Bad News For PSs As They Face Arrests; Gachagua Rebrands, Tones Down Attacks and Why Secondary Schools Closed Early for Holidays

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As the weekend kicks in, succession politics takes a high gear with Kalonzo Musyoka traversing across the country selling his agenda as the best politician to unseat President Ruto.

Kalonzo on Thursday received a backing and blessing from a sect of Kikuyu Council of Elders who met him in Ruaka.

The Wiper Party leader is hopeful of receiving backing from Azimio coalition leader Raila Odinga as he shifts his focus from local politics to his AU bid.

Is Kalonzo the best candidate to push forward the Azimio agenda? And Do you think Kalonzo has what it takes to dethrone Ruto in 2027?

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

Why secondary schools closed early for April holidays

Heads of secondary schools have explained why they closed schools a week earlier than the scheduled education calendar.

Barely a week after the government disbursed Sh16 billion capitation grants under the Free Day Secondary School education programme, the principals say the money was insufficient.

Through their Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association, the principals say they have an acute deficit which makes schools unable to procure adequate learning materials, pay staff salaries, pay existing debts, submit third-party deductions, payment of bills including water and electricity.

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Rigathi Gachagua rebrands: DP cuts new image as he tones down attacks

File image of DP Rigathi Gachagua

Recent frequent meetings with Mt Kenya political leaders and a move to mend fences with the Kenyatta family have raised eyebrows over Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s political game plan.

The DP has recently cut the figure of a changed man—from an abrasive and polarising political figure to embracing a laid-back demeanour with less talking and more action.

Mr Gachagua has been holding regular meetings with MPs from his political backyard, with at least three meetings every week, in what is seen as galvanising the region’s political base.

Those close to him say he has learnt from his boss that if you want to be the President, you don’t wait to be anointed; you scheme and work towards it. President William Ruto started working on his 2022 presidential bid when he was elected President Uhuru Kenyatta’s deputy in 2013.

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PSs face arrests as sleuths unravel fake fertiliser mix

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is planning the arrests of a top Principal Secretary and two parastatal chiefs over the fake fertiliser scandal.

The PS under the EACC radar, and who hails from President William Ruto’s backyard, is said to have played a critical role in the importation and distribution of the sub standard fertiliser.

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