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Kenyan newspapers review for July 11: Safaricom asks government to clarify paybill shutdown orders
Muyela Roberto|July. 11, 2019
Newspapers on Thursday, July 11, cover new developments in the KSh 21 billion Arror and Kimwarer phantom dams scandals.
The dailies also report on all-round condemnation by Kenyans against MPs' push to improve their perks.
1. Nation
Safaricom has written to the Betting Control and Licencing Board (BCLB) seeking clarification on Wednesday, July 10, directive that telcos should shutdown paybill numbers of 27 betting firms.
The telco said blocking paybill numbers will make gamblers unable to access their funds, a move that is unfair.
It instead wants additional deposits to be stopped but a the same time allow users withdraw money.
Safaricom also wants BCLB to inform the public on the move through the media for gamblers to be aware some paybills will be disabled.
2. The Standard
Tiaty MP William Kamket has dismissed claims that KANU is afraid to declare its interest for presidency in 2022.
Kamket said party boss Gideon Moi has not publicly opened up on the topic as a sign of respect to Uhuru's leadership.
The MP said plans were afoot to bring other regional parties on board as a strategic approach to cement the outfits base.
At the right time, Kamket said, the party will launch its campaigns and people like William Ruto will be taught unforgettable political lessons.
3. People Daily
Even before dust settles on the revelation that MPs spent KSh 3.4 billion for travel, it has emerged that taxpayers forked out a whopping KSh 14.88 billion to facilitate county officials' strips.
This is according to a report by controller of budget covering the nine months period that ended March 31.
The money financed domestic and foreign trips made by governors, CECs and MCAs. About KSh 9.43 billion was gobbled up by domestic travel while KSh 5.45 billion funded trips abroad.
The amount translates to a 112.3% increase compared to KSh 7 billion spent during the same period in 2017/18 financial year.
4. Taifa Leo
The daily reports that Opposition leaders Raila Odinga is set to reap big if rifts witnessed in Jubilee Party continue to widen.
Currently, President Uhuru Kenyatta's Cabinet is dived in four units. DP William Ruto receives allegiance from up to 11 CSs.
Uhuru is supported by seven CS namely Amina, Mucheru, Macharia, Matiang'i, Omamo, Kariuki and Juma.
Three ministers; Balala, Magoha and Tuju, are not inclined to either Uhuru or Ruto.
Trade CS Peter Munya has, however, been perceived as a lone ranger. Munya has his own political outfit that refused to merge with Jubilee.
5. The Star
The DCI George Kinoti and DPP Noordin Haji on Tuesday, July 9, flew to Italy to further investigations into the KSh 21 billion Kerio Valley dams scandal.
Kinoti and Haji are meeting their counterparts in Turin to join dots on how various transactions in the project were made between Italy and Kenya.
Investigations have so far implicated about 22 people among them CSs and senior politicians.
Property illegally procured by money meant for the projects among them vehicles have already been ceased.
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