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Top 10 News in Brief: Uhuru Purge Now Targets 4 Vocal MPs Allied to DP Ruto

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, 10th February 2021.

Uhuru’s Axe Heads to the National Assembly

After pushing out allies of Deputy President William Ruto from the Senate leadership and nominated slots, President Uhuru Kenyatta is now headed to the National Assembly to punish more rebel MPS.

According to sources, some nominated MPs could be stripped off their seats for openly supporting the presidential bid of DP Ruto and disrespecting the Head of State, who is the party leader of Jubilee.

There are David Sankok, Gideon Keter, Halima Mucheke and Cecily Mbarire

Irungu Kang’ata Shown the Door

Jubilee Party has de-whipped Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata as the Senate Majority Whip.

Kang’ata was replaced by his Kiambu counterpart, Kimani Wamatangi.

According to Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, the senator was dethroned for addressing President Uhuru Kenyatta in a demeaning manner and leaking confidential party secrets.

SRC Approves Car Grants For MCAs

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has approved Ksh4.5 billion car grants for ward representatives and speakers.

In a letter to the newly-elected Council of Governors (CoG) chairperson, Martin Wambora, commission chair Lynn Mengich said guidelines on implementation would be provided in time.

A fortnight ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta promised the grants to MCAs after they set it as a condition to pass the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum Bill.

Senators Warn National Treasury over County Funds

A group of senators have warned the National Treasury after it emerged that the Exchequer had planned to slash funds meant for counties.

According to Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and Nairobi’s Johnson Sakaja, the Treasury was planning to give counties Ksh316 billion instead of the initial promise of Ksh370 billion.

The lawmakers said such a move would undermine devolution.

DP Ruto, CS Munya Clash at Burial

Deputy William Ruto and Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya clashed during the burial of Thika MP Patrick Wainaina’s mother in Gatundu, Kiambu County.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria set the stage after asking Munya to hand over President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech to the DP. The CS declined, stating that the Head of State gives his message to whoever he wants.

After finishing his speech, the DP walked out of the funeral accompanied by some mournes, leaving Munya as he read the President’s speech amid hostility.

Kisumu Passes BBI Bill

The Kisumu County Assembly has become the second devolved unit to pass the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill of 2020 after Siaya.

The leadership of the assembly said the document captures the views of the local people.

ODM leader Raila Odinga met MCAs and governors from the four counties (Migori, Siaya, Kisumu and Homa Bay) forming Luo Nyanza, where he implored them to pass the Bill as soon as possible.

End of 8-4-4 Education System

President Uhuru Kenyatta has unveiled a new state department to oversee the ongoing implementation of the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC).

The new State Department for Implementation of Curriculum Reforms within the Ministry of Education has been tasked with the role of the new education system, including recommendations of a task force whose report the President launched today.

The Head of State, who recalled Kenya’s curriculum reforms over the decades, said CBC would make Kenya’s education system responsive to the demands of the modern-day world and rallied Kenyans to back the process.

‘Perfect’ Teachers For New Curriculum

The task force midwifing the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) has proposed tough qualifications for teachers seeking employment under the new education system.

According to the task force’s report, a teacher should not be taking alcohol or abusing drugs.

He/she must also lead an impeccable lifestyle so that learners can emulate them.

Justice at Last For Mwende

Jacqueline Mwende, the woman whose hands were chopped off by her husband in 2016, has lauded a Machakos court for jailing the culprit.

Senior Resident Magistrate Brenda Bartoo said the court had found Stephen Ngila guilty and sentenced him to 30 years in jail.

Man Says He Cultivates Bhang as Traditional Herb

Police in Embu County have arrested a man who has reportedly been cultivating bhang since 1972.

Gerald Ireri confessed that he uses the plant as traditional herb, insisting that authorities apprehended him for no reason.

He has been growing the “herb” in his tea plantation.

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