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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 30th June 2021.
BBI Appeal Suit Begins
Solicitor-General Ken Ogeto and Siaya Senator James Orengo led a battery of top lawyers to try and convince the Court of Appeal that the High Court ruling that shot down the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2020, popularly known as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), was “erroneous”.
The counsel told a seven-panel bench that the High Court judges, who made that landmark judgment, relied on Wikipedia to form the basis of their ruling.
They argued that Article 257 of the Constitution allows anyone to initiate amendments to the law, and, therefore, the justices erred in saying that President Uhuru Kenyatta has no legal authority to usher in a constitutional change moment.
Sharing Out of The Proposed 70 Constituencies is Purely Political, AG Tells Court
Attorney-General Paul Kihara Kariuki has claimed that the courts have no powers to overturn some of the political issues captured in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
Appealing against the High Court ruling that stated the allocation of the proposed 70 new constituencies was irregular and illegal, Kariuki said the matter could only be decided in a political forum and not in court.
“The avenue for resolving political disputes is the Legislature. The debates in the county assemblies, Parliament, and during the referendum would have been the correct forums for their considerations. The courts have no role in this,” the AG said.
Govt Targets to Vaccinate All Adults by June Next Year
President Uhuru Kenyatta last evening assured Kenyans that the government will vaccinate all adult Kenyans against the dreaded coronavirus by June 2022.
In his 16th address to the nation on the Covid-19 pandemic, the President said that at least 10 million Kenyans will be inoculated by 25th December.
He said the government had made orders for the single-dose Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine from the United States, revealing that the first batch would arrive in August.
Uhuru Extends Curfew
The nationwide curfew will continue for the next 60 days, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced.
In the 13 Covid-19 hotspot counties, President Kenyatta said the curfew would continue to be observed from 7pm to 4am until 31st July while in the other 34 counties, it would be enforced between 10pm and 4am.
The Head of State also prolonged the ban on political gatherings for another 60 days.
DP Ruto Allies Happy With Uhuru Tour of Rift Valley
Allies of Deputy President William Ruto from the Rift Valley have rolled out the red carpet for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit in the region perceived to be hostile to his leadership for the better part of Jubilee government’s second term.
However, the political leaders have made several demands to the Head of State.
They said the President should launch grand projects as he has been doing in other parts of the country, especially Nyanza.
Former Senate Majority Leader and Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said DP Ruto should not be left out of the trip.
Why Recipients of First Dose of AstraZeneca Covid-19 Jab Should Not be Worried
Individuals who received the first shot of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine should not panic over delayed administration of the second dose, a new study has revealed.
Researchers from Oxford University say the longer it takes to receive the second dose, the more the body develops a stronger immune system to fight the coronavirus.
“A long interval between first and second doses does not compromise the immune response after a late second dose, and a third dose of the vaccine continues to boost antibodies against the virus,” Prof Andrew Pollard said.
Obado Asks Court to Postpone Case
Migori Governor Okoth Obado has pleaded with a Nairobi court to postpone a case in which he is accused of plotting the killing of his university girlfriend, Sharon Otieno.
Through lawyer Kioko Kilukumi, the county boss said the travel restrictions imposed as a result of Covid-19 would make it difficult for him to get to Nairobi when the trial begins on 5th July.
Sharon and her unborn baby were killed in 2018.
Shahbal Defends His Decision to Rejoin ODM
Mombasa businessman Suleiman Shahbal has denied that he rejoined Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) with the hope of getting gubernatorial endorsement from party leader Raila Odinga.
Shahbal said he has a strong grassroots machinery and was ready to square it out for the ODM ticket in the primaries.
He castigated his main rival, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir, for describing him as a party hopper with nothing to offer to ODM.
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho is rooting for Nassir to succeed him.
Mswati Leaves Eswatini
The leader of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), King Mswati III, has reportedly left the kingdom following demonstrations by pro-democracy champions.
Acting Prime Minister Themba Masaku conceded that there was a crisis, but rebuffed claims that the King had fled.
King Mswati III is the supreme leader of Eswatini, a country with a population of 1.2 million people. He controls the political, social and economic systems the small kingdom.
According to the World Bank, 60 per cent of the population lives in abject poverty.