Newspaper Review 15th, February 2024

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1. Daily Nation 

Raila Odinga’s AU Aspirations

Raila Odinga is actively exploring the possibility of returning to lead the African Union Commission, a position of greater prominence than his previous role within the continental body, from which he departed under contentious circumstances last year. In addition to engaging with the Kenyan government, he is mobilising his connections across various African capitals to assess the feasibility of his candidacy and discern whether it carries the potential for success or if it faces insurmountable challenges.

2. The Standard 

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How Law Enforcement Re-Arrested Kelvin Kangethe

Kevin Kangethe, a fugitive wanted in the US for allegedly murdering his lover, has been apprehended after escaping police custody. Law enforcement authorities located him at his home in Ngong, where he was drinking with relatives around 11:45 PM. Kangethe’s recapture marks a significant development in the ongoing efforts to bring him to justice and face charges in the United States.

3. Taifa Leo 

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Brace Yourself For 300,000 Job Losses This Year

The Central Bank of Kenya has issued a warning regarding an imminent period of retrenchment anticipated to impact around 300,000 Kenyans. Approximately 40% of employers have signalled their intention to downsize their workforce due to the high operational costs associated with navigating the challenging economic conditions.

4. People Daily 

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Ruto Ignores Court Order Regarding e-Citizen

Shortly after the high court halted the directive to pay school fees via the e-Citizen portal, the Education Cabinet Secretary instructed schools to digitise all key processes in the Ministry of Education within 30 days.

5. The Star 

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Kenya Kwanza Row over Key House Bill

Disagreement emerges among Ruto’s key allies concerning a significant house bill. The bill, championed by Ichung’wah, lacks government policy support. At least three institutions have publicly voiced conflicting stances regarding this state-sponsored legislation, indicating a rift brewing within the ruling party.

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