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Top Newspaper Headlines for March 18: Tanzania mourns as President Magufuli succumbs to heart complications

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, March 18 widely reported on the death of President John Pombe Magifuli who succumbed to heart complications.

One of the dailies also reported on the country’s politics with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s allies mocking Tanga Tanga brigade for pulling out of Juja parliamentary by-election.

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Daily Nation

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli who has been missing in the public since February 27 is dead.

According to a televised address on Wednesday night, March 17 the Head of State succumbed to heart complications in Dar Es Salaam.

It was remembered that Magufuli refused to lock down his country to reduce COVID-19 infections with life going on as usual.

However, after the death of a senior official early this year, Magufuli seemed to soften his stand and at one point in a church congregation said the government had not forbidden mask-wearing.

Taifa Leo

A section of politicians allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta have mocked Deputy President William Ruto’s camp for pulling out of Juja Parliamentary by-election.

The politicians dismissed reasona issued by the DP’s camp, noting that ‘the wheelbarrow have started rusting’.

The Standard

The High Court has ordered Attorney General Kihara Kariuki to take to parliament a proposal to criminalise all types of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Justices Lydia Achode, Margaret Muigai and Kanyi Kimondo issued the order while dismissing the case filed by Tatu Kamau.

The casr observed that those who engaged in the practice slipped through the hand of law enforcement agencies by leaning on Type Four FGM.

The United Nations (UN) had not listed this Type Four FGM as harmful and parliament did not criminalise.

People Daily

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Wednesday, March 17, dismissed the establishment of new 70 constituencies proposed by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

The commission’s chairman Wafula Chebukati termed the move unconstitutional, further noting that their views were not sought by the defunct Building Bridges to United Kenya Taskforce in coming up with the number of additional constituencies.

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The Star

Deputy President William Ruto could be kicked out as Jubilee Party deputy leader nex Tuesday as President Uhuru Kenyatta calls a crucial meeting as he pursues strategies to cut DP Ruto down to size.

This came a day after Uhuru chaired a critical meeting that saw a Maendeleo Chap Chap candidate withdraw from Machakos senatorial race.

The strategy is to ensure Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate is beaten in an elaborate plan to contain his influence.

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