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Top Newspaper Headlines for April 8: List of influential women set to shape 2022 succession politics

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, April 8 widely reported on the 2022 succession politics, as well as the state of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) ahead of the 2022 General Election.

One of the dailies also highlighted influential women who are set to shape the 2022 polls.

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The Standard

According to the publication, job cuts looms the public sector following tough conditions set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the acquisition of the KSh 255 billion loan.

Among the conditions set by the lender is to do a way with at least nine loss-making state-owned enterprises to either return to profitability or start operating more effectively.

The loan is meant to support the country in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daily Nation

The daily highlighted influential woman who are set to shape the 2022 succession politics in the country.

The women include;

  • Kitui governor Charity Ngilu – The former minister is a key participant in alliance talks.
  • Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru- The county boss is a staunch BBI supporter.
  • Martha Karua – The Narc Kenya boss is opposing BBI.
  • Nancy Gitau – The former senior presidential advisor has been part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s political strategy.
  • Margaret Kenyatta- The soft-spoken first lady has won many hearts with her campaigns.
  • Former first lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta – She has President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ear.
  • Rachel Ruto – Deputy President William Ruto’s wife is a renowned grassroots mobiliser.
  • Ida Odinga – Former PM Raila Odinga’s wife wields immense political power.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, the government was surprised to learn about Kenyans’ protest on social media after it took another loan.

Then government recently took a KSh 255 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sparking outrage on social media.

Kenyans online have been asking IMF to cancel the loan under the hash tag dubbed #IMFStopLoaningKenya.

The campaign also led to the arrest arrest of activist Edwin Kiama who was accused of cyber bullying.

Kiama reportedly made a posters painting the President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto in bad light.

The Star

It has now emerged that counties are facing a crisis following National Treasury’s delay to release funds.

Governors said the Treasury is yet to disburse funds for three months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Led by Council of Governors health committee chair Anyang’ Nyong’o, the county bosses said they were yet to get KSh 85.2 billion, two months to the end of the 2020/2021 financial year.

“This delay has continued to slow down timely response to COVID-19, and other county operations have been impacted negatively,” he said.

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People Daily

ODM leader Raila Odinga’s 2022 plan has reportedly divided a section of his vocal allies.

Some of his allies suggest that he charts his own political path despite expressing confidence in the BBI process and his handshake with Uhuru.

Uhuru’s decision to support the One Kenya Alliance composed of Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula, KANU’s Gideon Moi and Amani National Congress’s Musalia Mudavadi has also caused jitters in ODM.

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