On Tuesday, September 20, Kenyan newspapers widely reported the grand funeral of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
Newspapers also spoke of political intrigue in the National Assembly as MPs began a week-long induction ceremony.
1. The Star
The publication highlighted a report which shows that Uhuru Kenyatta spent up to KSh 1.4 billion to hold political rallies at State House in his last 12 months.
The Budget Comptroller’s report shows that the State House budget grew as executive spending on non-essentials increased.
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The report for the financial year ending June 30 paints a grim picture of heavy spending on non-priority areas, including political meetings.
Ahead of the Aug. 9 election, the president has increased his delegations to the State House and State Lodges as he draws up a succession plan.
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Figures show that the State House spent an average of KSh4 million per day on hospitality in 2022.
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2. Daily Nation
The daily reported that an application from a man claiming to be the biological son of former President Mwai Kibaki had been rejected.
Nyeri High Court Judge Florence Muchemi said Jacob Ocholla’s plea for Kibaki’s family to disclose his estate was overtaken by events because the children had agreed to probate by filing an inheritance action at the Family Division of the High Court in Milimani, Nairobi.
“Currently, the cited in the lawsuit Judy Kibaki, Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagai and Anthony Githinji have done what Ocholla wanted them to do,” the judge said.
She ordered the case to be heard instead at the Nairobi High Court as Ocholla filed a response to the lawsuit.
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During the session, Ocholla’s lawyer, Omoke Morara, requested that the case remain in Nyeri.
However, Judge Muchemi ruled that even if the case were transferred to Nyeri, it would still be linked to Ocholla’s succession lawsuit.
In his orders last month, Muchemi ordered Kibaki’s family to file a response to Ocholla’s request within 21 days.
3. The Standard
The publication reported that their government would launch an investigation into what it called ‘state capture’ in the administration of former President Uhuru Kenyatta and bring to justice those it accused of undermining the economy. Kenyan.
“We are going to set up a commission to investigate the capture of the state and the conflicts of interest which we believe are responsible for the economic crisis that the country is going through. And even if we do not want to pin anyone , we would like to have recommendations so that in the future, state capture and conflicts of interest never again impoverish the country,” Gachagua said in an interview.
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Gachagua explained that the commission would be established within the next 30 days.
He said they would review the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) contract, among others, and make its details public.
“Yes, this will be presented to the commission for state capture. This is a public contract and Kenyans have a right to know exactly what the details of this contract were,” Gachagua said.
He reiterated that they were not targeting the retired president with their plans, adding that they wished him well in retirement.
“We are not interested in individuals. By the way, we have no problem with the outgoing president. We wish him a happy retirement,” the vice president said.
4. Everyday People
The daily reported that a court was told that former Migori governor Okoth Obado had yet to return the vehicles allegedly acquired with the proceeds of crime to the state.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), through lawyer Suge Jemutai, told High Court Judge Esther Maina that Obado and his four children failed to comply with the orders issued July 21.
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The court had ordered them to turn over three V8 Land Cruisers to the commission within seven days, along with their logbooks.
“The respondents partially complied with the court orders. They returned only one motor vehicle,” Jemutai said.
However, the judge told the lawyer to file a formal request to compel the former governor and his children to comply with court orders.
The judge further put the former governor and his co-defendants on the spot for not filing their closing arguments on time in the case which was filed in 2020.
5. Taifa Lion
The Swahili publication reports that Kakamega County’s business community has sounded the alarm over the accumulation of uncollected waste in major cities and the exposure of residents to the risk of disease.
Traders in Kakamega and Mumias towns, including restaurant owners, traders, bodaboda riders and jua kali vendors, said the garbage is a health hazard and the stench is unbearable.
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Restaurant owners, clothing vendors, fishmongers and street vendors said the site posed a health risk and frightened their customers.
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