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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 1st July 2021.
I Was Not Heard, Uhuru Defends Himself in Court of Appeal
President Uhuru Kenyatta has accused the High Court of not giving him a chance to defend himself when it declared that he had violated the Constitution by initiating the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and that he can be sued in his individual capacity.
Through lawyers Mohammed Nyaoga, Waweru Gatonye, and Kiragu Kimani, the Head of State told the Court of Appeal that the ruling delivered by a five-panel bench infringed on his rights to participate in and support political processes and yet he leads a political party.
The President further said that allowing him to be taken to court would derail his development agenda, adding that he is protected by the Constitution from being sued.
Auditor-General Reveals How MPs Pocketed Allowances Twice
Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu has put the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) in the spotlight for approving double allowances for various lawmakers, leading to the misuse of Ksh11 million in taxpayers’ money.
In her audit, Gathungu established that some MPs claimed mileage allowances while on a trip abroad.
This comes just a week after Kandara MP Alice Wahome alleged that a good number of parliamentarians have been making millions in the mileage allowances and yet some of them rarely travel to their constituencies.
Chasing DP Ruto Out of Jubilee
Jubilee Party has indicated that it could, in the coming months, de-whip Deputy President William Ruto as the deputy party leader.
Deputy Secretary-General Joshua Kutuny said the DP Ruto could not continue occupying the post after declaring that the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) is his party of choice.
Kutuny added that if the DP stays on as the deputy leader, the proposed coalition between Jubilee and ODM party would not see the light of day.
We Have Evidence to Implicate Gachagua in Ksh12 Billion Scam, DCI Says
Detectives from the Serious Fraud Unit of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) claim they have completed investigations into a Ksh12 billion corruption scandal allegedly involving Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and his companies.
According to the DCI, Gachagua allegedly used his cronies to illegally get multibillion tenders in the national government and counties. They say most of the money was wired into the accounts linked to Wamunyoro Investments, a firm where Gathagua and his wife are the only shareholders.
“The investigations have taken a lot of time,” DCI boss George Kinoti said.
Let Kenyans Make Decisions on BBI, Promoters Tell Court
Promoters of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) yesterday implored the Court of Appeal to overturn the High Court ruling that declared the bid to change the law unconstitutional, null and void.
Lawyers representing the BBI told the seven-judge bench that Kenyans should be allowed to determine the process birthed following the ‘Handshake’ between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Rarieda MP and Senior Counsel Otiende Amollo said the High Court erred in saying that the BBI was initiated by the President while it is Suna East MP Junet Mohamed and Nairobi politician Dennis Waweru, who have been promoting the referendum push.
Man Narrates to Court How Ex-Wife Transferred Property Into Her Name
A businessman caused a stir in court as he explained how his former wife allegedly changed the ownership of a house under his name.
Joel Kibunja said he was shocked when he received a letter demanding that he start paying rent for own his property.
When he went to to the lands registry, he found out his ex-spouse, Margaret Wathoya, had conspired with other people to make the transfer without his knowledge.
Wathoya and two suspects have been charged with forgery and uttering false documents.
Muslim Women Want Kadhi’s Post
A section of Muslim women are now asking to be considered for the position of Kadhi, saying it is not a must that the post is held by a man, as they are also up to the task.
They argue that women who have studied Islamic law have the capacity to make sound decisions just like men in the Kadhi courts.
Outgoing Chief Kadhi Sheikh Ahmed Muhdhar is backing the women’s push.
KRU to Receive Ksh417 Million From Sportspesa
The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) could rake in Ksh417 million from Sportspesa firm if the High Court adopts a judgment from an arbitration.
KRU was awarded the staggering amount after the gaming company terminated a sponsorship agreement.
The betting giant struck out all deals it had signed with local federations following a sustained standoff with the government over taxes.
Businessman Abducted in Broad Daylight Still Missing
The whereabouts of a Nyeri trader who was on Tuesday abducted in broad daylight remain unknown, more than 36 hours later.
Eyewitnesses said Gerald Guandara was seized by three men who forced him to enter a car that bore parastatal registration number plate.
A few years ago, the businessman was charged with engaging in the prohibited ivory trade. He was later acquitted.
Karim Khan Recuses Himself From Kenya ICC Case
ICC prosecutor Karin Khan has withdrawn from a case lodged against Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru in The Hague-based court.
A judge who is handling the case said deputy prosecutor James Stewart would, however, continue with the suit.
Khan may have recused himself over conflict of interest, considering that he represented Deputy President William Ruto in his case over the 2007/08 post-election violence.
Gicheru is accused of interfering with witnesses in the DP’s case.