Newspaper summaries – November 9, 2017

Newspaper summaries – November 9, 2017

Daily Nation

Eyes on Maraga as fresh presidential election disputed

All eyes are on Chief Justice David Kenani Maraga again as he leads Supreme Court judges in deciding the validity of a repeat presidential election. This is the second time in three months that the seven-judge bench is being called upon to adjudicate on a presidential poll dispute. On Wednesday, the CJ gave directions on timelines for the hearing of the three petitions filed at the court, which is set to rule on the matters by November 20.

Lecturers claim State insincere on pay deal

Lecturers yesterday criticised the government for failing to implement their pay deal as they sought the intervention of Parliament and the Ministry of Education. The dons marched from the University of Nairobi to Parliament and the Education Ministry headquarters at Jogoo House where they presented their petitions. They had been ordered not to make noise during their demo.

Poll petitioners want results forms, kits scrutinised

Presidential election results declaration forms and access logs of the voter identification and results transmission kits could once again be scrutinised as the Supreme Court determines whether the repeat election was held properly. The lack of security features in some results forms from some constituencies and polling stations, and failure by the electoral commission to allow full scrutiny of its servers and access logs, played a huge part in the nullification of the August 8 presidential election.

The Standard

Raila sparks new row with call for interim government 

Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s call for the formation of a six-month interim government has ignited a fresh row with Jubilee Party, which is accusing him of stoking a crisis to get into power. Raila had said only an interim government could facilitate open dialogue by Kenyans to resolve the election stand-off after his National Super Alliance (NASA) boycotted the October 26 repeat presidential vote and vowed not to recognise President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

Cohesion agency warns of violence on Kakamega, Nandi border 

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has warned of looming land conflict at the border of Nandi and Kakamega counties. NCIC is now calling on Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi to resolve the stalemate between the two communities living along the Nandi Escarpment before the situation gets out of hand. Speaking in Kakamega town after meeting elders from the Nandi and Kakamega counties, NCIC boss in charge of the two counties Richard Shiyonga said trouble started after residents on the Kakamega side were issued with tile deeds while those from Nandi were left out.

Controller of Budget wants counties audited over Sh35 billion debt

The Controller of Budget wants 43 counties probed for accumulating Sh35 billion debt. Agnes Odhiambo in the 2016/17 implementation annual report recommended that the pending bills should be audited by the Auditor General to ascertain their validity. Ms Odhiambo identified pending bills as one of the key challenges county governments are grappling with that is hindering the effective implementation of budgets.

The Star

Petition abuse of court, Uhuru says in reply to Omtatah case

President Uhuru Kenyatta has termed a suit challenging his reelection on October 26as an abuse of court process. Uhuru, while responding to the case filed by Activist Okiya Omtatah, said the petitioner had failed to produce evidence to support his claims. Omtatah claimed the election was not held in accordance with the Constitution and the law. Uhuru said the validity the October 26 repeat presidential election was not justiciable because Omtatah moved to court on October 27 when a President-elect had not been declared.

Jubilee resists Raila’s push for ‘transition government’

NASA chief Raila Odinga’s call for a six-month transitional government has caused an uproar and Jubilee immediately repudiated power-sharing as “wishful thinking”. Jubilee says there’s no crisis or emergency, Raila’s holding the country to ransom, wants another Grand Coalition (2008-2013) and is creating turmoil so he can illegally enter government through the back door.

British Army may pull out of Kenya, decision by end month

The British army is considering pulling out of Kenya. The decision will be taken later this month after the UK Chief of General Staff Gen. Nick Carter, born in Kenya, visits the 3rd battalion of the Paratroop Regiment that is presently training in Archers Post. The British Government is likely to give Kenya a ‘yes or no’ ultimatum to decide whether they want British military co-operation or not, with a final decision to be made in London by the end of November. The crisis is caused by KDF’s insistence that the British army should not train on any private land and should restrict its operations to the KDF land at Archers Post.

Business Daily

Rotich defends new Eurobond issue to repay Sh77bn loan

Treasury secretary Henry Rotich has defended the government’s decision to issue another Eurobond whose proceeds will partly be used to repay a Sh77.3 billion ($750 million) syndicated loan issued in 2015. Mr Rotich, in an interview Wednesday, said the fresh Eurobond and the Treasury’s negotiations with international investors to delay debt repayments did not indicate that the government was struggling to service its loans. The Treasury says that it is considering tapping the international debt markets to either finance infrastructure developments or for “liquidity management”.

House signals payout for MPs who lost polls

The appointment of three MPs to a key parliamentary committee has opened the way for the 267 who lost their seats in the August 8 General Election to be paid their delayed pension. Majority Leader Aden Duale told MPs he would move a Motion on the appointment of three members to the Pension Management Committee — which approves payment of retirement benefits to MPs who have lost their seats. Members of the 11th Parliament — emerging from bruising and expensive campaigns — have been pushing for speedy payment of the cash, which had been delayed by the impasse over the committees.

Politicians calling for boycott ‘imperil Kenyans’ futures’: Kepsa

Kenya’s private sector executives have come out to strongly object to the opposition’s call for a boycott of three companies, saying it stands behind the firms and any others that will be targeted in future. In a tersely worded statement issued Wednesday, industry lobby Kepsa (Kenya Private Sector Alliance) said that all businesses, from giant firms to the corner kiosk, are the engine of Kenya’s economy and that attacking them jeopardizes the futures of millions.

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