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Top Newspaper Headlines for February 22: OKA Blames High Cost of Living on Uhuru, Raila 2018 Handshake Deal

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, February 2022 reported on the August 9 General Elections, highlighting several graft suspects who are eyeing various political seats. 

The dailies also reported on ODM leader Raila Odinga’s plan to woo his Wiper counterpart ahead of the anticipated August polls. 

People Daily 

According to the newspaper, taxpayers risk losing up to KSh 5.5 billion in delayed projects including the construction of official residences for governors, their deputies and the county speaker. 

Some counties are yet to complete the construction of the residences despite allocating millions of money to the projects in the 2018/19 financial year.  

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has directed counties to complete the projects by June 2019 ahead of phasing out house allowances for the county bosses. 

The Star 

The newspaper reported that President Uhuru Kenyatta allies have kicked off an aggressive campaign to fire down Deputy President William Ruto’s influence in the Mt Kenya region. 

Uhuru allies have since noted that they are ready to battle it out with DP Ruto as the Head of State headed for the Sagana III meeting set for Wednesday, February 23. 

During this meeting, Uhuru is expected to officially declare ODM leader Raila Odinga as his preferred presidential candidate in the August 9 polls. 

Daily Nation 

The newspaper reported that Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is in a position to be a kingmaker in the upcoming polls. 

In the recent past, the Wiper leader has been saying that he will be on the ballot but his stand on the same is divided, especially after ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi and his FORD Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang’ula exit from One Kenya Alliance (OKA). 

The former Vice President is currently being eyed by ODM leader Raila Odinga and UDA’s William Ruto. 

Taifa Leo 

The Swahili newspaper reported on individuals who have been implicated in graft allegations but they are now seeking to contest for various elective seats in the August 9 polls. 

The individuals implicated in various crimes can comfortably contest for a political seat as there was no law in place barring them from contesting until the charges levelled against them were dropped.

At the moment, more than 20 politicians facing graft cases are seeking to contest for various political seats in the August political contest. 

The leaders include MPs Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Ayub Savula (Lugari), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills), former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero and Meru senator Mithika Linturi just to mention a few. 

The Standard  

The newspaper reported that the Kenya Kwanza Alliance has blamed the ‘handshake’ for the accumulation of debt in the country. 

Kenya Kwanza brings together UDA’s William Ruto, Musalia Mudavadi of ANC and his FORD Kenya counterpart, Moses Wetang’ula. 

The three principals and their allies blamed the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila for burdening Kenyans economically.

The three leaders argued that the country should not take any more debts during the transition period. 

In a press conference, Mudavadi said before the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the former Prime Minister, the national debt stood at KSh 4.5 trillion but it has since shot to KSh 11.7 trillion.  

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