Top 10 News in Brief: Who is Behind Brutal Murders of Missing Kitengela Quartet

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Bodies of Men Who Disappeared in Kitengela Found

Three families of the four men who disappeared without trace on Monday, 19th April, after having lunch at a popular joint in Kitengela, southeast of Nairobi, are in mourning.

Yesterday, the relatives of Elijah Obuong, Benjamin Imbai, and Jack Ochieng identified the bodies of their loved ones in various mortuaries in Murang’a and Kiambu. Among the four friends, only Brian Odour is still missing.

Family members who identified the remains of their kin said it was apparent they went through hell in the hands of their killers.

Although the hitmen are yet to be unmasked, questions on how the bodies got to Murang’a from Kajiado have emerged. Considering that the government has imposed a lockdown in Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu, Nakuru, and Machakos due to Covid-19, it is likely that the killers are people with permits to move in and out of the disease-infected counties.

Why Kilig Firm Contacted Murathe to be a Signatory

A director of Kilig Ltd, the company that won a Ksh4 billion tender at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa), yesterday told lawmakers that Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe was asked to become a signatory so that a Chinese partner could agree to work with the firm.

Appearing before a parliamentary committee, Wilbroad Gachoka said Kilig approached Murathe because the Chinese businessman believed that someone close to power would make the deal easier.

However, Gachoka claimed that the tender was cancelled by Kemsa and no money was paid.

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Separately, Murathe told the committee that he has never received even a coin from Kilig, adding that he is not a beneficiary of Covid-19 funds.

Kenyans Turn Heat on Babu Owino After Defending Murathe

Embakasi East Babu Owino has come under fire after defending Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe over the Kemsa scandal.

When Murathe appeared before a parliamentary committee yesterday, Owino said it was clear that the Jubilee Party official did not benefit from Covid-19 funds, adding that some people wanted to “finish” Murathe through defamation.

Kenyans told off the lawmaker, alleging he was supporting a “criminal” because he himself is facing a criminal case following the near-fatal shooting of an entertainer, DJ Evolve.

Why US is Against Kemsa Distributing HIV Drugs

American Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has explained why the United States administration is against having the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) distribute the anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs donated by USAid, to Kenyan public hospitals.

Speaking to Kenyan and Nigerian journalists on the sidelines of virtual bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Blinken said the corruption at Kemsa was worrying.

He, however, said the US and the Kenyan governments were working together to resolve the stalemate so that the ARV drugs being held at the Port in Mombasa can be released.

Uhuru Sends Entire Kemsa Board Home

President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Mary Mwadime chair of the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) board. This followed the revoking of Kembi Gitura‘s appointment.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe later announced that all members of the Kemsa board had been dismissed and replaced by a new team.

This came hours after President Kenyatta held a virtual meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who complained about corruption at Kemsa.

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BBI Bill: Special Sitting Yields Nothing

The two-day special sitting of the National Assembly and the Senate has ended without lawmakers agreeing on whether to pass or reject the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020.

The question as to whether Parliament has the power to amend the Bill dominated the sessions, with allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, on one side and those of Deputy President William Ruto, on the other side.

Those who want changes made in the BBI report asked why the Joint Committee of both Houses tasked to review the Bill collected views from the public if they were not to be considered.

Speakers of the two Houses said the debate on the BBI Bill would go on next week when normal sittings resume.

Doctor Who Opposed Covid-19 Vaccines Dies of Virus

The chairman of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA), Dr Stephen Karanja, has succumbed to Covid-19-related complications. He died at the Mater Hospital in Nairobi after being admitted for a week.

Karanja had been leading a campaign against the Covid-19 vaccination, terming it unnecessary.

In March, he advised Catholics not to get the Covid-19 jab, warning that it could be a death trap. The leadership of the Catholic church, however, distanced itself from Karanja’s position.

Kenya Extends Closure of Refugee Camps

The United Nations (UN) has finally managed to convince Kenya to delay the planned closure of Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in Turkana and Garissa counties, respectively.

After holding talks with Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his Foreign Affairs counterpart, Raychelle Omamo, UNHCR boss Filipino Grande persuaded Nairobi to change the dates to 2022.

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A team will now be formed to provide a roadmap on how the refugees will be repatriated to to their motherland.

Governor Fails to Stop Impeachment

An attempt by Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Muhamud to stop his impeachment in the courts has flopped.

It means the Senate will in the the next 10 days decide whether the county boss will be grilled by a select committee or the plenary.

Should his impeachment be upheld, he will become the third governor to be sent home.

Muhamud was overthrown on Tuesday by Wajir ward representatives who accused him of gross misconduct and abuse of office.

Meru Man in Trouble After Breaking Wife’s Arm Twice

A man from Imenti Central in Meru could be arrested for allegedly breaking his wife, Mercy Kendi, for the second time in three months.

According Kendi, her spouse broke her arm last December following a domestic quarrel. After the arm healed, he reportedly broke it again in March 2021.

Following reports that the police have delayed in arresting the suspect, Salesio Thuranira, an activist, has written to the office of the Ombudsman to take action.

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Robert Mwangi

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