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Top Newspaper Headline for November 23: UhuRuto rivalry play out as CSs snub DP Ruto’s meeting

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, November 23 covered the 2022 succession politics, turning focus on ODM leader Raila Odinga’s visit to West Pokot Ciunty where he was joined by a section of local leaders who endorsed him.

The dailies also reported on Raila and DP William Ruto’s plan to block party defectors ahead of the 2022 General Elections.

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The Star

According to the newspaper, President Uhuru Kenyatta is today, Tuesday, November 23 set to start his three-day state visit in South Africa.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa will host a welcome ceremony in honour of Uhuru at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, followed by bilateral talks.

The two heads of state will are set to discuss among other things, the latest developments around the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine manufacturing and distribution.

People Daily

According to the publication, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has entered a working agreement with the New Kenya Union Party (KUP) in a bid to woo the pastoralist communities ahead of 2022.

During his Monday, November 22 Azimio La Umoja tour, the ODM leader was endorsed by among others West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo and Pokot South MP David Pkosing.

Governor Lonyangapuo formed the Kenya Union Party after leaving KANU.

Daily Nation

According to the daily, ODM leader Raila Odinga and his UDA counterpart William Ruto had hatched a plan blocking allies from defecting from their respective parties.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has allowed parties more time for nominations following a push by Raila.

This means that party leaders like Raila and Ruto could block last-minute defections.

Taifa Leo

The rivalry between Uhuru and his deputy, Ruto over 2022 politics played out recently after Cabinet Secretaries skipped a key meeting convened by the DP.

CSs had been invited to attend the Inter-governmental Budget and Economic Committee Council (IBEC) meeting convened by Ruto at his official Karen residence.

The invited CSs included Peter Munya (Agriculture), Ukuru Yatani (Treasury), James Macharia (Transport), George Magoha (Education) and Charles Keter.

However, only Keter and Principal Secretary Julius Korir and Julius Muia (Treasury) showed up.

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The Standard

A port worker’s union has claimed the ongoing investigations into corruption allegations at the Mombasa port could have been triggered by a cut-throat competition for a share of containers.

Dock Workers Union (DWU) secretary-general Simon Sang claimed it was common for owners of Container Freight Stations (CFSs owners who fail to secure their anticipated share of container allocation from the port to frame the Kenya Ports Authority (KRA) managers who have the authority to distribute the cargo boxes to the private facilities.

Former KPA Managing Director Simon Mkalla faced a similar accusation and was replaced, Sang said.

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