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Top 10 News in Brief: You Won’t Be President Without My Blessing, Uhuru Tells Ruto

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, 31th January 2021.

Uhuru to Ruto: You Have to Come Through Me if You Want Mt Kenya Support

President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared himself the undisputed Kingpin of the Mt Kenya region.

Speaking to over 7,000 delegates from his political bedrock at Sagana State Lodge, the President accused his deputy, William Ruto, of attempting to dupe the mountain people with “empty promises”.

Saying that he knows how elections are won, the Head of State said the DP or any other presidential candidate must engage him if he/she interested in getting votes from the Mt Kenya region.

I Owe You Nothing, Uhuru Tells Ruto

President Uhuru Kenyattta has described as “progaganda” sentiments that he owes Deputy President William Ruto a political debt.

He said that the he had fulfilled all the promises he made to the DP in the run-up to the 2013 General Election, when the two leaders formed the Jubilee coalition.

The Kenyan leader also blamed the second in command for disrupting his development agenda by engaging in premature presidential campaigns.

You’ve Betrayed Us, Kalonzo Tells ODM

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has lashed out at the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) for inviting applications for presidential hopefuls.

According to Kalonzo, the move by the Raila Odinga-led party is against a 2017 Memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by National Super Alliance (Nasa) affiliate parties – ODM, Wiper, ANC and Ford-Kenya.

The former Vice-President said the arrangement was that ODM would not field a presidential candidate in 2022, but the Orange outfit insists that the deal is inconsequential at the moment because Raila didn’t win.

Delink BBI From 2022 Presidential Race – Raila

ODM leader Raila Odinga has told critics of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to delink the process of amending the Constitution from the 2022 presidential contest.

Raila, who is yet to declare his presidential bid, said the Building Bridges Initiative was meant to unite the country and address inclusion.

We Won’t Deduct Dues For You, Government Tells Medics’ Unions

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has written to his Public Service colleague, Margaret Kobia, directing that the government should stop deducting union dues for medical workers.

This means that labour movements such as KMPDU, KUCO and KNUN will have to rally their members to pay the levies directly to the unions’ accounts, which is very difficult.

The latest move has been interpreted differently, but the government could be compelling the striking health workers to return to work.

Sonko Wants His Witnesses Protected

Impeached Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has reached out to the Witness Protection Agency, seeking to have his witnesses in a case pitting him and Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho placed under the programme.

This came even as Kibicho obtained court orders on Friday, restraining Sonko from linking him to land grabbing and disruption of ODM rallies in 2017.

Through his lawyer, John Khaminwa, Sonko maintains that he has 13 witnesses against the PS.

Finally Flattening the Curve?

The latest data from the Ministry of Health shows that Kenya could be flatting the Covid-19 curve.

Over the last three weeks, the country has maintained a positivity rate of 3.5 per cent, indicating that community transmission has gone down significantly.

However, health experts have said they would need more time before declaring that Kenya has flattened the curve.

Support My Brother to Succeed You, Oburu Oginga Pleads With Uhuru

EALA lawmaker Oburu Oginga has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to consider supporting ODM leader Raila Odinga for the presidency in 2022.

Oburu, who is Raila’s elder brother, said the former Prime Minister would have better chances of clinching the seat if supported by the incumbent.

He, however, said the March 9 2018 ‘Handshake’ between the Head of State and the opposition leader was not tied to President Kenyatta’s succession.

DP Ruto Allies Humiliated at Burial

Deputy President William Ruto watched as his allies were humiliated by Amani National Congress (ANC) leaders from western Kenya during a funeral in Matungu, Kakamega County.

Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale was heckled as he castigated the ANC for initiating an impeachment motion against the DP.

Police had a hard trying to control a group of young people who were chanting the name of the ANC candidate for the Matungu parliamentary by-election, Peter Nabulindo.

Judge Who Sent Judiciary into Crisis Exposed

Patrick Otieno, the Meru High Court judge who barred Philomena from office of Deputy Chief Justice and Chief Justice as well as discharging her mandate as a member of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), has been exposed.

According to the Sunday Nation, Otieno has a disciplinary case before the JSC, in which he is accused by a real estate company of issues conflicting orders on related matters.

Mwilu is a member of JSC and is in the committee that is grilling the controversial judge over the allegations.

A majority of lawyers have agreed that Otieno’s ruling on Mwilu is reckless and of no consequence because a similar case against the acting Chief Justice was dismissed by the High Court in Nairobi.

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