Sunday nation: Masters of double speak.
The plans to increase levy on fuel, introduction of a housing levy and other proposals contained in the finance bill lay bare dramatic u-turn as top government leaders’ change positions they previously held on similar issues.
Kenya kwanza leaders led by president William Ruto, musalia mudavadi, kimani Ichungwa, economist David Ndii and Adan Duale’s past statements on some of these levies expose shift.
In another story making headlines, president William Ruto and the former prime minister Raila Odinga on Saturday clashed at the funeral of field marshal mukami kimathi at njambini, Kirinyaga county.
Whereas the azimio la umoja one Kenya alliance Party leader spoke against the head of State’s plans to increase taxes, Ruto insisted on going on going on with his plans to revamp the economy through more taxation and less borrowing.
In yet another story, there is alarm as critical hospitals face shortage of life-saving drugs. Information from the kemsa has revealed that 90 percent of essential drugs are missing in hospitals.
Kemsa is the sole government agency that distributes drugs in the country and therefore it’s required to put in place measures to restock.
Otherwise, patients who require some basic antibiotics and painkillers are going to experience more suffering in days to come.
Star: Uhuru’s Strategy to regain control of Jubilee Party.
The former president Uhuru muigai Kenyatta has put in place an elaborate plan to regain control of his party.
Having set the date for NDC to be on may 22, the former head of state is keen to use that opportunity to kick out the rebels led by East African legislative assembly representative kanini kega.
However, the registrar of political parties has written Uhuru a letter asking him to respond to resolutions by a NEC meeting where he was removed from the party leadership position and replaced by the nominated member of parliament Sabina chege.
In that letter, Uhuru has been given seven days to respond by the registrar of political parties Ann nderitu.
Standard: Ray of hope as Ruto shakes Raila odinga’s hand.
Yesterday was a historic moment for Kenya when the two fiercest competitors in last year’s presidential election met and shook hands in a funeral in Nyeri.
President William Ruto and the azimio la umoja one Kenya alliance Party leader later on were seen together watching as the Africa’s fastest man omanyala set a new record in 100m race.
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