Top 10 News in Brief: What is DP Ruto Doing in Dubai With Wanted Nigerian Man?

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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 22nd November.

DP Ruto’s Dubai Trip

Photos of Deputy President William Ruto with two successful Nigerian businessmen, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Timi Frank, have fuelled speculation on his mission in Dubai.

Frank is a wanted person in Nigeria and has been on the run for some time. He has been accused of character assassination.

The Sunday Nation reported that Frank was in Kenya in August and he is said to have met Dr Ruto and held a highly crucial meeting.

When the DP left the country on Wednesday, 18th November, some of his allies said he had gone a vacation to mark his wife’s 52nd birthday, but the latest developments indicate that he could be on a business trip.

From Left: DP Ruto, Atiku and Frank.

Two More Doctors Die of Covid-19

The number of medical specialists, who have lost the battle to Covid-19, has hit 12 following two new deaths on Saturday, 21st November.

Prof Anthony Were Omollo, a nephrologist, died at the Nairobi Hospital where he had readmitted after being discharged a few days ago.

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Dr Nira Patel, a dental surgeon, also succumbed on Saturday morning, just two days after contracting the virus.

BBI Train in Mt Kenyatta

Mt Kenya leaders allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta have begun popularising the BBI report in their region.

Led by Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, the politicians drummed up support for the document, noting that their territory will benefit most if the BBI report sails through.

The first meeting dubbed, BBI Express, was held in Limuru, Kiambu County, on Saturday.

Double Work for Teachers

The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has said that teachers may be compelled to do double the work they were doing before schools closed in March.

TSC boss Nancy Macharia noted that the commission might not get the Ksh17 billion needed to address the deficit of 12,000 teachers.

When schools reopen in January, only a limited number of learners will be allowed in a classroom because of the social distancing rule introduced due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Governor Clashes With Local Leaders Over BBI

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has asked antagonists of the BBI report to stop spreading propaganda that the document will be amended following the cancellation of the launch of the collection of signatures for a referendum.

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Oparanya said this would kick off soon in all the 47 counties.

However, Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, and former Sports CS Rashid Echesa said the postponement was welcome as “forcing” the report on Kenyans would divide the country further.

Covid-19 Situation

Kenya on Saturday recorded 1,222 new cases of Covid-19, 368 recoveries and 17 deaths.

This week has been the toughest for the medical fraternity, as at least six consultants have succumbed to Covid-19 related complications.

Retirees’ Blow

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has intercepted a Bill at the National Assembly seeking to allow civil servants’ contracts to be extended when they reach the retirement age of 60.

“Ministries, departments, and state agencies are required to ensure proactive succession planning for continuity in public service upon the retirement of officers,” PSC chairman Stephen Kirogo said in a circular dispatched to employees in civil service.

Who is Responsible for Their Disappearance?

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) are investigating individuals behind a social media account dubbed Carty-gand-ent said to responsible for disappearance of several teenage girls, who resurfaced on Friday.

Sleuths in their preliminary investigations established that the online cartel has been luring high school students from their homes for partying orgies that go on for days.

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Kenyans Avoid Hospitals

A new report bythe Ministry of Health shows that the Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in a 27 per cent decline in the number of patients visiting hospitals in 2020 compared to 2019.

According to Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi, the move by Kenyans, a majority of whom believe public hospitals are not safe, has led to increasing cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and malaria.

CS Warns of Locusts’ Second Wave

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has revealed that a second wave of locusts invasion might happen in mid-December.

Munya said his ministry was working with different organisations, including the FAO, to counter the looming crisis.

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Robert Mwangi

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