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Top 10 News in Brief: Uhuru Influences EALA Nomination List

by Robert Mwangi
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Raila Daughter Secures EALA Nomination 

ODM leader Raila Odinga’s youngest daughter, Winnie Odinga, and Wiper boss Kalonzo Musyoka’s son, Kennedy Musyoka, have one foot in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) after the parties their fathers lead nominated them for vetting by Parliament. Kennedy has been a member of the regional House.

President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance submitted 15 names for consideration by a joint committee of the Senate and the National Assembly from a pool of 145 applicants while Raila’s Azimio la Umoja presented 12 names. Of the 27 nominees, only nine will be picked.

The Kenya Kwanza list has, among others, Hassan Omar, David Sankok, Zipporah Kering, Abdikadir Aden, Fredrick Muteti, Anne, and Okeng’o Nyambane. The Azimio nominees include Fatuma Gedi (Jubilee), Mohamed Shahbal (ODM), Winnie (ODM), Kennedy (Wiper), Kanini Kega (Jubilee), Justus Kizito (ODM), and Jeremiah Kioni (Jubilee).

Gedi secured her nomination at the last minute following Jubilee party leader Uhuru Kenyatta’s intervention. She replaced Ruth Mwaniki after Uhuru insisted that all Jubilee nominees could not come from central Kenya.

Big Names Left Out in EALA List

A good number of popular politicians who were eyeing the few slots in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) did not make it to the final list submitted to Parliament for vetting by a joint committee and thereafter voting by the whole House.

On the Kenya Kenya side, names such as Wilson Sossion, Mwangi Githiomi, Simon Mbugua, Florence Mutai, Pual Bii, and Yusuf Shanzu were left out despite having applied for the positions.

Azimio politicians who missed out include Jaoko Oburu, Zuleika Hassan, Amos Wako, Elizabeth Ongoro, Peter Odoyo, John Mututho, Naomi Shaban, Chirau Mwakwere, Asman Kamama, Peter Mwathi, and Moses Ole Sakuda.

Investigator: Kinoti Forced Me to Frame Gachagua

The top detective who filed an affidavit alleging that former DCI boss George Kinoti forced him to fabricate corruption charges against Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua was at pains to defend his claims during cross-examination in a Nairobi court yesterday.

Superintendent of Police Obadiah Kuria maintained that the ex-director of the Criminal Investigations Department gave him strict timelines to fish for evidence to frame the then Mathira MP, who was at loggerheads with the government of Uhuru Kenyatta.

However, Anti-Corruption Court magistrate Victor Wakumile said he did not understand why Kuria agreed to be compromised yet the DCI is an independent office.

Wakumile charged that Kuria’s account was unbelievable as Kinoti did not pressure him to make the charges at gunpoint.

Pakistan Says Journalist Killed in Nairobi Was Murdered in Cold Blood 

The fatal shooting of top investigative journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya was pre-meditated, Pakistani Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has said.

Rana ruled out reports by Kenyan police that Sharif was fired at in a case of mistaken identity. The minister said the scribe was executed in a technical manner that even suggested that the officers involved were in communication with Sharif’s friend, who was driving the Toyota Land Cruiser and escaped without any injuries.

“In my view, the shooters knew who Sharif was and where he was sitting in the vehicle. The driver also knew what was about to happen where,” Rana said.

The journalist was killed on Sunday night, 23rd October 23, at a roadblock in Magadi, Kajiado County. The police gave contradicting reports.

Health Ministry Explains Why Cholera Cases Are Rising 

The Ministry of Health says cases of cholera are soaring in different counties because the current drought has reduced access to clean water.

Head of Public Health Francis Kuria explained that with water becoming scarce, infections would increase, therefore, Kenyans should mind about where they are getting their water and food from.

He said some eateries were preparing their food with water from unsafe sources that could be contaminated with cholera-causing bacteria.

Kuria added that while buying water from vendors, it would be good to enquire where they got it from.

Kenyans to Visit South Africa With Ordinary Passport

A Kenyan with an ordinary passport will not need a visa to travel to South Africa from January, President William Ruto and his visiting counterpart South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, have said.

Speaking at State House, Nairobi, yesterday, the leaders said the agreement would enhance trade between the two countries.

Each year, a Kenyan can visit South Africa for 90 days without applying for a visa.

Where Did They Take Covid-19 Vaccines? 

National and county governments are on the spot over missing Covid-19 vaccines worth Ksh1.7 billion, a report by Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu says.

The national government cannot explain where Ksh1.6 million valued at Ksh920.7 million went while devolved units failed to account for 1.2 million doses worth Ksh774.9 million.

At the same time, Gathungu said the rollout of the vaccines was largely a success save for a few mistakes like not educating the people well about the jabs.

Barasa: I’m Innocent

Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa has played down allegations that a scandal that led to the loss of Ksh18 billion taxpayers’ money was plotted under his watch while he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco).

Speaking after he was grilled by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for two consecutive days, Barasa said Ketraco did not sign the contract for the Lake Turkana Wind Plant. He exuded confidence that the anti-graft agency would clear him.

The private investors who were undertaking the project imposed a Ksh18 billion penalty on the government after delaying its implementation.

Jumwa’s Lawyers Ask Haji to Withdraw Charges

Lawyers defending Gender and Public Service Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa in a murder case have appealed to Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji to withdraw the charges against her.

Led by Danstan Omari, the counsel claimed that listening to testimonies of three witnesses, they had established that Jumwa was not involved in the fatal shooting of Jola Ngumbao in 2019. Jumwa was charged alongside her former aide, Geofrey Okuto.

Senate Approves Koome’s Nomination

Senators have endorsed Japhet Koome for the position of the Inspector-General of Police, with members of the National Assembly also expected to approve him this afternoon following his vetting on Tuesday.

The lawmakers said Koome was equipped with adequate experience and demonstrated a deep understanding of security matters.

Koome promised to tackle insecurity and address the plight of police officers regarding remuneration and working conditions.

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