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Uhuru, Raila, Ruto showdown to mark Bonchari by-elections

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Uhuru, Raila and Ruto during a past event (Source: Nation)

IN SUMMARY:
– The Bonchari constituency by-election in Kisii will be on May 18
– Ruto, Uhuru, and Raila are expected to battle it out at the Mini polls
– Jubilee party is for the first time since handshake fielding a candidate against ODM

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A political showdown between President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga is expected to be at the center stage of the forthcoming by-elections in the Bonchari constituency.

For the first time since handshake, Uhuru-led Jubilee party will field a candidate against Raila’s ODM party with Jubilee settling for former Bonchari MP Zepedo Opore to battle it out with former EPRA boss Pavel Oimeke who is flying the ODM flag.

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Former EPRA boss pavel Oimeke will fly the ODM flag (PHOTO: Nation)

Jubilee party has in the past declined to field candidates in Raila Odinga’s stronghold opting to support ODM candidates in what it termed as ‘in the spirit of handshake’

However, Jubilee’s latest move to go into a bare-knuckle contest with Raila has been interpreted by many as an indication of a looming fallout between Raila and Uhuru.

Recent reports have alleged a wider political scheme by some by Uhuru insiders to destabilize Raila’s strongholds, minimize his national stature and reduce him to merely the Luo Kingpin.

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Politicians and analysts say Raila is under pressure to win the seat to redeem his supremacy beyond Nyanza and fend off Ruto’s charm offensive and hustler movement.

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Raila’s lieutenants are concerned that Uhuru’s men are making a concerted effort to also elbow Raila out of the President’s succession plan.

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ODM leader Raila Odinga accompanied by interior CS Fred Matiangi during a tour of Kisii county (PHOTO: Courtesy)

A loss in Bonchari would damage Raila’s bid to consolidate his support outside his Nyanza turf, significantly diminishing his national profile as a formidable political force.

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The ODM party is already smarting from a massive loss in the March 4 Matungu by-election in which its candidate David Were was trounced by Amani National Congress’s Peter Nabulindo.

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Al Shabaab Suicide Bomber Kills Six At Somali Cafe In Baidoa

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Six civilians died and seven more were injured on Saturday when an Al-Shabaab suicide bomber blew himself up outside a cafe in Somalia, police and witnesses said.

The attack happened in the central town of Baidoa, 250 kilometres (190 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu and police said the target was the regional governor, who was inside the cafe taking tea.

“A terrorist suicide bomber blew up himself at Suweys cafeteria and killed six people, he was targeting the governor Ali Wardheere but he survived the attack,” local police officer Mohamud Adan told AFP by phone.

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Uhuru contributes Ksh. 1 Million towards rugby icon Ayimba’s medical expenses

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IN SUMMARY:
– President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged Ksh. 1 million towards rugby legend Benjamin Ayimba’s medical expenses
– Senator Sakaja disclosed Uhuru’s contribution in a message posted on his Twitter account
– Kenya Rugby union had disclosed that Ayimba was critically ill
– Ayimba is a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, who was first appointed Shujaa Head coach in 2006

President Uhuru Kenyatta through Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja has contributed a sum of Ksh. 1 million towards the medical expenses of ailing rugby legend, Benjamin Ayimba.

On a Tweet posted on his Twitter handle, Senator Sakaja disclosed that the head of state had promised Ksh. 1 million that will go into Ayimba’s medical expenses.

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“Let’s keep at it #TurnUpforBenja. Thank you H.E Uhuru for the KES 1m. Kindly @RailaOdinga @WilliamsRuto @MusaliaMudavadi join in,” said Sakaja in the Tweet.

Kenya Rugby union had disclosed that Ayimba was critically ill and that his condition had drastically deteriorated. The union called on Kenyans to make their contributions via the Paybill number 8021673 with the name BENJAMIN OTIENO AYIMBA MEDICAL towards the rugby icon’s medical bills.

Ayimba is a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, who was first appointed Shujaa Head coach in 2006. He went on to guide Kenya to her first ever World Series Cup Final in Adelaide, Australia losing 26-7 to South Africa.

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In 2011, he left the job under controversial circumstances after he openly opposed the fielding of Kenya’s main players at the Safaricom Sevens.

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Kirinyaga: Middle-aged man found dead inside a lodging in Ndia

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IN SUMMARY:
– The middle-aged man was found dead inside a lodging in Ndia area, Kirinyaga
– Police are in pursuit of an unidentified woman who was in the company of the deceased
– His body was moved to Kutus Funeral home, Kutus

Police in Kirinyaga are investigating the death of a middle-aged man who was found dead inside a lodging in Ndia area.

According to the lodging caretaker, the man  booked a room at around 1pm in the company of unidentified woman who latter went missing.

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The incident was confirmed by agio town’s Nyumba Kumi Chairman, Daniel Kangangi who is also a brother to the caretaker.

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The caretaker is my brother. When he called me I informed officers based at Kagio Police station,”  said Kangangi.

Police are now in pursuit of the unidentified woman asking people in the hotel business to ensure that they take details of their customers.

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The body has been moved to the Kutus Funeral home Kutus pending further investigations.

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