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Top Newspaper Headlines for March 22: Jubilee’s NEC to decide Ruto’s fate

The country’s top newspapers reported on the beginning of the National Examinations with the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) expected to start today, Monday, March 22 after the Friday, March 19 rehearsals.

The dailies also focused on the endless political war between the Jubilee party and the Tanga Tanga.

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People Daily

The KCPE candidates are expected to sit for their first paper on Monday, March 22.

The daily informed on the strict measures set by the Education ministry and the Ministry of Health to prevent spread of Covid-19 in the learning institutions.

The education cabinet secretary George Magoha stated that every candidate is expected to sit for the exams whether registered or not.

Magoha was referring to some private schools which had not yet registered their candidates.

He insisted that every candidate is expected to sit for the papers and no one is allowed to miss

Magoha also stated that the papers had not leaked and expects no cheating.

The Standard

The daily reported on the possible ejection of Deputy President William Ruto as the Jubilee party Deputy.

The publication revealed that Jubilee will be convening its National Management Committee (NMC) meeting on Monday, March 22 to deliberate on the issues that primed for Ruto’s ouster.

After the meeting today, the rulling party will then hold a NEC meeting to make final decisions concerning Ruto’s removal.

However, a section in the party pushing for Ruto’s ouster are said to be indecisive of the right time to commence the agenda.

It is reported that a section of the members wanted immediate removal of Ruto while some said they want it to happen when the general elections nears.

Jubilee’s party Secretary General Raphael Tuju confirmed their today’s meeting with the National Management Committee (NMC) but did not reveal if the ouster is the meetings top agenda.

“We have a National Management Committee meeting but I can neither confirm nor deny if that would be on the agenda. I cannot talk of an agenda before it is adopted by the meeting,” Tuju said

The Star

This publication sourced by controller of budgets reported on the amount of borrowing done by Jubilee government in 2020.

The controller of budget disclosed that the Jubilee government borrowed a total of KSh. 1.23 trillion between December 30, 2019, and December 30 2020.

The Star indicated that the borrowing had jumped to 20.5 per cent of the National debt rising it from 6.05 trillion to 7.28 trillion.

Controller of budget Margaret Nyakango said the trend may lead to undesirable fiscal consequences like high Interest rates, inflation among others.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication touched on the Tanga Tanga politics and the political break announced by MP Didmus Barasa topped the list.

Speaking to journalists on Sunday, March 21, Barasa stated that he had decided to take a break to establish pros and cons on his political journey as well as focus on his region’s politics.

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He also hinted at exiting Ruto’s camp if western Kenya region people continue being left out of the DP’s priorities.

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