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Newspaper Headlines for May 17: Key points that BBI appeal will be established on

The country’s top newspapers focused deeply into the appeal against the court ruling declaring the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill illegal.

The newspaper also reported on the key points the BBI proponents will rely on during their appeal.

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Daily Nation

This publication delved on the key points that BBI appeal will be founded on.

The daily disclosed to its readers 15 points that the BBI proponents will file to challenge the May 13 court ruling

Here are the fifteen points;

  • The judges blundered by embracing the basic structure and the eternity clause doctrine.
  • They foist an alien limitation on the interpretation of the Constitution  limiting people’s right to exercise their power through a referendum.
  • The judges brought about an alien organ unknown to Kenyan laws
  • They restricted who can and cannot initiate the popular initiative.
  • The judges blundered in amalgamating the famed initiative with inception in alternative of decision-making power of the people through referendum.
  • Judges narrowed the president’s constitution and legal powers
  • They were wrong about the BBI steering committee initiating the bill.
  • They blundered in law by stating the BBI steering committee was illegal.
  • They did not consider the evidence of over five million signatures put forward proposing the bill.
  • They were wrong on who can and cannot use the popular initiative to promote a constitutional amendment
  • They erred in law in elevating the statutory provisions of the IEBC Act.
  • The judges misunderstood Article 257 (4) of the constitution and unlawful put a never seen requirement to verify the signatures.
  • They blundered in law in subjugating the enjoyment of constitutional rights as conditional on the passing of legislation.
  • They mistook the process and guidelines used for getting the numbers and distribution of constituencies.
  • They misdirected themselves in concluding that each referendum question must be put to the vote in the referendum.

People Daily

The daily reported about the notice of appeal filed by Attorney General Paul Kihara on Sunday, May 16.

According to the petition, Kihara was not at all satisfied with the court’s ruling further filing for stay orders against the execution of the judgement.

The daily also reported that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake friend Raila Odinga are hopeful that the court of appeal will come to their rescue.

The Standard

According to the publication there are various options for the BBI supporters if the court of appeal come to their aid.

Parliamentary route stands as one of the top options for the BBI advocates in which they believe it will revive the stopped reggae.

Having good numbers in the two houses, the promoters are optimistic that half the percentage of the bill can pass while the rest gets handled later.

The promoters believe that having done a lot of work on the bill, the Parliament can not be stopped by anything from processing BBI.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili newspaper highlighted the position of Deputy President William Ruto on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.

This is after Ruto and his team celebrated the mighty win moments after the May 13 ruling.

Ruto and his team thanked the High court for rescuing Kenyans from the hands of greedy leaders.

This came even after Ruto refused to take a No campaign against BBI.

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According to Taifa Leo, even though the DP had previously indicated he was not opposing the bill, from his celebrations , proved he never supported it from day one.

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