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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 20: Nicholas Okite: 41-year-old man who has been retrieving bodies from River Yala speaks

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, January 20 widely reported on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) appeal at the Supreme Court with judges irges to uphold decisions made by the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

The dailies also reported on the August 9 General Elections with parties allied to ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Azimio La Umoja contemplating having joint primaries.

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People Daily

According to the daily, Kenyans aged 18 years and above will not access government services if they are not registered with the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).

The same will affect boda boda riders, mama mbogas, shoe shiners among other small scale traders who would like to do business withthe government.

The new rule is being developed by NHIF to operationalize the new NHIF Amendment Act 2021.

The Star

According to the newspaper, National Youth Service (NYS) graft suspect Phyllis Ngirita was detained for two days for skipping court sessions.

In a brief ruling, Milimani senior principal magistrate Bernard Ochoi said Ngirita has tendency of skipping court sessions without any compelling reasons.

On Monday, the court issues a warrant of arrest after Ngirita failed to attend court sessions for the second time.

Daily Nation

Businessman Jimi Wanjigi was on Wednesday, January 19 released from police custody without being preferred any charges.

The presidential aspirant was dramatically arrested arrested on Tuesday over an alleged KSh 56 million land fraud.

Following his release by Milimani Law Courts, Wanjigi said that his arrests was politically instigated, maintaining that he would never be cowed by his political rivals.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported that Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) will form a coalition with other small parties.

UDA secretary-general Veronica Maina said the outfit is urging people seeking to run for various political offices to officially join the party.

Maina added that the party has 4 million registered name ends at the moment and it is not in coalition talks with any larty at the moment.

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The Standard

The publication reported on one man who has been instrumental in retrieving bodies dumped in River Yala in the past 26 years.

Nicholas Okite, who hails from Ginga in Yala, Siaya county, says he started working as a diver alongside his father in 1996 after dropping out of school due to lack of school fees.

Okite disclosed that since August 2021, he has removed more than 30 bodies from the river, contrary to the National Police Service spokesman Bruno Shioso, who insisted only 19 bodies have been retrieved in the past two years.

For the 41-year-old, retrieving bodies, a skill he inherited from his father, has been his source of income saying it is a business that many people fear to venture in.

Okite said he usually gets a dream from spirits which directs him to where the bodies are.

“Just like my father, a spirit communicate to me in my sleep, so usually when I wake up in the morning and I have an assignment to retrieve a body that has been in the water for a long time, i dive to the exact location,” he said.

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