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Newspaper Headlines for May 10: Trouble in ODM as Orengo, Otiende and Oparanya hold secret meeting

The country’s top newspapers reported widely on the country’s politics as the 2022 General Elections nears.

The dailies also focused on the troubles facing Raila Odinga’s party as notable members in ODM are reportedly meeting to discuss about their next move. This comes due to BBI changes, which a faction in the party disagree with.

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Daily Nation

Trouble is brewing in the Orange Democratic Movement party (ODM) after disagreements on the procedure of prosecuting the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

This led notable leaders in the party namely Siaya Senator James Orengo, Rarieda Member of Parliament Otiende Amollo and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya meeting secretly and against the party’s rules to discuss their political courses.

The politicians were against the new change on the BBI bill put forward by Raila pleading for 70 more constituencies to be added in the bill.

The three, were hosted by Oparanya in his Butere home on Sunday,May 9 and even attended a church service together.

Speaking to congregants of St Benedict Catholic Church Mukoye in Butere, the lawmakers found fault with some of their party colleagues alleging that they are misleading Raila Odinga.

The three promised not to sit and watch few individuals mislead the former prime minister while they are still in the party.

The lawmakers then had a secret chat in Oparanya’s home in Mabole in which the media was not briefed.

People Daily

This publication reported that only 41 per cent of teachers had been vaccinated against Covid-19.

This brought about tension in the teachers’ union as school have already opened.

Two months after the vaccination exercise commenced, the ministry of health reported that only 143, 525 teachers out of 337, 432 had taken the AstraZeneca jab.

Officials from the Ministry of health have since urged the teachers to take the jab as they prepare to get back to schools.

KNUT and KUPPET also seconded the ministry of health insisting that there is need for teachers to get vaccinated and further warned them against avoiding.

The Standard

The daily spotlighted the stakes the former prime minister Raila Odinga has in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.

Raila has in many times said that he would decide if he would be in the ballot in 2022 depending on how the BBI would work out.

The Standard reported that a section in the Raila’s paradise claim president Uhuru Kenyatta, also Raila’s handshake friend plans betray them.

The faction feels like their party leader is only used by Uhuru to deliver the bill to people only for him to be abandoned midway.

The bill’s new proposal seeks for addition of 70 more constituencies which is believed to immensely benefit Mt Kenya region.

This is why some ODM Bigwigs have come out disagreeing with the new development.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili newspaper highlighted politics making rounds in the Deputy President William Ruto’s camp.

According to Taifa Leo, the DP had his followers out of the box during the BBI vote in Parliament.

This is because his flock during the vote on Thursday, May 6 had no uniform stance.

While others opposed the bill some voted for it with a big yes.

Those who voted against its favor stated that it has revenue advantages that would benefit them in their areas.

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On the other hand, those who voted yes said their colleagues are only using the bill for their own political gains.

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