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Top Newspaper Headlines for February 16: UhuRuto Threaten to Expose Each Other’s Dirty Secrets Ahead of August 9 Polls

The country’s top newspapers on Wednesday, February 16 reported on the war of words pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto following barely two years after their reelection in 2017. 

The dailies also reported on Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru’s case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) where the trial began on Tuesday, February 16. 

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People Daily 

The newspaper highlighted hurdles that NYS suspect Anne Wanjiku Ngirita faced in her attempt to join politics and for the Nakuru Woman Representative seat. 

On Tuesday, Ngirita announced plans to vie for the aforementioned position in the August 9 polls under a Jubilee Party ticket after decamping from DP William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance.

However, Jubilee rejected her entry into the party due to the NYS scandal, with the party requesting clearance from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC). 

The Star 

The newspaper reported that female teachers will now enjoy a four-month maternity leave while their male counterparts will enjoy a three-week leave. 

Also, any parent who adopts a child will be given a 45-day leave. 

According to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), the new changes contained in the 2021-2025 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is aimed at improving teachers’ performances in the education sector.  

Teachers were advised to request the leave early enough to allow allocation of vacancies in their respective positions. 

Daily Nation 

According to the newspaper, Deputy President William Ruto alleged that ODM leader Raila Odinga benefited from the highly publicized Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) scandal. 

The DP demanded President Uhuru Kenyatta to release details of investigations into the KEMSA scandal which will prove Raila was part of the KSh 7.8 billion scams. 

DP Ruto accused Raila and his team of infiltrating the government and brought corruption to the Jubilee administration. 

The Standard 

According to the newspaper, One Kenya Alliance (OKA) is holding talks with Azimio La Umoja with KANU chairman Gideon Moi hoping to get the best deal out of the talks. 

With the talks underway, Moi pleaded with his party members not to defect to other political parties noting that the talks will be good for the party. 

OKA brings together Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Gideon Moi of KANU, Cyrus Jirongo of UDP and NARC-Kenya’s Martha Karua. 

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Taifa Leo 

According to the Swahili publication, a showdown between Uhuru and DP Ruto is looking as the duo threaten to disclose what led to their bitter fall out. 

A section of leaders allied to the Head of State noted that he is set to kick off campaigns for Raila in the Mt Kenya region and he will reveal details of his fall out with Ruto. 

Similarly, leaders from the Tanga Tanga faction have also threatened to reveal Uhuru’s dirty secret, should he reveal Ruto’s. 

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