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Top Newspaper Headlines for June 8: Uhuru to unveil Nakuru as a city

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, June 8 reported on ODM leader Raila Odinga’s response to critics who claimed he is using his association with President Uhuru Kenyatta to push fro projects in Nyanza.

The dailies also reported on the country’s KSh 3.6 trillion 2021-2022 budget, expected to be presented in the National Assembly on Tuesday fro approval.

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The Standard

A section of Deputy President William Ruto’s allies from the Rift Valley demanded that President Uhuru Kenyatta resumes the construction of KSh 120 billion dams in the region.

The leaders argued that locals stand to suffer following the cancellation of Arror, Kimwarer and Itare dams.

“We are asking the government to resume construction of the dams, the water will help spur development. We are already looking ahead and I believe we will form the next government and implement the two dams that are critical to our people,” said Turkana governor Josphat Nanok.

Daily Nation

The daily reported on standoffs in a number of counties as governors who lost in the 2017 polls prepare to make a comeback after 5 years in the cold.

According to the newspaper, the former governors are assembling their political apparatus as well as reorganising their campaign teams as they look forward for.clinching the top seat once again.

Some of the county heads who lost their seats in 2017 include Evans Kidero, Isaac Ruto, Ken Lusaka, Peter Munya and William Kabogo.

Already, a number of them have declared interest in the seat come 2022.

They include Ken Lusaka, Isaac Ruto, Evans Kidero, Jack Ranguma and Moses Akaranga.

People Daily

Education CS George Magoha on Monday, June 7 warned parents against taking advantage of his directive to headteachers be considerate of the financial instabilityin the country when asking for school fees.

The CS argued that parents have deliberately taken advantage of his instructions despite being financially able.

“Parents who are yet to pay the balance of their third term fees, please pay up without further delay. A majority who are not paying fees can afford to pay,” said Magoha.

The Star

According to the newspaper, private and public health facilities are stocking up in preparation of a surge in COVID-19 cases expected in July.

The daily noted that the Ministry of Health officials have been informed by the Kenya Medical Research Institute that infections could rise rapidly next month in a fourth wave.

The cold season stretching from June to August is also a contributing factor to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

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Taifa Leo

Uhuru is expected to officially unveil Nakuru as a Kenya’s fourth city.

This comes after senators approved the former town’s bid to be elevated to a city.

Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui appreciated the Senate for the well-thought decision, noting that the move is a big win to the area residents saying the elevation will open it up for economic growth.

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