Summary of What You Should Know Today, Wednesday February 22nd 2017

  • The National Super Alliance (NASA) is today expected to hold a meeting where its coalition principals will sign an agreement whose secrets have already been reported by the media.

    Meanwhile, the Jubilee party leadership will be addressing a press conference that will unveil the code of conduct for their aspirants and the impact of recent defections.

    From Harambee House, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery has dismissed claims made by the Opposition that he has sole powers to oversee the voter register.

    Meanwhile, Meru Governor Peter Munya has asked the IEBC to probe the county’s senator Kiraitu Murungi over the use of witchcraft in election campaigns.

    This came as the said witchdoctor, James Mugambi Borongo aka Kaana ka Njoka, confessed that he had masqueraded as a witch to offer comic relief to Murungi's supporters.

    In the corridors of justice, a report detailing the progress of the negotiations meant to end the doctor’s strike will be filed in court today.

    On the same corridors, a ballistic expert surprised a Nairobi court after he revealed that former Kabete MP George Muchai’s killers had sprayed him and two of his bodyguards with a total of 37 bullets.

    Former EACC boss Prof PLO Lumumba has received a major relief after a case where he is accused of plagiarising an article from a Nairobi lawyer was terminated.

    Central Bank Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge was on Tuesday summoned to appear before a Nairobi Judge to answer to allegations of contempt of court.

    In the counties, Kisii MCAs awarded their governor James Ongwae a mind-boggling retirement package, including Sh10 Million gratuity.

    In business, Nairobi tycoon Chris Kirubi has moved to buy back the 51 percent controlling stake in Haco Industries that he had in 2008 sold to South Africa’s Tiger Brands.

    Stakeholders in the banking sector on Tuesday held a discussion on the impact of the interest-capping law with MP Jude Njomo, the  man behind the legislation, assuring Kenyans that the current credit squeeze will be temporary.

    In the International front, five United States senators have urged the Kenyan government to reconsider a proposed Sh43 billion purchase of 12 armed aircraft and related elements intended for use in Somalia against Al-Shabaab.

    This came as Kenyan senators engaged in a heated debate regarding Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen's reference to US President Donald Trump as a ‘rogue’ leader.

    In Asia, Malaysia has asked for North Korea's help in searching for a senior embassy official wanted in connection with the killing of Kim Jong-nam (half-brother to Noth Korean leader Kim Jong-un).

    In the US, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly unveiled a set of memos directed at each of the department's agencies which instruct agents to detain and deport every undocumented immigrant they come across, with few exceptions.

    This came as Amnesty International criticised US President Donald Trump as an example of an "angrier and more divisive politics".