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Newspaper headlines for August 16: BBI proponents express confidence ahead of Friday verdict

The country’s top newspapers reported how the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) proponents have exuded confidence ahead of the rulling after the appeal submitted in June.

The papers further wrote about the dilemma in the Raila Odinga’s ODM party as the member await to see who he selects as his running mate in the 2022 General Elections.

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The Standard

This publication reported in the politics played by fanatics who strongly push their leaders in bid to individually benefit at the end.

These hardliners have in the past been slamming each other as they maintain that their preferred presidential candidate must be on the ballot in 2022 and still pushing for their own interests.

In this case Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala has been on the front line insisting that ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi will not back any candidate in the vote.

Also those supporting ODM’s Raila Odinga, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka and KANU’s Gideon Moi have also dismissed any possibilities if their leaders supporting another in the ballot

This is because most of them are looking forward for a re-election or other higher positions and so want to use their kingpin’s clout.

The same is happening in Ruto’s camp where his allies are depending on his popularity to bag seats in 2022.

People Daily

The court of appeal will later this week issue a ruling on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) appeal heard in June this year.

According to Daniel Musinga leading the court of appeal, the required more time to go through voluminous materials submitted by the proposers and opposers of the BBI.

The BBI proponents have however showcased much confidence in just for days to the verdict stating they have more paths if the appellate court uphold the May 13 ruling by the High Court.

“Our legal team put up a strong case at the Court of Appeal during the hearings. We expect a favourable ruling,” said Paul Mwangi, a lawyer and former BBI co-secretary.

The May rulling nullified the bill terming it illegal. It was when the proponents vowed to challenge the ruling and proceed in the appellate court.

Daily Nation

The daily reported that fuel in Nairobi is much expensive than in Nakuru.

Consumers have been left in a puzzle owing to the fact that Nakuru is Kilometers away from Nairobi but the commodity is expensive where it should be cheap.

In Nairobi, a litre of petrol costs KSh 127.14 while in Nakuru costs KSh 126.75.

Normally, as the distance from Mombasa extends, fuel is believed to be expensive owing to expensive transportation costs.

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Taifa Leo

This publication focused on the ongoing politics in the Mt Kenya region as top presidential candidates scramble to win over the region’s support.

A section of the people in the region support Raila Odinga while another support William Ruto.

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