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Top Newspaper Headlines for December 29: Atwoli accused of dividing voters ahead of Bukhungu rally

The country’s top newspapers on Wednesday, December 29 widely reported on the 2022 succession politics with ODM leader Raila Odinga and his ANC counterpart, Musalia Mudavadi fighting for the control of the Luhya vote block.

The dailies also highlighted the planned special sitting of the National Assembly to debate and approved a bill seeking to anchor coalitions as political parties slated for today, December 29.

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The Standard

The publication reported that the 2022 education calendar is expected to be one of the toughest with students expected to do five national exams in primary and secondary schools.

This comes amid the rising cases of COVID-19 and heightened political temperatures ahead of the 2022 polls.

Speaking recently, Education CS George Magoha noted that teachers would be critical to the success of the exams and taming arson attacks in schools.

The Star

The newspaper reported that political feuds pitting ODM leader Raila Odinga and his ANC counterpart Musalia Mudavadi could take a different direction following Raila’s political gathering in Bukhungu Stadium.

The daily reported that the meeting could shred any possibility of the two working together again setting stage for a major political battle for Western Kenya.

At the meeting, Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya could be declared the Luhya spokesperson.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported that more leaders from Western Kenya have opposed the second Luhya unity meeting convened by Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) secretary-general Francis Atwoli.

Atwoli has convened a meeting at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega slated for Friday, December 31 where henia seeking to champion the Luhya community to speak in one voice ahead of 2022 polls.

However, a section of leaders including former Kakamega senator Bonnie Khalwale, MPs Sakwa Bunyasi (Nambale), Alfred Agoi (Sabatia), Beatrice Adagala (Vihiga) and ANC chairman Kelvin Lunani dismissed the meeting accusing Atwoli of dividing voters in the region.

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Daily Nation

The daily reported that Uhuru and Raila had dropped a contentious coalitions timeline, but Deputy President William Ruto is still on the warpath signalling another showdown in parliament today.

A clause in the Bill that required a coalition political party to deposit a pre-election agreement with the Registrar of Political Parties six months before the elections had upset the One Kenya Alliance (OKA).

The OKA principals interpreted the clause as designed to coerce them to show their political strategy by next year February.

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