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Top Newspaper Headlines for December 2: Uhuru indirectly endorses Raila, launches scathing attack on DP Ruto

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, December 2 wodely reported on 2022 succession politics with President Uhuru Kenyatta secretly endorsing ODM leader Raila Odinga.

The dailies also highlighted speculations that revival of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) might be a factor in coalitions formation.

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People Daily

The daily reported that Transport CAS Chris Obure on Wednesday, December 1 dragged ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Busia Senator Amos Wako into the multibillion Anglo Leasing scandal.

Appearing before the anti-corruption court, Obure said Mudavadi initiated the Anglo Leasing project while serving as Transport minister in late President Daniel Moi’s government.

On the other hand, Wako, who was then the Attorney General, gave the green light for the project as the chief legal advisor of the government.

The Star

The daily reported that President Uhuru Kenyatta indirectly endorsed ODM leader Raila Odinga to take over from him in 2022 further launching an attack on his deputy, William Ruto.

Speaking in Nakuru, the Head of State seemingly warned Kenyans against voting for DP Ruto terming him power-hungry and in a hurry to succeed him.

Uhuru said the campaigns of discrimination were backwards and that leaders should be elected based on their intellectual ability.

“I urge the youth to reduce your pace, leadership is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. The elderly will walk slowly and end up beating you

“I know you get excited when politicians come and promise you a lot of things, but know that at the end of it all, peace must prevail,”  Uhuru stated

The Standard

The daily reported how learners will transit from primary school to secondary school with senior government official issuing conflicting statements.

The State Department of Basic Education directed the County Directors of Education (CDEs) to identify primary schools with space to host the junior secondary learners.

This contravenes Principal Secretary for Implementation of Curriculum Reforms Fatuma Chege’s assertions that primary schools will not host junior secondary school students.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, an Eldoret court allowed detectives to hold for 14 days a 22-year-old woman who confessed to having trained by the Al Shabaab terror group.

Sheril Ledenyo who hails from Vihiga County was on Monday, November 29 arrested in Nandi County where she lives with her boyfriend.

Reports indicate that Lendenyo was arrested as she sought to join the armed forces in the ongoing Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) recruitment.

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Daily Nation

According to the daily, the removal of Mike Sonko as the Nairobi governor was so hurried that the county assembly failed to furnish him with all evidence for the charges levelled against him, the Court of Appeal was told.

Sonko’s lawyers said he was not furnished with the verification forms filed by ward representatives supporting the November 25, 2020 impeachment motion.

They added that the High Court bench that dismissed Sonko’s appeal erred in disregarding the evidence showing his removal from office was unprocedural.

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