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Top Newspaper Headlines for March 25: CocaCola company sued for destroying sacred tree planted by Raila

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, March 24 widely reported on Kakamega Senator Cleopjas Malala’s ouster as Senate deputy minority leader.

The dailies also reported on the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccine uptake in the country even as the third wave continue to bite hard.

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People Daily

A United Nations agency has advised the government to ensire that any decision made on the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps allow for suitable and sustainable solutions to be for suitable and sustainable solutions to be found.

This is after Interior CS Fred Matiang’i issued a directive ordering some 500,000 refugees in the two camps to leave and return to the original homes within two weeks.

The Star

The United Democratic Party (UDA) has unveiled its constitution expanding the leadership structure allowing up to three party leaders.

The Deputy President William Ruto’s-linked party’s constitution also stated that the party will have three deputy chairpersons, three party deputy secretary generals, three deputy national treasurers and three deputy national organising secretaries.

Further, the party’s national leader will also not be its automatic presidential candidate giving members the options to pick from during the National Delegates Convention.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported that Kenyans who are financially stable can now purchase a COVID-19 vaccine.

This is after a number of private hospitals announced that they have the Sputnik 5 vaccine.

The Russian vaccine will sell between KSh 8,000 to KSh 11,000.

However, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said the remedy was approved to be used for emergency cases only.

Daily Nation

A female driver who crashed a fig tree while reversing her company’s pickup truck in Homa Bay County on March 25 2017 is battling the case in court.

Local activists sued the CocaCola Company for allegedly destroying the tree asking the court to compel the beverage company to facilitate Raila’s visit to Homa Bay to plant another tree to replace the one that was destroyed.

An assessment from the Kenya Forest Service in April 2017 estimated the cost of the tree to be about KSh 68,000.

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The Standard

According to the daily, governors want the National Treasury to divert KSh 5.2 billion set aside to aid devolution and fight desert locusts.

The daily noted that there is lack of preparedness in the counties as far as the fight against the COVID-19 is concerned.

Counties suffer a shortage of specialised health workers and ICU beds.

KSh 4.6 billion had been set aside for Kenyan devolution devolutional support programmes while the rest for fighting locusts.

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