Judge Who Blocked Ruto’s Taxes Transferred From Nairobi; MP Elachi Confesses How She Used Raila & Raila Makes a Last-Minute Tactical Change Ahead of Today’s Talks With Ruto’s Side

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Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja now says the spate of crime in Nairobi has reduced by 47 per cent.

Speaking on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, Sakaja attributed the drop to the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ initiative in a surprise turn of events which had been launched by former President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The county boss affirmed that the initiative had played a key role in reducing crime rates in the city and enabling the jobless secure incomes.

Sakaja also praised and likened the Housing Fund to the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ programme noting that the initiative would create jobs and enable youths and women in the society to eke a living.

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to creating businesses to provide employment for the youth.

The governor further urged President William Ruto to bring back the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ initiative or something akin to it so as to create more employment opportunities for the youth and reduce the spate of crime in the city.

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

Raila Makes a Last-Minute Tactical Change Ahead of Today’s Talks With Ruto’s Side

With both Azimio la Umoja one Kenya Coalition and Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza camp agreed to engage in talks from today, the former prime minister Raila Odinga has allegedly made a last-minute tactical change to counter Ruto’s camp.

As relayed by a report covered in Wednesday’s People Daily publication, the former premier has formed a technical and legal team headed by Uhuru Kenyatta’s man Jeremiah Kioni.

The team is anticipated to help Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition’s dialogue committee on legal matters in negotiations with Kenya Kwanza’s team.

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MP Elachi Confesses How She Used Raila

In an unexpected turn of events, Beatrice Elachi, an MP representing Dagoretti North Constituency in Nairobi for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), has voiced a sharp critique of her fellow ODM Members of Parliament (MPs).

She alleges that many of them have been merely leveraging the name and influence of party leader Raila Odinga to secure their parliamentary seats.

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The Judge who blocked Ruto taxes transferred from Nairobi to Malindi: Draws mixed reactions

Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah expressed surprise at the abrupt transfer of Lady Justice Mugure Thande, who suspended President William Ruto’s Finance Act 2023.

Omtatah found the timing of Thande’s transfer unusual, considering her tenure at Milimani High Court might not have reached three years.

Despite this, Omtatah remains committed to pursuing the case. Lawyer Moses Munoko noted that administrative changes are within the Chief Justice’s purview, but the timing of Thande’s transfer raises concerns due to the significant impact of her decision on the Finance Act.

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