DP Ruto Allies Reveal Their Next Move After BBI’s Tuesday Victory; Police Probe Sh20m Tender at Centre of Woman’s Murder & Parliament’s Role Mere Formality in BBI Referendum Push

Good morning,

Amidst all the heat in the build-up to the 2022 Election, one aspect of our political scene that needs more attention is how weak bonds among our leaders are.

A good example of this is the dramatic fallout we are witnessing within the NASA coalition.

Five political giants who were, at the time, inseparable, no longer see eye to eye, and are now out here airing one another’s dirty laundry in public.

Another super anti-BBI faction, Linda Katiba, which is barely months old, is already disintegrating, with Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana making a sharp U-turn on his BBI stand after speaking so strongly against it.

We will not even delve into the Jubilee split because it has been discussed so many times before, it is now a clichè.

Is it then safe to say that our leaders only come together to cater to their personal agenda, when it suits them, instead of joining forces to advance the nation?

The answer is most likely yes.

So, as we head to the ballot next year, let us all keep in mind that in our country, it is always everyone for themself, and God for us all.

Meanwhile, here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today: 

DP Ruto’s Allies Reveal Their Next Move after Uhuru and Raila’s Massive BBI Victory in Counties

DP Ruto giving a speech at Bomas

Tuesday was a good day for President Uhuru Kenyatta, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and other BBI proponents after they registered a massive victory in county assemblies.

All counties that voted on Tuesday passed the BBI bill raising the number of counties that have approved it to 38.

This win for Uhuru and Raila has been termed as a loss for deputy president William Ruto and his Tangatanga allies who have been opposed to it.

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Police probe Sh20m tender at centre of woman’s murder

Kenya police respond to a crime scene in the past

The payment of Sh20 million for a road construction tender is at the centre of investigations into the murder of a woman whose mutilated body was found in a thicket in Kajiado county.

Some of the suspects in custody have told police they were partners with Caroline Wanjiku Maina in a construction firm that won a tender to build a sidewalk in one of the counties.

They said she had been paid the money but failed to honour her promise.

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Parliament’s role mere formality in BBI referendum push

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga after receiving the BBI Report.

The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which received overwhelming endorsement by a majority of county assemblies will proceed to a referendum regardless of Parliament’s verdict.

Lawyers say Parliament’s role in a popular initiative to amend the Constitution is largely procedural.

Legal experts say a bill that seeks to amend special and fundamental sections of the Constitution regarded as ‘ring-fenced’ must end up in a referendum, regardless of Parliament’s verdict.

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After Murang’a County MCAs voted for the BBI bill to progress, despite area senator Irungu Kang’ata’s earlier warning that the county was against the bill, do you think the senator was speaking on behalf of MCAs, or the people of Murang’a? 


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