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Top Newspaper Headlines for February 17: Uhuru Set To Disclose Cause of His Fallout With DP Ruto in Meeting Set for Next Week

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, February 17 widely reported on a bitter fallout between Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following Deputy President William Ruto’s claims regarding the availability of cows in the Central African nation. 

The dailies also reported on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s upcoming meeting dubbed, Sagana Three. 

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People Daily 

According to the daily, the Parliamentary Budget Committee had rejected plans by the government to borrow more money before the August 9 General Elelctions. 

The government has been looking to increase the debt ceiling from KSh 9 trillion to KSh 12 trillion for fear that it would be able to borrow more money. 

National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee rejected a request by the National Treasury to borrow more money to cover a KSh 846 billion deficit, recommending that the overall deficit be limited at KSh 400 million. 

The Standard 

The daily report on the credibility of the first witness to testify against lawyer Paul Gicheru who was out on the spot over his involvement in Deputy President William Ruto’s ICC case. 

During the second day of the hearing, witness P-0800 was alleged to have coached other witnesses to testify against DP Ruto and also gave false information to investigators handling the case. 

He was also involved in witness tampering.  

Daily Nation 

President Uhuru Kenyatta has conveyed a meeting at the Sagana State Lodge dubbed, the Sagana Three. 

According to sources privy to the matter, the meeting which is slated for next week will be Uhuru’s first public forum where he will be rooting for Raila’s presidential candidacy. 

Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe said the Head of State will use the opportunity to explain why he fell out with his deputy, William Ruto. 

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported on DRC leaders who have reprimanded DP William Ruto following his claims that the Central African nation does not have a single cow despite a population of over 90 million people. 

Led by Haut-Katanga Senator Francine Muyumba, the leaders noted that they were offended by the remarks, demanding the DP to withdraw his statement as they were demeaning to DRC. 

The leaders singled out the DP terming the remarks an insult.

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The Star 

According to the newspaper, the latest monthly opinion poll by Radio Africa indicated that 47 per cent of respondents said they would vote for DP Ruto. 

Another 35 per cent said they would vote for Raila if elections were held today. 

Kalonzo Musyoka has 1.5 per cent support; Musalia Mudavadi has 1.1 per cent support and ‘Others’ 1.9 per cent. 

Another 7.8 per cent were undecided while 2.8 per cent said they would not vote and 2.4 per cent refused to answer. 

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