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Top Newspaper Headlines for May 14: DP Ruto’s team holds meeting with Nyanza leaders ahead of 2022 polls 

The country’s top newspapers on Friday, May 14 widely reported on the Court ruling where a five-bench judge declared the the process of amending the 2010 Constitution null and void.

The dailies also reported on a meeting between Deputy President William Ruto’s team and a section of Nyanza leaders and professionals where they had an economic forum.

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Star

According to the newspaper, DP Rut’s team held a meeting with at least 10 Nyanza leaders and professionals at Hermosa Hotel in Nairobi.

During the meeting held on Thursday, May 13, the leaders from the lake region shared their economic blueprint which will form part od the DP’s manifesto come 2022.

The leaders who attended the meeting were, Eliud Owalo (former Kibra MP aspirant), Jack Ranguma (former Kisumu governor), Martin Ogindo (former Rangwe MP), Grace Akumu (party leader, Citizen Convention) and Judah Abekah (former Vision 2030 director).

Others are David Otieno (lecturer, Kenyatta University), Dalmas Otieno (former Cabinet minister), Christopher Migunde (ex-KCB head of SMEs), Daniel Okumu (Chairman, Western Tourism Circuit) and Duncan Ojwang’ (lawyer).

The Standard

According to the daily, a report by Safaricom diaclosed that Kenyans borrowed KSh 351 billion from its Fuliza service in the year to March 31, representing a 44% increase compared to the previous year.

The report released on Thursday, May 13 also indicated that Fuliza costumers increased from 700,000 in March 2020 to 1.4 million in March 2021.

In the process, the giant telecommunications company made KSh 4.5 billion in profits.

Daily Nation

The newspaper reported on key findings that a five-bench judge found was not adhere to by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the creation of the 2020 Constitutional Amendment Bill.

Some of the key points noted by the judges namely Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jairus Ngaah, Chacha Mwita and Teresia Matheka included;

  • The president cannot initiate a constitutional change through a popular initiative.
  • The president violated chapter six of the constitution on leadership and integrity by attempting to change the supreme law through unconstitutional means.
  • That the BBI task force formed by Uhuru via a gazette notice was an illegal entity.
  • That the referendum process lacked a legal framework guiding it.
  • The creation of 70 constituencies usurped the powers of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

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Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession politics with a section of leaders allies to Uhuru vouching for ODM leader Raila Odinga while others propose Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.

Led by Jubilee vice chair David Murathe, the leaders argued that it’s the ODM leader be thw Head of State while another group associated with the head of state’s family want Gideon to be their presidential flagbearer.

Other want both Raila and Moi to run under one ticket, with the Baringo Senator deputising the veteran politician.

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