The country’s top newspapers on Friday, May 21 wodelt reported on Jubilee’s loss in the just concluded Rurii, Bonchari and Juja by-elections.
The dailies also focused on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) setback with ODM leader Raila Odinga mulling his options after the court rulling.
ODM leader Raila is mulling his options to redeem hos political party after the High Court declared the BBI process unconstitutional.
The daily reported that Raila is set to unveil a strategy that resonates well with ordinary citizens.
The former Prime Minister is currently holding brainstorming meetings with his legal advisers in Watamu.
His advisers have reportedly urged him to use his handshake with Uhuru to push for BBI amendments as it does not require a referendum or parliament’s approval.
According to the daily, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s advisers habr found themselves on the receiving end over politicial and legal blunders tha thave embarrassed the president in the recent days.
The Head of State recently lost in three recent by-elections, with several setbacks in court putting his advisers on the spot.
Addressing the matter, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior urged the President to do away with hia current twam to avoid future setbacks.
“One cannot be faulted for thinking some people in the president’s circle are sabotaging him knowingly or unknowingly,” he said.
Uhuru’s advisers are;
- Paul Kihara Kariuki – Government’s legal adviser
- Nancy Gitau – Chief adviser on political affairs
- Raphael Tuju – Jubilee secretary-general
- David Murathe – Jubilee vice chairman
- Njee Muturi – Deputy chief of staff, legal constitutional and legislative affairs
A CCTV footage obtained from Mialle Lounge revealed that American businessman Mohamud Bashir’s Range Rover was blocked after leaving the entertainment spot on May 13.
The footage showed the businessman’s vehicle leaving Mialle shortly before a commotion was witnessed near hos car to the surprise of by passers.
Bashir reportedly pulled out his phone and tried to reach his wife but his phone was snatched and switched off.
His car, a Range Rover, was later spotted burnt completely at Kibiko area in Kajiado county, raising concerns about his whereabouts.
Accorisnf tothe daily, cracks have emerged in Jubilew following the embarrassing defeat in three by-elections held recently.
Igembe North Member of Parliament Maoka Maore, who doubles up as the National Assembly deputy majority whip, blamed the president for sidelining politicians in favour of technocrats and civil servants.
On the other hand, Nyeri MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said the defeats were a result of splits in Jubilee.
“We mismanaged the campaigns right from nominations. Our competitors were smart enough to take advantage of our mistakes.”
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