Kenyan newspapers review for April 12: Raphael Tuju is William Ruto's greatest headache in Jubilee party
Erick Kombo Ndubi|April. 12, 2019
The main newspapers have focused on the Jubilee politics with Raphael Tuju standing out as the main headache for William Ruto's 2022 presidential ambitions. Other stories have focused on the stepping down of Sudan's president Omar al Bashir.
In the recent past Tuju has made a series of statements that have contradicted DP Ruto with the latter's allies seeing him as David Murathe's descendant in Jubilee party.
1. The Standard
The top story in the newspaper is about one Erick Otieno Adede who was arrested on March 19 by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Added was among four other suspects who were arrested following a raid at Barclays Bank's Queensway branch where detectives recovered a safe box containing 41 kgs of bras and KSh 2 billion fake money.
He was presented in court and now wants the money back claiming it was not fake. He asked the court to compel the DCI to produce the money and release it to him as it was not part of the charges he was facing.
The four suspects were accused of conspiring to obtain KSh 20 million fraudulently from a a businessman posing as traders in gold.
2. The Daily Nation
The newspaper has focused on a crisis in the ruling Jubilee party, particularly in regard to the latest revelations that led to the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
This came after William Ruto said the ODM party leader had approached him seeking to hold talks and even accused Uhuru of shortchanging the former in Cabinet appointments with the intention of ganging up with him to defect against the president.
Ruto said he declined the advancements and even informed Uhuru about it. However, leaders from the Opposition came forward and brushed off Ruto's claims and instead said he was the one who had sent an emissary to Raila seeking his support against the president.
Ruto maintained he had fears about the handshake which he expressed to the president before Uhuru shook hands with the African Union envoy.
Prior to Ruto's statement, a group calling itself 'Friends of William Somoei Ruto' called on Opposition chief to terminate the handshake deal arguing the former premier was not adding any value to the government.
However, during a press conference, while thanking ODM party for withdrawing from Wajir West by-election, Jubilee party Secretary General Raphael Tuju maintained the handshake will go nowhere and it's here to stay.
3. The Star
The Star has also focused on the political wars between Raphael Tuju and DP Ruto following the recent withdrawal of ODM from the Wajir West by-election.
Tuju attributed the withdrawal of ODM candidate to high end consultations between Jubilee and Odm party leadership. He thanked their counterparts saying it was a gesture of respect given they had also withdrawn from Embakasi East and Ugenya by-elections.
The former Rarieda MP's statement was similar to the one issued by ODM party who attributed it to the handshake unity and need to have stable nation without much political antagonism.
However, leaders from Wajir have dismissed the statement saying the withdrawal of the ODM candidate was based on a mutual agreement arrived at between the local elders and Ruto.
Tuju as been singled out as the greatest threat to Ruto's 2022 politics following the exir of former party vice chairman David Murathe. He is more often seen as Uhuru's right hand man and executes orders in line with directives from the president.
4. People Daily
Sudan President Omar al Bashir becomes the latest African leader to be overthrown from government following a series of nationwide protests that were motivated by the rise of fuel and bread prices.
The protesters celebrated in jubilation as they witnessed end of an era with Bashir having served the nation for over 30 years. The army stepped in and are currently leading the nation as the president was detained.
Interestingly, a 22-year-old woman caught the attention of the internet for leading protests in Sudan's capital of Khartoum.
His ouster from government came barely days after Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika was overthrown after having served the nation for over 20 years.
5. Taifa Leo
The Swahili newspaper has also focused on Sudan's al Bashir with the headline "Nani Atafuata Bashir".
The African continent is seemingly on the move to do away with leaders who have overstayed in leadership given the oust of Omar al Bashir came barely days after Abdelaziz was overthrown.
Other leaders who have overstayed in leadership include Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea who has served for 40 years, Cameroon’s Paul Biya (37), Uganda’s Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (33), Chad’s Idriss Deby (28), Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea (26), Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Republic (34), Paul Kagame of Rwanda (21) and Ismaïl Omar Guelleh of Djibouti (20).
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