The country’s top newspapers on Monday, January 17 reported on the politics ahead of August 9 polls and the most recent incident where Deputy President William Ruto’s envoy was attacked in Jacaranda.
The newspapers also reported on the commencement of the case in the Supreme Court to revive constitution amendments contained in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill.
The daily reported that a showdown is expected this week as the BBI appeal hearings commence at the Supreme Court.
Over the weekend, applicanvtse were finalising their preparations for the sitting scheduled for three days.
Judges will hear the appeal filed by Attorney General Paula Kihara Kariuki, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and lawyer Marara Omoke.
The judge bench presiding over the appeal directed that only two counsels per party will be allowed to to address the court as per the anti COVID-19 protocols.
The newspaper reported on chaos witnessed at DP William Ruto’s rally in Jacaranda, Embakasi East in Nairobi County.
The rally came to a dramatic end after rowdy youth showed up pelting DP Ruto’s supporters with stones.
Following the chaos, DP Ruto accused area MP Babu Owino and his party leader Raila Odinga for organising rowdy youth to disrupt his meeting.
“Those we are competing with should stop intimidating us. We will not buy into fear and threats. We have seen you have started to organise the youths to throw stones,” said Ruto.
Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi recently stated that his declaration at the party’s NDC will shake the political realm.
The newspaper reported that Mudavadi said ANC will use the conference to launch its manifesto as well as give it’s direction regarding the August 9 polls.
Mudavadi noted that he must be on the ballot despite claims that Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is their preferred presidential candidate.
“That has to be made clear. Musyoka’s announcement is not new. In any case, Gideon Moi (KANU) had also declared his bid long before Kalonzo did,” he said.
The newspaper highlighted ODM leader Raila Odinga’s decision to have governors charged with overseeing his campaigns across the country.
The former Prime Minister seeks tohave at least 30 county bosses on his side as the August 9 General Election continues to draw closer.
Raila will soon be meeting countyexecutibese in Naivasha to discuss how the campaigns willbe conducted.
The Swahili publication highlighted politicians who keep reinventing themselves and even benefitting from the government of the day despite sitting on the fence.
The politicians are said to be smart, and always seize every opportunity that avails itself. If they don’t win in competitive politics, then they reserve themselves a spot in the day’s government.
For instance, when Peter Munya lost the Meru governorship, he joined President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government as a minister.
Former Mvita MP Najib Balala and his Saboti counterpart Eugene Wamalwa have been in government despite shunning active politics.
Others are governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Kiraitu Murungi (Meru) who have either won the seats they contested for or served in government as ministers.
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