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Top Newspaper Headlines for April 23: Jubilee’s David Murathe caught up in KSh 4bn KEMSA tender scandal

The country’s top newspaper on Friday, April 24 widely reported on claims that Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe influenced a firm that he was associated with to win a KEMSA tender deal.

The dailies also reported on challenges facing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) after it emerged that multiple versions of the Bill were given to the Members of County Assembly (MCAs).

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The Star 

According to the daily, Deputy President William Ruto linked party United Democratic Alliance (UDA) is fighting to stop its divorce from Jubilee.

It has energed that UDA has written to Registrar of Political Parties saying saying appropriate arbitration processes need to be undertaken to resolve the matter.

However, Jubilee Secretary General has maintained that that a coalition with the Party of Development and Reforms (PDR), now UDA, was untenable.

People Daily 

The publication reported how Jubilee Party vice chairman David Murathe influenced a company he was associated with to win a KSh 4 billion tender at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).

The aforesaid claims were revealed through documents tabled by the Parliamentary Public Investment Committee on Thursday, April 22.

However, in an affidavit, Murathe denied being a director, shareholder, or beneficial owner of Kilig Limited which was awarded the lucrative deal to supply the PPEs.

Taifa Leo 

The Swahili publication put the put the Office of Attorney General Kihara Kariuki after it emerged that the court has overturned most decisions made by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

This came two days after the High Court made a landmark court ruling affecting a section of Cabinet secretaries and Chief Administrative Officers (CAS).

The court declared the position of CAS which came into being in 2018 unconstitutional.

The Standard 

The daily reported on Baringo Senator Gideon Moi’s meeting with Interim US Ambassador to Kenya Eric Kneeder held on Thursday, April 2021.

According to the publication the two leaders met in Nairobi and discussed various issues geared towards consolidating joint ties between Kenya and the US including trade, security and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daily Nation 

Members of County Assembly (MCAs) have reacted to claims that they were issued with wrong BBI document,  petitioning the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to shed more light on how different versions of the BBI Bill were sent to county assemblies for debate.

According to reports, at least 34 counties could have been given different versions of the BBI document for debate.

Responding to the matter, BBI Secretariat secretary Paul Mwangi said nothing could explain the reported inconsistencies as the original version of the document was sent directly to IEBC.

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At the same time, IEBC has distanced itself from the debacle, saying the proponents of the Bill had supplied all the copies of the document.

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