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Top Newspaper Headlines for April 20: MPs meet to vote on key BBI issues after consulting legal experts

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, April 20 reported on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill with MPs sitting on the joint Senate and National Assembly committee expected to vote on various issues in the document.

The dailies also reported that IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati might oversee the 2022 General Elections alongside his two other colleagues as political players against him seem to have gone slow.

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Daily Nation

The newspaper highlighted ugly scenes that have recently been witnessed in major city roads during the curfew time.

Police officers were put on the spot for reportedly refusing to let through essential service providers even after producing their work permits.

Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Nakuru and Kajiado were placed under lockdown in a bid to cub the spread of COVID-19.

People Daily

MPs who sit on the joint Senate and National Assembly Committee and Senate are set to meet and vote on whether or not the BBI Bill can be amended by Parliament.

Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni, who co-chairs the committee said they had day long deliberations during which they engaged legal experts on the several issues touching the BBI initiative.

The legal experts, according to the daily, questioned the document’s constitutionality and basis in law, arguing that the document should have been signed by members of the public.

Taifa Leo

Jubilee Vice-chairperson David Murathe’s endorsement of ODM leader Raila Odinga to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta is likely to elicit mixed reactions.

Political leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto had dismissed the endorsement, saying it was meant to cajole Raila to continue backing the Jubilee government.

However, Murathe has in the recent past insisted the Raila is in a better position to succeed Uhuru and steer the country out of political instability and sloe economic growth.

The Standard

The daily focused on a bunch of presidential keepers who call the shots at State House.

The newspaper disclosed that the State House Comptroller is a coveted job whose holder keeps the president’s diary and is close to the top seat of power.

However, the position is also sensitive and demanding and comes with pressure, including political stakes that demand careful juggling.

The position is currently held by former Nakuru governor Kinuthia Mbugua.

Mbugua was appointed by Uhuru in January 2018 replacing Lawrence Lenayapa.

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The Star

ODM party is yet to decide on the BBI Bill proposal seeking to overhaul IEBC, the newspaper reported.

ODM alongside other key political playerse have been seeking for a long time to remove IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati and hia commissioners.

Chebukati and the Secretariat were accused by the Supreme Court of bungling the hotly contested 2017 presidential election that was found to have been marred by massive irregularities and illegalities.

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