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Top Newspaper Headlines for April 16: MPs clash over proposed new 70 constituencies

The country’s top newspapers widely reported on the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results released by Education CS George Magoha.

The dailies also reported on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill progress with a section of MPs reportedly class over addition of 70 constituencies.

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The Standard

According to the daily, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a directive indicating that all teachers and school staff will be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Head of State said the teachers will receive the jab regardless of their age.

“All teachers and support staff in our schools should be allowed to take COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the measures to ensure our schools are safe from the virus,” Magoha shared Uhuru’s directive.

Daily Nation

Girls performed better that their male counterparts in the 2020 KCPE examination released by Education CS George Magoha on Thursday, April 15,

The CS stated that girls did slightly better than boys in English, Kiswahili and Sign Language.

On the other hand, male candidates performed better than their female counterparts in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Religious Education.

CS Magoha also noted that the overall performance of KCPE 2020 was better than that of 2019.

Taifa Leo 

ODM leader Raila Odinga has refused to pull out the party’s candidates in the Bonchari by-election.

Uhuru allies were seeking to have the ODM candidate pulled out of the race in favour of Jubilee Party.

Following the new development, Jubilee and ODM will clash in the by-election slated for May 18 despite joining hands in past by-elections.

“We are in Bonchari to win the by-election. I want to see victory. I have my own information that our candidate is the strongest. Let us proceed,” Raila told his allies at his Karen home. 

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People Daily 

A section of Senators led by Siaya Senator James Orengo has resolved to drop the addition of 70 new constituencies.

The Senators drawn from both sides argued that the creation of new constituencies is a mandate that belongs to the Independent, Electoral and Boundaries Commission as per the 2010 Constitution.

“The proposals we made are not in dispute; we have proposed that the contentious issue of delimitation be left to IEBC to determine,” Meru senator Mithika Linturi said.

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