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Kenya: Freed Principal Secretary from Shabaab abductors, others grab headlines

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How security forces freed senior government official from Al-Shabaab abductors, President and opposition leader headache over run-off and Kenyan Premier league football champions fall to English side, Everton, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Friday.“How special forces freed PS captured by Shabaab,” screamed the headline of the Standard newspaper which reported that elite security forces Thursday rescued Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam El-Maawy from suspected Al Shabaab militants who had taken her captive in a remote part of the volatile Lamu County.

“Officers from the Kenya Defence Force (KDF), the General Service Unit, and the Administration Police rescued the PS about 45 minutes after she and five other top government officials were kidnapped by the gunmen at Milihoi along the Lamu-Mpeketoni highway,” reported the daily.

“Uhuru, Raila headache to get 50 percent plus one and avoid runoff,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that the stark possibility of a run-off is forcing President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA rival Raila Odinga to go flat out to secure a round-one win.

“The nightmare is a close vote, frustrated voters in violence hotspots, a run-off and Supreme Court challenge. Thus, both sides seek decisive, incontestable victory on August 8,” reported the daily.

“Rooney given a taste of Gor,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that despite putting up a brave and impressive show throughout, Gor Mahia on Thursday ended up losing 2-1 to English Premier League side Everton in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

“The contest however provided a befitting return for England captain Wayne Rooney, who was making his second debut for Everton after spending the past 13 years at Manchester United, after he struck a stunning beauty to open the scoring in the 34th minute,” reported the daily.

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