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Top Newspaper Headlines for August 27: DP Ruto allies terms move to withdraw GSU officers from his residence unconstitutional

The country’s top dailies widely reported on government’s decision to withdraw elite GSU officers from Deputy President William Ruto’s residences in Karen and Sugoi.

The dailies also reported on reactions from DP Ruto allies following the withdrawal of GSU officers from his residences.

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The Star

According to the daily, National Assembly Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee chaired by Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni is seeking to introduce a bill what if passed, it will allow the president to hire his deputy at his/her own will.

The introduction of the bill comes at a time when Uhuru and his deputy, DP Ruto are no longer on good terms.

The bill also suggests the expansion of the executive by creation of a peime minister and two deputies positions.

“The rationale of the amendment is to ensure stability in government by ensuring the deputy president supports the agenda of the president,” Kioni said.

Daily Nation

According to the publication, there was a tense moment when GSU officers guarding DP Ruto’s residences reportedly hesitated to hand over to their AP counterparts.

It is said that when the administration police officers (Security of Government Buildings Unit (SGB) arrived at the gate, the GSU officers temporarily refused to let them in.

However, they were later allowed in and taken round the residence before they officially took over.

Taifa Leo

A somber mood struck Kalimamundu Primary School in Kitui after several learners passed out due to hunger pants.

Atreibuting the lack of food to the sebere drought in Kitui, Kyudo education director Stephen Mulandi was forced to sought help from Kyuso High School so that the pupils could have something to eat.

“I have been informed that several students fainted due to hunger occasioned by lack of food,” Mulandi said in a letter addressed to Kyuso High School principal.

The Standard

A section of leaders allies to DP Ruto have protested the government’s move to withdraw elite security at his Karen and Sugoi residences, terming the move unconstitutional.

Led by former Majority Leader Aden Duale, they said that the law states that the GSU commandant must deploy GSU officers to guard the president and his deputy.

“The security guarding the DP’s residence in Nairobi and upcountry have been withdrawn! The political detractors of the DP must know there is law,” Duale lamented.

While Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa argued that the move might scare future officeholders, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomwn on his side wondered why the president was after his deputy.

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People Daily

The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Secretariat has said it would team up with Attorney General Kihara Kariuki in appealing the Court of Appeal verdict that declared the initiative unconstitutional.

Led by Dennis Waweru who co-chairs the secretariat alongside MP Junet Mohamed, they argued that the judges in the High Court and their counterparts in the Court of Appeal did not exhaustively deal with the respective cases brought before them.

“We believe that the two lower courts failed to deal with the delicate matters before them. We believe the Supreme Court has the capacity to address the issues,” said Waweru.

On the other hand, Junet claimed the courts did not clarify the basic structure doctrine, which appeared to be the bone of contention during the appeal hearing in June.

“Kenyans deserve clarity on the Basic Structure Doctrine. We feel that as it is, the Judiciary has amended the Constitution of Kenya and written processes into it that Kenyans did not discuss or vote on,” stated Junet.

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