Top 10 News in Brief: Uhuru Camp From Mt Kenya Rejects DP Ruto Presidential Bid


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We Won’t Settle For Less, Mt Kenya Politicians Say

A group of Mt Kenya political leaders has said the region must front a presidential candidate in the 2022 General Election.

Speaking in Nyeri, the leaders, who included seven governors, a cabinet secretary and and several MPs, said the Mountain bloc has enough numbers to make anyone the fifth President of Kenya.

The allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta hinted that they have no intentions of forging an alliance with Deputy President William Ruto, who has been making inroads in the region.

In January this year, the Head of State alluded that he could back a presidential contestant from outside the Kikuyu and Kalenjin communities, citing that the two tribes have been in power since independence.

Ruto Calls Out Raila, Kalonzo After Hinting of New Coalition

Deputy President William Ruto yesterday hit out at ODM boss Raila Odinga and his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka after they hinted at forming a new alliance to face the DP in next year’s presidential election.

Speaking in Tala, Machokos County, the second in command said the duo should come up with a solid manifesto and not the rhetoric they had in 2013 and 2017 when they faced the Uhuruto pair.

Dr Ruto insisted that he was the only presidential candidate with a plan to revive the economy and empower the ordinary Kenyan.

Uhuru, Raila Urged to Work Together Ahead of 2022

A push to have President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga work together ahead of the 2022 main poll is fast gathering pace.

Several leaders have indicated that if the ‘Handshake’ brothers go separate ways before the next election, Deputy President William Ruto will easily clinch the top seat.

On Friday, Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu said Dr Ruto must be stopped by all means.

Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat revealed that plans were underway to have the President and the ODM chief produce a joint presidential candidate.

Raila Advises Arms of Government to Work Together

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has implored the leaders of the three arms of government to learn more about separation of power and work together.

In a statement, the ODM chief said the Executive, the Judiciary and Parliament can only solve Kenya’s problems if they stop competing and start complementing each other.

“Parliament may make laws, but it needs the Executive to enforce and the Judiciary to interpret them in actual situations,” he said.

Knut Agrees on Election Date

Two rival factions at the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) have finally resolved that the national election will be conducted on 26th June.

In meeting held at the union’s headquarters in Nairobi CBD, the two group, which support Secretary-General Wilson Sossion and Chairman Collins Oyoo, agreed that all the 1,878 delegates will participate in the exercise.

The election will happen at Ruaraka Sports Club in Nairobi and all delegates must be physically present.

Table the Evidence Against The Six Judges, Raila Tells Uhuru

ODM leader Raila Odinga has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to explain why he disqualified six judges who had been approved by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for elevation to the Court of Appeal.

The former Premier said the President cannot reject the six and yet fail to reveal the evidence he has against them.

He underscored the importance of openness in the appointment of the judicial officials, saying the Executive arm of the government has a duty to inform the nation why it took such a position on a very critical issue.

Teenager’s Body Found Days Later

The body of a 19-year-old who disappeared three days has been found in Jomvu, Mombasa County.

According to the police, the remains of Najma Abdullahi had multiple injuries in the head, reportedly sustained following a road accident.

The family is now awaiting for an autopsy report to establish the real cause of the young woman’s death.

Only Vaccines Are Available For Second Covid-19 Vaccination

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has revealed that Kenya has less that 50,000 doses of the Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccine even as recipients of the first dose continue to wait.

Of the over one million Kenyans who received the first dose, only 110,000 have been got the second jab.

Kagwe admitted that the country was struggling to get the vaccines since the manufacturers are prioritising their people.

Biden Sends Military Officers to Kenya

Kenya’s efforts to counter terrorism received a major boost after the United States government deployed American special troops to help in the way.

President Joe Biden, in a letter to the US Congress, disclosed that he had approved the deployment of the military officers to work together with their Kenyan counterparts to eliminate Al-shabaab.

Lately, the Al-shabaab militants have been striking the North-Eastern region and parts of the Coast in targeted attacks.

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