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Top 10 News in Brief: Big Test For CJ Koome as Uhuru Bombards Her Doorstep

by Robert Mwangi
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As you start your day, you need to power your mind with some relevant and useful information.

We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 2nd June 2021.

Uhuru Warns Judges in Front of CJ Martha Koome

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday lectured the Judiciary and the five judges of the High Court who trashed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) as null and void.

Speaking during the Madaraka Day celebrations at the Jomo Kenyatta Stadium in Kisumu, the President said some judges had been making “irrational rulings without looking at the bigger picture”.

He noted that some judgments had made the taxpayer lose billions of shillings.

The Head of State added that “the Judiciary has tested our constitutional limits”.

The attack was made in front of Chief Justice Martha Koome, who assumed office three weeks ago.

We Are Not Abandoning BBI, Uhuru and Raila Declare

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM boss Raila Odinga yesterday declared that they were still committed to amending the Constitution through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) despite the High Court declaring it unconstitutional.

The President said some individuals were fighting the BBI because they thought it was meant to benefit a few people, whereas he and the former Prime Minister are determined to lay the foundation of a better future for all Kenyans.

For his part, Raila said it was sad that some people were still fighting the BBI and yet they had never understood the real meaning of it.

DP Ruto: Let’s All Respect The Rule of Law

Deputy President William William Ruto has underscored the importance of upholding the rule of law, saying that independent institutions such as the Judiciary should be respected by all regardless of the decisions they make.

In his speech during the Madaraka Day celebrations in Kisumu, the DP said the forefathers wanted a nation anchored on constitutionalism and not on personalities.

The DP’s remarks came even as his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, went on an offensive against the courts for allegedly making rulings without considering the public interest and the consequences.

Colourful Madaraka Day

President Uhuru Kenyatta and the 3,000 guests who physically graced the 58th Madaraka Day celebrations in the lakeside city of Kisumu rose from their seats to veteran Benga musician’s thrilling and irresistible performance.

Paratroopers’ drills by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers was also a joy to watch

The crowd enjoyed and cheered every speaker.

Off Moments During Day Event

The Madaraka Day celebrations held in Kisumu yesterday were a remarkable ceremony and set the bar too high for other counties to host such national events in the future.

However, there were a few incidents that caused a little drama and tension.

Just after Deputy President William Ruto invited President Uhuru Kenyatta to make the closing remarks, the Head of State breached the protocol to accommodate a speech from his ‘Handshake’ partner, ODM chief Raila Odinga, who was not on the programme. He also invited Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye and South Africa Water Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to address the gathering.

Two KDF officers caused a scare after one collapsed and the other, a paratrooper, fell. They were both taken to hospital by military ambulance.

Lapses in Uhuru Security Detail a Concern

For the third time in less than a month, an unidentified man tried to reach President Uhuru Kenyatta during the Madaraka Day celebrations in Kisumu City.

The man was quickly whisked away from the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, but the President asked his guards not to harass him.

Barely a week ago, an SUV which the President was travelling had to stop abruptly after a man from Lucky Summer in Nairobi jumped in front of the car, causing a scare.

And Just two weeks earlier, a man almost attacked President Kenyatta as he was delivering his speech during the launch of Lamu Port.

Kondele Welcomes All Guests

Kondole neighbourhood in Kisumu almost stole the show as the lakeside town hosted the Madaraka Day celebrations after heroically welcoming the country’s political heavyweights without any bias.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga had to acknowledge greetings from the locals after they blocked the roads.

DP Ruto, who in 2017 branded Kondole dwellers and other opposition supporters who were demonstrating to demand for electoral justice as militia, yesterday made an ironic u-turn and referred to them as “hustlers’. /That is the mantra he hopes will propel him to State Houuse in next year’s presidential poll.

Kisumu Ignores Covid-19 Measures to Mark Madaraka Day

Not even teargas could deter residents of Kisumu County from celebrating the Madaraka Day the way they wanted.

In their thousands, the dwellers of the Lakeside City came out in large numbers to receive President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Police tried to disperse the crowds using teargas canisters but it was all in futility.

Most people who showed up in the streets did not have face masks and ignored the Covid-19 protocols despite being warned by the Ministry of Health the deadly Indian variant of the coronavirus was fast spreading in Kisumu.

Counties Fail to Celebrate Madaraka Day

Almost all the venues where national celebrations are usually hosted in counties were empty yesterday as the country marked the 58th Madaraka Day fete.

The main ceremony was held in Kisumu and most Kenyans followed it on TV and radio.

Counties did not organise any events for fearing that they would expose the public to Covid-19 at a time when the Ministry of Health has predicted the fourth wave this month.

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