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Samia Suluh Hassan joins a very thin list of Female African Presidents

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Samia Suluh Hassan was on Friday morning sworn in as the sixth President of `the United Republic of Tanzania following the death of President John Pombe Magufuli. Suluh, who was the Vice president, was sworn in at 10.15 am at the statehouse in Dares salaam. She will go down in history as the first female President of Tanzania, and the first female head of state in the East African Community.

In a black skirt suit and a red hijab, she was sworn in by judge Ibrahim Juma in a ceremony witnessed by former Presidents Jakaya Kikwete and Hassam Mwinyi, the speaker of the National assembly and other dignitaries.

She is expected to nominate a vice President from the mainland given that she comes from Zanzibar, in line with the tanzanian’s constitution.

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“Stop loaning Kenya”- kenyans sign a petition asking IMF to cancel Ksh 255 billion loan.

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Over 200,000 Kenyans have come together to sign a petition, asking International Monetary Fund(IMF) to cancel the Ksh 255 billion, meant to carter for the impact of Covid-19 in the country.

Kenyans took to social to protest against IMF giving Kenya more loans. on friday last week, IMF approved the Sh255 billion loan, which brings a total of Sh 1.3 trillion this year. President Uhuru Kenyatta admitted earlier that, the government is loosing Sh 2 billion daily.

The petition is to seek for change and mobilize supporters. The effectiveness always depends on the number of signatures collected.

Both the government and the International Monetary Fund have not responded on the on going petition.

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Six Jubilee senators allied to DP Ruto on verge of losing seats

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Yesterday, the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu told the standard that her office has kicked off the process of striking off the names of the expelled senators from the Jubilee membership roll.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s side in the ruling Jubilee has expelled nominated senators Isaac Mwaura, Millicent Omanga, Mary Seneta, Falhada Dekow, Naomi Waqo, and Victor Prengei for associating with Deputy President William Ruto.

They errand members, however, are free to move to the High Court if they are not satisfied with the registrar’s decision. And in the event that the High Court also upholds the party decision, they would still have the right to proceed to the Court of Appeal and finally the Supreme Court.

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Why Deputy President, William Ruto is yet to recieve Covid-19 vaccine.

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Speaking on Thursday, Deputy President William Ruto revealed why he has not taken the Covid-19 vaccine. He said that the Cabinet agreed that frontiline workers would be the first ones to receive the shot, and that he is not one of the frontline workers.

“We decided as Cabinet to prioritize frontline workers and those who have a higher expose to Covid-19 and that’s why we started with doctors,nurses,police and the army and then students, and thats the procedure we are following.” said Ruto.

He said when his time to get the vaccine comes he will take it as well as other Cabinet government officials.

A total of 64,000 people have been vaccinated in the country so far using the AstraZaneca Covid-19 vaccine.

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