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Top Newspaper Headlines for February 25: Raila Set to Be Endorsed as Flagbearer by Jubilee Party

The country’s top newspapers on Friday, February 25 widely reported on Deputy President William Ruto’s reaction to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Sagana meeting. 

The dailies also highlighted how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could affect Kenya. 

People Daily 

The families of the victims of the Moi Girls High School fire tragedy have claimed that the sentenced the suspect said to have started the fire was lenient.  

The suspect was sentenced to five years in prison for each of the 10 students killed but the sentence will run concurrently. 

MaryAnne Mwangi who lost her daughter in the inferno expressed disappointment in Justice Stella Mutuku’s ruling. 

The Star 

According to the daily, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s entry into the August 9 General Elections politics could complicate Kenya Kwanza Alliance matters. 

On Wednesday, Uhuru held a meeting where he explained his fall out with his deputy, William Ruto and endorsed ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.

Political analysts now argue that DP Ruto’s chances of becoming president are low if Uhuru manages to convince the Mt Kenya region to vote for Raila. 

“If Ruto’s support in Mt Kenya comes to less than 60%, there is no way he is going to be President,” political analyst Martin Andati said. 

Daily Nation 

According to the newspaper, the cost of living in Kenya could skyrocket following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  

The price of bread, fertiliser, maize flour and machinery could go up if imports from the two countries are disrupted. 

In 2020, Kenya imported products worth KSh 40.6 billion and KSh 8 billion into the country from Russia and Ukraine respectfully. 

The products included fertiliser, wheat and maize. 

Taifa Leo 

According to the Swahili newspaper, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is expected to be endorsed as a flagbearer by delegates of the Jubilee party ahead of the August 9 General Elections. 

Jubilee and ODM are set to enter a coalition ahead of the August 9 polls. 

ODM delegated have already endorsed Raila for presidency dealing businessman Jimi Wanjigi a blow.   

The Standard 

According to the daily, Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have chosen to ignore President Uhuru Kenyatta’s attacks ahead of the August 9 polls. 

Speaking on Wednesday at the Sagana State Lodge, Uhuru urged Kenyans to elect ODM leader Raila Odinga, stating that he would support his deputy, William Ruto in future if he reforms. 

Following Uhuru’s declaration, DP Ruto allies said they will ignore the president and instead train their guns at Raila as he is their main competitor.  

“We are not in competition with Uhuru but Raila. Our meeting (in Nyeri on Saturday, February 26) is not for reacting to Uhuru’s allegations against Ruto but an engagement with the people,” Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua said. 

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