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Top Newspaper Headlines for April 22: Concerns as it emerges MCAs passed the wrong BBI Bill

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, April 22 reported on issues facing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) ahead of the 2022 polls.

The dailies also reports on then ongoing interviews for the Chief Justice with the High Court barring the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) from deliberating on the matter once they complete the interview.

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ODM deputy party leader and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has refuted claims that he is planning to join Deputy President William Ruto’s camp.

This came weeks after Oparanya met the DP sparking speculations.

However, Oparanya who applied for the ODM presidential ticket on Wednesday, April 21 affirmed that he is commuted to become the country’s 5th President.

The Star

ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi has downplayed claims that the One Kenya Alliance is a project of the state.

He hit out at his rivals saying they began calling them a project after sensing defeat, and realising that their dreams of succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta were slowly fading away.

“If you take a closer look, you will realise that those who are calling us a project are the people who are currently working very closely with the government. They are far much closer to the government than us,” said Mudavadi.

People Daily

The murder case against ex-lovers Jackie Maribe and Joseph Irungu, alias Jowie has been slated for May 5.

According to reports, the prosecution sought to hear the case in physical court because the witnesses were lengthy.

The duo will appear before Justice Grace Nzioka.

They are charged with killing businesswoman Monica Kimani two years ago.

Taifa Leo

According to the daily, the BBI referendum ia set to be held in July 2021 despite the high number of COVID-19 cases.

According to BBI secretariat co-chairman Dennis Waweru, COVID-19 precautionary measures will be relaxed to allow for the referendum.

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Daily Nation

BBI proponents has cried foul over claims thar country assemblies passed different versions of the Constitutional Amendment Bill exposing the process to legal questions.

According to the daily, 34 county assemblies processed an erroneous Bill that referred to a non-existent article of the Constitution while explaining how 70 constituencies would be created.

Also, the National Assembly and Senate received different versions of the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2020, throwing the Joint Committee finalising a report to be tabled in the House next week into confusion.

What’s more, the county assemblies received the copy of the Bill from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

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