Mt Kenya MP Reveals a Secret Ruto-Raila Handshake; Weak Shilling to Hit Kenyans’ Pockets Harder & John Mbadi Speaks on Karua & Kioni’s Kamwene Forum

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King Charles III and Queen Camilla are poised to embark on a four-day state visit to Kenya next week, following a gracious invitation from President William Ruto.

This visit holds special significance as it marks King Charles III’s first visit to a Commonwealth nation since his coronation.

The upcoming royal visit is a testament to the enduring bonds between the United Kingdom and Kenya, highlighting the collaborative efforts and shared interests between the two nations.

According to a statement from Birmingham Palace, the visit aims to underscore the depth of cooperation on various fronts, underscoring the strong and dynamic partnership that both countries have continued to foster over the years.

The royal itinerary includes stops in Nairobi City County, Mombasa County, and the surrounding areas, promising a diverse experience of Kenya’s rich culture and breathtaking landscapes.

While the specific agenda of the visit has not been detailed in the announcement, it is expected to encompass a range of activities and events that will showcase the flourishing relations between the United Kingdom and Kenya.

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

Behind Closed Doors? Mt Kenya MP Drops Bombshell Claim of Secret Ruto, Raila Handshake

Startling claims of President William Ruto and Azimio One Kenya leader Raila Odinga’s hushed handshake in Nairobi has emerged.

Kanini Kega, a Jubilee ally from Mt Kenya Region, who doubles as EALA MP, has dropped bombshell allegations of handshake between Mr Odinga and Ruto.

Kega’s claim comes as National Dialogue Committee retreated to Naivasha for a week long meeting.

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Weak shilling to hit Kenyans’ pockets harder

The shilling has hit a new low against the US dollar to stand at average of Sh150 against the greenback, signaling tougher times ahead for Kenyan consumers given that the country is a net importer of numerous products.

While the shilling stabilised temporarily yesterday as Diaspora remittance inflows matched manufacturing and energy sector demand, commercial banks quoted it at 150.00/20 buying and Sh154 selling, with some banks quoting the dollar at a high of Sh156 amid speculations that the local currency might cross Sh160 psychological barrier sooner rather than later.

The current exchange rate means the shilling has lost 17.8 per cent of its value against the dollar since the beginning of the year.

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John Mbadi Speaks on Karua & Kioni’s Kamwene Forum, Explains How It’ll Benefit Azimio Coalition

ODM chairman John Mbadi is the latest leader to speak on Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua and jubilee’s party secretary general Jeremiah Kioni Mt Kenya forum dubbed Kamwene.

Speaking via a report covered on Wednesday’s Standard publication, Mbadi claims Martha Karua’s decision is a boost to Azimio la Umoja one Kenya Coalition.

According to Mbadi, the move will strengthen the coalition via grassroots support and will arguably counter deputy president Rigathi Gachagua’s Mt Kenya unity call.

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