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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories, making the headlines on this 14th day of 2022.
Uhuru, Raila Meet Handshake MPs at State House
President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga on Thursday praised lawmakers supporting the ‘Handshake’ for helping the government pass laws aimed at improving the lives of Kenyans.
While asking the Senate to pass the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which has already sailed at the National Assembly, the Head of State, who hosted over 200 legislators at State House, Nairobi, called out Deputy President William Ruto’s camp for opposing the proposals, which he said will bring political hygiene.
For his part, the former Prime Minister said there is no right or wrong time to amend the law because the constitution is a work in progress, adding that those opposing the Bill were doing so for short-term political gains.
The President also thanked Parliament for passing the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act, saying the news laws will enable the country to have a respectable banking system.
Uhuru, Raila Avoid Politics at Meeting With Lawmakers
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his ‘Handshake’, ODM chief Raila Odinga steered clear of politics during a State House meeting attended by lawmakers drawn from the bi-Carmel House yesterday.
Some of those who attended the luncheon said the two leaders may have avoided matters of politics, as several attendees were viewed as political double agents.
However, the President alluded that he is keen to work with the ‘Handshake’ team ahead of the August General Election.
“I hope and pray that this spirit we have started with (in the new year), we shall be able to carry on with it through until elections are over and for us to be able to bequeath again a new administration peace, togetherness, and focus on the issues that affect the people of Kenya.”
Nelson Havi Ousted
Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Council has dismissed Nelson Havi as the body’s president and replaced him with counsel Linda Kiome.
Kiome said Havi should be treated as an imposter if he tries to make any announcements on behalf of the LSK.
She added that LSK Branch Caucus took over due to Havi’s incompetence that has seen the lawyers’ body engage in protracted feuds.
Terror Suspect Narrates Harrowing Experience in Guantanamo
Days after Abdul Malik Bajabu was released from a US military prison, the Kenyan terror suspect has explained for 15 years he has gone through hell.
Arrested in 2007 over terror links, Bajabu was taken to Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, a notorious prison where hardcore criminals from all over the world are locked up and tortured by soldiers from the United States.
Bajabu narrated that he would be kept in a dark room where the military officers would beat him thoroughly while being naked. All this time he was chained to the cell’s walls.
In the torture chambers, he would go for months without bathing and for days without food and water.
Ruto, Raila Set For Bruising Battle as IEBC blows the Whistle
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will usher the country into a full campaign mode next week when it will officially allow campaigns to start and gazette August 9 as the date for the 2022 General Election.
This announcement will now set the stage for campaigns, with all eyes on Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga, who are squaring for the presidency.
Although they have been moving around the country to market their State House bids, the duo claims that all it has been doing is meeting the people and listening to their grievances.
But before the electoral commission blows the whistle, the former Prime Minister will officially kick off his presidential campaigns in Thika, Kiambu County, tomorrow, January 15.
OKA Chiefs Receive Report
Chiefs of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) are meeting this afternoon to go through a report that has been prepared by the coalition’s technical committee.
The report explains who should be OKA’s presidential candidate among Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper, ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi, Kanu chairman Gideon Moi and Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetabgula.
Members of the committee, who had retreated to Naivasha earlier this week, said the principals will decide when to unveil the presidential flag bearer.
Some of the factors considered during the selection include regional representation, the numbers each candidate is bringing to the table, and past records.
Shock as Headteacher Makes Pupil His House Help
Police in Homa Bay have apprehended Kuja Primary School Headteacher, Humphrey Muturi after it was revealed that he forced a pupil to work at his home as a house help.
Since May last year, the nine-year-old girl has been taking care of Muturi’s baby until Wednesday when police and a children’s officer from the county raided the home and found the minor carrying the child.
Authorities said the matter is being treated as exposing the girl to child labour.
Officers Arraigned Over Death of Man
Two police officers were yesterday presented at the Kisii Law County after a public inquest linked them to the death of a man in 2015.
Francis Mainyura died in mysterious circumstances while at the Motonto police station in Kisii where he had been held.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said the cops will be charged with the offense of murder.
Wamalwa Claims OKA is a Coalition of Jokers
Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has advised the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) to dissolve and join either Deputy President William Ruto or ODM leader Raila Odinga’s sides.
Describing OKA as an alliance of jokers, Wamalwa said the presidential race is between Raila and Ruto.
“The indecisiveness among OKA leaders made Kenyans lose trust in them. They cannot be trusted because they cannot make a very small decision,” he claimed during an interview on Ramogi FM.