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See below a summary of the top stories for Monday, July 21.
The 2020 KCPE top student, Faith Mumo, could not hide her emotions after receiving a full four-year scholarship to join the Kenya High School.
The candidate, who scored 433 out of 500 marks, broke down into tears after Matungulu MP - Stephen Mutinda - offered to pay her school fees through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
The 14-year old girl thanked the MP and promised to help other learners achieve their dreams once she achieves her dream.
Conning Bishop Arrested
Police at Moi’s corner in Eldoret apprehended a man of the cloth who allegedly conned more than 500 people countrywide in a Ponzi scheme dubbed “Income Plus.”
Bishop Bernard Nakuku Talia of Impact Healing Centre is alleged to have conned Kenyans from Trans-Nzoia and Uasin Gishu counties among other major cities in the country.
Talia is reported to have been running the ponzi scheme in which he lured victims to invest Ksh 50,000 and earn Ksh500,000 in return.
According to Capital Markets Chief Executive Wycliffe Shamiah, Kenyans have lost over Ksh1 billion to ponzi schemes.
Court Stops 25 Percent Excise Duty
Traders were relieved after the High Court suspended the implementation of the 25 percent excise duty on all imported furniture.
This follows a petition filed by activist Okiya Omtatah that the Financial Bill that imposed the duty was passed without proper public participation and would burden taxpayers.
The imposition of the 25 percent excise duty was seen as a move to protect the local industry but the court noted the imposition of the import duty and VAT were already achieving the goal.
One Kenya Alliance Decides on Fate of NASA
One Kenya Alliance (OKA) made its final decision on the fate of the NASA coalition following hours of meetings held in Hermosa Gardens in Karen, Nairobi.
The leaders announced that they would not revive the NASA Coalition and it was now history.
They announced that the parties that formed NASA will officially move out to push forward the OKA agenda.
All the OKA leaders including KANU Chairman Gideon Moi, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka, and Ford Kenya Leader Moses Wetangula, were all present at the meeting.
Mt Kenya Leaders Meet to Counter Ruto's Influence
President Uhuru Kenyatta made a swift move to consolidate leaders from Mt Kenya ahead of the 2022 General Elections.
The head of state directed the leaders to meet and discuss challenges facing the region and come up with solutions that will ensure the region votes as a block.
Some of the prioritized issues include Deputy President Wiliam Ruto's growing influence, the split vote effect and Speaker Justin Muturi coronation.
Agriculture CS Peter Munya confirmed that the meeting was part of Uhuru's plan to secure the region from intruders.
Among those in attendance will be Governors Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Martin Wambora (Embu), Mwangi wa Iria (Murang'a), Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri), Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Lee Kinyanjui ( Nakuru), former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and local leaders.One Kenya Alliance Principals during their meeting held in Nairobi on Wednesday, July 20, 2021
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