Top 10 News in Brief: Uhuru Scraps Visit Over Kalonzo’s ‘Petty Fights’ With Governors


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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 6th July 2021.

Uhuru Cancels Ukambani Tour

President Uhuru Kenyatta has cancelled his two-day tour of Ukambani, which was to begin today. The President’s decision was communicated yesterday by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, who met leaders from the Lower Eastern region at Harambee House in Nairobi.

He said the visit was postponed due to Covid-19 fears, but sources revealed that supremacy battles between Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and the three governors from the area had caused the cancellation.

According to Ukambani politicians, Kalonzo wanted to take full credit for trip while Governors Alred Mutua (Machakos), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) said they would not allow the former Vice-President to gain political mileage from a tour they were involved in planning.

ODM Criticises DP Ruto

A group of ODM lawmakers have questioned why Deputy President William Ruto is always jittery whenever their party leader, Raila Odinga, talks about corruption.

The lawmakers, who included Anthony Oluoch (Mathare), Moitalel Ole Kenta (Narok North), and Caleb Amisi (Saboti), challenged him to declare the source of his wealth.

They also rebuffed DP Ruto’s claims that the former Prime Minister has been running a graft cartel in the Jubilee government since 2018, when he brokered a political deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Not Even Uhuru Can Stop My Presidential Bid, Muturi Says

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has affirmed that his State House ambition is unstoppable, and not even pronouncements by President Uhuru Kenyatta will deter him.

The former Siakago MP said the President expressed a personal opinion when he suggested that Mt Kenya and the Rift Valley should allow another region to produce a President in the 2022 elections.

Muturi noted that Kenyans should evaluate a manifesto and not where one comes from.

Martha Koome to Preside at First Sitting as CJ

Chief Justice Martha Koome will today, 6th July, preside over her first hearing as the president of the Supreme Court of Kenya.

The apex court has over 10 appeals and two references to be heard between this month and October.

CJ Koome is the first woman head of the Judiciary.

Tough Times as Pain of New Taxes Starts to be Felt

Kenyans are facing tough times after the government started implementing the Finance Act 2021 to fund the 2021/2022 Ksh3.6 trillion budget.

Among the items whose prices have shot up is cooking gas, with consumers having to pay between Ksh350 and Ksh500 more to refill. This was after a 16 per cent VAT was introduced.

The prices of cooking oil have also increased due to the global shortage of palm oil. A majority of manufacturers in Kenya use palm oil to make the essential product.

Special Unit Formed to Deal With Rising Cases of Abductions

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has revealed that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has formed a special unit to deal with a new wave of abductions.

He said the DCI had tracked down some of the key suspects involved in the kidnappings.

He explained that the growing cases of abductions had been fueled by the rivalry between criminal business empires.

Abductions in Mt Kenya Linked to Poaching

The recent abductions of five people in Nyeri and Nyandarua counties in the Mt Kenya region have been linked to poaching and illegal business in game trophies.

Families of the five men believe their kin were seized by security officers and that’s why there is little progress in the search of their whereabouts.

The five have in the past been accused of running a poaching racket, with officers from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) putting them on their radar.

Three Men Sent to Prison Over Poaching

Three men from Kilifi County have been jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of poaching.

Voi Principal Magistrate Cecilia Kithinji also fined them Ksh2.2 million each, failing which they will spend two additional years in prison.

Katana Unda, Kaviha Charo, and Bugo Suluhu were found in possession of game trophies made from dik-diks allegedly poached in Tsavo East National Park.

Group Raises Queries Over Appointment of Acting KPA MD

The Commission for Human Rights and Justice (CHRJ) has written to Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani over the naming of John Mwangeni as the new acting managing director of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).

The lobby said the appointment was unprocedural, as no recruitment was done in line with the law.

Mwangeni was handpicked to replace Rashid Salim, who has been holding the position in an acting capacity since March last year.

For over a year now, a substantive MD has not been named, with two interviews failing to produce a suitable candidate.

Obado’s Murder Trial to Start Next Week

The case in which Migori Governor Okoth Obado is accused of aiding the murder of his university girlfriend, Sharon Otieno, will begin next week.

The High Court in Nairobi rejected Obado’s application to have the murder trial postponed over the Covid-19 travel restrictions in the lake region.

A pregnant Sharon was killed in 2018.

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