DP Ruto urges Kenyans to remain cohesive

Deputy President William Ruto was quoted today saying that Saturday’s attack on his rural home in Sugoi was orchestrated to inflame disunity and tension among Kenyans.

 

Speaking during the installation of Timothy Gichere as the new Bishop of the Mount Kenya Central diocese at a stadium in Murang’a town on Sunday, the DP urged Kenyans to stay cohesive. The DP was away campaigning Kitale during the attack. Ruto’s family was also not at home.

According to Joseph Boinnet the Inspector-General of Police, on Saturday, a lone intruder gained entry into the DP’s home after attacking the police officer at the gate, then making his way to the armoury box where he accessed firearms.

A 20-hour siege conducted by the elite Recce Squad led to the intruder being killed after. He killed one officer and injured another.

Battle of words rages over military poll rigging claims

The raging storm over claims by the opposition alliance NASA that the military is engaged in plans to rig the coming polls is growing more intense. On Saturday, at a press conference in Kisumu, Raychelle Omamo, the Defence Cabinet Secretary appeared to differ with the KDF over the documents released on Friday by NASA.

Accompanied by Fred Matiang’i, the acting Interior CS, Ms. Omamo denied any knowledge of the documents circulated by Raila Odinga, the NASA presidential candidate. The KDF had earlier confirmed the documents were authentic but pointed out they the opposition alliance was quoting them out of context.

The documents claim that KDF commanders would cut water supplies and power to Mathare and Kibera slums while at the same time securing the city centre, among other allegations like issuance of crowd control weapons and communication gadgets.

According to the Defence Cabinet Secretary, it’s standard practice observed by defense forces globally to institute contingency plans in regard to any foreseeable situation with a possibility of negatively compromising national security.

IEBC manager missing

A senior Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) employee has gone missing and is being looked for by the police, the family, and the IEBC. Through its Twitter page, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said that they could not establish the whereabouts of the ICT manager whose last spotting was on Friday night.

Bernard Kiala withdraws from governorship contest

A candidate for the governorship seat in Machakos, Bernard Kiala has withdrawn from the gubernatorial race.  Mr. Kiala, the incumbent deputy governor who was vying for the seat as an independent candidate says he will now focus his efforts on consolidating support for NASA candidates.

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