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Top Newspaper Headlines for February 24: Uhuru Endorses Raila for Presidency, Terms DP Ruto Bad for Country

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, February 24 widely reported on the Sagana 3 meeting where President Uhuru Kenyatta declared his support for ODM leader Raila Odinga. 

The dailies also reported on Deputy President William Ruto’s 12-day tour of the United States and the United Kingdom starting Sunday, February 27. 

People Daily 

According to the daily, lawyers and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) have divided opinions on whether Sirisia MP John Waluke is eligible to contest in the August 9 polls since he is a convict. 

A source privy to the matter indicated that IEBC is mulling whether to bar the MP from contesting for an elective sear while lawyers argued that because his appeal challenging his conviction is active, he is eligible to run for office. 

The lawyers are also undecided on whether a convicted individual waiting for the court to determine his appeal against the conviction should be treated in the same manner as a suspect who is yet to be found guilty.

The Star 

The daily reported on the ongoing trial of Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru at the International Criminal Court (ICC) with the third prosecution witness claiming she was offered money to withdraw from ICC. 

According to the witness, she was offered the cash after she provided statements to the prosecution regarding the 2007/08 post-election violence.   

She stated that attempts to have her withdraw from ICC started after she relocated from her home sometime in April 2013 after making initial statements to the ICC in December 2012. 

Daily Nation 

The newspaper reported on the Sagana 3 meeting where President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a scathing attack against his deputy, William Ruto while endorsing ODM leader Raila Odinga for the country’s top seat.

Uhuru termed DP Ruto as dishonest, further criticising the performance of dockets under his supervision following their power-sharing deal post 2013 General Elections. 

He so took issue with DP Ruto criticising his government also noting that he was hardly in office due to his premature campaigns. 

Uhuru also linked the DP to graft and stolen project funds meant for the people of Mt Kenya and Kenyans at large and donated the money to churches.  

Taifa Leo 

According to the Swahili newspaper, Education CS George Magoha has stated that headteachers who will students who are yet to settle school fees home will be dealt with. 

The CS noted that national exams are due in two weeks and no student is supposed to be at home.  

CS Magoha made the remarks while launching the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms in Vihiga county. 

The Standard 

The newspaper reported on DP Ruto’s 12-day tour of the United States and the United Kingdom starting Sunday, February 27. 

According to sources privy to the meeting, the DP’s meeting will involve high-level meetings with top government officials and elected meetings.  

DP Ruto is also expected to attend an event at Carnegie Africa Convection on Politics and Policy at Georgia University on March 2. 

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