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Top Newspaper Headlines for May 20: Angry Uhuru blames Murathe, Tuju after losing by-elections in Juja and Rurii

The country’s top newspapers widely reported on the just concluded by elections in Juja, Bonchari and Rurii where rivals Raila Odinga and William Ruto’s preferred candidates won the seats.

The dailies also reported on Lady Justice Martha Koome approval by the National Assembly to become Kenya’s next Chief Justice replacing David Maraga.

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Nation

The daily reported on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) appeal, noting that appointing a bench to hear the appeal is one of the challenges awaiting Chief Justice designate Koome.

The other challenge awaiting Koome is the legacy challenge with Kenyans also keen on gauging whether she is an independent judge or allied to the executive.

After her swearing in, Koome will be Kenya’s first female CJ replacing ex-CJ Maraga who retired on January 12, 2021.

Taifa Leo

A section of MPs raised concerns in the National Assembly on Thursday, May 20 following the absence of National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi during the special sitting.

As a result, Tiaty MP William Kamket asked Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi to explain Muturi’s whereabouts to which he confirmed he is okay.

People Daily

The newspaper reported that at least 95,000 university and college students will miss education loans due to budgetary constraints.

What’s more, those who will receive funds from the Higher Education Loans Board will get reduced amounts of KSh 38,000, down from KSh 45,000 because of budget cuts.

“We had improved our average at the university level to about KSh 45,000 and this year, because of the supplementary budget cuts and loan recoveries dip KSh 1 billion, the average per student had to reduce,” said HELB chief executive Charles Ringera.

Standard

The publication reported that President Uhuru Kenyatta is furious about the losses Jubilee Party suffered in the recent days.

This, include, nullification of the BBI project and losing Rurii and Juja parliamentary by-elections where his party was beaten.

On Wednesday, May 19, Uhuru reportedly called Jubilee Party’s vice-chair David Murathe on phone and ‘lectured’ him on how he lost in his backyard despite assurance that Jubilee was on the verge of victory.

The Head of State later chased everyone from State House following the loses, arguing that they were not doing their work.

Raphael Tuju was also blamed for the loss.

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The Star

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) now seeks to auction luxury cars and a posh house Migori governor Okoth Obado acquifed through proceeds of corruption.

This is in a bid to recover KSh 73.47 million the county government lost.

“It is therefore just and fit to prohibit the defendants, their agents, servants and/or any other persons from alienating, wasting, transferring, disposing or in any other way dealing with the properties,” EACC said through advocate Culent Simiyu Lunyolo.

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