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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 2nd August 2021.
Uhuru’s Headache in Managing His Succession
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s efforts to unite the key opposition politicians ahead of the 2022 General Election have faced stumbling blocks, as the various leaders maintain that their aim is to vie for the top seat or nothing.
Emissaries from State House have been sent to try and reunite the former National Super Alliance (Nasa) principals – Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Moses Wetang’ula – with little progress.
Insiders say the President wants Mudavadi, Kalonzo, Wetang’ula, and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi to shelve their ambitions in favour of the former Prime Minister, but they insist that he should be asked to step aside after failing to clinch the presidency four times.
President Kenyatta is said to have warned the leaders last month that they risk handing his deputy, William Ruto, an easy win if they don’t work together.
Raila Expresses Hope of Re-uniting With Nasa Partners
ODM leader Raila Odinga has said the end of Nasa does not necessarily mean that he and the other principals have become political enemies.
The opposition chief hinted at a possible re-union Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula of Ford-Kenya, saying that negotiations to form a new coalition were ongoing.
“We dissolved Nasa because it had outlived its usefulness,” he said.
Nightmare as Students Join Form One
Secondary schools are staring at a major crisis, as the over a million learners who sat for the 2020 KCPE exam join Form One under the government’s policy of 100 per cent transition.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) says the government has yet to address the issue of teachers’ shortage even as the number of students increases.
For its part, the Kenya Secondary Schools Headteachers Association (Kessha) said that schools were facing both cash and infrastructure nightmares.
Raila on Healthcare
ODM leader Raila Odinga has championed the establishment of an inclusive healthcare system that does not discriminate against the poor.
In the fourth instalment of what is seen as his presidential manifesto, the former Premier said every Kenyan should have health insurance regardless of his/her background.
He said if voted in as President next year, his administration would foot insurance for the poor.
Kalonzo Plans Charm Offensive in Mt Kenya Region
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka says the Mt Kenya region owes him a political debt for supporting retired President Mwai Kibaki in his second term.
According to the former Vice-President, this is the gospel he will be taking to the region during his planned tour this month.
Kalonzo said he was aware that Deputy President William Ruto has support in the area, but said he was ready to take the challenge and undo his influence.
Uhuru’s Tour of Western Region Put Off
President Uhuru Kenyatta has postponed his much-touted tour of the western region to next week.
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said the Head of State had put off the three-day visit, which was to start yesterday, over a tight schedule due to his recent trip to the United Kingdom.
With the revision of Covid-19 protocols by the Ministry of Health, Oparanya added that more measures had to be taken to protect the residents of the counties the President will visit, hence the rescheduling of the tour.
Raila Re-unites Matiang’i With Kisii Leaders
The bad blood between Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and some leaders from Kisii County ended yesterday following the intervention of ODM leader Raila Odinga.
The leaders agreed to a truce with the Super CS and promised to forge together ahead of next year’s elections.
Kisii Governor James Ongwae, Senator Sam Ongeri, and Woman Representative Janet Ong’era have been bitter with Mataing’i for allegedly interfering in local politics using the police.
Mudavadi: Bottom-up Economic Model is Just Semantics
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi has deconstructed Deputy President William Ruto’s bottom-up economic model, saying it does not make any sense.
Speaking in Nairobi yesterday, the former Finance minister said the DP should explain what he intends to do if elected President “because Kenyans do not need empty models”.
Mudavadi said lowering taxes and fighting corruption were the only effective ways of rebooting the economy.
Questions as Military Equipment Sneaked Out of Mombasa Port
Detectives are investigating how a consignment of military gear was taken out of Mombasa Port without security officers noticing.
The 17 bulletproof helmets and 14 navy blue combat bulletproof jackets were taken out of the port concealed as waste.
It is not clear where the equipment was imported from and why security gadgets did to detect it.
Protect Devolution at All Costs, CAF Cries Out
The County Assemblies Forum (CAF) has lamented over the alleged micromanagement of devolution by some unnamed powerful individuals.
CAF chair Ndegwa Wahome, the embattled Nyandarua County Speaker and who has been at loggerheads with Governor Francis Kimemia, said ward representatives and other stakeholders were being intimidated whenever they take governors to task.
He called upon the Senate to come up with laws to protect devolution.