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Top Newspaper Headlines for March 29: BBI on the rocks as Raila allies claim Uhuru plans to betray him

The country’s top newspapers reported how the new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 put by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, March 26 will bring the BBI referendum to setback.

The dailies also focused on the complains by a section of Kenyans who were forced to pay high fares to travel to or out of the five Covid-19 infected counties.

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Daily Nation

The daily reported how President Uhuru Kenyatta is under pressure to ease the pain caused by new Covid-19 containment rules and mostly the lockdown.

When the president announced the new orders, he did not offer tax relief or society safety net, leaving Kenyans to suffer on their own.

“Intense lobbying for the Head of State to ease some of the COVID-19 lockdown measures announced on Friday. Tourism sector players say containment has put 1.3 million jobs at risk. Suggest a less punitive safety plan,” the newspaper reported.

After a keen look and understanding of how the decision will negatively impact the economy, the president insisted that the directives were temporary and meant to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

People Daily

People Daily reported how Public transport vehicles raised fares three times the normal after travellers were given only two days to move in or out of the zoned areas.

Desperate passenger had to scramble to board the available public service vehicles to travel before the Sunday, March 28 deadline to have restrictions of traveling enforced.

The five counties are ; Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu, Machakos, and Nakuru.

No road,rail or air transport is allowed and also in-person meeting have been suspended.

In the aforementioned counties, curfew begin at 8:00pm and end at 4:00 am. The other counties curfew begin at 10:00pm and end at 4:00am.

The Standard

The daily reported on the move made by government through the Ministry of Health to keep the frontline workers safe from the coronavirus.

“Efforts to protect the country’s frontline workers from the pandemic have been stalked by controversy, myths, and outright lies. But after more than 90,000 people braved long queues to get the jab, a cross-section of Kenyans give their verdict,” the newspaper reported.

The government has continued educating Kenyans on the advantages of getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

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Taifa Leo

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party members have issued warning to president Uhuru Kenyatta over any plans to rule out Raila Odinga from the BBI.

The allies of Raila have since said that if Uhuru will take such a step, it will thwart the entire process and all their efforts achieved through the handshake.

Ugunja Member of Parliament Opiyo Wandayi, who is a strong ally of Raila Odinga said that any plans to betray the opposition chief will not succeed by any chance.

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