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Top Newspaper Headlines for May 18: Uhuru, Raila allies mull plan B to salvage BBI process

The countries top newspapers on Tuesday, May 18 still reported on the appeal against the controversial ruling declaring the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) null and void.

The dailies also highlighted President Uhuru Kenyatta’s silence on the ruling that political pundits say it has thrown him under the bus.

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Daily Nation

According to the daily, the controversial ruling by a five-judge bench declaring the Constitutional Amendment Bill null and void has scuttled Uhuru’s succession plan.

Political analyst Javas Bigambo argued that the president’s influence had been diminished by the ruling that dealt the BBI a huge blow.

Following the handshake with ODM leader Raila Odinga, Uhuru brought together party leaders Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper, KANU’s Gideon Moi and Musalia Mudavadi of ANC to form the National Super Alliance which was meant to succeed Uhuru come 2022.

The Star

Uhuru and his handshake partner are mulling plan B to salvage the BBI process following the High Court’s ruling declaring it unconstitutional.

According to the daily, BBI supporters are contemplating using parliamentary initiative to pass the Bill if the Court of Appeal fails to overturn the High Court ruling.

BBI secretariat co-chair Dennis Waweru said they have considered the option, however, stating that he was optimistic of success at the Court of Appeal.

“That is one of the options we will explore. For now, we are focusing on the court process, expedite it and ensure we get away with it as quickly as possible,” Waweru said.

The Standard

The newspaper highlighted Uhuru’s silence on the High Court’s BBI verdict that declared it unconstitutional, null and void.

However, Uhuru’s allies led by Raila, Moses Wetangula, Mudavadi and Kalonzo have remained cautious on the ruling as they plot the bext move.

Uhuru is said to be studying the ruling with his legal advisers before making his statement on the judgement that shook the nation.

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People Daily

The newspaper highlighted Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki’s reasons why the BBI verdict made by a five-judge bench of the High Court should be overturned.

According to the daily, Kariuki argued that;

  • The decision that Uhuru violated the constitution was irrational and not subject to litigation
  • That the president both as head of state and private citizen has a constitutional right to instigate and promote constitutional changes through the popular initiative
  •  That the decision by the county assemblies and more than a million Kenyans to endorse the BBI Bill is a demonstration it is owned by ordinary citizens
  • That the government’s participation in promoting the bill was meant to support the aspiration of Wanjiku

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