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Top Newspaper Headlines for March 30: Al Shabaab’s plot to eliminate Kibaki, Raila revealed

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, March 30 widely reported on the death of Former US President Barrack Obama’s grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama.

One of the dailies also reported on claims that Al Shabaab terrorists had planned to eliminate retired president Mwai Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

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Daily Nation

It has now emerged that terrorist group Al Shabaab had planned to eliminate former president Mwai Kibaki and former prime minister Raila Odinga.

According to the daily, the plot to harm the duo was hatched in 2012.

According to Kenya’s submissions to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in February on the Indian Ocean boundary case with Somalia, one of the Al Shabaab terrorists frequently visited Nyeri to identify Kibaki’s routine between June and October 2012.

At the same time, militia from Al-Hijra, a local network of Al Shabaab, also spied on opposition leader Raila.

Taifa Leo

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe confirmed that the dangerous COVID-19 strain discovered in England and South Africa exists in Kenya.

The country has in the recent days been hit by a third wave of the dreaded respiratory disease forcing the government to reintroduce precautionary m measures to deal with the virus.

The Star

The daily reported that Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua on Monday, March 29 introduced a 50% waiver on transport tax, waved land rates and penalties for 45 days.

Also, boda boda operators will not be paying taxes and fees for the entire year.

According to a statement signed by the county boss, the waiver would end in May 15.

“We have introduced a waiver of interest and penalties of land rates for a period of 45 days up to May 15, 2021, so Machakos residents will not be paying anything during that time,” Mutua said.

The Standard

The daily reported on Mama Sarah Obama’s burial noting that the public will not be allowed to attend the burial ceremony.

According to Kisumu County commissioner Michael Ole Tialal, only close family members and a few guests approved by the family would be allowed to attend the funeral.

Sarah died on Monday, March 29, at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital where she had been receiving treatment.

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People Daily

The government through Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressed the shortage of oxygen in medical facilities saying that Kenyans are hoarding about 20,000 oxygen cylinders.

This is after Marian Mwangi, the chief executive officer, BOC Gases Kenya, the principal manufacturer of oxygen cylinders in the country, said that the missing cylinders leading to the shortage of oxygen in hospitals are either in the hands of individuals or health facilities.

She demanded the government to a dress the matter with great concern.

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