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Top newspaper headlines for May 24: Taxpayers money to fund lawyers behind the BBI appeal

The country’s top newspapers focused on the lawyers who have been chosen to fightback to salvage the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

The dailies also reported on the rivalry witnessed in the Deputy President William Ruto’s camp.

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Daily Nation

Accordingly to this publication, President Uhuru Kenyatta took part in the crowning of Speaker Justin Muturi as the GEMA communities spokesperson.

This was confirmed by Uhuru’s kin Captain Kung’u Muigai who was at the ceremony on Saturday, May 22 revealing Uhuru blessed Muturi.

Kung’u further explained that the coronation was in plans since February.

However, Mt Kenya region leaders have opposed Muturi’s coronation citing poor capabilities in that position.

During a visit in Mululu in Vihiga, in January, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that it was time for other communities to take over Presidency as only two had been on the seat since long ago.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili newspaper digged deep into the legal minds set to represent the BBI promoters in the court of appeal.

The BBI team lead by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga and the IEBC legal team led by Attorney General Paul Kihara are the respondents in the court of appeal not only to salvage the bill but also to rescue the electoral commission.

The lawyers put forward to fightback would the get their salaries from taxpayers.

The taxman will only pay lawyers representing Uhuru, AG Kihara and IEBC. It is unclear who will cater for Raila’s lawyers

Raila Odinga will be represented by the creme deal creme in the Kenyan law led by Siaya senator James Orengo and the Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo.

According to Taifa Leo since the lawyers are going for a mutual course, it is most likely that the taxpayer might cater for all the lawyers.

People Daily

This publication indicated that the BBI appeal would not go beyond the rulling made on May 13 by a five-bench judge.

The ruling against the IEBC places a rulling on IEBC for executing its authority on grounds of lacking the required standards.

This publication hinted that the team is set to challenge the ruling to enable the agency to conduct the referendum.

The electoral agencyis also among the team that will be appealing against the May 13 ruling.

The Standard

There is a major rivalry in the Deputy President William Ruto’s camp.

This may lead to poor support for Ruto in the Mt Kenya region which is termed as the political powerhouse.

The competition against the rised when they were putting forward their candidates to run for the Kiamba parliamentary by-election.

While Moses Kuria submitted Raymond Kuria vying on the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP), the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) unveiled John Njuguna.

UDA members expected support from Moses Kuria owing to the fact that he is one among the Tanga Tanga members.

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Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua argued that Kuria was against the party’s option by picking his own candidate.

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