Top 10 News in Brief: ‘Uhuru Should Have Handed Power to DP Ruto’


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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 judgement at the Court of Appeal have insisted that President Uhuru Kenyatta as a State officer is limited by the law to start a process to make changes to the constitution.

The advocates said the Head of State should have handed over power to his deputy William Ruto for him to pursue BBI as a private citizen.

Prof Kithure Kindiki argued that cannot delink himself from BBI and yet he selected a committee to make recommendations to the law.

Uphold High Court Ruling on BBI, Critics Tell Court

Critics of the Bridges Initiative (BBI) yesterday asked the Court of Appeal to upheld that High Court decision that declared the clamour 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 document.

“If he want 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 will also be altered.

DP Ruto Allies Vow to Snub Jubilee PG Meeting

Allies of Deputy President 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 have joined the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) after the ruling party failed to listen to them.

The DP’s foot soldiers added that they focus is building UDA after defecting from their sponsor party.

Motorists to Pay While Using Rironi-Mau Summit Road

Once the construction the of the Rironi-Mau Summit road in complete, motorists will be paying to drive through 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 Wetangula and ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi discussed the possibility of joining hands with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

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 Bonchari by-election.

Matiang’i thanked Raila for accepting his invite, they discussed matters of national interets.

Also in attendance were Kisii Governor James Ongwae, Woman Rep Janet Ongera, 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

The Kenyan government has refuted claims that it helped Nigerian authorities 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, Director Immigration Alexander Muteshi said he is not aware that Kanu was in the country.

Abductions in Nyeri Cause Scare

Days after Nyeri businesman Gerald Guandara was kidnapped in broad daylight, three more people were yesterday seized by unknown people.

Witnesses said the abduction of two of the three men was executed in Kanyagia area and the kidnappers used the same tricks they employed during 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.”

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