The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, May 6 reported on Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu’s visit to Kenya and agreements met between her and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta.
Also, the dailies reported on the confirmation of the deadly Indian COVID-19 variant in Kenya.
Fresh details has emerged on the ouster of Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo from The Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.
Accorded to Suna East MP John Mbadi, Amollo has threatened to quit as the chair of the committee in a letter addressed to ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
Mbadi also stated that ODM did not appoint Amollo to speak a lot of English as the chair but to support its position on BBI.
“We put him in that community to push the party agenda. We even had a stalemate when reconstituting the committee because we wanted to align them to the BBI agenda
“Why were we then removing MPs William Cheptumo and Alice Wahome from the committee, there was a reason and we knew that. We did not put him there to speak a lot of English and legal jargon,” said the Suna East MP.
According to the daily, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have not met for almost six months to discuss government business.
The last time the two leaders met face to face was in December 2020 at a Cabinet session in State House, Nairobi.
However, Uhuru and DP Ruto also met in February 2021 when they shared a podium during the burial of departed veteran Kisii politician Simeon Nyachae.
According to the daily, Vihiga County Assembly has proposed to triple money allocated for foreign trips in the 2021/2022 budget.
The county assembly proposed an additional KSh 12.6 million for the trips commencing June 1, 2021, from the current KSh 3.1 million.
According to the daily, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all sectors of the economy.
The pandemic hit the country, chopping at least 5.5% of the economy in the second quarter of 2020.
According to a report by the National Treasury dubbed the status of the economy, the pandemic saw Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth decrease by 5.5% in the second quarter and 1.1% in the third quarter of 2020.
This is compared to an expansion of 5.5% in the second quarter and 5.8% in the third quarter of 2019.
According to the newspaper, the government borrowed a total of KSh 132.3 billipn on the last seven mo the to finance its operations.
This comes amod concerns that the pile-up of public debt may create repayment problems as the country’s earnings com the to decrease due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Treasury also disclosed that KSh 322.18 billion was borrowed in the preceding four months.
A document prepared by the Treasury and submitted to the National Assembly shows that the KSh 132, 376, 087,111.43 in 10 new loans was procured between September 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021.
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