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Top Newspaper Headlines for April 14: Second COVID-19 jab to be delayed by 4 weeks

The country’s top newspapers on Wednesday, April 14 reported on the meeting between ODM leader Raila Odinga, Senator Gideon Moi and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s brother Muhoho Kenyatta.

The dailies also reported on the 2022 succession politics with a section of Mt Kenya leaders reportedly lobbying for former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri to be Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate come 2022.

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Daily Nation

2022 succession politics took center stage in the meeting between Uhuru’s brother Muhoho, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and ODM leader Raila on Tuesday, April 13.

The three leaders meet at Raila’s residence in Karen amid speculations of a possible coalition between the former Prime Minister and DP Ruto.

According to reports, the three discussed the possibility of three of Kenya’s prominent families being in the same team in the 2022 elections.

People Daily

According to the daily, Uhuru held a crisis meeting with stakeholders at State House on Monday, April 12 to address the depletion of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

During the meeting, it was said that the available stock of the jab will end in 10-14 days.

This comes at a time when India halted the export of the vaccine.

As a result, the second COVID-19 jab will be delayed by at least four weeks.

The Star

A section of leaders from the Mt Kenya region have started lobbying for former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri to be DP Ruto’s running mate come 2022.

A secrion of MPs, Senators ans grassroots leaders have been meeting to strategize on how to rally the Mt Kenya region behind Kiunjuri.

The meetings, according to the daily, have been taking place in Nairobi, Nyeri and Kiunjuri’s home town.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication focused on Raila’s political career that has been marred political betrayals since the era of late president Daniel Arap Moi.

Political pundits say the history is seemingly repeating itself especially with the crumbling handshake deal between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila.

The daily recalled instances where the former PM was used and dumped.

In 2002, Raila supported Moi with the hope of getting an endorsement but he instead picked Uhuru as his preferred successor.

During retired president Mwai Kibaki’s tenure, the former PM was also betrayed after the former head of state failed to honour the agreement they both had.

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The Standard

Kiambu Chief Magistrate Stella Atambo has urged politicians to lead by example in observing COVID-19 protocols.

Atambo was speaking during the arraignment of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and 10 others who were accused of violating COVID-19 protocols.

The violators were charged with failure to wear face masks, illegal gathering, contravening curfew hours and consumption of alcohol in public.

They were later released after paying KSh 75,000 fine.

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