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Top Newspaper Headlines for May 19: How CS Matiang’i used Bonchari by-election to test waters ahead of 2022

The country’s top newspapers widely reported on the Juja and Bonchari parliamentary by-elections as well as the Rurii Ward mini-poll which were marred by instances of drama.

The dailies also reported on why Deputy President William Ruto allies did not initiate the process of impeaching President Uhuru Kenyatta after the High Court found him in contravention of the law.

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Daily Nation

The daily reported that DP Ruto allies have dismissed claims that they will use the controversial BBI judgement to initiate the impeachment of Uhuru.

This comes after Lawyer Charles Kanjama noted that any MP who had the interest to oust President Uhuru Kenyatta could do so as the Court had ruled that he contravened the law.

However, a section of DP Ruto allies stated that they are not interested in impeaching the Head of State noting that they will let him finish final term and retire in peace.

The Star

Several Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) are feared dead after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device at Baure in Lamu East.

The IED that went off on Tuesday morning, May 18 is said to have been planted by Al Shabaab militants hiding in Boni Forest.

Confirming the incident, Lamu commissioner Irungu Macharia said the exact number of casualties was unknown citing poor communications signal and tough terrain.

The Standard

According to the publication, Interior CS Fres Matiang’i used the Bonchari by-election to gauge his influence in Gusii land ahead of the 2022 polls.

Jubilee Party had resolved not to field a candidate in the race but the CS made a last-minute decision and field former MP Zebedeo Opore under a Jubilee ticket.

However, ODM’s Pavel Oimeke emerged as the winner with 8,049 votes, while Opore came second with 7, 279 votes.

Taifa Leo

It has emerged that President Uhuru saved Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati from impeachment.

According to the Swahili publication, at least 45 MCAs had endorsed an impeachment motion against Wangamati on the grounds of abuse of office and misappropriation of COVID-19 funds.

However, minority leader Francis Chemion was later ordered to drop the motion following a meeting where he was informed the Jubilee party had ordered so.

The MCAs later met with the county boss to iron out issues.

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People Daily

The National Assembly is set to hold a special meeting to reject or approve the nomination of chief justice designate, Martha Koome today, May 19.

In a gazette notice, Speaker Justin Muturi asked members to avail themselves for the special session.

Majority Leader Amos Kimunya confirmed the House would convene to decide on Koome’s fate who, if approved, will become Kenya’s first female chief justice.

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