out with almost all regional kingpins, analysts argue that his options are limited, as he has to groom new point men, a strategy that might work or fail.
However, they acknowledge that the opposition chief still has enough time to play his cards.
Boris Gifts Uhuru Old Model Car
After co-hosting the Global Education Summit alongside British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the United Kingdom last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta left the Queen’s territory with a special gift.
Johnson presented the Kenyan leader with a car that featured in the 1962 East African Safari Rally. The car was driven by Britons Wisdom-Riley Ann and Pat Mos-Carlsson, who finished third in the race.
According to the British High Commission, the gift symbolised the two leaders’ cordial relationship and President Kenyatta’s efforts to bring back the Safari Rally after a two-decade absence.
Magoha Extends Deadline For KCPE and KCSE Exam Registration
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has extended the deadline for registration of KCPE and KCSE exams by 12 days.
The registration deadline lapsed on 30th July, but school heads reported that some candidates were left out for various reasons.
At the moment, more than two million learners have registered for the two national exams, Magoha revealed.
Parents Warned as Delta Variant of Covid-19 Ravages Children
The death of a two-year-old child in Mombasa has raised the alarm over the severity of the Delta variant of Covid-19 among children.
Health experts say the new variant is more transmissible and more brutal in children, and this should be a worry for parents.
Mombasa County public health chief officer Pauline Oginga said parents and teachers should ensure children sanitise regularly and teach those above the age of five the importance of wearing a face mask.
Amending The JSC Act
The National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee wants the powers of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) stripped to deny it the ultimate opportunity of nominating the Chief Justice.
The JSC (Amendment) Bill proposes that the commission should interview the shortlisted candidates and then forward three names to the President for nomination. The Head of State should pick the most suitable candidate, and forward his/her name to the National Assembly for vetting before formal appointment.
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has opposed the Bill, saying the President might take advantage of the law to control the Judiciary by nominating a puppet.
J&J Vaccine Coming This Month
Kenya is expected to receive at least two million doses of the American-made Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine later this month.
The vaccine has been procured by the World Health Organization (WHO) and 16 other African countries will also benefit.
The Covid-19 vaccine task force chairperson, Dr Willis Akhwale, said the batch would go a long way in fighting the pandemic as a recipient of the J&J jab needs just one shot to get full immunity against the virus.
Raila Saves DG From Impeachment
Vihiga Deputy Governor Patrick Saisi can now breathe a sign of relief after ODM leader Raila Odinga brokered a truce between him and his boss, Governor Wilberforce Otichillo.
Members of County Assembly (MCAs) had started the process of impeaching Saisi, but the motion has been dropped, thanks to Raila’s intervention.
The former Prime Minister asked the two leaders to stop fighting. He was speaking during the burial of the deputy county boss’s wife, Ashura Bakari.
In June, Otichillo removed his deputy from the county payroll on grounds that he working with his enemies and sponsoring activists to fight him inn court.