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Top newspaper headlines for July 2: High rate of kidnappings alarms DCI officials

The country’s top newspapers on Friday, July 2 widely reported on the Jubilee retreat that will be held after the Kiambaa by-elections.

Further, a section of newspapers reported on the ongoing Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) case at the Court of Appeal.

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People Daily

The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) case continued for the third days on Thursday, June 1.

Led by Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president Nelson Havi, a bunch of lawyers representing the opponents argued that President Uhuru Kenyatta should have handed over power before initiating a popular initiative.

“The president, if he wants to engage in the affairs of lesser mortals, must abdicate. The president is not a mere mortal, but a superior being,” Havi argued.

On the other hand, Lawyer Elias Mutuma also stated thar Uhuru should have just handed over power before promoting the controversial Bill.

He also rubbished a claim by Senior Counsel Otiende Amollo indicating that Suna East MP Junet Mohamed and former Dagoretti South MP Dennis Waweru were the promoters of BBI.

“The impugned amendment must be viewed as a direct product of the handshake between the president and former prime minister Raila Odinga in his official capacity,” he told the judges.

Daily Nation

According to the daily, Deputy President William Ruto allies have vowed to skip Jubilee retreat set to be held after Kiambaa by-election.

Led by Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata, the faction allied to the DP is currently focused on United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and are no longer interested in anything to do with Jubilee.

Jubilee deputy secretary-general, Joshua Kutuny said the meeting would bring together governors, Members of Parliament and Members of County Assemblies allied to Uhuru.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili newspaper reported on a research on the BBI Bill by Tifa.

According to findings, over 50% of Kenyans do not know the contents of the popular documents.

Only 19% of Kenyan voters would vote yes if the BBI referendum were held today while another 31% would vote no.

18% said they would not vote, and 11% were still undecided.

7% of the respondents, refused to answer.

The national survey was conducted between June 24 and June 28.

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The Star

The high rate of kidnappings in the country has caught the attention of Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officials.

For instance, three people were kidnapped in Nyeri on Thursday, July 1, days after a businessman was kidnapped by four men in broad daylight in the area.

Reports indicated that Gerald Guandaru was abducted a few meters from his barbershop by men waiting for him to arrive.

“Revenge is the major socio-cultural motive for kidnappings, ransom payment is the major economic motive while overcoming and/or reducing political rivalry is the major political motive for kidnappings,” the National Crime Research Centre said.

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