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Top 10 News in Brief: Uhuru in Secret Talks With Raila at Night





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Uhuru Meets Raila at Night

President Uhuru Kenyatta last evening held a closed door meeting with ODM leader Raila Odinga at State House, Nairobi.

Details of the talks remained scanty, but it is believed that the two reviewed the ongoing talks between the Jubilee Party and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

A 10-member team is currently discussing terms for a pre-coalition agreement between the two parties that were competitors in the 2017 election.

However, there are questions on how the deal will be actualised considering that ODM cannot enter into a new alliance while being a member of the opposition’s National Super Alliance (Nasa).

Raila’s Irreducible Minimums to Nasa Co-principals

ODM leader Raila Odinga has welcomed the idea of backing one of the chiefs in the National Super Alliance (Nasa) coalition, but first they must meet his terms.

The former Prime Minister ruled out the possibility of endorsing Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula without them battling out for the ticket in a joint nomination with him.

He asked his co-bosses at Nasa to decide when they want to face off in primaries supervised by the electoral commission.

However, the three leaders insist Raila had committed to support Kalonzo in the 2022 General Election.

Mixed Reactions Over Jubilee’s Plan to Rebrand

Jubilee Party’s proposed rebranding has been greeted with mixed reactions by politicians who support President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said there is no need to change the colours, logo and slogan just because Deputy President William Ruto left the party. His assertions were echoed by Mwea lawmaker Wachira Kabinga.

The outfit’s Deputy Secretary-General Joshua Kutuny revealed of a plan to give Jubilee a new face to disassociate it completely with DP Ruto.

Uhuru Convenes Meeting With Ukambani Leaders

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday summoned Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Kivutha Kibwana (Mkaueni) as well as Machakos’ Alfred Mutua to address some of the issues that made him cancel his planned two-day visit of the Ukambani region.

The Head of State pledged to visit the region soon, but measures have to be put in place to avoid exposing residents to coronavirus.

The President called off the tour due to disagreements between Kalonzo and the three county bosses.

Officer Accused of Killing Junior Colleague Slays Another Man

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have stepped up the hunt of a policewoman who is the prime suspect in killing of two men.

Corporal Caroline Kangogo is accused of shooting dead a junior colleague, John Ogweno, before escaping. They were said to be lovebirds.

She then went to Juja in Kiambu County where she reportedly lured another man before slaying him and leaving him in a room she had booked and paid.

The DCI has described her as a “dangerous woman”, appealing to men to be careful, as she is on a killing spree.

Kirubi’s Son-in-law Joins Centum

The late billionaire Chris Kirubi‘s son-in-law, Andrew Musangi, has joined Centum Investment Company’s board of directors. Musangi is the husband to Kirubi’s eldest daughter Mary-Ann Musangi.

The appointment points to a repositioning of the departed tycoon’s vast estate.

Centum was Kirubi’s most prominent business, with the firm owning huge tracts of land in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kampala.

Sossion Cautions New Knut Officials

Nominated MP Wilson Sossion has told the the new leadership of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) that the greatest mistake they would make is accepting a non-monetary Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

The immediate former Secretary-General of the union warned that the labour movement would collapse if the the new officials give in easily to terms by the Teacher Service Commission (TSC).

Last week, the teachers’ employer said it cannot raise salaries for teachers, but agreed to increase maternity and paternity leave period.

CUE Says No Other Body Can Give University Accreditation

The war between the Commission for University Education (CUE) and professional bodies has escalated after the former insisted that it has exclusive rights to accredit academic courses.

CUE boss Mwenda Ntarangwi threatened to withdraw licences to institutions whose academic programmes will be approved by professional bodies.

On the other hand. professional bodies said they would blacklist graduates who did courses that were not approved by them.

National Assembly Summons CMA Officials Over Negligence

The National has summoned Capital Markets Authority Chairman James Ndegwa and Chief Executive Officer Wycliff Shamiah over regulatory mess.

Garissa Township MP Aden, who complained that CMA was failing its job, said investors have lost over Ksh36 billion in various investment schemes.

Court to Decide Whether Man in City Shooting Will Secure Freedom

The court is today expected to rule on whether the man who was captured by CCTV cameras shooting two police officers and civilian at Quiver Lounge along Thika Road will be granted bond as police conclude investigations.

Lawyer Cliff Ombeta pleade with the court to release the his client, Dickson Njanja, arguing that the prosecution is yet to give a holding charge.

Njanja could face attempted murder charges.

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