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Top Newspaper Headlines for December 10: OKA principals skip Raila’s Azimio La Umoja launch

The country’s top newspaper on Friday, December 10 widely reported on ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Azimio La Umoja lauch at Kasarani Stadium.

The dailies also highlighted Deputy President William Ruto’s reaction to Raila’s endorsement by Mt Kenya arguing that Kenyans would decide who will lead them.

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People Daily

The daily reported that a requiem mass was on Thursday, December 9 held for the 32 victims of River Enziu bus tragedy.,

Friends and family of the departed souls couldn’t hold back their tears as they gather to mourn them in an emotional ceremony held at St Joseph’s Seminary in Mwingi.

The service was led by Bishop Joseph Mwongela of Kitui Catholic Diocese and his Nyeri counterpart Anthony Muheria.

The Star

One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi announced that they would not attend Raila’s Azimio La Umoja launch at Kasarani Stadium.

Mudavadi who is ANC party leader said he had personal engagements, however, describing Raila as a worthy competitor while Kalonzo has official engagements in Juba, South Sudan, where he is Kenya’s special envoy.

On the other hand, Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula said he received an invite but he would skip the event and wished Raila well.

“I received an invitation to my brother Hon R A Odinga party leader ODM to attend his Azimio event tomorrow. Due to prior engagements, I will not attend. I wish him well,” Wetang’ula said.

Daily Nation

DP William Ruto dismisses former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s endorsement by a section of Mt Kenya billionaires who backed President Uhuru Kenyatta in the last General Election.

Speaking in Makueni, the DP described the endorsement as futile, arguing that Kenyans would decide who would lead them.

“Those deals are not representative of the interests of Kenyans,” Ruto said.

During the campaign, two allies of Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka – Kathonzweni MCA Francis Mutungi and CAS Wavinya Nzioka endorsed the hustler nation.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, ODM leader Raila Osinga is set to make history as the first presidential candidate to vie for presidency five times.

Raila made a first stab at the top seat in 1997 but emerged third behind Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki.

In 2002, he opted to support Kibaki, ending KANU’s long 40-year rule.

In the 2007 General Election, Raila ran against Kibaki and lost again, but he alleged rigging.

He tried his luck in 2013 and 2017 but was unsuccessful against Uhuru Kenyatta.

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The Standard

One person trapped in the Abimbo gold mine in Bondo, Siaya county, is yet to be rescued.

Tom Okwach’s family is hanging on hope as his search enters the eighth day after his colleagues were pulled out alive.

Okwach’s father, Martin Shikuku, remained optimistic that he would reunite with his 35-year-old son.

“The rescuers said they have been communicating through a pipe and that makes me believe he’s still alive,” Shikuku said.

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