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We have picked for you the Top 10 stories making the headlines on this day, 2nd July 2021.
Had Uhuru ‘Surrendered Power to DP Ruto, BBI Would be Justified’
Lawyers hired by civil society groups to defend the High Court’s anti-Building Bridges Initiative judgment at the Court of Appeal have insisted that President Uhuru Kenyatta as a State officer is prohibited by the law from initiating changes to the Constitution.
The advocates said the Head of State should have temporarily handed over power to his deputy, William Ruto, for him to push the BBI as a private citizen.
Prof Kithure Kindiki argued that the President cannot delink himself from BBI as he has been doing in court because he selected a committee to make recommendations to change the Constitution.
Uphold High Court Ruling on BBI, Critics Tell Court
Critics of the BBI yesterday asked the Court of Appeal to uphold the High Court verdict that declared the bid to change the law unconstitutional.
The opponents maintained that President Uhuru is barred by the Constitution from initiating a process the amend the country’s supreme law.
“If he wants to engage in affairs of lesser mortals, he should step down. The President is supreme mortal,” LSK president Nelson Havi said.
Havi added that if the changes in the BBI Referendum Bill are effected, the basic structure of the Constitution would also be altered.
DP Ruto Allies Vow to Snub Jubilee PG Meeting
Allies of Deputy President William Ruto have vowed to skip a planned Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting of all Jubilee Party elected leaders. Jubilee Deputy Secretary-General Joshua Kutuny revealed that the forum will happen after the Kiambaa by-election.
Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata said Tangatanga lawmakers had joined the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) after the ruling party failed to listen to them.
The DP’s foot soldiers added that their focus now is building UDA after defecting from their sponsor party.
Motorists to Pay While Using Rironi-Mau Summit Road
Once the construction of the Rironi-Mau Summit road is completed, motorists will be paying to drive along the 175-km stretch.
To use any section of the dual carriage highway, a motorist will be parting with Ksh6 for any kilometre covered.
OKA Leaders Hold Talks
Principals of the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) and their allies met yesterday in Karen, Nairobi, to strategise on how to win the 2022 presidential election.
Sources from the meeting hinted that Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi, Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula, and ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi discussed the possibility of joining hands with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who they had initially sidelined.
Mudavadi said OKA is determined to unite Kenyans and streamline the economy if its leaders ascend to power.
Matiang’i Hosts Raila For Lunch
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Thursday hosted ODM leader Raila Odinga for lunch, this coming weeks after the former Prime Minister accused the Super CS of misusing his powers, following the chaos witnessed in the Juja and Bonchari by-elections.
Matiang’i thanked Raila for accepting his invitation, saying they discussed matters of national interest.
Also in attendance were Kisii Governor James Ongwae, Woman Rep Janet Ong’era, Senator Sam Ongeri, Transport CAS Chris Obure, Kitutu Chache MP Jimmy Angwenyi, Suna East lawmaker Junet Mohamed and ODM Treasurer Timothy Bosire.
Kenya Denies It Facilitated Arrest of Nigerian Separatist Leader
Kenya has refuted claims that it helped Nigerian authorities to arrest the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, who is facing treason charges.
The family of the separatist leader yesterday alleged that Kanu was extradited from Kenya
However, Immigration Director Alexander Muteshi said he was not aware that Kanu was in the country.
Abductions in Nyeri Cause Scare
Days after Nyeri businessman Gerald Guandara was kidnapped in broad daylight, three more people were yesterday seized.
Witnesses said those who abducted two of the three men in the Kanyagia area used the same tricks as in Guandara’s grabbing.
Residents have now asked police to conduct thorough investigations and unmask the people behind the mysterious abductions.
Prepare For Covid-19 4th Wave, Kenyans Told
Kenyans have been cautioned against flouting Covid-19 protocols, with the government warning that the fourth wave of the pandemic could hit the country mid this month.
According to Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust, Nairobi area and coast region are likely to experience a dire situation.
“The start of the fourth wave is imminent in the coast region and Nairobi County, and is already causing a surge in cases in Nyanza/Western region.”