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Top Newspaper Headlines for December 13: Uhuru’s repeated breach of protocol to allow Raila speak after Ruto sends mixed signals

The country’s top newspapers on Monday, December 13 recalled events at the Jamhuri Day celebrations with President Uhuru Kenyatta breaking protocols when he invited ODM leader Raila Odinga to address the nation.

The dailies also highlighted the President’s Jamhuri Day gift to Kenyans after announcing that people would be paying less for electricity.

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The Star

The daily highlighted Deputy President William Ruto’s speech at the Jamhuri Day celebrations held at Uhuru Gardens where he indirectly asked for a free and fair elections come 2022.

The DP who is seeking to succeed Uhuru asked for the independence of state institutions during the much-anticipated General Election.

DP Ruto will be taking on ODM leader Raila Odinga who recently announced his presidency bid in the seemingly hot contest.

The Standard

The publication reported on Uhuru’s directive on reducing electricity costs by 30 per cent, explaining that the reduction of electricity cost will be implemented in two trances by 15 per cent each.

Speaking during the 58th Jamhuri Day fete, the Head of State directed the Ministry of Energy to fast track the implementation of the recommendations.

Uhuru noted that the the move was part of fulfilling a promise he made during the Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kirinyaga County.

“The first 15% reduction will reflect on your power bills by the end of this month and the second tranche will take effect in the first quarter of 2022,” Uhuru announced.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication highlighted events at the 58th Jamhuri Day fete, spotlighting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s indirect endorsement of ODM leader Raila Odinga.

This came a day after the ODM leader declared his presidency bid during the Azimio La Umona convention where he noted that he had listened to calls for a change of leadership.

“On this December 10, 2021, I Raila Amollo Odinga, having been faithful and committed to building a national, democratic, and progressive Kenya in our lifetime, having worked with many patriotic Kenyans to achieve this goa

“I do hereby accept to present myself as a presidential candidate at the presidential election on August 9, 2022 following the request and unanimous decision by this Azimio La Umoja,” he declared.

The former Prime Minister noted that his manifesto will address critical concerns like corruption, public debt, industrialisation, digital economy and promotion and protection of businesses and, particularly, protection of private property.

Daily Nation

The daily highlighted events at the Jamhuri Day fete where Uhuru invited Raila to address the nation after he was done with his speech.

Uhuru’s repeated breach of protocol to allow Raila to speak after Deputy President William Ruto during national events has been sending signals.

During the Madaraka Day fete in Kisumu, Uhuru welcomed his handshake brother to address the nation after Ruto.

Before inviting him to speak, the president heaped praises on the ODM chief, hailing him for being instrumental in the renovation of the event’s venue yesterday.

“It would be a big mistake if I don’t recognise Raila Odinga whom we have been inspecting this Uhuru Gardens project together. He advised me on various issues

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“His excellency Raila, I say thank you for what you have helped us do,” said Uhuru amid cheers from the crowd.

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