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Newspaper headlines for May 3: Ruto set to pick running mate from Mt Kenya

The country’s top newspapers focused on the 2020 succession politics. The papers included the promises and tough choices presented to Deputy President William Ruto by his Mt Kenya allies.

The dailies also reported on the challenges facing the Orange Democratic Movement party after disagreements on the changes to the BBI document.

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The Standard

The publication reported on the governing style that Deputy President William Ruto intends to use once he takes over the top seat.

The newspaper digged deep into the bottom-up economics proposed by Ruto.

The DP vowed to support the unemployed, the poor and reach those in the rural areas.

According to Ruto, he will create an environment that would encourage everyone to work hard and come up with creative ideas.

His main agenda is to empower individuals with small businesses and make sure there is an increase in their earnings.

People Daily

The daily reported how Ruto’s Mt Kenya allies gave him tough choices if he wanted the regions support.

This was when he met with Mt Kenya region leaders in Maasai Mara to discuss and share ideas about how he can take over the top seat.

The leaders vowed to sell Ruto’s name in the region and support him fully as he goes after the presidency seat.

But, if they support him, the Mt Kenya leaders commanded for other slots such as one of them to get deputised among other benefits.

Among those promoted as best to be deputised by Ruto are; former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, and Tharaka Nithi senator Kithure Kindiki.

The Star

This publication focused on the disputes against two major Universities and the Kenya Revenue Authorities (KRA).

The disputes arose after the University of Nairobi (UON) and Kenyatta university reported that their accounts were frozen over taxes

KRA reported that the two institutions failed to remit their statutory deductions for years leading accumulation of billions of shillings.

UoN vice-chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama and his KU counterpart Prof Paul Wainaina acknowledged that they owe KRA a lot of money but said the accounts had not been frozen.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili newspaper reported on the disagreements between the Orange Democratic Movement party (ODM) members due to the BBI bill.

The dispute arose after it was reported that extra 70 constituencies proposed the bill. A group led by Siaya senator James Orengo have since argued against it.

The other division in the party arose after an argument led by John Mbadi and Junet Mohamed maintained the constituencies are necessary and there should be no changes to the bill.

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The disputes have been displayed publicly with a faction of John Mbadi accusing James Orengo’s group of going against the party and working together to pull down Raila Odinga as the Nyanza region political chief.

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