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Top Newspaper Headlines for March 24: Key Western Tanga Tanga allies ditch DP Ruto

The country’s top newspapers on Wednesday, March 24 widely reported on the effects of COVID-19 in the health sector as the third wave rocks the country.

One of the dailies reported on the low intake of the AstraZeneca vaccine with a section of MPs arguing that it is low because President Uhuru Kenyatta was yet to take the vaccine.

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The Standard

A widow was allowed to present photos in court to prove that she was married to a deceased businessman.

Norah Atieno, Phelisia Akoth and Ann Wanjiru are all seeking a share of KSh 200 million which businessman Washington Olweny left behind after his demise in 2016.

Atieno provided 16 photos even though the court had asked her to present 28 photos as evidence.

In her defence, she said some of the photos she had were not clear.

People Daily

The Interfaith Council has advised churches countrywide to conduct open-air services.

In a statement dated Tuesday, March 23, the Council, chaired by Archbishop of Nyeri Anthony Muheria also insisted that chapels should ensure they follow COVID-19 health protocols to protect Kenyans.

Daily Nation

The daily reported on Deputy President William Ruto’s woes and the onslaught he is currently facing from the pro-handshake team and from his own camp.

According to the daily, the DP held a high-level crisis meeting on Monday, March 22, at his Karen residence to stem a possible fallout in his Tanga Tanga camp.

Western politicians including Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa, MPs John Waluke and Charles Gimose are reportedly unhappy in the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

It was also noted that DP Ruto men from the Mt Kenya region are hesitant to engage in any political activities under UDA out of fear of being rejected by the locals.

The Star

A section of MPs have blamed the low intake of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine among medics on President Uhuru Kenyatta and Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi.

The MPs argued that the two should first take the jab.

At the same time, Members of the National Committee on Communication and Information said they were ready to take the jab publicly to assure Kenyans of its safety.

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Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, Kenyans are at great risk of dying from the third wave of the COVID-19.

The situation is characterised by the high medical fees with many hospitals treating patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) have tripled their medical fees.

The daily reported that for instance, The Nairobi Hospital is asking for KSh 600,000 for ICU admission while the Kenyatta National Hospital fees staggers at KSh 200,000.

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