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Uhuru kicks out Jubilee officials allied to Ruto in major comeback plot



While holding a special national delegates conference as part of a major political comeback plan, former president Uhuru Kenyatta controversially dismissed top Jubilee officials who were thought to be close to President William Ruto using undated “secret” resignation letters.

This comes before new vows to resume protests from Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga, whose coalition claims that Jubilee membership is unaltered.

Jubilee Chairman Nelson Dzuya and Executive Director Wambui Gichuru were purportedly removed by Mr. Kenyatta using undated letters of resignation that they had apparently signed when they were hired, in an escalation of the disputes roiling the erstwhile ruling party.

The decision was taken during a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Friday as the former President seeks to reclaim control of the former ruling outfit. Removal of the two is seen as a key step in initiating a purge against perceived rebels.

The key officials are allied to the faction led by Kanini Kega, which has declared that the party is working with President Ruto and his Kenya Kwanza administration.

Mr Kenyatta had largely kept off the wrangles—leaving factions led by Mr Jeremiah Kioni and Mr Kega each claiming to be the secretary general to fight it out— until last Wednesday when he appeared at the party’s offices in Nairobi’s Kileleshwa to declare he would not allow a takeover.

Jubilee Vice Chairperson David Murathe disclosed that all top party officials signed the undated resignation letters when they were appointed and were told the party leader could act on them whenever necessary.

He said the agreement was that Mr Kenyatta only needed to date the letters to make the resignations effective.

According to reports, Mr. Murathe was chosen by the NEC meeting to lead the party till May 22, when the NDC will be held. The faction that is affiliated with Ruto disputes both meetings.

Yesterday, Mr. Kenyatta gave the special NDC’s party members a 21-day notice. The agenda for the meeting includes receiving a status update from the NEC as well as reviewing, drafting, and approving Jubilee party policies.

“In those senior positions, when you sign an appointment letter you also sign an undated letter for resignation. This is a normal practice even in government. All those people serving as Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries signed their resignation letters,” said Mr Murathe.

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Nyeri teen arrested with homemade gun, bhang to be charged



By Wanja Waweru

A 19-year-old guy was detained by police in Nyeri County after being discovered in possession of a handmade gun that could fire and marijuana.

The National Police Service (NPS) said in a statement that the young man was detained as a result of a tip from the general public.

“Police officers from Munyange Police Station arrested a 19-year-old suspect after he was found in possession of a home-made pistol, stones of cannabis sativa and rolls of the same. He has been remanded in police custody,” the statement read in part.

The NPS also expressed gratitude to the general public for helping to support community police in the battle against crime and illegal narcotics.

A police officer assigned to the General Service Unit (GSU) was also found in possession of a handmade pistol the day before the teen’s arrest.

A failed heist in Kasarani sub-county led to the arrest of Mr. Graham Ndichu Chege, a GSU officer.

On Monday, May 29, 2023, Nairobi News broke the exclusive that the suspect has been on police radar for more than four months.

Officers worried about an armed gang terrorizing people in Kasarani Sub-County knew when, not if, Mr. Chege would be apprehended.

The suspect was being questioned about more robberies that had occurred nearby, according to an investigator with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who is aware of the current inquiries.

“Officers involved in the matter believe that he was the one leading a gang that has been giving the locals in this sub-county a hard time. Plans are also underway to arrest his accomplices,” said the officer, who spoke in confidence as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

According to a police report reviewed by this reporter, Mr. Paul Maina said that three individuals on motorcycles and carrying pistols robbed him at gunpoint of his cell phone at the Cooperative area along Kamiti Road.

“Police officers on foot patrol responded very quickly and with the help of bodaboda riders they chased the suspects to Juja Weighbridge where the suspect’s motorcycle developed mechanical problem and Mr Chege was arrested,” the report reads in part.

As a GSU officer assigned to the GSU Headquarters and Transit Section, Mr. Chege then revealed to the officers that he was to them.

When the police searched him, they discovered a makeshift pistol that they claimed might fire.

“A bloodstained broken knife and a motorcycle with registration number KMFH 031U, make Ranger Black, were recovered,” the police report added.

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Kenyans ranked 87th most unhappy people in the world



The top 20 most miserable persons, according to Hanke’s Annual Misery Index, created by Steve Hanke, modified and ratified by Harvard University, and published by The Wall Street Journal, are listed below.

Inflation, unemployment, and high interest rates are the main causes of these people’s misery.

Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Syria, Lebanon, and Sudan took the top five positions.

Ranked sixth to tenth were Argentina, Yemen, Ukraine, Cuba, and Turkey.

Sri Lanka, Haiti, and Angola were 11th, 12th, and 13th, while Tonga, Ghana, and South Africa were 14th, 15th, and 16th. Ranked 17th to 20th were Suriname, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, and Rwanda.

At the bottom of the list in 87th place was Kenya with a misery index of 29.264 and the main factor contributing to its misery was the interest rate on loans.

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Vihiga: Section of Secondary School dorm razed, no injuries



On Tuesday evening, a portion of a dormitory at Ebunangwe Boy’s Secondary School in Vihiga County caught fire.

Billy Maloba, a witness to the incident, estimates that the fire started at 8 o’clock.

“No one was injured in the accident since it happened when the students were doing their night preps in class,” he said.

Ebunangwe is a mixed boarding and day school.

The school has only one dormitory.

“It was raining around that time so it took a while for people to notice the fire,” Maloba, who said he lives a few metres from the school, said.

He claimed that once the fire was put out by the locals, the Vihiga fire department arrived.

Since property with an unknown value was destroyed, the cause of the fire has not yet been identified.

By the time of publication, the school still had not released a statement regarding the incident.

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