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Top 10 News in Brief: Unrest in Ruto and Raila Camps Over Alliance Excitement

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, 13th April 2021.

ODM Dismisses Ruto-Raila Alliance Idea

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leaders have laughed off speculation that Deputy President William Ruto and party leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga are set to work together to deliver the next government.

Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, a close ally of the ODM leader, said there was no progress in the said talks, adding that it was just political posturing and nothing more.

For his part, Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna clarified that they were not saying that a coalition between Ruto and Raila cannot happen, but at the moment there was nothing substantial to show.

Divisions in Tangatanga Over Ruto-Raila Alliance Talks

Cracks have emerged in the Tangatanga camp following reports that discussions were going on to have Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader forge an alliance ahead of the 2022 General Election.

Allies of the DP from the Mt Kenya region have hinted that they will walk out of the ‘Hustlers’ Nation’ if the two agree to form a coalition. The politicians argue that their boss and the former Prime Minister have nothing in common.

Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen also waded into the debate, saying he is not sure if there is any chance of Ruto and Raila forging a political union.

But others such as Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici have welcomed the Ruto-Raila alliance idea, noting that both leaders have so much in common.

Jitters Over One Kenya Alliance

Siaya Senator James Orengo has for the second time come out guns blazing at top civil servants, who are reportedly plotting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession.

The Senate Minority Leader noted that Kenyans would scuttle any plan by the powerful government bureaucrats to handpick an individual and try to help him/her capture power.

The sentiments by the lawmaker, who is a member of ODM leader Raila Odinga’s inner circle, come weeks after the launch of One Kenya Alliance, which is thought to be having the backing of the State.

High Court Judge Taken to Task Over Ruling on Defilement Case

Chief Justice candidate Said Chitembwe yesterday shed tears as he explained why he freed a 24-year-old man who had been found guilty of defiling a 13-year-old girl.

Appearing before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) panel for an interview, the High Court Judge said his ruling was informed by practicability of the matter at hand rather than the legal framework.

He added that the girl willingly had sex with the accused and even her brothers knew about the affair.

Chitembwe’s controversial ruling was ranked the worst judgment for women’s rights in 2016.

Petitioner Fails in Attempt to Stop Vetting CJ Candidates

The High Court on Monday, 12th April, declined to stop the ongoing vetting of Chief Justice candidates by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

Justice Anthony Mrima said the petition by Tolphin Nafula raised serious constitutional matters and should be looked into by a three-judge bench appointed by acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu.

In her suit, Nafula is questioning why JSC Vice-Chair Olive Mugenda is chairing the sessions during the interviews to pick the next head of the Judiciary.

Don’t Dare Give Murgor the CJ Job, Family Tells JSC

Senior Counsel Philip Murgor has suffered the first setback in his quest to become the next Chief Justice after two of his family members filed a petition at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), warning it against appointing him David Maraga’s successor.

The duo, who said they are acting on behalf of the larger family, said Murgor has been formenting sibling rivalry and should not be trusted with the Judiciary.

They accuse the lawyer of wanting to inherit most of their parents’ estate, adding that he has taken his family members to court over the same.

Firm Confiscates Waititu’s Cars

Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has moved to the court, protesting the impounding of his two luxury cars by an asset firm after allegedly defaulting on a loan.

The impeached county boss told the court he should be given more time to repay the Ksh10 million loan, noting that he obtained the credit when he was still a governor.

Waititu said he has no stable source of income and the little he gets is used to sustain his family and pay school fees for his children.

Magoha: We Won’t Change the School Calendar

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has reiterated that there are no plans to alter the school calendar.

Speaking in Kiambu, Magoha said learners are expected to resume learning next month as earlier scheduled.

His affirmation comes weeks after President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended physical learning until further notice.

Senate Convenes Today For Special Sitting

The Senate will today convene for a special sitting to consider the divisions of Revenue Bill.

Also, Garissa Senator-elect Abdul Haji will take the oath of office. He is the son of the late Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji.

Abdul was elected unopposed.

Tourism Kingpin Dies

The owner of Reef Hotel on the North Coast of Mombasa is dead.

Kuldip Sondhi, a tourism mogul, died in his sacred room inside the hotel.

The hotel management said that the 97-year-old aeronautical engineer had just finished reciting an Indian prayer moments before breathing his last..

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala mourned him as a great person, full of life even at old age.

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