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Ruto Unveils Candidate for Machakos By-Election

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  • Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday, January 14 unveiled Urbanus Mutunga Muthama Ngengele for the Machakos Senatorial by-election on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket.

    The decision was arrived at following a consultative meeting with Machakos County grassroots leaders at Ruto’s residence in Karen, Nairobi.

    Ruto commended other leaders from the region for shelving their plans to instead support Ngengele.

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    Deputy President William Ruto unveiling Urbanus Muthama Ngengele for the Machakos Senator by-elections on Thursday 14 January 2021.
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    “Grateful to witness the partnership forged by the Machakos Senate by-election hopefuls in favour of Urbanus Mutunga Muthama Ngengele, a hustler from the county.

    “Our gratitude to them for their audacity and leadership to cede their aspirations and back Ngengele for the race,” noted Ruto.

    The Deputy President urged other candidates to support Ngengele in the forthcoming by-elections.

    Ruto, however, said that there is room for democracy for any of the candidates who would wish to still proceed as an independent candidate. 

    Following the unveiling by Ruto, the businessman is set to be given the UDA ticket before the end of the week at the UDA party headquarters.

    Also in attendance at the meeting was former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama.

    The seat was left vacant after former Machakos Senator Boniface Mutinda Kabaka died on December 11, days after he was hospitalised after collapsing at a restaurant in Nairobi.

    Senator Kabaka was on December 4 rushed from Dee3 Hotel in Kilimani to Nairobi Hospital, where he was placed under intensive care.

    Ngengele is set to battle it out with Agnes Kavindu who will vie on Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement ticket. 

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    Deputy President William Ruto unveiling Urbanus Muthama Ngengele for the Machakos Senator by-elections on Thursday 14 January 2021.
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    Kibicho Heads to DCI After Sonko Election Claims

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  • Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has gone to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters to record a statement regarding utterances made by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

    While addressing members of the public at a rally in Dagoretti South on Sunday, January 24, 2021, Sonko alleged that he along with Kibicho, and other state officials, stage-managed some of the chaos experienced in the country during the 2017 general election.

    The former Nairobi Governor accused the “deep state” and “system” of the chaos experienced in the country in 2017. Sonko alleged that he was involved in the planning of the chaos with the aim of portraying the ODM Party as the culprits. 

    Interior PS Karanja Kibicho arrives at DCI Headquarters on January 25, 2021.
    Interior PS Karanja Kibicho arrives at DCI Headquarters on January 25, 2021.
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    “The deep state and system have started burning vehicles so that hustlers can be blamed for the chaos.

    The former Nairobi County boss made the pronouncements, further issuing a warning against blaming the chaos on the ‘hustlers’ in the country.

    Kibicho is expected to record a statement with the DCI substantiating the damning allegations made by Sonko. This would probably pave way for investigations into the matter.

    Interior PS Karanja Kibicho enters the DCI Headquarters on January 25, 2021.
    Interior PS Karanja Kibicho enters the DCI Headquarters on January 25, 2021.
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    Kenya's Top CEOs Pocketed Ksh65M in 2020 – Report

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  • The 10 highest-paid CEOs of companies listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) saved at least Ksh 65 million as a result of the tax reprieve the government issued to cushion employees from the Covid-19 pandemic.  

    According to a Nation report published on Monday, January 25, 2020, the national government lost Ksh65.4 billion between April and December 2020, the period that the tax reprieve was in place.  

    The report further revealed that the 1,000 richest people in the world recovered their Covid-19 losses within just 9 months.

    Kenya’s highest-earning CEOs salaries were publicized when the rules requiring listed firms to publish their executives’ pay came into effect.

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    File image of Nairobi Securities Exchange Market
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    In 2016, the Capital Markets Authority gazetted a new corporate governance code that directed publicly traded companies to adopt a pay-for-performance formula for remunerating board members and top managers such as CEOs.

    In Kenya, these top executives earn Ksh1 million and above each month. In 2019, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) data showed that only 2 percent of Kenyans earn a salary of Ksh100,000 per month.

    A recent study carried out by Oxfam International stated that the gap between the richest and poorest is at an extreme level in Kenya. 

    “Less than 0.1 percent of the population (8,300 people) own more wealth than the bottom 99.9 percent (more than 44 million people). The richest 10 percent of people in Kenya earned on average 23 times more than the poorest 10 percent,” the report reads in part.

    The report further predicted that the number of millionaires will grow by 80 percent over the next 10 years, with 7,500 new millionaires set to be created.

    Despite the implementation of measures such as tax cuts to mitigate the harsh effects of the pandemic, the report details a widening inequality gap in Kenya.

    The widening gap between the have and have nots has been accelerated by the impact of the pandemic on the low-income bracket, which has been severely been hit compared to the other categories.  

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    Jobseekers queue on Wabera Street, Nairobi, as they wait to be interviewed by The Sarova Stanley on May 26, 2018.
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    Council Issues Directive on Children Attending Church, Mosque

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  • The Interfaith Council of Kenya has issued a directive on school-going children attending churches and mosques as part of its phased reopening of places of Public Worship.

    In a statement, the chairman of the Interfaith Council, Archbishop Anthony Muheria, said that Sunday schools, Madrassas, and other religious gatherings would resume from Monday, January 25.

    The resumption of Sunday schools and madrassas is however subject to places of worship enforcing Covid-19 regulations. 

    Archbishop Anthony Muheria (left) meets Pope Francis during a tour to the Vatican in October 2018.
    Archbishop Anthony Muheria (left) meets Pope Francis during a tour to the Vatican in October 2018.
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    He noted that special care would be given to the children to ensure that the Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines such as the proper wearing of masks, observing social distance of 1.5 meters for the seating arrangement and avoidance of shaking of hands are enforced.  

    Furthermore, Muheria lauded the efforts of the majority of churches and mosques that have adhered strictly to the protocols.

    He however castigated the few who flout the guidelines and in the process endanger congregants. 

    The council noted that the directive comes on the back of a flattening Covid-19 curve from reports by the MOH.

    Over the past few days, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe noted that the country’s positivity rate has been below 5 percent, a major improvement from 19 percent registered during the month of November 2020.

    Kagwe attributed the flattening of the Covid-19 curve to the measures put in place by the ministry in its efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

    He added that the MoH would not ease the restrictions.

    “We are not going to ease any measures right now. We intend to beef up surveillance. The curfew has played a big role in the numbers going down,” he stated.

    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media.
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media.
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