PRESS REVIEW | Today’s top stories

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Raila declares official start of countrywide mass action

Opposition leader Raila Odinga declared the official start of countrywide mass action on Thursday, following the expiration of an ultimatum issued to the Kenya Kwanza government.

Azimio has also launched the Movement for Defense of Democracy (MDD), an anti-government initiative.

This follows the expiration on Wednesday of the Azimio leader’s 14-day ultimatum to President William Ruto to expedite the opening of presidential election servers and address the high cost of living.

“We have launched a campaign of defiance of peaceful picketing, peaceful protests, boycotts, strikes, disobedience, petitions, sit-ins and peaceful demonstrations. And it begins today and now,” Odinga said.

He also signalled a massive rally planned in Nairobi on March 20.

Itumbi renews push to have Matiang’i charged over Ruaraka land saga

Dennis Itumbi has written to the Offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) requesting that former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i be prosecuted in connection with the Ruaraka land saga.

Itumbi has given the two agencies seven days to act, with the ODPP required to file a motion to initiate Matiangi’s prosecution and the EACC required to issue a status progress report on the case file.

Itumbi insists that Matiang’i, who was the Education Cabinet Secretary at the time, account for the loss of the land, which he estimates to be worth KES 1.5 billion.

Kenyans cut luxury spending as high inflation keeps families awake

Kenyans are cutting back on spending on luxury items, toys, and electronics in order to combat the unrelenting inflation that is eroding purchasing power.

In the face of the highest inflation in a generation, retail chain operators, electronics dealers, boutique operators, and footwear sellers say shoppers are becoming more picky.

Kenyans are sticking to their brands at Naivas Supermarket, the country’s largest retail chain with over 84 stores, but downgrading in terms of size and number of items in their shopping baskets.

Willy Kimani, the Naivas Chief Commercial Officer, observes that shoppers have become more interested in items under the “orange sticker program” with discounted prices in recent months.

5G network subscriptions reach 300,000 on demand

At the end of the first three months of commercial deployment of the technology, which provides users with super-fast internet speeds, the number of 5G mobile internet subscriptions reached 299,904.

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has released the first data on 5G technology subscriptions, revealing a significant increase in sign-ups even as local firms accelerate plans to expand the service to more locations.

Manchester United thrash Betis to bounce back from Liverpool humbling, Arsenal held

Manchester United bounced back from Sunday’s trouncing at Liverpool with Antony’s stunner helping them cement a 4-1 first-leg Europa League last-16 lead over Real Betis.

United did struggle at times against La Liga’s fifth-placed side and were lucky to go in at half-time level after Ayoze Perez, who had already cancelled out Rashford’s opener, hit the post with David De Gea beaten.

But once Antony’s curling effort had restored their advantage, they blew Betis away. Fernandes’ booming header from a corner was too powerful for Claudio Bravo to handle, and Wout Weghorst added a fourth after fine work from substitute Facundo Pallestri.

Arsenal fought back to earn a 2-2 draw in an action-packed and error-filled Europa League last-16 first leg at Sporting.

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