A Week in a Minute: 7 Hot Stories That Made Headlines This Week

It is another episode of a week in a minute and as usual, we got you sorted on top stories that shaped conversations not only in mainstream media but also on the social scenes.

Majority of Kenyans and the world at large had their eyes glued on the US elections that experienced a dramatic turn of events.

Known for its rich democracy, the US is on the verge of soiling its hard-earned reputation as fraudulent allegations during the voting exercise were made.

That aside, chilling details of the planned assassination of key opposition leader in Kenya emerged this week. While the details seemed scary and perhaps a wake-up call, the subject matters have appeared unperturbed as if they care not about their lives.

Maybe it is time to build bridges, the past is now water under the bridge.

For the rest of Kenyans, keep the hope and fight for your goals as you endeavour to begin another week.

Here are the 7 stories that made headlines this week:

Joe Biden Wins

US President-Elect Joe Biden with his Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.

Democrats Presidential candidate Joe Biden won the United States of America’s Presidential election.

The former Vice President of America floored the incumbent President Donald Trump who has since disputed the result and called for a repeat in the counting exercise of votes cast.

Trump cited irregularities in the polls though he could substantiate his claims. In a series of tweets, Trump opposed counting of votes cast after polls were closed claiming that it was illegal.

Raila  Survived Assassination

ODM Leader Raila Odinga aboard his white Range Rover in 2017.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was to be assassinated in 2017, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has said.

Sonko claims that ‘the system’ had instructed police officers to finish the ODM leader in the aftermath of the 2017 elections but the veteran politician survived, thanks to his bulletproof vehicle.

“They instructed police officers to shoot him in his car at close range aiming in his head at the junction of Ngong road and Uhuru Park. Luckily, the white Range Rover he was using on the material day was armoured,” the Nairobi Governor said.

Mambo Mbotela Medical Bill

Veteran Broadcaster Leonard Mambo Mbotela

Veteran broadcast broadcaster Leonard Mambo Mbotela has called on well-wishers to help him in offsetting his hospital bill at the Nairobi South Hospital.

The hospital’s Human Resource Manager Stephen Mutavi said in an appeal dated November 12 that Mbotela had been admitted at the facility since October 29 and was due to be discharged having recuperated.

His medical bill accumulated to Sh1,105,498.

Harambee Stars Vs Comoros

Harambee Stars player being marked by two Comoros players.

Harambee Stars played to a third successive draw in the qualifiers of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations after being held to a 1-1 scoreline by 10-man Comoros at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Wednesday night.

Stars was left ruing missed chances, especially in the second half when they had the lion’s share of possession and opportunities at goal, most which were not converted despite a numerical advantage.

Masud Juma scored Kenya’s equalizer in the 65th minute with an overhead kick, cancelling out Youssouf M’changama’s first-half opener

80 Per cent of MPs  Smoke Marijuana

Kajiado Senator Ledama Ole Kina

Narok Senator Ledama Olekina revived his calls for marijuana decriminalization in Kenya saying it’s high time the country had a serious conversation about the economic benefits of legalizing the plant.

Speaking on Spice FM Wednesday, the senator presumed that a significant number of Kenyan lawmakers smoke marijuana.

“Let me not kid you. Right now, in parliament, probably 80 per cent of the lawmakers smoke marijuana,” Lekina said.

Kenyans Stole KSh224 Billion in Three Years

Director of Public Prosecution Yusuf Haji.

Taxpayers have lost Sh224.5 billion since the Jubilee administration took office for a second term in 2017 to mid this year, a report by the public prosecutor shows.

The money was lost through corrupt deals involving various projects and procurement activities.

The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has successfully prosecuted cases worth Sh3.9 billion — paltry 1.7 per cent of the money lost by June.

Tanzanian Politician seeks asylum in Kenya

Former MP Godbless Lema addressing Tanzanian Parliament.

Tanzanian politician and his entire family have sought refuge in Kenya.

A report by Daily Nation on Monday, November 9, indicated that the politician, a former Arusha Urban Constituency MP Godbless Lema, flew to the country after claiming that his life was in danger.

His lawyer George Luchiri Wajackoyah, had noted the former MP was ready to die in the Kenyan police station than in his mother country.

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