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Top Newspaper Headlines for May 13: Parliament passes Bill to regulate ‘Harambees’

The country’s top newspaper newspaper on Thursday, May 13 reported on matters concerning the recently released Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

The dailies also reported on the grilling of impeached Wajir Governor Mohammud Abdi.

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The Star

Angaza Network Empowerment on Wednesday, May 12, challengers Interior CS Fred Matiang’i on plan to ban police officers from having intimacy.

According to the lobby group, it is wrong to prevent two people from getting into a relationship on grounds that they work at the same place.

Matiang’i had announced plans to ban relationships among police officers in a bid to curb cases of domestic violence, sexual harassment and killings in the service.

People Daily

Parliament has passed the Public Fundraising Appeals Bill that seeks to regulate fundraisers popularly known as ‘Harambees’.

The daily reported that if dinged into law, by President Uhuru Kenyatta, the event will be controlled by the Public Collections Committee and chaired by the Principal Secretary in charge of social protection.

The Bill outlaws funds drive organised by churches, schools, groups and individuals whose purpose is not well stipulated.

The Standard

The Jubilee party has endorsed the purge of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, nominated Senator Millicent Omanga and nominated MP Cecily Mbarire accused of opposing the BBI Bill and supporting ideals of other parties.

According to the publication, the National Management Committee (NMC) on Wednesday, May 12, directed the party’s disciplinary committee to begin the process that could see the expulsion of the three.

Jubilee vice chair David Murathe said they had zeroed in on Kuria for supporting George Koimburi, a PEP (People Empowerment Party) candidate, for the Juja by-election, arguing that he violated the Political Parties Act.

On the other hand, Omanga and Mbarire are facing the axe for voting against the BBI Bill.

Daily Nation

At least 194,000 learners who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) did not sit the 2020 KCSE exams, reported the daily.

While Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) reported that 752,602 candidates registered for the 2020 KCSE examination, 942,021 candidates sat for the KCPE in 2016.

This absence has been attributed to challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Taifa Leo

Mombasa county commissioner, Gilbert Kitiyo, has warned parents whose children will be caught the wrong side of the law.

According to the Swahili publication, the parents will be arrested and charged for hiding criminals.

He also warned area chiefs where the gangs originate from that they will also be punished.

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