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DP Ruto allies successfully frustrate efforts to pass controversial Politic Parties Bill

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, December 23 reported that Members of Parliament allied to Deputy President William Ruto frustrated efforts to pass a bill seeking to regulate coalition parties’ ahead of the 2022 polls.

The dailies also reported that scores of MPs and Parliament staff have been taken into isolation after contracting the Omicron virus.

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People Daily

The daily reported that a section of MPs and Parliament staff have been taken into isolation after testing positive for the Omicron virus after a sports event in Tanzania.

According to sources within the Parliamentary Service Commision, the number of MPs who tested positive for the virus stands at 18.

Also affected are 41 parliamentary staff, who accompanied the lawmakers to the East African parliamentary games in Arusha.

The Star

The newspaper reported they only a small percentage of Kenyans will engage in heavy drinking and hard partying as the high cost of living and unemployment take their toll.

According to a research by Infotrak, just 12% of the population have plans of indulgence and serious revelry during the festive season.

On the other end, a majority will spend time with family and a few friends and go to church.

Also, 61% of Kenyans have no plans for Christmas at all.

Daily Nation

Drama ensued in Parliament after MPs allied to DP William Ruto delayed the passage of a bill seeking changes to the political parties law initiated by Presidet Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga.

The session was adjourned after DP Ruto allies conspired to table as many amendments as possible in a bid to delay the debate.

The Bill proposes a raft of changes to the Political Parties Act, including allowing the creation of coalition parties six months to a general election, defining a political party and providing for the expulsion of errant members.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reporte that the Kisumu-bound hitch in Muhoroni put the Kenya Railways on the spot over quality of work on the new meter gauge railway.

The train that had left Nairobi at 6am stalled in Tamu at around 5pm after one of the coaches derailed.

This was the third passenger trip since the service was launched last Friday.

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The Standard

The newspaper reported that 1,963 teachers have been promoted following interviews conducted last month by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

The promoted teachers will fill vacancies ranging from Grade C2-TSC Scale 7 (Senior Teacher 2) to Grade D5 TSC Scale 15 (Chief Principal).

Under this category, some 1,040 teachers will be moved up the scales, according to TSC boss Nancy Macharia.

Another 923 teachers to be promoted are those holding positions of heads and deputy heads in arid and semi-arid lands (Asal).

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