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May 28, 2024: Top news events to look out for today

Tuesday, May 28th, 2024 06:53 | By
DP Rigathi Gachagua welcomes President William Ruto for CDF General Ogolla's farewell at Ulinzi Sports Complex.
DP Rigathi Gachagua welcomes President William Ruto for CDF General Ogolla's farewell at Ulinzi Sports Complex. PHOTO(@rigathi)/X

Here is what you need to know to get up to speed with today's happenings.

Ruto, Gachagua reconciliation

With the perceived fallout between President William Ruto and his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, efforts have been established to reconcile the two top leaders in the country.

These efforts are said to be in top gear after a team comprising of elders from both the Kikuyu and Kalenjin leaders met with the latter over the weekend in a bid to bring the two together.

The team which is expected to meet with Ruto, already met with Gachagua in Eldoret in the presence of Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Boss Shollei.

Last weekend, Gachagua was in Eldoret and his utterances irked a number of local leaders including Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi.

In retaliation, Sudi told the DP off saying he cannot be threatened.

DP Rigathi Gachagua during the coronation of Reverend John Kiplimo Lelei in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.
DP Rigathi Gachagua during the coronation of Reverend John Kiplimo Lelei in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County. PHOTO/@rigathi/X

Muguka, miraa ban

The heat that the muguka and miraa bans by Mombasa and Kilifi Counties generated is expected to dominate headlines too.

The move to ban the products took a new turn after the High Court granted Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir, Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung'aro and Taita their Taveta counterpart Andrew Mwadime three days to respond to a case challenging the ban.

The order was delivered by Justice Olga Sewe of Mombasa High Court who issued the directive to the three county bosses after certifying as urgent the lawsuit by two activists seeking to stop further implementation of Muguka ban in Mombasa, Kilifi, Taita Taveta counties. 

As the fight go on in the justice corridors, President William Ruto convened a meeting with the leadership of Embu County to discuss the same.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi was in attendance and the president directed his docket to convene a consultative forum to address concerns raised and agree on the implementation of the Miraa/Muguka Regulations 2023.

"The future of miraa/muguka is in scaling up farming, aggregation, grading, pricing, packaging and value addition of the crop.

"For this reason, the government has committed to allocate Ksh500 million in the 2024/25 Financial Year for value addition of these scheduled crops. The Government affirms its commitment in the fight against drugs, illicit brews and other illegal substances," Ruto's statement after the meeting read.

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