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Top Newspaper Headlines for July 29: DP Ruto retirement perks to be reduced, termed excess

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, July 29 widely reported on the 2022 succession politics with Deputy President William Ruto’s bottom-up economic model being at the center of the political divide.

The dailies also reported on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to the United Kingdom (UK) where he signed several deals and secured COVID-19 vaccine donation.

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People Daily

According to the daily, Parliament has taken a step closer to implementing some constitutional changes proposed in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

According to the daily, the move appears calculated to effect constitutional amendments that do not require a referendum.

It further accelerates the reform process as the clock ticks towards the 2022 General Election.

The Standard

Suspected killer Innocent Kalio’s father has questioned the police on why they released his son from police custody without his knowledge.

The father, Apolo Kalio said he learnt about his son’s involvement in university student Christine Ambani’s death through the news, adding that he knew his son was in jail for a crime he committed in January.

Kalio is reported to have started a fire that claimed the life of his elder brother Eugene Omunyore, his wife Miriam Echesa and their one-year-old son.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, late President Daniel Moi’s grandson has accepted to undergo a DNA test to ascertain the paternity of two children he had with his estranged wife, Gladys Jeruto.

Jeruto accused Kibet of neglecting their two children aged 11 and nine years.

Through her lawyer, the mother of two wants the court to compel Kibet to give her KSh 1 million per month to cater for food, rent, education, and entertainment.

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Daily Nation

The deputy president’s fat retirement perks are among those targeted for reduction by Members of Parliament.

A parliamentary reports suggests that amendments to the Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) Act 2015, which was enacted during Ruto’s first term.

In the report, the National Assembly’s Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC) terms the benefits outlined in the law as excessive, suggesting them to be granted to other offices in the public service.

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