Top 10 News in Brief: Who Will Uhuru Back as Successor? 3 Tough Choices

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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 3rd May 2021.

Uhuru’s Succession Headache

With only 14 months remaining before Kenyans elect their fifth Head of State, the emergence of different camps within President Uhuru Kenyatta’s team has complicated the succession game plan.

President Kenyatta’s strategists are said to have idenfied ODM leader Raila Odinga, ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi and Kanu’s Gideon Moi as possible successors.

According to the Nation, powerful government bureaucrats are favouring Mudavadi-Moi ticket, but another group led by Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe and former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth want the State to back the former Prime Minister.

Recently, the President sent his younger brother, Muhoho Kenyatta, and Moi to Raila’s home after the opposition chief feared that he would be dumped after helping the Head of State to effect constitutional changes through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

DP Ruto Allies Accuse Uhuru of Abandoning His Mt Kenya Backyard

Politicians who back Deputy President William Ruto from the Mt Kenya region have claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta has frustrated residents from his backyard.

In a joint statement after meeting the DP at the weekend, the Tangatanga lawmakers said the second in command has a solid plan for the Mt Kenya region if elected President in next year’s election.

“We will tap into the huge reservoir of knowledge, talent and expertise available to inform our policy with knowledge that is grounded n our economic reality,” they said.

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Jubilee-UDA Dispute

Members of the Jubilee Party’s National Management Committee (NMC) will be meeting today to discuss a letter sent by officials of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

UDA, which is associated with Deputy President William Ruto, is protesting an intention by Jubilee to divorce it.

The DP’s party wants arbitration before severing ties with the ruling party.

Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju insists that the ruling party cannot continue working with the rebranded UDA because its members have been fighting President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Man Who Dined With Kitengela Quartet Sought

Police are looking for a man and his girlfriend, who were with the four men who went missing after sharing a meal at a Kitengela club on Monday 19th April.

Only identified as Erico, the man and the woman reportedly had their own car as Elijah Obuong, Brian Oduor, Jack Ochieng and Benjamin Imbai used a separate car, which was found 500 metres away from the club.

Detectives have indicated that he called families of the four and informed them that their kin may have disappeared.

A day after the abduction, Erico eulogised the quartet on Facebook, saying: “Shine on you way, you got to fly your way home.”

Interviews For Supreme Court Judge

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will today, 3rd May, begin the interviews for the recruitment of a judge of the Supreme Court.

The JSC will interview two on Monday, two on Tuesday and three on Wednesday.

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First to face the panel will be justice Said Chitembwe and Justice Marete Njagi

Denounce Extra-Judicial Killings, Security Agencies Told

A human rights group has urged Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, and the leadership of the entire police service to denounce extra-judicial killings, which have been on the rise.

The lobby, Missing Voices, yesterday indicated in its annual report that 157 people died under unclear circumstances while in the hands of the police.

Led by activist Irungu Houghton, officials of the group also said families of the victims have been lamenting over the delays by the courts to deliver justice.

Hope as Vaccine Effective Against Deadly Covid-19 Strain

There is hope in the fight against Covid-19 in India after a new research showed that a vaccine developed in the country can help in the management of the pandemic.

According to a report published on the bioRvix preprint server, the Covaxin jab, which was approved for emergency use in January, is capable of neutralising the deadly Indian variant, which has spread across 21 countries, including Uganda.

State House Confirms Suluhu’s Visit

State House in Nairobi has confirmed that Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan will arrive in the country tomorrow for a two-day visit.

A similar announcement was released by the State House in Tanzania, with a number of activities, including bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta, lined up.

“President Samia will attend and address a forum of Kenyan and Tanzanian businesspeople in Nairobi to discuss various issues of trade,” Suluhu spokesperson Gerson Msigwa said.

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Woman Attacked by Husband Appeals For Help

A woman who was allegedly attacked by her estranged husband in Meru on15th April has asked well-wishers to help her raise Ksh250,000 to pay her medical bill.

Mary Nchabira is currently admitted to the Consolata Mission Hospital in Nkubu and has only managed to raise Ksh7,000, with her family also abandoning her.

Doctors said another Ksh80,000 is required for an emergency tendon repair.

The suspect is said to have also hacked to death their three-year-old daughter.

Children, Nanny Die in House Fire

Three children and a domestic worker died on Sunday morning after an accidental house fire in Pipeline Estate, Nakuru County.

The parents were not present during the inferno.

It is suspected the fire was caused a candle lit by the children.

The family had moved into the new house just three days earlier.

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Robert Mwangi

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