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Top Newspaper Headlines for March 16: DP Ruto removed as Jubilee Party deputy leader

The country’s top newspapers reported on Jubilee Party’s decision to remove Deputy President William Ruto as deputy party leader as well as the murder of Machakos journalist and National Lands Commission (NLC) communication officer, Jennifer Itumbi.

One of the dailies also clarified on claims that China could take over the Mombasa port if Kenya defaults on its standard gauge railway loans.

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Taifa Leo

Over 10 students from Sigoro Secondary school were rushed to hospital after reportedly drinking ethanol.

According to the newspaper, the students used a wire to break into the chemic reserves and took away the substance which is normally used in science classes.

The Star

The National Treasury has clarified on claims that the Chinese government could take over the Mombasa port if Kenya defaults on its KSh 364 billion standard gauge railway loans.

In a statement dated Monday, March 15, Treasury CS Ukur Yatani said Kenya is servicing the loan as agreed in the loan agreement.

The CS further explained that the port has no adverse exposure to any lender or category of lenders through existing loan agreements with the government.


Deputy President Willian Ruto-linked party United Democratic Alliance (UDA) will not field a candidate in the upcoming Juja parliamentary by-election.

In a statement on Monday, March 15, the party’s Secretary-General Veronica Maina announced the party’s withdrawal from the May 18 poll citing a confrontation with Jubilee in the constituency that is in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s backyard.

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The Standard

According to the publication, DP Ruto’s fate as Jubilee Party deputy leader now lies with President Uhuru.

This is after the DP was removed as the party’s deputy deputy leader by the National Management Committee (NMC) and the decision forwarded to the National Executive Council (NEC) chaired by the president.

According to the publication, Uhuru allies accused the DP of sabotage and pointed to his association with the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

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