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Religious leaders now working on UhuRuto ‘handshake’

Religious leaders are working behind the scenes to reconcile President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. Efforts that kicked off last week appeared to be bearing fruit after Ruto’s events in Nyamira that were scuttled last week were given the green light.

The Star has established that the efforts to reconcile the two should culminate with a joint press conference to give a way forward on how the government is to work. There has been tension between Uhuru and Ruto since the 2018 handshake between the president and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

100 constituencies to lose Sh771 million in new CDF formula

A new battleground has opened up in Parliament over a new formula for the sharing of the Constituency Development Fund. The new method could see about 100 constituencies losing money, which is likely to ignite a new war among the MPs. CDF funds are critical for MPs who ensure that the money is used to keep various promises made during the campaigns.

The new formula proposes that 75 per cent of the Sh41.7 billion be shared equally and the rest distributed based on the number of wards in each of the 290 Constituencies.

Litmus test: Inside the first 14 days of school reopening

As learners and teachers adjust to school routines in a coronavirus era, headteachers are facing an even bigger task to prepare for full scale reopening in just under a month.

The scarcely packed school hallways could soon be replaced with crowds of learners after Education CS George Magoha announced plans to fully reopen by November. Inside this period, greater responsibility will be with headteachers as they find gaps that could hamper learners comfort in school, and find solution and innovations to the problems. So too, school heads will be required to conduct a needs assessment on the education needs of the learners before embarking on teaching and learning.

'idealess' Ruto playing the victim to get sympathy - Kalonzo

Deputy President William Ruto lacks the necessary ideas to spur economic development and create job opportunities and has resorted to issuing handouts to entice the electorate, according to Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka. Kalonzo on said the responsibility of any leader worth the title is to create an environment in which citizens can grow economically.

He said in the Grand Coalition Government in which Mwai Kibaki was President, ODM leader Raila Odinga Prime Minister and himself Vice President, they put money in the pockets of Kenyans. Ruto's critics have lashed out at him for giving handouts to the youth eight years later after failing to empower them since he became Deputy President.

Scientists now confirm Covid-19 re-infection highly possible

Scientists have confirmed a person can catch Covid-19 twice, supporting a 2018 finding by Kenyan researchers that initial exposure to a coronavirus does not offer long-term immunity. The new confirmed Covid-19 reinfection was documented on Monday, in a 25-year-old healthy American man who first contracted it in April.

In June, he tested positive again and this time experienced even more severe symptoms and required oxygen support. This is the fifth case of reinfection, the others having been reported in Belgium, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Ecuador. Scientists say there could be many more cases of reinfection, which have simply not been profiled.