Friday , 5th August – Good morning! This is your daily edition of our brief and salient Kenyan news properly selected for you.
Ruto Says There’s a Rigging Plot
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday decried that the State has hatched an elaborate scheme to rig him out after next week’s presidential election.
Addressing journalists at his official Karen residence in Nairobi, the second in command said Cabinet Secretaries Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Joe Mucheru (ICT), Ukur Yatani (National Treasury) and Peter Munya (Agriculture) have been working day and night to manipulate the will of the people. He said they are using chiefs and their assistants to force Kenyans to elect Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
A concerned Ruto also alleged that there are plans to scare his supporters in his strongholds on the election day so that they do not turn up to cast the ballot.
The DP appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene, saying that such actions may result in violence during and after the General Election.
IEBC Must Use The Manual Register
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has only three days to print the physical register following a court directive yesterday.
High Court judge Mugure Thande ordered the electoral agency to deploy the manual register on the election day, noting that doing away with manual identification of voters was unconstitutional.
Mugure said the law provides that the manual register should be there to complement the digital register in event one’s name cannot be found electronically.
DPP Orders Probe of Viral Videos
Two videos that have sparked uproar will be investigated to establish their authenticity, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji stated.
In the first video, Azimio la Umoja Secretary-General Junet Mohamed is engaging an election commission senior official asking him to help the Raila Odinga-led coalition rig the presidential election in a phone conversation.
In the second one, Deputy President William Ruto is captured insulting residents of Central, Western and Nyanza regions.
It is likely both videos were distorted to suit a particular narrative and cause incitement.
Ex-Children Home Director
Former director of a children’s home in Utawala, Nairobi has been handed 100 years in prison for defining four minors.
Delivering the sentence, Milimani Senior Chief Magistrate Zainab Abdul said Stephen Nzuki, who was working at Scream Africa Children Home, had been found of guilty of four counts relating to sodomy and indecent act.
Nzuki committed the crimes between 2010 and 2016. The court heard that Nzuki would justify his actions by reading the Bible to the children.
Raila, Ruto to Hold Final Rallies
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday secured permit to hold his final rally at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi on Saturday through a court order.
It means Ruto and Azimio la Umoja flag bearer Raila Odinga will wrap up their presidential campaigns in Kenya’s capital city. Raila is scheduled to be at the Kasarani Stadium.
Yesterday, both teams were mobilisation their supporters to show up in large numbers of Saturday to end the campaigns in style ahead of the General Election on August 9. However, it is expected that Azimio and the Kenya Kwanza will also ferry people from neighboring counties to ensure the venues are full to the brim since optics in politics means a lot.
Traditionally, Raila, who is making a fifth stab at the top seat, has edged his competitors, but Ruto hopes to bring new order in the city.
Kibicho: All is Well
Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho on Thursday dismissed claims that chaos could mar the General Election on Tuesday next week.
Kibicho insisted that the government will provide adequate security before, during and after the General Election to ensure all Kenyans are safe.
He added that extra security has been deployed in violence potential hotspots and no Kenyan should fear going to exercise his/her democratic right of voting.
Uhuru Creates News Authority to Handle With Transplant
Donation of human organs, especially kidneys is expected to be made easier after President Uhuru Kenyatta established a new agency to handle transplant, human tissues and cells.
The creation of Kenya Tissue and Transplant Authority was gazetted by the Head of State on July 28.
Unlike before, willing Kenyans can visit hospitals and declare their intention to donate their body parts, though a donor must be accompanied by a witness.
Wajackoyah And Justina Wamae Fallout
A dirty breach of faith has rocked the Roots Party, with reports now suggesting that presidential candidate George Wajackoyah and his running mate Justina Wamae have not been seeing eye-to-eye in the last one month.
Though their differences have been brought fore by a recent public altercation in which Wamae accused Wajackoyah of having a soft spot for Raila Odinga, sources revealed that the presidential duo has been not talking to each other for weeks.
Wajackoyah also believes that Wamae is a mole planted by Deputy President William Ruto to spy on the activities of Roots Party.
Businesses to Be Closed on Election Day
Kisumu and Nyandarua counties are among devolved units that will not allow businesses to operate on the election days to avoid distracting voters.
Kisumu City Manager Abala Wanga sent a circular to all businesses in the county, telling them not to open between 6am and 6pm on August 9.
He defended the move, saying that it is a tradition adopted in many parts of the world during election days.
Four Die After MP Car Crashed
A driver, two security guards and a media officer working for Lungalunga MP Khatib Mwashetani perished yesterday after the car they were traveling in crashed.
The car, which was in the MP’s convoy heading to Kanana, developed a tyre burst and rolled several times.
Two people who sustained serious injuries were rushed to the hospital.