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Top 10 News in Brief: Uhuru Pleads With Court of Appeal to Save Him And BBI

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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 for initiating the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and can be sued in his individual capacity.

Through lawyers Mohammed Nyaoga, Waweru Gatonye and 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 and support political processes yet he leads a political party.

The President further said allowing Kenyans to take him court would derail his development agenda, adding that he is protected by the Constitution from being indicted.

Auditor General Reveals How MPs Pocketed Allowances Twice

Auditor General Nancy Gathungu has put the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) on the spotlight for approving double allowances for various lawmakers, leading to misuse of Ksh11 million taxpayers’ money.

In her audit, Gathungu established that some MPs claimed mileage allowances while on trip abroad.

This comes a week after Kandara MP Alice Wahome alleged a good number of parliamentarians have making millions from the mileage allowance and yet some of them rarely travel to their respective 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 the outfit’s deputy party leader.

The ruling party’s Deputy Secretary-General Joshua Kutuny said the the second in command cannot continue occupying the post after declaring that the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) is his party of choice.

Kutuny added that if the DP continue staying as the deputy leader, the proposed coalition between Jubilee and ODM party will not see the light of the 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 finished investigations into the alleged Ksh12 billion corruption scandal involving Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and his companies.

According to investigators, Gachagua used his cronies to illegally get multi-billion tenders in the national government and counties. They say most of the money were 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 stated.

Let Kenyans Make Decisions on BBI, Promoters Tell Court

Promoters of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) yesterday implored the Court of Appeal to overturn a High Court ruling that declared the clamour to change the law unconstitutional, null and void.

Lawyers representing the BBI team told the a seven-judge bench that Kenyans should be allowed to make decisions on 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 the BBI was initiated by the President while in real sense 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 to Her Name

A businessman caused shock in a court after he explained how his former wife allegedly changed ownership of the a house under his name.

Joel Kibunja narrated that how he was shocked when he received a letter demanding that he starts paying rent for his property.

When he went to to the land registry, he found out his ex-spouse, Margaret Wathoya, conspired with a few other individuals to make the transfer without his knowledge.

Wathoya and two suspects have been arraigned and charged with the offense of forgery and uttering false documents.

Muslim Women Want Kadhi’s Post

A section of Muslim women are not asking to be considered for the position of Kadhi, saying it is not a must that the post be 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 judgement from an arbitration process.

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-based trader who was on Tuesday abducted in broad daylight remain unknown, more than 36 hours later.

Eye witnesses said Gerald Guandara was seized by three men who forced him to enter a car that beared parastatal registration.

A few years ago, the businessman was charged in court for engaging in the prohibited ivory trade. He was later acquitted.

Karim Khan Rescues Himself From Kenya ICC Case

ICC prosecutor Karin Khan has withdrawn from a case lodged against Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru at the Hague-based court.

A judge who is handling the case said deputy prosecutor James Stewart will, however, continue with the suit.

Khan may have rescued himself over conflict of interest, considering that he represented Deputy President William Ruto in the case he was accused of the 2007/08 post-election violence.

Gicheru is faulted for interfering with witnesses in the DP’s case.

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