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Top Newspaper Headlines for March 26: Uhuru’s support for One Kenya Alliance pushes Ruto, Raila to one corner

The country’s top newspapers on Friday, March 26 reported on among other issues that the government is under pressure to impose a lockdown on COVID-19 hotspot areas.

One of the dailies also reported that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s support for the newly created One Kenya Alliance had pushed ODM leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto to the same direction.

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The Star

According to the daily, Kenyans have been advised against taking the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.

This is after the Ministry of Health stated that they are yet to ascertain its safety.

Also, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi said Sputnik V was yet to get all the necessary regulatory approvals.

The daily also confirmed that the first consignment of the vaccine already arrived in the country with more expected in the coming days.

Daily Nation

According to the newspaper, Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates from privileged schools got an advantage after nearly half of the English paper questions were lifted from two books sold to private schools in February 2020.

The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) lifted an entire section of the exam from a KCPE prediction paper that Distinction Educational Publishers sold.

The revelation sparked mixed reactions with teachers questioning the credibility of KCPE exams.

People Daily

The government is considering re-introducing cessation of movement in five counties to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

Uhuru is likely to introduce cessation of movement in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kajiado, Kiambu and Machakos counties, the daily reported.

The National Emergency Response Committee (NERC) on COVID-19 is also considering revising curfew hours to start from 9 pm to 4 am.

Closure of restaurants, bars and other joints is also a matter of interest with NERC considering to revise its closing time to 8 pm.

The Standard

The fallout within the National Super Alliance (NASA) has turned noisy and messy.

The removal of Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala as Senate Deputy Minority Leader is at the center of the clash with former NASA partners Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula trading accusations with ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Speaking during a press conference held at the Serena Hotel on Thursday, March 25, Ford Kenya’s Wetangula, ANC’s Mudavadi, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka and KANU’s Gideon Moi vowed to teach ODM a lesson.

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Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported on President Uhuru’s support for the newly created One Kenya Alliance noting that it has pushed Raila and DP Ruto to the same direction.

So far, DP Ruto and Raila have indicated that they may join hands ahead of the 2022 General Election.

Their decision, according to the newspaper, was informed after sensing looming betrayal from Uhuru.

Speaking during an interview with a local radio station on Thursday, March 25, the DP welcomed the possibility of working with Raila saying;

“Some people think I have problems with Raila. I do not. These differences are political. And there are things I agree with Raila. If anybody wants to partner with us to bring up the hustler, we have no problem. We support, we will work together.”

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