Newspaper Review 8th, February 2024

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1. Daily Nation 

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The High Court Suspends Another Kenya Kwanza Government Directive

The high court suspended the education ministry’s directive, which required national schools to pay fees and universities to pay cafeteria charges through the e-Citizen platform. This ruling occurred as President Ruto defended the one government Paybill number. The decision adds another instance where public interest suits have halted state policies.

2. Taifa Leo 

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Governors Oppose Insurance Prerequisites Mandated in SHIF For Access To Treatment

Anne Waiguru, the chair of governors (COG), stated in a press briefing that governors oppose several stipulations in SHIF because they interfere with the county government’s responsibility to provide citizens with quality healthcare. The new regulations impose unnecessary requirements on citizens to determine if they qualify for insurance.

3. The Standard 

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Ruto Dealt Another Blow By The High Court

The high court has halted the payment of school fees through the e-Citizen Paybill number, dealing another blow to President Ruto’s plan. This order follows the President’s defence of using technology to pay school fees, stating it is the only way to curb corruption in schools. This setback is likely to widen the gap between the executive and judiciary.

4. The Star 

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How Did Uhuru Spend The Mysterious KES.6 Billion During His Last Leg in Office?

The auditor general failed to account for KES 6 billion spent during Uhuru’s last days in office. Evidence suggests that the money bought shares, which the auditor cannot identify or verify. The mystery comes as no surprise, given that the previous regime was notorious for corruption, with an estimated loss of approximately KES 2 billion to graft daily.

5. People Daily 

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CBK Tells Kenyans to Brace for Expensive Key Food Prices 

Despite the expectation that recent rains would ease the situation, Kenyans should brace themselves for elevated food prices. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the central bank has indicated that overall inflation persists, with rises observed across fuel, food, non-food, and non-fuel categories, extending into January.

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