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Top Newspaper Headlines for December 21: Showdown in Parliament as MPs debate contested Political Parties Bill

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, December 21 reported on the showdown in Parliament as it debates the contested Political Parties Bill that will allow Azimio La Umoja to invite small regional parties ahead of the presidential election.

The newspapers also reported that the United States (US) has suspended Visa services until January 23 while Dubai on the other hand slapped a ban on Kenya flights.

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People Daily

The daily reported that on Monday, December 20, the United States suspended Visa services worldwide until January 23.

“In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all US embassies and consulates,” said a statement from the American government.

The cancellation of scheduled visa appointments more likely to affect Kenyans seeking to travel to or from the US for the Christmas and New Year festivities.

On the other hand, Dubai authorities announced a 48-hour ban on Kenyan flights as the new Omicron virus continue to rock havoc.

The Star

The daily reported that having falling out with his deputy, William Ruto, President Uhuru Kenyatta has no doubts that his favourite is ODM leader Raila Odinga.

The publication noted that the latest plan is aimed at clearing the way for Raila in Mt Kenya after receiving an endorsement form the Mt Kenya Foundation.

Uhuru’s move is to whip the entire public service to take Ruto head on from January, trash the hustler narrative and market Raila as his preferred successor.

The Standard

A new plan by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga to create a monolithic party ahead of 2022 General Elections ha a triggered a political battle that will play out in Parliament today.

On the other hand, an ally of DP William Ruto vowed to pull out all stops to make sure that the Bill is not a success.

The plan by Uhuru and Raila is to have provisions that will allow political parties to field candidates jointly across the country under a political outfit.

The aim is to prevent the self-cannibalisation of parties and candidates supporting the Azimio la Umoja Movement, through which Raila is expected to vie for the presidency.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, fear by political leaders of being trounced during party primaries has forced to stay closer with their party bosses.

According to the newspaper, the move is to earn them a direct party nominations as the 2022 polls draw closer and closer.

As a result, the politicians have now become fearless defenders and they have been accompanying their party bosses to different political rallies.

Some of the politicians include MPs Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Caleb Kositany (Soy), Babu Owino (Embakasi East) and Mishi Mboko (Likoni).

Others are senators Samson Cherargei (Nandi), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Cleophas Malala (Kakamega).

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Daily Nation

According to the newspaper, the commissioning of Lanet Police Station by Deputy President William Ruto was non-procedural and it was commissioned without the knowledge of area security chiefs.

Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya said the commissioning of the facility was shambolic and political.

He said the launch will now be done afresh before police officers begin using the station.

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