Top News in Brief: Why DP Ruto is Scratching His Head as Raila Smiles

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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 17th June 2021.

Mt Kenya Divisions Spell Doom For DP Ruto Presidency

ODM leader Raila Odinga could be the biggest beneficiary of the ongoing fights among leaders from the Mt Kenya region, with Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid facing the toughest hurdle yet.

In both the 2013 and 2017 General Elections, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy relied on votes from the Mt Kenya and Rift Valley regions to win the polls, as the rest of the country was largely against them, but now Dr Ruto could lose a key grip even as his zeal to succeed his boss grows by day.

On the other hand, Raila, who is expected to make a fifth attempt at the presidency, could win big if the scuffle between the West and the East sides of the Mountain escalates, which is to the disadvantage of the DP.

In all his stabs at the top seat, the former Prime Minister has never rested on the Mt Kenya bloc to win. In 2007 and 2017 elections, the opposition chief came close to carrying the day.

Kalonzo Says He Won’t Support Raila Again

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has maintained that his name will be in presidential ballot come next year, ruling out the possibility of backing ODM leader Raila Odinga for the third time.

The former Vice-President said he would rather quit politics than endorse the former Prime Minister again.

He also denied that President Uhuru Kenyatta promised to support one of National Super Alliance (Nasa) bosses in the 2022 poll.

IEBC Unveils Strategies to Arrest Crookedness in 2022 Poll

In its strategic road map, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has unveiled a raft of sweeping measures to streamline the 2022 General Election .

Some of the measures include making sure all aspirants have genuine academic papers, punishing hate-mongers and fast-tracking of election-related conflicts.

A section of the 73 registered political parties in the country could also be declared illegal for failing to meet requirements of the law, reducing choices for politicians jostling for nominations.

Averting Chaos Ahead of 2022 Election

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has urged security agencies to invest in civil education and teach Kenyans the importance of peaceful elections rather than wait to use force when chaos erupts.

Citing the recent the recent by-elections where the police have used unreasonable force to stop lawlessness, Matiang’i said the public should be involved in planning of elections.

“Let’s invest heavily in conversation. It’s better to spend resources on deliberations rather than use resources in enforcement,” he said.

Kituyi Yet to Record Statement in Assault Claim

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Mukihsa Kituyi is yet to respond to police summons weeks after a woman accused him of assaulting her.

Regional Police Commissioner at the Coast Paul Ndambuki said the presidential hopeful was invited to record statements with the police following an inquiry directive from the Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, but he is yet to give his side of the story.

The complainant claims that Kituyi is her former boyfriend.

High Court Orders Not to Interrogate The Six Judges

The six judges whose appointment to the Court of Appeal was rejected by President Uhuru Kenyatta got a reprieve yesterday after the High Court ordered the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) not to investigate the justices.

Judge James Makau also barred the commission from making public any allegations or intelligence reports given to it by the President.

What Killed Midiwo?

The family of late vocal politician Jakoyo Midiwo has rebuffed reports that the former Gem MP died of cardiac arrest.

Through it spokesperson George Midiwo, the family is asking the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate the ex-lawmaker’s death.

According to George, Midiwo, in good shape, left Gem for Nairobi to celebrate his daughter and son’s academic achievements when he suddenly fell ill and passed away.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted tomorrow.

Magistrate Orders DNA Test in Moi Grandson Paternity Dispute

Nakuru Senior Resident Magistrate Benjamin Limo has ordered the grandson of former President Daniel Arap Moi to avail himself for DNA test together with two children, whom his ex-wife Gladys Jeruto claims are his.

Jeruto is demanding a million every month in child upkeep, but Collins Moi maintains that he is not the father to the kids.

The woman told the court that Collins has not been providing for his children since they parted ways.

Hackers Log Into NMS System, Make Illegal Approvals

Several IT technicians have been arrested after they hacked into the Nairobi Metropolitan Services’ (NMS) online development plan system and made 18 illegal building approvals.

NMS boss Major General Mohamed Badi revealed that some county staff colluded with the hackers to executive the plot.

“The hacking paved way for the illegal building approvals to be made and there were 18 illegal approvals done when the system was hacked into, forcing us to suspend it,” he said.

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