News round-up for February 16, 2022

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Turkana Wind Power probe:

Members of Parliament have summoned former energy CS Charles Keter, PS Joseph Njoroge. The duo are to be grilled over how Power Purchase Agreement was signed.

This followed an audit report that says Kenya Power was not involved in the deal. The audit further found idle wind power cost the taxpayers Ksh. 18B

Power vandals arrested:

Two people were arrested for vandalizing part of power infrastructure. In a report by the DCI, one suspect, Thomas Anasi is a former technician at Kenya Power.

Another suspect Joseph Kagwi, a businessman based in Thika was also arrested. The arrests follows theft of material that were meant for electrification in Wundanyi.


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Lawyer Paul Gicheru at ICC trial:

Trial of lawyer Paul Gicheru for witness tampering entered second day on February 16, 2022. His team of lawyers cross-examined a witness who testified on Tuesday.

The witness who is linked to Deputy President William Ruto and radio presenter Joshua Sang’ case however denied allegations that he is a liar.

Kenya Safe for Investors:

President Uhuru Kenyatta today assured investors that Kenya is safe for business. Kenyatta affirmed that Kenya enjoys political & economic stability, and was a large market.

President Kenyatta spoke at the ongoing Dubai Expo.

Azimio campaigns in Makueni:

Governors Charity Ngilu, Kivutha Kibwana and Alfred have piled pressure on Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to lead OKA into Azimio la Umoja in support of Raila Odinga.

DP Ruto – DR Congo Saga:

DP William Ruto has said he regrets the discontent caused by remarks on milk production in DRC. In a statement by Director of Communication Hussein Mohammed, the DP said his informal speech in Murang’a misconstrued.

UDA Camps in Murang’a:

Ruto, Mudavadi, Wetangula took their campaigns to Murang’a County. Ruto said he is well placed to secure Uhuru’s legacy.The DP received Maragua MP Mary Wamaua, 10 MCAs to UDA. Leaders who spoke at the rally blasted Woman Rep Sabina Chege over rigging claim.

Wajir governor reinstated:

Hight Court today annulled the impeachment of Wajir governor Mohammed Abdi. The Court sitting in Meru ruled that impeachment was unconstitutional.

According to the court, there was no public participation in impeachment. The court also ordered current governor Ahmed Muktar to resume his duties as deputy governor.

DAP-K receives new members:

Yvonne Khamati is now a member of DAP Kenya party. Khamati joined the newly registered party to seek Ikolomani MP seat.

Elsewhere, DAP-K leaders have dismissed claims that the party is a branch of ODM.

Kenya-DRC relations:

Kenya has assured the Democratic Republic of Congo that deep & respectful relations will be maintained. Kenya’s envoy to DRC said the DP William Ruto’s comments about the country elicited negative reactions.

ODM leader Raila Odinga had also weighed in on the matter and called on Ruto to apologise to the DRC over ‘no-cows’ remark.

Missing student found dead:

A family in Kisii is mourning the death of student who was reported missing. This is after Nelson Mandela’s body was found in Nyangweta Forest.

Autopsy report indicate that Mandela was hit by blunt object and strangled.

Malaria testing breakthrough:

Scientists at KEMRI have made a breakthrough in malaria testing kits. The rapid testing kits are set to reduce the cost of malaria testing in the country.

The new kits will save the government an estimated Ksh. 58M.

Gitura Resigns:

Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) Chairperson Kembi Gitura has tendered his resignation to venture into politics ahead of the August polls.

Gitura, who was the first Murang’a Senator after the 2010 Constitution, expressed his interest in taking back the legislative seat saying he was best qualified.

War on terror boost:

British High Commissioner Jane Mariott on Wednesday handed over forensic equipment worth Ksh. 4.5 million to Kenya in a bid to augment the country’s war on terror.

Items donated by the UK include a single portable mortuary fridge, 24 slats of mortuary tables, six mortuary tables, six aluminium stepladders, 15 collapsible tables, 20 folding chairs and 300 body bags.


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