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Top Newspaper Headlines for April 13: Inside plan to weaken Raila’s Western, Coastal strongholds

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, April 13 reported on the country’s political state with a few months to the 2022 polls.

The dailies also reported on the flattening COVID-19 curve with hopes of returning to normalcy.

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Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported on political games top politicians have been playing on each other ahead of the 2022 General Elections.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has seemingly endorsed the One Kenya Alliance, pushing ODM leader Raila Odinga to hold coalition talks with Deputy President William Ruto.

According to the daily, Uhuru reportedly made a call to Raila after learning of Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya’s meeting with the DP.

Also, a plan is underway to weaken Raila’s strongholds in Western and Coastal regions forcing him to support the One Kenya Alliance.

The Star

The 70 new constituencies proposed in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill will not apply in the 2022 polls if the referendum is not held before August 8, 2021.

A delay would mean the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) would not meet strict constitutional requirements on constituencies review.

For the 70 constituencies to apply, they must be created before August 8, 2021, about 12 months before the polls.

People Daily

Siaya Senator James Orengo has hit out at the One Kenya Alliance noting that Kenyans will not coerced into voting for specific people.

He further mocked the alliance, saying it cannot convince Kenyans that it can transform the nation adding that Kenyans will be the ultimate say come 2022.

The One Kenya Alliance brings together Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula, Amani National Congress’s Musalia Mudavadi, and KANU’s Gideon Moi.

Daily Nation

There is hope of returning to normalcy and easing of COVID -19 protocols after experts observed that the curve is flattening.

Acting Health DG Dr Patrick Amoth said the government is closely observing the COVID-19 curve, adding that experts will advise him if the positivity rate continues to lower in the next 14 days.

He added that the number of COVID-19 cases have been falling since President Uhuru Kenyatta imposed a partial lockdown in five counties.

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The Standard

The newspaper reported that the vaccination process will continue without interruption as there is no link between the blood clots and the AstraZeneca Vaccine.

According to Ahmed Kalebi, a consultant pathologist, less than 50 people have reported blood clots in the country.

He said blood clots occur for a number of reasons such as immobility, food, and daily inactivity.

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