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Top Newspaper Headlines for December 22: Raila embraces new advisers ahead of 2022 polls

The county’s top newspapers on Wednesday, December 22 reported on the 2022 General Election with Deputy President William Ruto’s allied MPs teaming up with ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi’s allies to oppose a bill that parties must submit a pre-election agreement six months to the General Election.

The newspapers also reported that DP William Ruto called a crisis meeting after a group of youth attacked UDA-allied politicians over campaign funds.

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People Daily

The publication reported that over 150,000 people received the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, December 21 to reach 9.5 million vaccinated people up from 8.9 million on Monday, December 20.

The daily reported that the new developing coincided with Health CS Mutahi Kagwe’s directive that unvaccinated Kenyans wouldbe barred from accessing government services starting December 21.

However, the High Court had suspended the directive issued by the CS, terming it an abuse of power.

The Star

A section of aspirants seeking to run for elective on ODM tickets have opposed the proposal have consensus as the mode of nomianting candidates.

The aspirants noted that the proposed mode would work against them and favour those already in the system.

Making the announcement, Opposition party’s National Elections Board chaired by Catherine Mumma argued that consensus was the best way to end the chaos that has rocked ODM Party primaries in recent years.

We encourage our members to engage in local consultations for possible consensus among aspirants to assist the party to identify strong candidates,” Mumma said.

Daily Nation

The publication reported on the showdown expected in Parliament over the Political Parties Amendment Bill that states parties must submit a pre-election agreement six months to the General Election.

The controversial proposal was fronted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga who want to form a coalition where the former premier will be the presidential candidate.

Ford Kenya, UDA and ANC MPs have since vowed to shootdown the bill arguing that the timeline should be shortened to three months.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported that ODM leader Raila Odinga has embraced new advisers ahead of the 2022 General Elections.

The ODM leader has sidelined his renowned long-term allies and warmed up to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s allies who have backed his presidential bid.

Raila’s new advisers include, Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega governor), Hassan Joho (Mombasa governor), James Nyoro (Kiambu governor), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua governor) and Francis Atwoli (COTU secretary-general).

Others include Mutahi Ngunyi (political analyst), SK Macharia (RMS chairman), Paul Mwangi (lawyer), Peter Wanyande (economist) and Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia governor).

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The Standard

The daily reported that on Sunday, December 19, UDA Coast regional coordinator Mohamed Tenge Salim and Mombasa gubernatorial aspirant Sanjeev Agarwal were attacked by rowdy youth.

The goons claimed Tenge disappeared with campaign logistical funds.

Following the incident, DP Ruto on Tuesday, December 21 called a crisis meeting following the violence that injured several people.

The DP met the warring parties at a Mombasa hotel to quell tension ahead of the upcoming party primaries, asking them to work together and warned that UDA wouldn’t entertain hooliganism.

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