Top 10 News in Brief: Raila Says He Will Jail Corrupt Leaders, DP Ruto Jittery


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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 5th July 2021.

DP Ruto, Raila Attack Each Other Over Corruption

ODM boss Raila Odinga has rattled Deputy President William Ruto once again after saying he will jail corrupt leaders if he is given an opportunity to lead the country.

The DP said he was shocked to hear the former Prime Minister talking about graft and yet “he has been running the worst corruption cartel in government despite being the opposition leader”.

DP Ruto admitted that his government with President Uhuru Kenyatta has been a breeding ground for corruption in their second term, but blamed Raila for the mess.

In a rejoinder, the ex-Premier wondered why the DP was always jittery whenever he starts debate about corruption.

Jubilee Rebranding

As President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party continues to negotiate a coalition with the Orange Democratic Movement of Raila Odinga, top officials have revealed a plan to rebrand it.

Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju disclosed that the party would choose a different colour, saying that they would end the marriage with Deputy President William Ruto.

He added that the planned Jubilee-ODM alliance would be realised in the near future.

Coast Unity Talks Hit a Snag

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has insisted that his quest for a united coastal region will be achieved before next year’s elections even as obstacles mount.

So far, there is little to show as a result of supremacy battles with his Mombasa counterpart, Ali Hassan Joho, and Kwale’s Salim Mvurya.

The question of who will become the party leader if a regional political party is formed has derailed the talks, with some leaders accusing Governor Kingi of advancing personal interests.

Muturi Declares Presidential Bid

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has joined the growing list of politicians intending to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In Siakago, Embu County, Muturi said his bid was unstoppable and warning that those doubting him would be in for a rude shock.

Several leaders from Mt Kenya East have welcomed the former Siakago MP’s ambition, saying he has a wealth of experience.

Man Shoots Three in Club

Police in Nairobi are hunting down a man who on Friday, 2nd July, shot two officers and a woman at Quivers Lounge on Thika Road.

CCTV footage shows the suspect joining the two policemen who were having an argument over a woman before drawing his gun and firing three times. It is not clear whether he had an interest in the woman.

He then fled using the rear entry and drove off with his Toyota Land Cruiser. Police have branded him a “dangerous terrorist”.

Judge With Kenyan Roots Makes History in Canada

A Kenyan-born judge has made history in Canada after being named a Supreme Court jurist by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, becoming the first person from a minority group to occupy such a position.

Mahmud Jamal was born in 1967 in Nairobi before his parents migrated to England two years later. In 1981, the family relocated to Canada.

The legal scholar got his first degree from the University of Toronto, graduating with bachelor’s in economics.

He later won a scholarship to study law at the Yale Law School in the United States.

Deadline For Candidates Yet to Secure Varsity Placement

The 43,425 candidates who scored grade C plus and above in the 2020 KCSE exam and did not secure university placement in the first revision by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) have until today to reapply.

According to KUCCPS Chief Executive Officer Mercy Wahome, 22,700 students have already made fresh applications.

The body places candidates to universities and colleges after reviewing individual and overall performance as well as minimum subject requirements for various programmes.

Traders Sue Govt Over New Tax on Cooking Gas

The Energy Dealers Association has filed a petition at the High Court, protesting the introduction of 16 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on cooking gas.

The traders said the new law passed by the National Assembly will increase the cost of living and affect their businesses.

“This will have the ripple effect on small and medium clean cooking enterprises as the decrease in demand for their products may make their business models less commercially viable.”

Tom Mboya 52nd Death Anniversary

The family of late Cabinet Minister Tom Mboya will tomorrow mark his 52nd death anniversary at a low-key event to be held on Rusinga Island, Homa Bay County.

This is the second time in a row that the family is limiting the number of people attending the former trade unionist’s memorial due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In past years, the celebrations would be held for days and members of the public were allowed to attend.

Mboya was assassinated on 5th July 1969 in Nairobi.

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