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Top Newspaper Headlines for September 30: Mt Kenya Foundation to meet OKA leaders to broker succession deal

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, September 30 widely reported on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s mini cabinet or shuffle that saw a section of Deputy President William Ruto allies left out.

The dailies also reported on Uhuru’s directive to reduce electricity cost by 33% in the next four months.

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The Standard

According to the daily, Uhuru is set to commission the Nairobi Expressway in April 2022.

The announcement was made by Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia on Wednesday, September 29 during a site visit.

The CS among other officials had visited the site to access the progress of the work and announced that the road was 60% complete.

People Daily

A proposed law to allow Cabinet appointees to be drawn from Parliament has been approved without any changes, the daily reported.

The Bill was approved by the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC) following Speaker Justin Muturi’s ruling indicating that no amendments can be proposed to a Bill seeking to amend the Constitution.

The Bill proposes that Cabinet Secretaries be picked from among MPs and to allow the president to assign the Attorney General duties of a CS.

Daily Nation

DP Ruto allies were the biggest casualties in the recent Uhuru’s mini cabinet reshuffle, the daily reported.

The new changes were announced on Wednesday, September 29 by State House spokesperson Kanze Dena.

In the reshuffle, Energy CS Charles Keter, became the new Devolution CS, a less glamorous position.

On the other hand, Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui, who had key departments of Social Protection, Pension and Senior Citizen hived from his ministry leaving him in charge of only Labour.

The Star

According to the newspaper, Uhuru has embarked on a fresh push to compel One Kenya Alliance (OKA) leaders to support ODM leader Raila Odinga in the 2022 General Election.

In his new plan, the Head of State has empowered his confidants from the Mt Kenya Foundation (MKF) to hammer out a pact.

Foundation members held talks with Raila on Tuesday, September 28 and on Friday, October 1, they will engage OKA chiefs in a first session to broker a succession deal.

OKA comprises of leaders Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya).

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Taifa Leo

The murder of Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen has brought to light differences between the Directorate of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti and the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji.

For instance, Kinoti called out Haji for failing to prosecute Court of Appeal judge Sankel ole Kantai, who has been linked to Cohen’s murder.

On his part, Haji said Sankale’s file from DCI had no sufficient evidence to link the judge to the murder.

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