Mudavadi Reveals Why They Settled on Raila Over Uhuru For AU Job; Monica’s Brother on Why Court Should Sentence Jowie to Hang & Kagame Breaks Silence on Supporting Raila’s AUC Bid

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There is no reprieve for Kenyans as Housing Bill was passed in Senate on Tuesday evening.

President William Ruto secured a significant victory yesterday in his efforts to solidify the contentious Housing Levy, as Kenya Kwanza senators thwarted amendments put forth by the minority faction.

During a marathon session that extended to nearly 7pm, senators aligned with the President decisively rejected amendments suggested by the minority, dashing hopes for relief among many Kenyans.

Deputy Speaker Kathuri Murungi announced the final voting results, revealing that 27 senators backed the Affordable Housing Bill, 2023, thereby endorsing it along with the government’s proposed amendments.

Moving amendments proposed by the minority side, Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni wanted the deductions capped at Sh2,500. He also wanted the levy to be paid at the rate of 1.5 per cent of the net salary of an employee.

What do you think of this new development on the Housing levy?

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

Mudavadi Addresses Claims That Ruto’s Govt Settled on Raila Over Uhuru Kenyatta for AU Job


The government via the Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has finally addressed claims of picking Raila Odinga for AU job over former president Uhuru Kenyatta.

In an interview with Wednesday’s Nation publication, Musalia Mudavadi noted that the decision to support Mr Odinga transcends with domestic politics and resonates with President William Ruto’s agenda of inclusive leadership.

According to Musalia Mudavadi, the discussion was centred at finding a better candidate to represent Kenya at a continental stage and therefore wasn’t a race between Uhuru Kenyatta and the former premier.

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President Kagame Breaks Silence on Supporting Raila’s AUC Bid After Recent Meeting

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has recently expressed his support for Raila Odinga’s candidacy for the African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson seat. This endorsement comes after a meeting between the opposition chief and President Kagame.

President Kagame has made it clear that Kigali will back Mr. Odinga in his bid for the influential role and will continue to work with him once he secures the position.

“It’s no secret. I told him Rwanda will support him,” President Kagame stated. He further added, “Not only will we support him to be there, but also when he is there, we will support him for Africa to succeed.”

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New Twist as Monica’s Brother Reveals Why Court Should Sentence Jowie Irungu to Hang

A former classmate and a brother to Late Monica Kimani is now urging High Court to sentence Jowie Irungu to hang.

As relayed by a report covered on Wednesday’s Standard publication, Monica’s Brother George Kimani now wants Court to sentence Jowie Irungu to hang , a move that resulted into a new twist with both sides demanding a different sentence.

While Jowie Irungu’s mother is demanding for a lenient sentencing, Monica’s family wants Jowie Irungu sentenced to death over his involvement in the murder of Monica Kimani.

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