Five things you need to know today

1. 500 Kenyan girls face arrest in India

The Kenya’s High Commissioner to India urged Kenyans who are in India illegally to get in touch with the mission.

A high-ranking embassy official, who sought anonymity, told the Nation that the situation is very bad for the girls.

About 500 Kenyan girls trafficked to India are among illegal immigrants facing arrest as the Indian government cracks down on foreigners without proper papers – Nation

2. Public debt up Sh432bn in first half of the year

Kenya’s outstanding public debt increased by Sh432 billion in the six months to June after State raised borrowing from international institutions for budgetary support and aid in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Latest Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) data shows the debt climbed to Sh7.71 trillion end of June from Sh7.28 trillion as of December last year.

The CBK data show external debt accounted for 52 percent of total debt — at Sh4.01 trillion.

Over the six months, domestic debt, which is largely in form of Treasury bonds and bills, rose by Sh209.18 billion to Sh3.70 trillion.

Total debt service will hit Sh1.17 trillion in the financial year that started on July 1 – Business Daily

3. Kenya Navy saves 7 men from drowning

Kenya Navy’s elite unit, the Special Boat Unit (SBU) team rescued a crew of seven from a capsizing boat in Kenya’s waters of the Indian Ocean.

This was after the elite squad received a signal to attend to a distress call from the crew.

The crew of seven consisted of one Indian and six Tanzanians, the cohort was allegedly onboard the ship on a voyage to Somalia from Dar Salaam in Tanzania to trade in scrap metals – Kenyans.co.ke

The crew was saved from the flooding vessel whose engine had gone off. The boat was reportedly on the brink of capsizing – Kenyans.co.ke.

4. Former Treasury chief loses Anglo Leasing loot

A former chief accountant at the Treasury linked to the Anglo-Leasing scandal has failed in his bid to reverse the seizure of his multi-million shilling assets by the State.

The judgment marked the first seizure of property linked to the Anglo Leasing scam, which involved the award of State contracts worth Sh70 billion to alleged fictitious firms. Public funds were paid to foreign companies for services ranging from forgery-proof passports to naval ships and forensic laboratories, which never materialised.

The accountant, Mr Patrick Ochieno Abachi, his wife, children and companies associated with him, lost undisclosed amount of money in several accounts, five cars, four apartments in Nairobi, a residential home and nine parcels of land in Machakos and Kajiado – Business Daily

5. Thirdway Alliance pulls out of 2022 Presidential race

Thirdway Alliance has pulled out of the 2022 presidential race, saying they will field candidates for other seats.

The party stated that the move had been necessitated by its bid to partner with other political parties.

The party further divulged that they will field candidates in other elective seats across the country.

“Thirdway Alliance Kenya will not be fielding a presidential candidate in 2022; however, we will be fielding candidates in all the other elective positions,” the statement read – Tuko.