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Top 10 News in Brief: Uhuru Undresses His Deputy Ruto in Warning

by Robert Mwangi
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President Uhuru Kenyatta hits out at his deputy William Ruto

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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 19th October 2021.

Uhuru: I Will Kick Out Corrupt Leaders in My Administration

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday upsurged the war of words between him and his deputy William Ruto, lashing out at the second in command for advancing his “selfish political interests”.

Addressing his supporters in various parts of Kirinyaga, the Head of State stated that Dr. Ruto had abandoned the government and was now out here “insulting me and peddling lies”.

In a remark seen as directed at the DP and his allies, the Kenyan leader promised to kick out corrupt leaders from his administration.

“I’m coming for all corrupt leaders and fraudsters. Remember I’m in my final year so I fear no one. When I start the purges, which please don’t say I’m targeting anyone,” he said.

Uhuru Cautions Kirinyaga Leaders Against Petty Politics

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kirinyaga leaders led by Governor Anne Waiguru to unite and work together as a team so as to achieve faster development and prosperity for their County.

At the same time, the President cautioned the leaders against politics of deceit and empty rhetoric saying good leadership emphasizes peace, cohesion and unity of the people as enablers of development.

President Kenyatta spoke on Monday afternoon at Sagana State Lodge in Nyeri County at a meeting with Kirinyaga County leaders ahead of Wednesday’s Mashujaa Day celebrations at Wang’uru Stadium in Mwea.

Raila Raids Mt Kenya East 

ODM leader Raila Odinga and his brigade on Monday addressed mammoth crowds in various parts of Meru County, promising an economic revolution if he ascends to power next year.

The former Prime Minister said his administration would support small and established businesses through c

apital and policies to grow the economy.

He was accompanied by political nemesis Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya and Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungu. Their differences played out in public, with wanting to take credit for the massive reception Raila received.

Today, September 19, Raila heads to Tharaka Nithi and Embu counties.

DP Endorses Coast UDA Tensions Amid Protests 

Deputy President William Ruto’s five-day tour of the Coast region attracted love and hate in equal measures among aspirants who want to seek elective positions under the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

Although Dr. Ruto assured contenders that the nominations would be free and fair, some did not believe him as he openly endorsed some contestants. In Mombasa and Kwale, the UDA party leader urged residents to elect Omar Hassan and Fatuma Achani, respectively.

Disgruntled members accused the DP of favouring some aspirants, raising concerns on whether the party primaries will be transparent.

Agnes Tirop Alleged Killer Husband Detained

Ibrahim Rotich, the husband and the prime suspect in the murder of Olympian Agnes Tirop will spend 20 more days in police custody, as detectives piece together evidence to incriminate him.

The police confided that they have multiple witnesses who were aiding in investigations.

At the same time, Tirop’s family has started instituted legal proceedings to secure her properties, which Rotich has reportedly transferred to his name.

He is said to have recently sold one of her plots for Ksh9 million.

IEBC Fails to Meet Target in Voter Registration

For the second week running, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) yet again missed the target as the mass voter registration continues.

As of yesterday, only 491 new voters had been enlisted against the target of three million. The agency projects that at the end of the one-month exercise, six million Kenyans will have registered.

Data from the commission shows that the vote-rich Mt Kenya region is lagging behind in registration.

Governors Want Allocation to Counties 

Governors are now lobbying for the doubling of the money sent to counties as equitable share by the National Treasury.

Speaking after a four-hour meeting, Council of Governors (CoG) chair Martin Wambora argued that the devolved units should get at least 35 percent of the country’s budget as it had been proposed in the referendum Bill 2020.

The counties got Ksh370 billion in the 2020/2021 financial year and now the county bosses want an additional Ksh381.4 billion to make it Ksh751.4 billion.

Graft Case Against Grace Wakhungu Slows Down After Monari’s Death 

The High Court has allowed businesswoman Grace Wakhungu to reconstitute the legal team defending her over corruption following the death of lawyer Evans Monari, who was a key member in the case.

Judge Esther Maina gave Wakhungu 21 days to get a new team. Other lawyers in the case are Paul Muite and Duncan Okubasu.

The businesswoman appealed after the Magistrate Court sentenced her to 67 years in jail for stealing Ksh297 million from the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) through a dubious deal. Her co-accused and the fellow convict is Sirisia MP John Waluke.

Wanjigi Says Raila is Making Unrealistic Promises 

ODM presidential aspirant Jimi Wanjigi has cast doubts on his party leader Raila Odinga’s promise that his administration would offer a Ksh6,000 stipend to poor households.

The billionaire described the promise as unrealistic, saying that the programme would not be sustainable.

He said only sound economic policies can save the country.

City Billionaire, Wife Dealt a Blow in Land Dispute

Nairobi billionaire Ashok Doshi and his wife Pratibha now face arrest and prosecution for over alleged illegal acquisition of a piece of land on Processional Way.

Greenview company wants the couple charged for trying to defraud it, arguing that the two did not acquire the prime property through the right procedure.

Doshi and Pratibha moved to court to block the investigative agencies from arresting and charging him, but Justice Eric Ogola declined to grant their wishes.

The judge said the two should defend themselves in a criminal court when the Director of Public Prosecution starts a trial against them.

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