Newspaper summaries – November 16, 2017

Newspaper summaries – November 16, 2017

Daily Nation

Lawyers urge Supreme Court to annul repeat election

Widespread violence, poor voter turnout and failure to adhere to Constitution provisions were yesterday cited as grounds on which Supreme Court judges should annul the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the October 26 fresh poll. On the first day of hearing, the three petitioners — Mr Haroun Mwau, Mr Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa — argued that the election was conducted by a partisan electoral body in an environment that did not give all Kenyans the opportunity to exercise their free will.

Hints of plunder as gaps emerge in county books

The Auditor-General has painted a bleak picture of accountability and transparency measures by counties in financial management. In his latest report, Mr Edward Ouko says massive discrepancies were noted in the spending of public funds in several counties, pointing to a possibility of widespread plunder and misuse of taxpayers’ money. For instance, in Laikipia, there was a variation of Sh9 billion between the Integrated Financial Management Integrated Systems (Ifmis) and the county’s financial statements.

Nairobi matatu operators form association to rival owners

The Matatu Owners Association (Moa) is in the middle of bruising battle for the control of the city`s public service vehicle sector. The association has until now enjoyed complete control of the matatu industry but it has since been faced by challenges following the coming up of a new trade union, the Association of Matatu Operators (Nairobi Central Business District), registered soon after Governor Mike Sonko was sworn in, and the proposed Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (Namata).

The Standard

IEBC says it did not cancel election in 25 constituencies affected by violence 

The electoral commission Wednesday told the Supreme Court it did not cancel the election in the 25 constituencies that were affected by violence. Instead, the court heard the commission postponed the election in the four counties until there was security and peace in those areas. The court heard the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had no powers to cancel an election.

Blow as Martha Karua is handed Sh10 million bill 

Ms Karua was challenging the election of Governor Anne Waiguru on a technicality. It was double blow for the former presidential and governorship candidate as the court slapped her with a Sh10 million bill as the cost of the suit. Justice Lucy Gitari ruled Karua had failed to comply with provisions of the Elections Act 2017, hence her appeal could not stand. But Karua vowed not to take the ruling lying down, saying she would appeal the court decision.

Nasa’s headache in implementing People’s assembly despite county assemblies passing it 

The National Super Alliance (NASA) is facing huge challenges in implementing the People’s Assembly Bill. Even though the bill has been unanimously passed in Kisumu, Migori, Homa Bay, Siaya, Vihiga, Busia, Kakamega and Bungoma, questions are being asked on how it will be implemented.

The Star

Petitioners lay case as Uhuru, IEBC defend win

Two activists challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rerun win yesterday laid out their case for nullification, telling the Supreme Court it was “the last barrier before we plunge into an abyss”. Oxford-trained lawyer Njonjo Mue from Kiambu and Khelef Khalifa said Kenyans are keen to see whether the judges will uphold the rule of law and the Constitution or apologise to Kenyans for having invalidated the August 8 presidential election. The David Maraga-led court was showered with praise— and equally vilified by Uhuru and Jubilee — for overturning Kenyatta’s victory on August 8, citing massive illegalities and irregularities.

One million-man grand welcome for Raila on, says NASA

NASA has vowed to carry on with a million-man heroic reception of its leader Raila Odinga at JKIA tomorrow, defying IG Joseph Boinnet’s security warning. Boinnet yesterday warned NASA against taking the million-man march to the airport, claiming the move will undermine security. “Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is a protected area. Those without valid reasons to enter the facility will be denied entry,” he said in a statement. But in a quick rejoinder, NASA dismissed the IG’s warning.

Serial crash ‘witness’ a conman, says family

Daniel Ngengi Muigai, the famous witness in the Nakuru helicopter crash and the Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru’s accident has been unmasked as a habitual liar, who is thrilled by the attention he generates. Detectives have unmasked the man, who by carefully picking aliases that resemble close family members of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family members, has catapulted himself to the public limelight. DCI investigators have established that the mans real identity is Charles Karanja from Mathira, Nyeri county. A sister and a former wife have confirmed to police that the man’s name is Karanja, not Daniel Ngengi Muigai as he alleged.

Business Daily

Ngunze set to finalise KQ assignment in two weeks

Former Kenya Airways chief executive Mbuvi Ngunze is set to complete his advisory job at the national carrier in a fortnight, following the conclusion of the airline’s balance sheet restructuring. Mr Ngunze, who was replaced as CEO by Polish national Sebastian Mikosz, was retained to assist in closing critical negotiations with creditors and stakeholders to keep the airline afloat. The capital restructuring negotiations came to a close on Tuesday night after all parties signed on the dotted line, prompting Mr Ngunze to announce his imminent departure from the airline.

CAK says Tuskys wrangles to stall merger

The competition regulator has told Tuskys Supermarket to resolve shareholder wrangles that could derail the retailer’s intended merger with rival Nakumatt. The competition watchdog’s director- general, Wang’ombe Kariuki, in a letter to Tuskys’ shareholders says the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) cannot consider the merger application before allegations of ownership wrangles and financial stability that were raised in an objection to the deal have been resolved.

BOC issues profit warning on depressed sales

Industrial gas manufacturer BOC Kenya has issued a profit warning for the full year ending December, pulled down mainly by a decline in sales volume. The manufacturer, in a statement issued on Wednesday, projects that net earnings for the current financial year ending December 31 will drop by 25 per cent when compared to earnings recorded in 2016 financial year. The group posted Sh126 million in profits in the last financial year, down from Sh148 million recorded in 2015, according to its 2016 annual report.


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