Legislators Task EPRA to Explain Fuel Price Spike; Fact-Finding Trip to Pastor Ezekiel Church Raises More Queries Than Answers & Raila Pushes For Overhaul of ODM Elections Board

As the much-anticipated Mashujaa Day celebrations approach in Kericho County, it’s evident that meticulous planning and preparation have been the order of the day.

This year’s event is set to be a grand spectacle, featuring not only the commemoration of national heroes but also the unveiling of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) under the theme ‘Access to Universal Health Care.’

According to Dr. Raymond Omollo, the Principal Secretary of Internal Security, all necessary arrangements are in place for this grand event.

The military and entertainment groups have successfully completed their rehearsals and stand ready to make this event a memorable one.

Notably, President William Ruto will preside over the festivities, adding an extra layer of prestige to the occasion.

The Health Cabinet Secretary, Susan Nakhumicha, has assured the nation that preparations for the unveiling of UHC and the Community Health Promoters have been completed.

This is no small feat, as 100,000 Community Health Promoters have been trained, equipped with kits and smartphones to facilitate data collection.

The inclusion of this innovative approach to healthcare underscores the government’s commitment to reaching every corner of the nation, providing healthcare services where they are needed most.

The lead-up to this 14th edition of the Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kericho County began nearly two months ago. The preparations included the upgrade of the Kericho Green Stadium, which will host the event.

The stadium’s capacity has been expanded to accommodate 10,000 attendees, with additional seating areas created to welcome even more guests.

Basic utilities like electricity, water, and sewerage systems have also been integrated, ensuring the comfort and convenience of all attendees.

Perhaps one of the most remarkable aspects of this event is the acknowledgment of national heroes. Approximately 150 heroes from across the republic have been selected to be physically present on this day, representing the countless unsung heroes who have made significant contributions to the nation.

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

Raila pushes for overhaul of ODM elections board

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga is pushing for an overhaul of the party’s National Elections Board (NEB) as he begins to revamp the outfit in readiness for the 2027 polls.

The party is said to have resolved to kick out the current officials before installing another team to supervise its grassroots elections scheduled for the first quarter of next year.

The decision was made last week when the party held a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting amid blame games over bungled party primaries in the 2022 polls. Some of the board members are also said to be engaged in other jobs, denying them time for party activities.

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Legislators task EPRA to explain fuel price spike

Members of Parliament have raised concerns over the spike in fuel prices and want the government to come up with control measures before it becomes unbearable.

Members of the National Assembly Public Investments Committee on Commercial Affairs and Energy took Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) Managing Director Daniel Kiptoo to task over the increase of fuel products.

Led by Committee chairperson David Pkosing (Pokot South), the MPs sought to know why the price adjustments were on a constant upward trajectory after every month.

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Fact-finding trip to Pastor Ezekiel church raises more queries than answers

Controversy has rocked a Monday visit by a Senate ad-hoc committee to controversial preacher Ezekiel Odera’s vast New Life Prayer Centre in Kilifi County with questions lingering on the financier of the trip.

Details have emerged of how the 11-member team investigating the Shakahola massacre visited Mavueni without a single technical staff as is required of a parliamentary committee for a fact-finding mission.

Adding fuel to the controversy, some members of the committee gave the visit a wide berth citing “personal” reasons.

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