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Top Newspaper Headlines for June 10: Joho, Oparanya change tune on presidential bid

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, June 10 wodely reported on the KSh 3.6 trillion 2021/2022 budget estimates expected to be read by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani.

The dailies also reported on the backlash President Uhuru Kenyatta is facing for refusing to swear in six judges last week.

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The Standard

The daily highlighted the MPs plan to have the National Treasury float a long-term bond to raise funds to settle billions of shillings in pending bills to suppliers.

The proposal will be tabled in the National Assembly layer today, Thursday, June 10.

According to an audit conducted in 2018, both the central and county governments owed suppliers more than KSh 225 billion dating back several years.

Daily Nation

The newspaper reported on Treasury CS Ukur Yatani’s fate even as he prepares to read the KSh 3.6 trillion 2021/2022 budget.

Among Yatani’s top priorities is finding money from a thin resource to implement Uhuru’s Big Four legacy projects.

He is also faced with the challenge of borrowing at least KSh 930 billion to plug the budget deficit.

Fuether, Yatani is expected to deliver on the promises made to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

People Daily

The daily newspaper highlighted the minds behind the daily COVID-19 updates issues by the government through Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

The able team is led by Dr Loice Ombajo, an infectious disease expert at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and Thumbi Mwangi, an epidemiologist.

The team spend hours hoing through documents to break down the COVID-19 data after which they suit to the Ministry of Health and recommend the containment measures.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication highlighted retired Chief Justice David Maraga’s move to blast Uhuru for refusing to swear in six judges.

The former CJ argued that Uhuru’s legacy will be ruined by his disregard for the Constitution.

Additionally, ex-CJ Maraga’s predecessor Willy Mutunga also blasted Uhuru maintaining that failure to swear in the six judges as a dangerous dalliance with impunity.

He further accused Uhuru of abusing his presidential authority, terming his exercise of power egregious, reckless and insensitive.

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The Star

The newspaper revealed reasons why Governors Wycliffe Oparanya of Kakamega and Hassan Joho of Mombasa changed tune and promised to support ODM leader Raila Odinga in the 200 presidential race.

The county heads had submitted nomination papers seeking the ODM presidential ticket for the 2022 polls.

However, Joho recently said he would not wish to be the one who undermines Raila’s mission of succeeding Uhuru.

Political pundits argue that Oparanya and Joho could have made calculated decisions that would now hand Raila space to consolidate his ODM party for a fifth stab at the presidency.

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