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Top Newspaper Headlines for February 21: Top Government Officials on the Spot over Rigging Claims Ahead of August Polls

The country’s top newspapers on Monday, February 21 widely reported on the August 9 General Elections with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka crafting a pre-election deal with his ODM counterpart Raila Odinga. 

The dailies also reported on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s anticipated meeting sscheduled for Wednesday, February 23. 

People Daily 

The newspaper reported on ODM leader Raila Odinga’s alleged meeting with Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka in a Mombasa hotel. 

According to the daily, the two leaders met at a five-star hotel in the coastal city, fueling speculations about their reunion ahead of the August polls. 

The meeting was also attended by One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals – UDP’s Cyrus Jirongo, Martha Karua of NARC Kenya and KANU’s Gideon Moi. 

A source privy to the meeting stated that the conversation was centred on a possible formation of an alliance between One Kenya Alliance and Azimio La Umoja. 

The Star 

According to the newspaper, President Uhuru Kenyatta will be witnessing the crafting of a preelection partnership deal between OKA and Azimio La Umoja alliances. 

OKA is set to attend a joint ODM and Jubilee party delegates meeting where the deal between the two formations will be formally inked. 

It still remains unclear what slots the OKA principals will be given. 

Daily Nation 

ODM deputy party leader and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya has dismissed claims that he is warming up to Deputy President William Ruto’s camp.  

According to the daily, Oparanya noted that he would be foolish to join the DP’s camp like Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi and hia FORD Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang’ula. 

His announcement came after missing a series of Azimio la Umoja campaigns in Western Kenya last week. 

Taifa Leo 

According to the Swahili newspaper, ODM and DAP-K parties have joined forces to support ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid. 

Led by Bungoma County ODM chairman Ali Balala, leaders from both parties said they would do everything in their capacity to ensure that all the region’s votes go to the former Prime Minister. 

Balala also noted that DAP-K seek to lock out ANC and FORD Kenya parties from the regions after entering a pact with Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA). 

The Standard 

According to the newspaper, envoys from the international community have put top government officials on the spot over rigging claims ahead of the August 9 General Elections. 

Following the claims, the envoys are putting pressure on the government to ensure a free, fair and credible election. 

In a meeting held at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi on Monday, February 14, the envoys, including a World Bank representative, engaged top government officials led by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

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