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Top Newspaper Headlines for April 27: MCA, MP aspirants without degrees to be locked out of 2022 polls

The country’s top newspapers on Tueaday, April 27 reported on the BBI Bill debate slated for Wednesday, April 28, and Thursday, April 29.

The dailies also reported on the mysterious disappearance of four men who were having lunch at a local joint in Kitengela.

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The Star

The daily reported on the mysterious disappearance of four men in Kitengela.

According to reports, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) records showed one of the missing men had a pending robbery case at the Kibera Law Courts.

The suspect, Benjamin Amache Imbali was in the company of Elijah Obuong, Brian Oduor and Jack Ochieng when they were allegedly abducted from a restaurant in Kitengela.

The newspaper also reported on the planned two-day Special Sitting by MPs to debate the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2020.

People Daily

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has convened a special sitting to debate on the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2020.

According to a Gazette Notice, the Special Sittings shall be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, (morning and afternoon) commencing at 10am and at 2.30pm respectively; and Thursday, April 29, 2021 (morning and afternoon) commencing at 10am and at 2.30pm.

The process to pass the controversial bill will be fast-tracked through the first, second and third reading during the aforesaid days.

The Standard

The daily highlighted challenges facing Members of County Assemblies and Members of Parliament ahead of the 2022 General Election.

It noted that aspirants without a university degree are most likely to be locked out of the polls by a section of the Elections Act 2012.

It has now emerged that the implementation of the Elections Act 2012 which was postponed in the 2017 polls will take effect come 2022.

The law requires the MPs and MCAs to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree before being cleared to vie.

Taifa Leo

Political players against BBI took issue with Parliament for prioritising the Bill amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Led by NARC party leader Martha Karua, the leaders said BBI is not a priority for Kenya at the moment, instead urging leaders to discuss matters of national importance.

A section of MPs have also been put on the spot over their silence during the demolition of houses by government agencies among other issues.

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Daily Nation

The daily focused on the position of some top ODM party members on the BBI Bill.

According to the daily, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi has led at least 14 of his colleagues in declaring full support of the document.

However, on the other hand, Senators James Orengo of Siaya and Okong’o Mogeni of Nyamira are signatories to a majority report that declared the proposed 70 extra constituencies, among other proposals, as unconstitutional.

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