April 21 newspaper review: Uhuru falls silent as Kenyans decry tough economic times amid partial lockdown ▷ Kenya News

On Wednesday, April 21, the national dailies mainly focused on the Jubilee Party’s announcement that it would cut ties with the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), which is affiliated with Vice President William Ruto.

National dailies on Wednesday April 21. Photo: Screenshots from The Standard, The Star, Daily Nation and Taifa Leo.
Source: UGC

Newspapers also widely covered Judge Anthony Mrima’s ruling in which he said nine cabinet secretaries and all chief administrative secretaries appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta were performing their duties illegally.

1. Taifa Leo

This newspaper examines President Uhuru Kenyatta’s silence amid the suffering of Kenyans, especially following a partial lockdown that has subjected many to utter despair.

For example, in the wee hours of March 27, just hours after Uhuru imposed a halt to travel to Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru counties, a bulldozer demolished the homes of 5,000 Ruai residents.

His official speech on March 26 left many Kenyans in various industries such as the hospitality and transport sectors jobless and he remained silent as they cried out to the government for measures to cushion them.

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Many Kenyans have also spent their nights in the cold as police strictly enforce the 8pm curfew, the Jubilee government apparently oblivious to the congestion in the central business district which makes it difficult for many citizens to return home them on time.

2. Daily nation

According to the publication, allies of Vice President William Ruto attacked Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju after announcing that the ruling party would cut ties with the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

Tanga Tanga politicians have said Jubilee has no right to rescind the deal he had with the UDA, which is widely associated with Ruto and his hustler movement.

Soy MP Caleb Kositany said the ruling party was starting to act angrily and again dared Tuju to follow through on his threat by expelling MPs who are in parliament through the party.

Meanwhile, Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata said the move was a pure political mistake for Jubilee and was apparently not in the best interests of Kenyans.

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3. The standard

According to The Standard, Alliance One Kenya has hinted that it wants to bring strong political figures into its coalition as it prepares to position itself as a formidable alliance for the 2022 presidential race.

The alliance that brings together Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya, Musalia Mudavadi of National Congress Amani and KANU party leader Gideon Moi said it was looking for politicians who would strengthen and expand the coalition.

In a meeting on Tuesday, April 20, leaders reflected on how they would position themselves for victory in the 2022 general election.

They said that in due course they would provide information on the steps they are taking to strengthen the alliance.

4. The star

According to the daily, a United Nations agency has asked Kenyan investigative agencies to speed up the investigation into the murder of KBC journalist Betty Barasa.

Barasa was shot dead at her home on Wednesday April 7 by a gang of three men who assaulted her when she arrived from work.

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) director-general Audrey Azoulay said agencies should determine whether the crime was related to her profession as a journalist.

Although no arrests have been made, police believe the gang that killed Barasa was on a mission to eliminate him.

5. People Daily

According to People Daily, President Uhuru Kenyatta is on a three-day tour of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the invitation of President Félix Tshisekedi.

Kenya’s envoy to DR Congo George Masafu said Uhuru’s visit will aim to strengthen bilateral relations between the two states.

As part of his tour, the president and his counterpart from the DRC will lead their delegations in bilateral talks and will also witness the signing of several agreements.

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