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Top 10 News in Brief: Uhuru on The Spot Over Ksh54 Billion Big Mess

by Robert Mwangi
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Wednesday, 21st September – Good morning! This is your daily edition of our brief, but salient Kenyan news properly selected for you.

Uhuru Spent Ksh54 Billion Without Approval by MPs 

Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta came on the spot yesterday after officials from the Ministry of Treasury tabled documents to members of the National Assembly, showing that his administration spent unbudgeted money in the last weeks of the Jubilee administration.

The documents reveal that Uhuru’s government spent Ksh54.7 billion without approval from Parliament. The money was used to subsidize the prices of maize flour and fuel among other projects.

Treasury staff regrated that the billions sank in those projects were not considered in the Ksh3.3 trillion budget for the 2022/2023 financial year, hence Parliament must step in to regularize the matter.

Ruto Gets Attention at Queen Elizabeth Funeral

During the State funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, President William Ruto was among world leaders, who were mentioned on live broadcasts by outlets such as BBC and Daily Mail.

Journalists acknowledged the presence of President Ruto, explaining to hundreds of millions of viewers that it was his maiden trip outside the country as Kenya’s fifth Head of State. Ruto took the oath of office on Tuesday.

Ruto also got a chance to interact with King Charles III and other leaders from across the world.

Ruto, who is on a mission to scale up his image in the international arena, then proceeded to New York for the United National General Assembly (UNGA) conference.

Raila Meets Investors in Kisumu 

Azimio la Umoja principal Raila Odinga yesterday met a group of investors, who want to revive the Kisumu Molasses Plant, which collapsed 10 years ago.

Sources intimated that the investors want the plant leased to them with the intention of diversifying the business.

At the same time, Raila met leaders in the lakeside city, including MCAs, whom he whipped to elect Elisha Oraro as the Kisumu County Assembly Speaker.

7 Bodies Retrieved From River Yala

Police have retrieved seven more bodies from River Yala in Siaya County in the last two months, records from Yala sub-county mortuary show.

The unclaimed bodies were retrieved by divers while others were spotted floating by the locals.

In most cases, people are killed many kilometers away from Siaya, but their remains are dumped in River Yala. It is alleged that some of the victims have been executed by the police.

Orengo Nominates Cobbler to County Assembly 

Siaya Governor James Orengo has nominated a cobbler to join the Siaya County Assembly as a representative for persons living with disabilities.

Fredrick Onyango was rewarded for his efforts to campaign for ODM candidates in his place of work he would repair worn-out shoes.

He said the appointment came as a surprise to him and never imagined that one day he would get such a lucrative job.

Onyango promised to remain humble and ensure the government of Orengo helps PLWDs.

High Court to Hear Case Against CBC Next Week

Former Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president Nelson Havi will next week explain the demerits of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), which he wants to be scrapped entirely by the High Court. Judges Anthony Mrima, Hedwig Ong’udi, and Anthony Ndung’u will preside over the matter.

Havi, who took over the case from the initial petitioner, Esther Ang’awa argues that the new education system is burdensome to parents and learners plus some schools do not have the infrastructure for it to be implemented effectively.

He also says that the Ministry of Education did not take views from stakeholders before rolling out CBC.

In his inaugural speech as the Head of State, President William Ruto promised to form a task force to seek public input on whether CBC should be discontinued.

How Big Parties Are Managing Speakers’ Elections 

There has been heightened lobbying in virtually all counties across the country as MCAs elect their respective speakers.

Officials of big parties both at the national and county level have been whipping their members to elect particular individuals.

The outfits have also prevailed upon some candidates to withdraw. Tight races are in counties where a good number of ward representatives were elected on different parties.

Some of those who want the positions have defied their parties and are said to be splashing money on MCAs.

Kingi: Senate And National Assembly Will Complement Each Other

Senate Speaker Amason Kingi yesterday assured that he will work closely with his counterpart in the National Assembly to end friction between the two Houses of Parliament.

Addressing senators during a retreat in Naivasha, Kingi said the roles of each of the two Houses are clearly defined in the Constitution, and given that Wetangula has been a two-term senator, he expects them to work in harmony.

Senators Want a Kitty to Help Them Carry Out Their Oversight Role 

Senators have vowed to push for kitty from the government to enable them to discharge their oversight role effectively.

Speaking during a workshop in Naivasha, the lawmakers charged that without facilitation to do their work of keeping county governments in check, many of them can be easily compromised.

“We are not independent. We will pursue our issues and if there is goodwill, it will work in our favour,” Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo said.

Nassir Happy as Port Services Back in Mombasa 

Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nasssir has applauded President William Ruto for ordering that all port services return to Mombasa to spur economic growth in the Coast region.

The county boss said there was positive progress in the reversion of port services, but noted that bureaucracy was affecting the exercise.

“The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) needs to limit bureaucracy and red tape,” he said.

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