The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report that is expected to take Kenyan to a referendum leads in newspaper reportage on Wednesday, July 1, which marks start of the 2022/2021 financial year.

Other stories widely covered include the finance bill President Uhuru Kenyatta signed yesterday that scrapped off the 20% excise tax setting stage for a powerful betting come back.

Kenyan newspapers review for July 1: 15 key players Uhuru, Raila are banking on to ensure BBI rolls smoothly in Parliament

President Uhuru Kenyatta scrapped off 20% excise tax on stakes. Photo: UGC.
Source: UGC

1. The Standard

As the BBI report nears tabling in Parliament, The Standard looks into people who will be crucial in ensuring the draft bill rolls smoothly both in the National Assembly and Senate before Kenyans can take a vote.

At the National Assembly, people of interest are majority leader Amos Kimunya, minority leader John Mbadi, majority whip Emmanuel Wangwe, minority whip Junet Mohammed, deputy majority whip Maoka Maore and deputy minority whip Eseli Simiyu.

At the Senate, key players will be majority leader Samuel Phogisio, minority leader James Orengo, majority whip Irungu Kang’ata, minority whip Mutula Kilonzo, deputy minority leader Cleophas Malala and Beatrice Kwamboka who senate deputy minority whip.

Also in the matrix is National Assembly Speaker Justine Muturi and his deputy Moses Cheboi, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka deputy Margaret Kamar.

2. Daily Nation

Leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto have made an about-turn and thrown their weight behind BBI proposal vouching for an expanded Executive.

Led by Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa, the leaders said an expanded Executive will bolster the DP’s 2022 presidential bid.

“He is likely to benefit from an expanded Executive because he will be in a position to reach out to more leaders to build a coalition together and share responsibilities bolstering his state house bid. We are waiting to see the recommendations in the report.

If they are good for Kenyans, it does not matter how they will be passed as long as it is within the confines of our law, but in case they are for certain individuals, we will have a meeting to scuttle them,” said Barasa.

Meanwhile, Sports betting giants that closed shop in Kenya following dispute over-taxation regime are likely to make a comeback after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law a new bill.

The bill removed the 20% excise tax on bets stakes. SportPesa and Betin are among bookmakers that existed the arena in 2019 terming the tax as exploitive.

3. People Daily

Chief Justice David Maraga has through his lawyers dismissed claims by a woman that he fathered and abandoned her child.

Lawyers Dastan Omari, Samson Nyaberi and Anita Masika dismissed documents presented by the woman, Mary Kwamboka Onyancha, as fabricated and aimed to tarnish the name of the CJ.

According to Omari, the allegations by the woman could be linked to the recent clash between Maraga and the Executive that had put the CJ under pressure to resign before end of his tenure.

“We are not really concerned with the small girl making noise. Our greatest concern here is who has sponsored such kind of allegations.

Maraga is an elder of the SDA church and he is not a simple man. If this is aimed at assassinating his character, we will be calling the DPP to get to the root cause of this fraud,” said Omari.

4. Taifa Leo

Wundanyi MP Danson Mwashako has asked Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) to start using birth control methods on monkeys in his constituency.

Mwashako said the animals were reproducing in epic proportions and descending on farms thus occasioning massive destruction to farmers.

According to the lawmaker, the residents had tried using many techniques to scare away the animals but their efforts have been in vail.

5. The Star

Detectives from anti-graft agency EACC on Tuesday raided Nairobi governor Mike Sonko’s Upper Hill offices to conduct a search.

The officers said they were on a mission to establish the actual size of the land that the office sits on.

According to the officers, the KSh 500 million property was illegally acquired from Kenya Railways pensioners.

The officers parked their vehicle outside the gate and used it to scale the gate but were repulsed by Sonko supporters who were already inside the compound.

“The officers are welcome to conduct their investigation without any showmanship. As a law-abiding citizen, I have cooperated with all the investigations. Let them follow the right procedure and come back,” said Sonko.

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