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Top Newspaper Headlines for May 26: Uhuru to face off with estranged deputy in Kiambaa by-election

The country’s top newspapers reported reported on the mich anticipated Kiambaa by-election as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee and Deputy President William Ruto United Democratic Alliance (UDA) prepare to face off.

The dailies also highlighted division in ODM with Raila Odinga reportedly reaching out to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his Kwale counterpart Salim Mvurya so that they can resume active political activities.

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The Standard

President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to face off with his estranged deputy, William Ruto in the Kiambaa by-election slated for July 15, 2021.

The duel between Uhuru and his deputy was conformed as soon as Jubilee’s Karanja Kariri Njama and UDA’s John Njuguna Wanjiku presented their papers tothe IEBC on Tuesday, May 25.

Through UDA, DP Ruto will seek to reaffirm his supremacy in Uhuru’s backyarda after recent wins in Rurii and Juja, while Uhuru will be seeking to reassert his authority in the Mt Kenya region.

The Star

Kenyans who lost their citizenship under the old constitution will be able to regain their status in the next two months, reported the daily.

However, they will be required to lodge complaints at Kenyan embassies or Nyayo House.

According to the newspaper, about 25,000 applications are pending at the immigration offices with Interior CS Fred Matiang’i writing to the Attorney General to simplify the application process.

Daily Nation

Uhuru has reportedly asked his handshake brother Raila to reach out to the One Kenya Alliance and form a super alliance that will face DP Ruto come 2022.

The daily detailed that the Head of State asked the ODM leader to reach out to the alliance in private talks to draft the way forward as 2022 nears.

Inline with Uhuru’s advise, Raila’s ally Edwin Ng’ong’o has so for hold negotiation talks with KANU chairperson Gideon Moi.

People Daily

National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya has defended the government’s spending and borrowing, arguing that it is necessary as it enhances service delivery.

He also dismissed claims that the country’s state of borrowing was unsustainable, maintaining that the government is still on track as funds are used prudently.

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Taifa Leo

ARVs have been stuck at a Mombasa Port for months, alasmost expiring courtesy of the ongoing feud between USAID and the Ministry of Health.

According to the daily, sources privy to the drugs indicated that they will go bad if not distributed by September this year.

The feud arose after USAID opposed Ministry of Health’s proposal of distributing the ARVs through Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) to.county hospitals.

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