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Top 10 News in Brief: Why Sonko Could be Rearrested if Freed on Tuesday

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, 6th February 2021.

Sonko’s Problems Are Far From Over

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko will on Tuesday know whether he will walk into freedom or be restricted when the Kahawa Law Courts and Kiambu Magistrate’s Court rule on his bail applications.

Should the courts decide to release him against the wishes of the prosecutors, Sonko should not consider himself lucky because detectives have a Plan B.

Although he is currently facing at least five separate battles in court, the State security machinery is tirelessly working on other cases, which could see the politician rearrested if freed.

The former city boss had for weeks gone on a sledging spree against President Uhuru Kenyatta, his family and Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho.

CBC Task force Proposes New Reforms in Education Sector

The Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) task force has proposed scrapping of the national examination at the sixth year in the new 2-6-3-3-2 model.

The task force recommends that the first national test should be administered at the end of the junior second secondary school and the other at senior secondary school school before students are dispatched to colleges and universities.

The other proposal is to have boarding schools phased out except for a few learners at the senior secondary school level.

Raila Gives Condition to Vie For the Presidency

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has revealed that the outcome of the BBI referendum will determine whether he will vie for the presidency for the fifth time.

Speaking during a radio interview, the ODM boss said political leaders and Kenyans should separate the BBI from the 2022 contest.

He added that the BBI agenda is meant to bring the country together and address historical injustices.

I Don’t Need Any Endorsement – Mudavadi

ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi has fought claims that he is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s preferred presidential candidate for 2022.

Mudavadi said he was aware that the top seat is not given on a silver platter, and, therefore, he would go around the country seeking support from the voters.

The former Vice-President said he is his own man, and he would not sit and wait for endorsement by the incumbent.

BBI is Not For You, DP Ruto Tells Hustlers

Deputy President William Ruto has warned the country against falling into trap of adopting the BBI report.

According to DP Ruto, the document favours the rich, adding that the gap between the haves and have-nots would go up if the BBI referendum is passed.

He added that the ‘Handshake’ project between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga has derailed the Jubilee government from implementing its development agenda.

Raila Rallies Turkana Behind BBI

ODM leader Raila Odinga yesterday took the BBI crusade to Turkana County, urging the locals to support the constitutional amendment proposals.

Raila said Turkana and other pastoralist communities’ needs had been factored into the BBI document.

He also dismissed Deputy President William Ruto’s donations of wheelbarrows and handcarts, saying youth should be empowered to achieve their dreams and not given short-term solutions and handouts.

Former Senator Denies Killing Disabled Man

Former Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti has rubbished allegations that he was in one of the cars that ran over a disabled man, killing him.

Kivuti, however, admitted that several of his top-of-range cars were involved in the fatal accident. He dismissed media reports that the vehicles sped off, claiming that the police arrived immediately and towed away the cars.

The victim, Christopher Nderitu, was buried yesterday at his Karundas home in Nyeri County, with politicians who attended the funeral demanding justice for the family.

Kiraitu Murungi Vs Mpuri Aburi

The High Court has barred EALA Lawmaker Mpuri Aburi from making any defamatory remarks against Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi.

Aburi was ordered to stop using his radio station, Thiiri FM, to broadcast or publish negative stories about the governor.

Kiraitu accused the lawmaker of painting him as corrupt county chief and also claiming that he is a beneficiary of the Anglo-Leasing scandal.

Victims of American Sex Pest Want Compensation

Guardians of some of the victims molested by an American sex predator who came to the country purporting to be a missionary, have asked for compensation.

Gregory Dow was this week sentenced to a jail term of 15 years by a United States court.

Dow came to Kenya in 2013 and set up a children’s in Bomet, where he reportedly defiled young girls and inserted contraceptive devices in their bodies to prevent them from getting pregnant.

The guardians said the girls should have been compensated due to the trauma they went through between 2013 and 2017.

Kisii MCAs Finally Endorse New Speaker

Kisii ward representatives have finally settled on Bokimonge MCA Amos Onderi as the new interim speaker after months of fighting.

Onderi was endorsed after a week-long retreat in Mombasa. Governor James Ongwae, Senator Sam Ongeri, and Woman Representative Janet Ong’era participated in ending the stalemate.

There were fears that dethroned speaker David Kombo could block the assembly from passing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum Bill.

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