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Top Newspaper Headlines for April 6: How Kenyans sneak in and out of counties under lockdown

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, April 6 reportedly on various ways used by people to sneak out of lockdown counties.

The dailies also turned focus on the 2020 politics and who President Uhuru Kenyatta is likely to endorse as his successor.

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Standard

Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi has become the latest political leader to weigh in on the International Monetary Fund KSh 262 billion loan to Kenya.

According to the daily, the ANC leader demanded the National Treasury to disclose conditions set out by IMF in approving the loan.

Mudavadi insisted on transparency in managing the country’s massive debt, further urging the government to learn how to borrow without hurting the taxpayers.

People Daily

A section of political leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto wants at least KSh 14 billion set aside for a national referendums be used in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The MPs insisted that the third wave poses a huge risk to Kenyans, adding that any available resources should be channelled towards putting the virus at bay.

Led by Nakuru senator Susan Kihika, MPs John Kiarie and Kimani Ichung’wa of Dagoretti South and Kikuyu respectively, they proposed that the funds be used to set up a Lifeline Fund to offer stipends of KSh 3,500 per month to households in the five counties under lockdown.

Taifa Leo

Eldoret Catholic Diocese Bishop Dominic Kimengich has reacted to Uhuru’s massive borrowing urging him to be like his predecessor Mwai Kibaki.

The Bishop urged the Head of State to learn how to run the country without excessive borrowing.

Kimengich said corruption and poor management of funds was the reason for Kenya’s insatiable appetite for loans.

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Daily Nation

Despite the cessation of movement in and out of Nakuru, Nairobi Kiambu, Machakos and Kajiado counties it has now emerged that people still move freely in the aforementioned counties.

According to the Nation, people move in and out of the zoned areas but at more than triple the normal fare thanks to an unlikely alliance between matatu operators, boda bodas and corrupt police officers manning roadblocks.

Public service vehicles pay up to KSh 1000 per passenger to be allowed to pass through a police roadblock.

Alternatively, PSVs drop their passengers about a kilometre before the roadblock, after which they board boda bodas which use ‘panya routes’ to go around the roadblock and drop them at a safer place for the next part of the journey.

School buses are also being used to ferry passengers.

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