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Top Newspaper Headline for April 7: New political alliance in the offing?

The country’s top newspapers on Wendesday, April 7 widely reported on Kenyans’ decision to protest the International Monetary Funds (IMF) loan to Kenya.

The dailies also reported on 2022 politics with reports indicating that key political leaders have been meeting to form yet another alliance ahead of the General Election.

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Daily Nation

President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended COVID-19 protocols for churches amid uproar from a section of religious leaders.

The Head of State argued that COVID-19 protocols were necessary in aiding the country in fighting the novel coronavirus disease.

Instead, Uhuru urged churches to utilise social media and community radios.

The Standard

A new political alliance could be in the offing after key politicians reportedly held a six-hour meeting at a Nairobi hotel on Tuesday, April 6.

A source close to the meeting revealed that more meetings of similar calibre will happen in the coming days.

The meeting was attended by among others Mukhisa Kituyi, governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Mohamed Kuti (Isiolo), Amason Kingi (Kilifi) and Siaya senator James Orengo.

The Star

Four security personnel in Homa Bay County have been interdicted for failing to enforce COVID-19 protocols in their respective area of specialization.

Among those punished are Rachuonyo North deputy county commissioner Aaron Cheruiyot Koros and assistant county commissioner East Karachuonyo Abigail Bett.

Others are acting chief North Karachuonyo location Melda Achieng Amwata and assistant chief Kakwafuok sublocation Wilson Were.

Addressing the matter, Interior Principal Administrative Secretary Moffat Kangi said more officials are under investigation and would be punished soon.

People Daily

According to the daily, physical sittings in Nairobi County has been suspended over spike in COVID-19 infections.

Leader of Majority Abdi Guyo said he is among a numberof MCAs who had contracted the virus around the County Assembly building.

On his side, Speaker Benson Mutura said over 50 MCAs had contracted COVID-19 with 35 of them recovering.

Further, he said four were hospitalised with two baeing on oxygen therapy.

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Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported that Uhuru is using political strategies similar to those of late retired president Daniel Arap Moi in the months leading to the end of his tenure.

The newspaper noted that Uhuru has successfully managed to keep all key politicians at bay as they all anticipate his endorsement in 2022.

However, political analyst Muriithi Mutiga warned that Uhuru’s game of chess could prove deadly if he betrays his handshake partner ODM leader Raila Odinga who could join forces with Deputy President William Ruto.

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