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Top Newspaper Headline for June 15: IEBC maintains university degree required to vie for political seat in 2022

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, June 15 reproted on uproar among MPs after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) maintained that anybody wishing to run for an elective sear in 2022 must have a University degree.

The dailies also reported on the death of Nairobi industrialist Chris Kirubi who took his final bow on Monday, June 14 after a long battle with cancer.

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The Star

According to the daily, President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to pick his 2022 successor from among the NASA principals, however, but only if they agree to reunite and pick a single candidate.

The Head of State challenged the NASA principals to unite and enhance the chances of forming the next government.

This automatically knocks off Deputy President William Ruto from Uhuru’s 2022 succession matrix.

The Standard

The daily highlighted the last moments of departed billionaire Chris Kirubiwho oassed away on Monday, June 14.

Kirubi loved and cherished fine things in life, from custom-made cars, designer suits, perfumes with many people describing him as rich and flamboyant but with a baby face.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported on Uhuru’s planned visit to Ukambani later this month.

This comes after the Head of State hosted a section of political leaders from Lower Eastern counties of Kitui, Machakos and Makueni to discuss the region’s development.

Uhuru will visit the region between June 28 and June 29.

Daily Nation

The daily reported on business man Chris Kirubi’s death noting that he is among prominent people in the country to succumb to cancer in recent years.

Others include Safaricom chief executive Bob Collymore, Kibra MP Ken Okoth and Bomet governor Joyce Laboso.

The daily also highlighted the death of former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo.

Born in 1966, the vocal former lawmaker was a first cousin of ODM leader Raila and Oburu Odinga.

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People Daily

IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati has maintained that aspirants eyeing various political seats that the Elections Act section 22 requires all candidates to have a minimum of a university degree from a recognised university to vie in the 2022 elections.

The IEBC chair explained that the electoral body is developing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) and the Commission for University Education (CUE) to verify academic papers, which the candidates for the polls will present.

However, the County Assemblies Forum (CAF) that brings together all the 47 county assemblies, has vowed to challenge the provision in court.

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