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‘MORNING CAFE’: What’s in today’s papers? And is the BBI push generating more heat than light?

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The Kahawa Wendani Ward by-election slated for December 15 has attracted a large field of candidates.

Among them is John Gachoka, running on a Maendeleo Chap Chap party ticket. Is he a minnow in the race? Voters will decide. 

But first, she joins Linda Alela on Morning Cafe, TV47, from 6AM-7AM today. They will dissect the day’s newspapers and top stories

Later, Morning Cafe will navigate through the mire of the BBI push and pull. Is debate on constitutional amendment generating more heat than light? 

Dr Bonny Khalwale, former Senator, Kakamega County, Purity Ngirichi, Kirinyaga Women Representative, Farah Maalim, former Deputy Speaker, Parliament, and Fred Okango, Secretary General, Thirdway Alliance will answer this question….. and more. 

Morning Cafe hosts a distinguished panel of political leaders and commentators.

In the meantime, here’s a short review of some of today’s papers: 

Daily Nation

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Splash: Uhuru, Ruto allies hold secret talks

DP William Ruto camp now says it is ready to push for collection of new signatures to support BBI if its proposals are accommodated, reports the newspaper. But ODM leader Raila Odinga’s camp is having none of it.

The diplomatic row between Kenya and Somalia yesterday escalated as Somalia  suspended the visa-on-arrival plan for Kenyans. Travellers are now required to apply for the entry permits at the embassy in Nairobi.

Business Daily

Splash: The rich bank Sh1.4 bn daily during lockdown

Corporates and the well-heeled in Kenya banked Ksh1.4 billion a day in commercial banks over the six months to September when Kenya imposed restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Another story says Kenya’s weakening shilling has increased the country’s dollar debt by Ksh305.6 billion. Kenya owed $30.6 billion on December 31st, which was 3.1 trillion when the shilling was trading at 101.25. The same debt is now 3.4 trillion as the shilling hit 111.3 against the dollar.

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Taifa Leo

Splash: Uhuru aenjoi vijana

Yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched ‘Kenya Ni Mimi’ initiative. He challenged youth to “take charge of the country’s destiny.” Laughable, says this newspaper in an archetypal display of bold journalism. The government has, for instance, often ignored the youth in making appointments to plum positions.

The Standard

Splash: Senator’s 21 hour date that ended in ICU

Police are now treating the hospitalisation of Machakos Senator Boniface Kabaka as an attempted murder. Yesterday, Esther Nthenya Muli, the woman alleged to have been in the company of the Senator was detained for seven days as police conduct investigations.   

While Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union suspended its strike for 14 days to give room for more dialogue, nurses and clinical officers under the umbrella bodies Kenya Union of Clinical Officers, and Kenya National Union of Nurses downed their tools yesterday. What unfolded was untold suffering in public hospitals around the country.

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The Star

Splash: Uhuru’s Sh929 billion Covid-19 recovery plan

According to this newspaper, Ksh11 billion of this money will go to schools. It will be used in making/buying soaps and hand sanitizers for children as the January 5th date of universal opening of schools nears.

The paper also reveals that Dr Stephen Mogusu who died of Covid-19 yesterday, advised his colleagues in the medical field to “get your pay or get out while you can with your health or life intact.” Dr Mogusu died at the Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital. He had reportedly worked for five months without pay.

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