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Kenyan newspapers review for May 13: Showdown looms as Senate insists governors must show up for grilling
Muyela Roberto|May. 13, 2019
Newspapers on Monday, May 13, report widely on concern from Kenyans over President Uhuru Kenyatta's silence after his Beijing trip two weeks ago.
The dailies further delve in the fresh war of words between DP William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga over 2022 succession politics.
1. Standard
The Standard reports that Senate has warned governors against absconding grilling sessions on county budges.
Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang who chairs the Public Accounts and Investment Committee said failure of the governors to honour the sessions will attract ruthless disciplinary measures.
This comes few days after the council of governors suspended governors' appearance before senators.
Earlier, Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu was put on spot over outrageous budget allocations.
The Auditor General, however, admitted that documents used during Waititu's grilling were erroneous.
According to senate, Migori Governor Okoth Obado is set to appear before the committee on Monday, May 13.
2. People Daily
State House spokesperson Kanze Dena has confirmed that President Uhuru is in fine state and his silence should not be cause of any alarm.
According Dena, the head of state needs space to do his work and he should not be perceived to be working only when he speaks and moves around.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua also weighed in the subject and claimed Uhuru was currently exposed to double work.
Mutua claimed that those charged with assisting the president were busy advancing their political bids at the expense of serving the electorate.
3. Taifa Leo
The ODM Party has admitted that it is currently going through financial difficulties.
Party Secretary General Edwin Sifuna blamed current financial woes on National Treasury CS Henry Rotich for failing to release money allocated for political parties.
According to Sifuna, the party can not even finance its primaries which need at least KSh 5 million.
Sifuna's sentiments were echoed by Suna East MP Junet Mohammed who said denial of funds was impunity and violation of law.
4. Nation
Nation reports on political undertones that are building up after Baringo Senator Gideon Moi joined Team Kieleweke for a church service in Meru.
His presence in the anti Ruto team has been perceived to be bringing to the fore increasing rivalry between him and the DP.
During the trip, nominated MP Maina Kamanda, in an apparent reference to the DP, cautioned the church against receiving donations from individuals with questionable integrity.
5.Star
The Star reports that 41 KRA staff arrested over fraud and tax evasion allegations are set to be arraigned on Monday, May 13.
Among those set to be charged are mid-level managers, supervisors and junior staff.
The DCI boss George Kinoti said that the purge against rogue staff at the authority will not spare anyone.
Suspects were arrested following a multi agency team that used new staff and interns to collect evidence implicating the suspects in graft.
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