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MORNING CAFE: What’s in the papers today?

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What will Linda Alela and her panel of guests discuss on TV47’s ‘Morning Cafe’ from 6AM-9AM?

Among others is the review of the daily newspapers notably ‘Daily Nation, ‘The Standard’, ‘The Star’ and ‘Business Daily’.

Today, the papers ease off the pedal on BBI politics and take divergent headlines:

Daily Nation

The paper leads with a story on the fall of flamboyant Nairobi governor Mike Sonko. Yesterday, 88 members of the county assembly passed a vote to impeach him. Sonko’s fate now lies with the Senate, a penultimate step to his removal from office.

The paper also carries a story on the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda saying the cases against Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto and radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang are “still alive.”

Do you know your women representative in parliament? The newspaper has the lowdown on the who-is-who per constituency, the best and worst performers according to an Infotrak survey.

The Standard

It also leads with a story on the fall of governor Mike Sonko: “Despite pulling out all the stops to postpone date with destiny, flamboyant city governor fell to the might of conspiratorial city MCAs and a conniving wider political establishment.”  

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The paper also has an interesting 8-page feature on political parties in Kenya.

Did you know the Co-operative Bank has opened a digital account-opening process? This eliminates face-to-face interaction and with it, the risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

Business Daily

“Layoffs by NSE firms double to 7,000 in a year,” says the headline. The number of workers who have lost their jobs at firms listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange has more than doubled to 7,000.

Nanyuki town in Laikipia County recently celebrated 100 years. There’s an informative article on the journey to 100, detailing how the town became a bastion of “white man’s country.”

The newspaper also reports that several tea multinationals are on the brink of shutting down due to high operational costs in Kenya.

The Star

It reveals that DP William Ruto told allies during the Thursday meeting in Karen that he “feels betrayed” after changes were made to the BBI original objectives. “The DP reportedly admitted that while Uhuru (President) kept him abreast of the BBI process, things went haywire when the process morphed into a constitutional amendment.”

The newspaper also reports the not-so-new fact that private sector activities have dropped to a five-month low in November, as the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic continue to bite.

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