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Kenyan newspapers review for March 2: 11 MPs on secret visit to Somalia stare at treason charges

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Headlines of mainstream Kenyan newspapers for Monday, March 2, examine the visit to Somalia by 11 Kenyan MPs and why security agencies in Nairobi are displeased with the tour.

Another point of interest for the dailies are reactions by the political class following Saturday, February 29, Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting in Meru.

Photo: UGC.

Source: UGC

1. People Daily

The 11 Kenyan MPs who secretly visited Mogadishu on Saturday are likely to face counts of treason if the state decides to press charges against them.

According to People Daily, the lawmakers bypassed protocol by not involving the Speaker of the National Assembly Justine Muturi who is supposed to give them clearance for an official visit to a foreign country.

Security agencies have also read malice in the visit since it comes at a time when Kenya is embroiled in several disputes with Somalia, for instance, the border row and the push by Mogadishu to have Nairobi remove KDF soldiers from Somalia.

What even raises more eyebrows is that the 11 MPs come from the Ogaden clan as Somalia President Farmajo. The clan has always been at war with Jubaland President Mohamed Islam (Madobe).

Farmajo has been pointing fingers at Nairobi claiming it has installed Madobe.

2. Taifa Leo

Taifa Leo reports that there is disquiet in the political class since President Uhuru Kenyatta has not been associating directly with countrywide BBI rallies.

It is now being perceived that BBI meetings have been handed over to ODM leader Raila Odinga.

The President has also not shown signs of attending the last round of the rallies that are set to be convened in his political fortresses.

The latest meeting was held in Meru, one of Uhuru's strongholds. The remaining regions are Nairobi, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru where the Head of State also has huge political clout.

Photo: Taifa Leo.

Source: UGC

3. The Star

Nairobi County Assembly Minority Whip Peter Imwatok has said that his impeachment motion against Governor Mike Sonko is still on despite President Uhuru's intervention.

On Saturday, Uhuru hosted 115 Nairobi MCAs at State House where he urged them to drop the bid to oust Sonko.

However, Imwatok who was absent during the session, said the motion will be on the floor of the House on Tuesday, March 3.

He said Uhuru did not provide solid points on why MCAs should spare Sonko.

Photo: The Star.

Source: UGC

4. The Standard

Chinese engineers supervising construction of a power transmission station in Tana River county have deserted the camp after locals demanded they be screened for coronavirus.

The engineers left for Nairobi about three weeks ago as panic among Hola residents continues to rise.

Most of the locals believe the foreigners, who frequently travel to China, may come back with the virus.

This comes even as the Chinese Embassy in Nairobi urges Kenyans not to make anti Chinese sentiments over the virus.

Photo: The Standard.

Source: UGC

5. Daily Nation

Leaders charged with organising BBI meeting in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu county have remained noncommittal on when the gathering will be convened.

According to Raila who is heading the meetings, the next rally after the one held in Meru on Saturday will be held in Nakuru then Eldoret (Uasin Gishu).

Leaders from the country's breadbasket which is Deputy President William Ruto's backyard had hinted that they will not allow Raila to preside over the meeting.

Led by Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, the leaders said Raila tolerated hateful messages. They cited remarks by Narok senator Ledama ole Kina during BBI meeting in Narok.

Photo: Daily Nation.

Source: UGC

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