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Atwoli challenges DP Ruto to record statement over Kenei’s murder

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Central Organisation of Trade Unions Secretary-General Francis Atwoli (above) has challenged Deputy President William Ruto to record a statement with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations over the murder of Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei.
Atwoli who launched scathing attacks on the DP over his handling of the matter accused Ruto of hypocrisy adding that the DP will not make it to the ballot.
He claimed that the death of the officer has further tainted the integrity of the DP whom he claims cannot pass the integrity test.
The unionist claimed that the crime originated in Ruto’s office with the alleged Sh39 billion fake arms deal involving former Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa which he claims could have been orchestrated by powerful individuals.
“The DP cannot tell us that people used his office for 1 hour 22 minutes without his knowledge and that no one informed him that some people were using his office. How can we believe that?” posed Atwoli.
Last week, the DCI played video footage showing former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and two foreigners linked to the companies at the centre of fake arms deal meeting at DP Ruto’s office for over one hour.
And during the burial of the slain officer in Chamasis, Nakuru County, the DP told mourners that he met Kenei with some officers in his office the Monday before he was found dead and that he had sought to find out what transpired when he was away.
The DP said he directed them to record statements with the DCI and that was the last interaction he had with Kenei whom he described as obedient and professional.
Speaking in Kisumu on Monday, however, the vibrant trade unionist said that the DP should share with detectives the content of the conversation he claimed he had with Kenei.
He claimed that the DP has the powers to call for an independent probe and even seek for help from the Federal Bureau of Investigations if he does not have faith in the country’s DCI.
“The DP sits in the national Security Council and if he does not have confidence in the DCI, he can tell the President and they invite FBI to help with the probe,” said Atwoli.
Atwoli poked holes into Ruto’s integrity and said that he would not make it to the ballot because of the series of controversies that have rocked his leadership.
The death of Kenei has further cast a dark cloud on the office of the Deputy President given that he was among the persons of interest that had been expected to record statements with detectives over the alleged fake arms deal.
According to Atwoli, the developments are some of the reasons that have finished Ruto’s chances of making it to the ballot in 2022.
“The DP will not make it to the ballot in 2022 because of integrity issues. There are several integrity issues that surrounds and he has not even declared his wealth,” claimed Atwoli.
Atwoli claimed that the DP will not be the president of the country in 2022 citing several controversies including claims of corruption in which he is linking Ruto with.
“Sergeant Kenei died in his office. Is that not an integrity issue,” he posed.
He also took a swipe at the DP over his attacks and those of his allies against the union between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
“You cannot separate the president and the former Prime Minister because they are bound by a memorandum of understanding. Any intelligent leader should learn to adapt to the change,” said Atwoli.
He also claimed that he can cause jitters if he opted to contest the presidency and told off leaders pushing him to declare his stand.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her

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Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told Kenyans.co.ke that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania

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The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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