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Top 10 News in Brief: Uhuru Unleashes Confusion in DP Ruto’s Camp

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, 27th November.

1. Confusion in Tangatanga Over BBI

When President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga unveiled the referendum Bill on Wednesday, most of the contested subjects in the BBI report had been amended.

The unanticipated move by drafters of the BBI document sent Deputy President William Ruto-linked Tangatanga group back to the drawing board.

A majority of the politicians known to be the face of Tangatanga have avoided speaking to the media, as they hatch their next move.

On Thursday, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, a critic of the BBI report, held a private meeting with Dr Ruto.

2. Restructuring IEBC

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has declared that it will continue to push for reforms in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna said the appointment of commissioners is not a constitutional issue, and can, therefore, be addressed through Parliament.

This comes even as ODM leader Raila Odinga denied claims that President Uhuru Kenyatta had duped him and amended the BBI report by scrapping the part saying political parties should appoint their representatives to the IEBC.

3. Foreign Surgeons Are Free to Work in Kenya

The High Court has thrown out a case filed by the Kenya Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, seeking to bar foreign surgeons from practising in Kenya.

In his ruling, Justice James Makau described the Kenyan surgeons as selfish, adding that the country did not have enough medical personnel.

4. Uhuru, Raila’s Plot Against Sonko

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila are said to have initiated an impeachment motion against Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

The Head of State reportedly asked the Jubilee side in the Nairobi County Assembly to meet Raila at his Capitol Hill office in Nairobi earlier in the week.

After the meeting, which was also attended by ODM county lawmakers, the collection of signatures to support Sonko’s removal from office began, and yesterday a motion of impeachment was tabled before the county assembly.

5. Uhuru’s Call to KDF

President Uhuru Kenyatta has advised the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to invest more in continuous training to be better prepared to deal with emerging security threats.

The President said the training must focus on imparting skills that will prepare the military to respond to diverse challenges from both conventional and other threats.

6. Uhuru Injects Billions to Revive Economy

The post-Covid-19 Economic Recovery Strategy 2020-2022 report shows that the government has allocated Ksh930 billion to restart the economy after pandemic disruptions. The money is loose from the 2020/2021 Ksh2.7 trillion Budget.

The new funds will be directed to the education sector, healthcare, vulnerable groups among other social programmes.

7. Mudavadi Endorses Report

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi has praised the Constitutional Amendment Bill of 2020, saying his party will fully support the BBI referendum.

The former Vice-President said the final BBI report had ironed out all the contentious proposals.

However, Mudavadi said his outfit would drum up support for the constitutional changes through parallel campaigns.

8. Thousands of Teachers to Miss Class

More than 17,000 teachers will be forced to work from home when schools reopen in January.

This is because the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has asked teachers above the age of 58 and those with comorbidities to avoid physical classes as they are vulnerable to contracting Covid-19.

As a result, understaffing will hit most learning institutions and available teachers will have to work for long hours to counter the deficit.

9. Mother Dumped Son’s Private Parts in Pit Latrine

The father of a boy, whose private parts were allegedly chopped off by his mother, has said that she might have thrown the genitals into a pit latrine.

Shelton Mwamburi told the Nation that he was still trying to come to terms with the sad reality, even as doctors at Kijabi Mission Hospital indicated that there was hope if the severed private parts can be quickly traced.

The suspect is still at large after her mother picked her up when Mwamburi took his son to hospital.

10. Woman Reportedly Kills Nephew Over Land

A family land dispute in the Kibukwo area of Nandi County is said to have caused a woman to attack three children with a machete, killing her nephew.

The suspect, who tried to commit suicide after the incident, was rescued by police officers after an angry mob descended on her. She is detained at Tindiret Police Post.

The other two children are fighting for their lives in hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

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