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Top Newspaper Headlines for June 3: Referendum prospect thrown into disarray

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, June 3 widely reported on hearing of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) appeal filed by BBI proponents after it was feared null and void by the High Court.

The dailies also reported on the appointment of acting Health Director General Dr Patrick Amoth as the chairperson of the World Health Organisation (WHO’s) Executive Board.

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The Standard

A woman who identified herself as former Nakuru North MP Kihika Kimani’s daughter wants the judge handling their family’s succession case to recuse herself.

Accorisng to the daily, Erishifa Wanjiru, through her lawyer Kamau Kuria filed an application accusing Justice Racheal Ng’etich of siding with one of the four families in the case.

Four widows Margaret Wambui, Alice Mukuhi, Mary Wangari and Miriam Warua are fighting over Kimani’s KSh 600 million estate.

Nation

Hopes of having a referendum have been thrown into disarray after the Court of Appeal announced that it would conclude hearing the case against the High Court’s ruling declaring the BBI process unconstitutional in July.

On Wednesday, June 2, the Court of Appeal gave parties 14 days to file submissions with the hearing set for June 29 to July 2.

Initially, BBI proponents had settled on a referendum to be held in June, which was later pushed to July.

People Daily

Former Icaciri Secondary School Principle Jane Muthoni who was found guilty of murdering her husband years back is set to be sentenced today, Thursday, June 3.

The sentence set to be delivered by Justice Joel Ngugi comes after a five-year-long court battle.

Muthoni had been charged alongside Isaac Ng’ang’a with the brutal murder of Kiru Boys Principal Solomon Mwangi.

Taifa Leo

The Court of Appeal has warned BBI proponents against discussing the verdict that declared the process unconstitutional in the media and public rallies.

The court’s President Daniel Musinga, Judge Roselyn Nambuye and Judge Hannah Okwengu asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to respect the judiciary.

Musinga argued that there was no need of threatening and intimidating judiciary officers for their work.

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The Star

The HIV-Aids Tribunal has summoned Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe over the shortage of antiretroviral drugs.

Thisnis after two activists, Michael Kojo and Evans Otieno demanded that the Ministry of Health and the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority be compelled to release the KSh1 billion ARVs donated by the USAID to the public.

The drugs are stuck at a warehouse in Mombasa after USAID refused to pay KSh 45 million duty to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

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