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Top Newspaper Headlines for April 1: Raila declares interest in presidency come 2022

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, April 1 widely reported on ODM leader Raila Odinga’s 2022 presidential bid as well as challenges facing BBI.

The dailies also reported on the death of Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange who succumbed to COVID-19.

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The Standard

ODM leader Raila Odinga has finally declared that he will vie for presidency in the 2022 General Elections.

The ODM leader is said to have handed his application for the ODM presidential ticket to the outfit’s National Election Board (NEB).

The newspaper noted that Raila will battle for the party ticket with governors Wycliffe Oparanya and Hassan Joho.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported on the challenges facing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

According to the daily, the controversial initiative is on the verge of collapsing courtesy of an alleged rift between handshake partners President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila.

If the report, which is also facing legal reports flop, it would have cost Kenyans KSh 20 billion used in preparing the report and its campaigns.

Daily Nation

The daily reported that lawyer Paul Gicheru’s office landline was among phone numbers used to call witnesses set to testify against Deputy President William Ruto.

This was according to a new filing by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda made public on Wednesday, March 31.

The filing also revealed that ICC investigators had interrogated Gicheru who confirmed knowledge of the numbers alleged to have been used in intimidating witnesses.

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People Daily

Four Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination officials accused on abbeting exam irregularities were on Wednesday, March 31 charged in a Rongo court.

Francis Akoth Osodo, a centre manager, invigilators Florence Auma Otieno and George Magambo, and supervisor Job Mamai appeared before Rongo Magistrate Raymond Langat but did not take plea after the prosecution requested for more days to complete investigations.

The rogue officials were arrested for allegedly conspiring to aid candidates to cheat at a private school in Rongo.

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