The country’s top newspapers on Friday, September 17 widely reported on a likely ceasefire between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto three years into their bitter fallout.
The dailies also covered the surge in fuel prices as well as the KRA review of the excise duty starting October 1, 2021.
The daily reported on President Uhuru Kenyatta fall out with his deputy William Ruto and the role clerics from the Catholic church are playing to reunite them.
The clergy had said that their fallout does not sit well with the country especially now that it is an election nearing period when politicking is gaining momentum.
The eyes are now on Uhuru who accused his deputy of sabotaging the same government which he is in and serving.
The daily reported on the surge in fuel prices following the revisions of fuel prices by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).
The latest development has irked a section of Kenyans who have vowed to protest until their views are addressed.
A section of leaders have since joined Kenyans in protesting the new fuel prices, calling out the government for the upward review that will run for a month.
“Kenyans who have been struggling to put food on the table since the onset of the pandemic now stand to have their collective plight worsened by the increased fuel prices. The prices should be lowered immediately to cushion the ordinary Wananchi,” stated the ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
On his side, ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi said;
“I stand in solidarity with my fellow Kenyans and call on the Government to immediately review downward the high cost of fuel. The recent increase in pump price is affecting all Kenyans.”
The daily reported that reunion calls between Uhuru and Ruto will not succeed because it failed in the past.
This comes at a time when Catholic Bishops have urged the two leaders to burry the hatchet and jointly forge the country forward like in their good old days.
However, the daily reported that such move bore no fruits when John Cardinal Njue tried to bring the duo together yet again.
The efforts for the reconciliation were first instigated by the National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi who involved the former Catholic leader.
“Muturi met with Cardinal Njue for hours where he briefed him on the widening rift between the two leaders. His request was that since Cardinal enjoyed a good relationship with the two, only he could help bring the two leaders back together,” a source told the publication.
According to the daily, DP Ruto is unconditionally open for a truce with his boss, Uhuru following concerns about their fallout by top Catholic bishops.
In the recent past, the second in command has constantly faulted opposition leader Raila Odinga for pushing the wedge into a relationship that was intact since 2013.
Ruto now says he is much ready for the initiative, adding he has never been wayward to his boss, accusing the opposition of disrupting the government.
“The bishops said they want to reconcile me and Uhuru and I am ready for that without any conditions. There are conmen who came between us because they advised the president to sideline the deputy president,” said Ruto.
According to the Swahili publication, Kenyans should brace themselves for tough times ahead after the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) announced an increase in taxation.
The new tax revision will be in force from October 1, affecting commodities such as edible oils, juices, water, alcohol, sugar and motorbikes among others.
“KRA would therefore like to inform manufacturers and importers of excisable goods falling under the specific rate category and members of the public that the Commissioner-General will adjust the rates of Excise Duty using the average inflation rate for the Financial Year 2020/2021 of four decimal nine seven per centum (4.97%), as determined by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. The adjusted rates will be effective from 1st October 2021,” said the taxman in an issue released on August 10, 2021.
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