What’s Trending in Kenya Week 8

1/18/2021 - 1/24/2021

1/18/2021 – 1/24/2021

Last week, Kenya’s netzines were interested in sports, politics and international affairs.

*in number of times searched 

  1. Joe Biden 100K+
Rift Valley regional Commissioner George Natembeya

Former Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States last Wednesday. In his inaugural address, President Biden made pleas for national unity and praised democracy. Read here for a full breakdown of his speech. 

  1. Conor McGregor 10K+ 
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier in a knockout victory at UFC 257. “I think this is a title fight,” Poirier said in an interview. “I’m the champion.” At the pair’s first standoff was in 2014, McGregor emerged the victor. Poirier and McGregor are now 1-1.

… maybe we have to do it again,” Poirier said.

  1. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) 10K+
IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati

Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is asking Kenyans to confirm listed supporters of the Building Bridges Initiative Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020. 

The list was published last Thursday. The IBEC stated in a public notice that it “…undertook a data cleaning exercise by removing incomplete records – missing signatures, ID numbers and names, duplicates and those not registered as voters” (The Standard).

 Kenyans who find their names listed in error are asked to report it to the Commission’s CEO. 

The duly signed objection letter containing Name, ID number and contact telephone number should either be scanned and emailed to or dropped at the IEBC offices latest by 5pm on Monday, January 25, 2021,” read a signed statement by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati (The Standard).

Read more here.

  1. Kabedo 5K+ 
Interior cabinet minister Fred Matiang’i

An inspector of police and his driver were killed in a bandit attack at Kapedo last Thursday. 

The ambush follows a massive standoff between the police force and suspected bandits following the killing of senior General Service Unit (GSU) Emadau Tebakol on Saturday, January 16. 

It is a clear case of murder. There was no conflict. It was a premeditated ambush that was targeting our deputy director of operations at the General Service Unit. We must stop pretending and put things candidly,” said interior cabinet minister Fred Matiang’i said.

Read more here.

  1. Alibaba Jack Ma China 2K+
Jack Ma

Jack Ma is back. The Chinese Billionaire returned to the public after disappearing from the public eye. His disappearance followed a public appearance in October where Ma made statements that angered regulators. Alibaba’s Hong Kong-based shares jumped 8.5% after his reappearance. 

Read more here.

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