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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 20th October 2021.
Uhuru to Host DP Ruto And Raila
The country’s political heavyweights, President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto, and ODM leader Raila Odinga, will be together again after months of heightened political activities.
The President will host the two Wang’uru Stadium in Mwea, Kirinyaga County, for the Mashujaa Day celebrations, with the Head of State expected to directly or indirectly pronounce himself on his succession.
On Monday, the President cautioned the Mt Kenya people against trusting his deputy and asked them to consider the candidature of the former Prime Minister.
At the weekend, the DP described President Kenyatta and Raila as conmen, saying that they used and dumped him.
Uhuru’s Sagana Three Meeting
After leading the country in marking the Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kirinyaga County today, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to stay for a few days in Mt Kenya, which is his backyard.
Sources revealed that the Head of State will call for Sagana three meeting at the Sagana State Lodge to try and calm the restlessness witnessed since his ‘Handshake’ with ODM leader Raila Odinga.
He is expected to rally behind the region behind Raila, who is his preferred successor.
Two days ago, the President said soon he will disclose why he fell out with his deputy William Ruto and could use the Sagana three meeting to spill the beans.
Kirinyaga County’s Mwea town also known as Ngurubani or Wang’uru will be the centre of focus today, as it hosts this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations.
Over the last two decades, Mwea has grown from a dull town to a business hub and is a popular stopover for travelers plying the Nairobi-Meru Highway. Most people stop at the town to buy pure Pishori rice and vegetables.
After the announcement that Mashujaa Day would be held in Kirinyaga, many people thought the ceremony would be conducted in Kutus or Kirinyaga towns, but the government settled on Mwea.
DP Ruto Exudes Confidence in Defeating Raila
Deputy President William Ruto has said he is not afraid of facing ODM leader Raila Odinga in the 2022 presidential poll but insisted that the electoral commission must conduct a free and fair election.
Speaking in Lamu when he concluded his five-day tour of the Coast region, Dr. Ruto said he only needs a fair playing ground to send the former Prime Minister home “very early in the morning.”
Describing Raila as a State project, the second in command said it was a shame that some people destroyed the Jubilee Party and were now fronting an outsider to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Top Leaders in Mt Kenya East Endorse Raila
ODM leader Raila Odinga staged a show of might for the second day running when he toured Tharaka Nithi and Embu counties to popularize his presidential bid christened as Azimio la Umoja.
Njuri Ncheke Secretary-General Josephat Murangiri asked the former Prime Minister to consider Agriculture Cabinet CS Peter Munya as his running mate.
Governors Martin Wambora (Embu), Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi) as well as Munya, National Assembly Deputy Majority leader Maoka Moare and former Tigania East MP Kilemi Mwiria endorsed Raila for President.
Ndichu Brothers in Trouble Over Assault Allegations
Eddie Ndichu and Paul Ndichu, the co-founders of a start-up fintech company, Wapi Pay, have been forced to step down as Chief Executive and Executive Director after they were filmed engaging two women in a violent confrontation.
The video was taken at Ole Sereni Hotel over the weekend, with the reason for the fight still unclear. The twin brothers denied claims that they assaulted the unidentified.
The clip caused an outrage on social media, forcing Kepple Africa Ventures company, a major investor with Wapi Pay, to pull out its funding.
CJ Koome Seeks More Funding
Chief Justice Martha Koome has proposed that every county should have a High Court to take justice closer to the people.
Speaking in Kajiado during a judicial function, the top judge also said every sub-county has a magistrate court station.
She challenged the Executive to channel more funds to the third arm of the government to actualise her dream.
House Help Wins Employer’s Estate
A woman who worked as a house help and later a secretary of Kenya-based British tycoon, the late Richard Ingram, has inherited her employer’s multi-million shillings estate.
The High Court allowed Sarah Joslyn to be the administrator of Ingram’s properties valued at Ksh74 million.
She won the case after a seven-year court battle in which some people, who claimed to have been the deceased’s business partners, accused her of trying to disinherit him when he became sick.
Ingram died in February 2014 at the Nakuru War Memorial Hospital.
Former MP’s Family Ordered to Appoint Administrators
The family of former Rongai MP William Komen has been directed to appoint four managers to distribute his estate.
They wanted nine of his 11 children to become the administrators, but High Court judge Teresia Matheka only a maximum of four can qualify to manage the property.
After the ex-lawmaker died in 2019, his children has been locked in a legal tussle after they failed to agree on how to share his 2,600-acre parcel of land in the Njoro sub-county.
How Kenha Plans to Honour Freedom Fighter Along Mau Mau Roads
The Kenya National Highways Authority (Kenha) in collaboration with the National Museum of Kenya (NMK) plans to erect monuments of freedom fighters along the Mau Mau Road, which passes through Nyandarua, Murang’a Kiambu, and Nyeri counties.
The statues will highlight the heroes’ names and brief profiles.
Some of those to be honoured include Dedan Kimathi and General Kago.
Kenha boss Wangai Ndirangu said the project will open a circuit for natural tourism.
Crackdown as Four Elderly Women Killed
Police in Kisii County are hunting down suspects believed to have masterminded the lynching of four women accused of witchcraft in the Marani area.
Photos of the gory images doing rounds on social media show the merciless attackers slashing the victims with pangas before setting them on fire.
Four suspects have been arrested and were arraigned yesterday. The court allowed the police to hold them for ten more days, pending the conclusion of investigations.