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Top Newspaper Headlines for August 19: Opinion poll in Uhuru’s meeting between Raila, OKA leaders shows DP Ruto is leading

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, August 19 widely reported on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s meeting with One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

The dailies also reported on the plight of Kenyans trapped in Afghanistan following the Taliban take over.

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The Star

The country’s top student in the 2020 KCSE exams, Robin Wanjala Simiyu, is set to join the University of Nairobi (UoN) to pursue a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery.

According to the daily, top 15 performers withh join UoN to pursue medicine and engineering courses.

Those set to purse medicine alongside Wanjala are Wasonga Allan Udoma, Kenneth Oranga, Moriasi Bob Ongare, Henry Madaga, Chepkorir Patience, Musomba Edith Kithei, Kiprono Howard and Buluma Daizy Nerima.

Taifa Leo

Kenyans trapped in Afghanistan following the Taliban take over are in a limbo after the Kenyans government said it will not evacuate them.

Kenya’s Principal Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Macharia Kamau said the government doesn’t have exact data to ascertain how many Kenyans are living in the country.

The Standard

According to the publication, President Uhuru Kenyatta, One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals and ODM leader Raila Odinga failed to reach an agreement on the 2022 presidential race.

During the meeting, the Head of State reportedly shared a opinion poll that indicated Deputy President William Ruto was ahead of Raila and subsequently asked OKA leaders to explain how they intend to beat DP Ruto without Raila.

As a result, Uhuru asked OKA principals – Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, Gideon Moi and Moses Wetang’ula – to consider working with Raila.

People Daily

An attempt by co-accused persons charged alongside former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to have their KSh 213 graft case postponed flopped.

The co-accused persons – Lilian Wanjiru Ndegwa and Luke Mugo Gatimu – wanted their case postponed due to COVID-19.

However, Anti-corruption Magistrate Douglas Ogoti rejected the bid and directed the case to proceed in strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

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Daily Nation

MPs have backed a Bill seeking 50-50 sharing of parental responsibilities in the event of a separation or divorce, the daily reported.

The move could mark a big win for men who, as per current law, are disadvantaged in case of a separation.

The Bill seeks to have the rights of children applied uniformly whether their parents are married or not.

The current Bill states that whether the child’s father and mother are not married to each other, then the mother shall have parental responsibility at the first instance.

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