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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 3: Sir Charles Njojo, Richard Leakey take final bow aged 101 and 77 respectively

The country’s top newspapers on Monday, January 3 reported on Kenya’s first attorney General Sir Charles Njojo’s death which took place on Sunday, January 2.

The daily also reported on the tight academic calendar that awaits learners as they resume studies today.

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People Daily

The daily reported on the right a calendar that awaits Kenyan learners as they resume studies today, Monday, January 3.

The daily reported that at least five national examinations will be administered with 2021 and 2022 classes sitting for their national exams in March/April and in November/December respectively.

The normal academic calendar will resume normalcy in January 2023 after an interruption in March 2020 when schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Star

The daily reported on the death of Kenya’s former head of public service Richard Erskine Frere Leakey who toom hi final bow on Sunday, January 2.

Leakey who died at 77 years old was mourned by President Uhuru Kenyatta who described him as a globally renowned Kenyan paleoanthropologist.

“On behalf of the people of Kenya, my family and on my own behalf, I send heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the family, friends and associates of Dr Richard Leakey during this difficult period of mourning,” President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned.

Daily Nation

The publication highlighted the life and times of Kenya’s first attorney general Sir Charles Njonjo who died on Sunday, January 2 at his Muthaiga home.

Njonjo had massive influence as he wielded grear power as one of late retired presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Moi insiders.

For instance, when Moi took over power following Kenyatta’s death, the former AG launched a campaign on Moi’s critics claiming that they were planning to harm the Head of State.

However, in his sunset years, Njonjo apologised to all the people he had jailed or detained during his days in power.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, outgoing Mombasa governor Hassan Joho has asked ODM leader Raila Odinga to pick him as his ruminate in 2022.

In hia new year speech, the wealthy county boss said he has all it takes to become a deputy president especially now that he is set to leave power following the completion of his terms.

Joho added that his presidential ambition was just shelved and not dead noting that he is planning to try his luck in 2027.

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The Standard

The daily reported on the COVID-19 situation in Uganda with president Yoweri Museveni finally reopening schools since March 2020 when he imposed one of Africa’s strictest COVID-19 restrictions.

In his address on Friday, December 31, Museveni also allowed the reopening of bars and nightclubs, movie theatres and resumption of sporting activities.

The pre-primary, primary and secondary schools will reopen on January 10; bars, nightclubs and the lifting of the nationwide curfew will happen two weeks after the resumption of learning.

Museveni urged Ugandans to get vaccinated as it is the only way to win the fight against COVID-19.

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