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Newspaper headlines for June 7: DP Ruto’s allies claim that the 2022 poll might be postponed

The country’s top newspapers on Monday, June 7 mainly focused into the 2022 succession politics with the Tanga Tanga leaders promising not to let President Uhuru Kenyatta stop the General Elections.

The newspapers also digged deep into the the fight of words between Uhuru and the judiciary following the recent swearing in of 34 judges and leaving out six more.

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People Daily

The daily spotlighted several most likely reasons for the axing of the six judges nominated by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

This publication reported that they were axed due to their methods of handling several cases for example the Akasha brothers drug trafficking case and other terrorism related cases.

According to Uhuru, those judges could not be sworn in because they had integrity issues that could not be tolerated.

It is reported that the six also used to receive bribe in order to make rulings favoring the bribing side.

The six are; George Odunga, Joel Ngugi, Weldon Korir and Aggrey Muchelule who were nominate by JSC to court of appeal while Evans Makori and Judith Cheruiyot were supposed to join the High Court.

The decision by the President to swear in only 34 out of 40 presented caused a stir with many arguing he was leading the Nation negatively.

According to a section of Kenyans, they believe Uhuru dropped the six who sat on the bench that ruled the BBI unconstitutional.

The swearing ceremony of the 34 was held at the state house on Friday, June 4 in an event presided by Uhuru Kenyatta and Chief Justice Martha Koome.

Daily Nation

Deputy President William Ruto’s allies claim that their are plans to postpone the 2022 General Elections.

The Tanga Tanga team allege that President Uhuru Kenyatta is planning to extend his term using the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.

According to promoters of the BBI bill, the next polls must be ushered in by the referendum.

It is clear that the referendum time might clash with 2020 elections and Tanga Tanga believe the polls might be dropped off.

The leaders have since said that they would not allow any such behavior to happen while they sit and watch.

On the other hand, the BBI heads have dismissed the claims saying nothing like that will happen.

The Standard

There are disagreements between the ODM party leader Raila Odinga and other NASA leaders following the projects launched in Luo-Nyanza region by Uhuru during his three-day visit.

According to several leaders, the only option that could get them multi-billion projects is by being close to the president.

Musalia Mudavadi allies have promised to push for ANC party leader to vie for presidency so that they can also benefit.

You have seen what happened in Nyanza lastr week, we in Western want Musalia to clinch the presidency so that we can also benefit,”: said Ayub Savula, Lugari MP.

The leaders said it was heartbreaking seeing Raila exclude the Western and Ukambani regions whereas the leaders fully supported him.

Ukambani leaders have promised to fire up Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka to vie for the top seat so that they can get the goodies as well.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili newspaper, President Uhuru Kenyatta is trying to use just the same tactics Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Moi used especially when grooming their successors.

The tactics are to frustrate those against the government and not give ears to criticism.

Ruto and his allies, who have since challenged the government since the Raila-Uhuru handshake threes years ago, have found themselves in hit soup.

Ruto’s allies have lost parliamentary seats and other seats for those who play loyal to the President.

Kipchumba Murkomen lost his Senate majority leader position to Samuel Pogishio, with Aden Duale losing his National Assembly majority leader post to Amos Kimunya.

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The Star

According to the Star, Speaker Justin Muturi is likely to get impeached.

Muturi has been on the receiving end since his coronation as the Mt Kenya spokesperson.

The daily reported that lawmakers who want him axed have been secretly meeting to plan his ouster.

The speaker has since spoken about the matter saying he is unshaken.

Let them bring the motion and I will be the first to sign. That is a very minor thing, it cannot shake me. Whoever thinks he can approach the threshold, let him try,” said the speaker on Sunday, June 6.

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