Govt to Take Rigathi’s Sh200 Million After Court Ruling; Insiders Spill Beans on Midnight Meeting That Led to Malonza’s Rejection & Ruto Has Failed Starving Kenyans, Says Raila

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Kenyans may need to wait a little bit longer for the cost of maize flour-unga to come down after President William Ruto on Tuesday, October 25 said the country needs at least one year to stabilise the cost of living.

Speaking during a groundbreaking of 4054 affordable housing units in Kibera, Ruto said his administration had already laid the groundwork on which it will arrest the rising cost of basic commodities.

The latest commodity to record a sharp increase was electricity, whose cost went up this month after fuel prices were reviewed on October 14. Electricity has a knock-on effect on the cost of production, which in turn, affects the retail prices of consumer goods.

Ruto, who appeared to make an about-turn from his earlier election campaign promises, blamed the previous administration for the high cost of basic commodities, saying this was a result of poor policies implemented by the Jubilee administration.

Ruto was Deputy President in the Jubilee administration but has in the past said he was sidelined in decision-making.

Do you think the Kenya Kwanza government will lower the prices of basic commodities in the next one year as they have requested?

Meanwhile, here are news stories making headlines on Opera News today;

William Ruto has failed starving Kenyans, says Raila Odinga

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga has accused President William Ruto’s government of focusing on 2027 election politics instead of coming up with a strong emergency response to the drought and hunger crisis.

In a statement, Mr Odinga censured the government for what he termed a “lacklustre response to drought and famine in Kenya”, even as he reiterated his stand against the reintroduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country.

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Ruto’s Govt to Take Rigathi’s Sh200 Million After Court of Appeal Failed to Block High Court Orders


The Court of Appeal has now dismissed an application made by Rafiki Microfinance Bank to block an order which requires DP Rigathi Gachagua to forfeit Sh200 million to the government. ]

Rafiki Microfinance in the application had stated that the orders which were issued by High Court judge Esther Maina during the former administration would adversely affect it as the money in Rigathi Gachagua’s fixed deposit account had also been used as security for a number of loans taken by third parties.

The Legal Manager Helen Nyaboke of the Rafiki Microfinance Bank told the Court of Appeal judges Dr Imana Laibuta, Kathurima M’inoti and Mwaniki Gachoka that the Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) had demanded remittance of the money and it risked being cited for contempt of court.

Insiders Spill the Beans on the Details of an Intense Midnight Meeting that Saw CoA Reject Malonza

Insiders in the National Assembly Committee on Appointments ( CoA ) have shared ‘behind the scenes’ happenings that saw Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage Cabinet Secretary nominee Peninah Malonza rejected unanimously by the committee.

The MP who sought anonymity while speaking to the media revealed that the rejection axe fell on Mrs Malonza during an intense midnight meeting of the Committee on Monday.

According to the MP, the National Assembly’s technical team had the report of the vetting as early as 7Pm on Monday evening. The MPs allegedly resorted to a hotel on Mombasa road to discuss the contents of the report.

After assessing the report, team Azimio allegedly rejected plans by the committee to have all the nominees passed. Team Azimio for the better part of the night demanded that the committee drops four nominees (Peninah Malonza, Aisha Jumwa, Mithika Linturi and Ndung’u Njuguna)

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