BBI Plan: Counties to Pick 47 Women Senators; Class Eight, Grade Four Tests Postponed & DCI And NIS to Take Charge of All Harambee Events in Kenya

Good morning,

Going by the spike in new Coronavirus infections over the past week, it seems we threw caution to the wind a tad too early.

Nowadays if you take a walk around town, or within estates, people wearing masks are usually the odd ones out-everyone else either has theirs hanging on their chins, or nowhere to be seen.

Public transport has also returned to normal, especially the 14-seater matatus.

No sanitization is done when boarding these vehicles and the passenger load is back to the traditional “wanne wanne kama orbit” per seat.

Let us not even talk about political gatherings.

With schools reopening, this is actually the time we should get extremely cautious because it means increased exposure for everyone, since our children interact with persons from all localities at school.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe issued a warning on Sunday on the approaching second Coronavirus wave, and we think that the government should resume forcing Kenyans to adhere to all safety protocols, for our own good.

Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:

BBI Gender Plan: Counties to Pick 47 Women Senators

Women legislators protest outside parliament on June 13, 2019.

Kenyans will vote for 94 senators in the 2022 General Election to cure the two-thirds gender rule headache, according to sources privy to the Building Bridges Initiative proposals.

In the yet to be released report, the Senate will be composed of one man and one woman elected in each of the 47 counties.

Chief Justice David Maraga has advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament for failing to implement the two-thirds gender law. The matter is pending in court.

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School Reopening: Class Eight, Grade Four Tests Postponed

A student in class

The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has pushed forward the Grade 4 and Class 8 assessment tests due to the Mashujaa Day celebrations.

The exams that were slated for Monday, October 19, have been pushed forward by two days to Wednesday, October 21, after KNEC issued a circular to headteachers across the country.

Acting KNEC Chief Executive Officer Mercy Karogo revealed that the Mashujaa Day celebrations set to be held in Kisii necessitated the changes.

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Blow to DP Ruto? DCI And NIS To Take Charge Of All Harambee Events In Kenya

DP Ruto being ‘driven’ in a Wheelbarrow

Deputy President William Ruto has scaled up his political activities all over the country in the last couple of weeks as he sets his eye on the presidency come 2022.

His political strategies appear to revolve around targeting the youth and other organized groups and church donations with the DP having intensified church donations in the last few days.

However, in a move that may prove to be a huge blow to DP William Ruto, the directorate of criminal investigations (DCI) and the national intelligence service (NIS) are set to take over the role of taking control over all Harambee events in the country.

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Do you think President Uhuru Kenyatta will release the BBI report on Mashujaa Day, and why do you think the release of the document has taken so long?

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