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Top Newspaper Headlines for December 16: KRA to lauch crackdown on Kenyans with bank accounts abroad

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, December 16 widely reported on Interior CS Fred Matiang’i’s order to local administrators urging them to rally behind President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The newspapers also reported on the plot by Kenya Revenue Authority to access billions stashed abroad by Kenyans.

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People Daily

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday, December 15 reported that Kenya had recorded its first case of the Omicron variant.

Speaking to the press, the CS said three people who were found with the variant were put under quarantine.

“We have detected the Omicron variant particularly among travellers [at] the airports and so it’s just a matter of time before it becomes dominant worldwide,” he noted.

CS Kagwe further dismissed reports of locking down the country again, however, urging governors to prepare isolation facilities noting that more variants may emerge in the future.

“Our experts are still debating the issue, observing and sequencing in our labs to see what kind of variant we have. Variants will come and go,” he said

Daily Nation

The newspaper reported that the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will be going after money stashed abroad by Kenyans after signing agreements between the exchequer and multiple tax authorities across the globe.

According to the agreement signed by Treasury CS Ukur Yatani, KRA will be exchanging details with their counterparts abroad and in turn receive information on Kenyans holding bank accounts in the nations.

The countries on the taxman’s radar include Switzerland, Panama, Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

The Standard

According to the newspaper, Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i ordered area chiefs and their assistants to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s policies and directives.

The daily noted that he order seemed to be directing the administrators to lean towards ODM leader Raila Odinga who has Uhuru’s go-ahead to succeed him come 2022.

“I’m telling chiefs and their assistants, and the deputy county commissioners that we just support the president’s direction

“When the president forms a queue and gives the direction of leadership, we in security sector must be the first to follow,” said Matiang’i.

The Star

The daily reported on Deputy President William Ruto’s strategy to win the support of the electorate in Western Kenya.

Speaking in a recent political rally, the DP dismissed the notion that the ‘deep state’ is the one that decides who will rule the country, arguing that voters have the ultimate say.

DP Ruto affirmed that it will not be easy to steal his votes.

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Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported on by-elections in Taita Taveta and Meru counties pitting Jubilee party against the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

The showdown is expected in Mahoo (Taita Taveta) and Kiagu (Meru) wards.

In previous by-elections, the ruling party has performed dismally with the DP William Ruto-led UDA winning posts in the mini-polls it fielded its candidates.

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