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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 10: DP Ruto alleges plot to rig August 9 presidential vote

The country’s top newspapers on Monday, January 10 widely reported on the August 9 polls woth Deputy President William Ruto rising concerns over possible rigging.

The dailies also reported on the ongoing probe into remarks made by Meru senator Mithika Linturi during a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) rally in Eldoret over the weekend.

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People Daily

The daily reported that Deputy President William Ruto has raised concerns over the security of the presidential ballot in the August 9 General Elections.

Speaking in Migori on Sunday, January 9, the DP alleged that he had gotten wind of plans by his competitors to rig the oncoming polls.

However, Ruto stated that he has devised viable mechanism to counter the plot.

“I know this is a tight race pitting me and the so-called system, but some people forget that even me I have been and I’m part of the system

“We have relentlessly spent time wooing the people and we will not allow a fraction of capitalists to sit in a hotel and decide for us who will be the next president,” said Ruto.

The Star

The newspaper reported on ODM leader Raila Odinga’s visit to Kiambu County to call on mothers of political prisoners.

Speaking in Kabete, the former Prime Minister noted that the visit was in remembrance of his mother who passed away while he was in detention.

Raila said if elected president, he would compensate the women and set up a monument in their owner.

“These women are our second liberation heroes. When I become president I will compensate and honour them,” said Raila.

Daily Nation

The daily highlighted some strategists the DP is considering ahead of August 9 polls which analysts have argued that it could be his waterloo.

The strategists include;

  • Refusal to go into the August 9 poll as a coalition of parties
  • Shunning regional kingpins, with a preference on first-term MPs
  • Taking credit for Jubilee successes and refusing to take the blame for critical failures
  • Making himself sole campaigner, refusing to delegate
  • Pushback against the tribal card in politics; instead fronting bottom-up economics as a unifier
  • Focus on Mt Kenya without the blessings of Uhuru

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported that Meru senator Mithika Linturi could get away with his inflammatory remarks referring to previous instances in which politicians have been let free after making such remarks.

Lawmakers Junet Mohammed (Suna East), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Joanna Ng’eno(Emurua Dikkir) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) are some of the politicians Taifa Leo claims were let free after making incendiary remarks.

Linturi was on Sunday, January 9 arrested in Eldoret and taken to Kaptembwa Police Station in Nakuru before being transferred to Gigiri police station in Nairobi.

He is set to be presented in court today, Monday, January 10.

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The Standard

The newspaper reported on reactions following Senator Mithika Linturi’s remarks which were termed inflammatory and could incite Kenyans ahead of August 9 General Elections.

Speaking in Eldoret, Linturi urged residents to shun those who don’t support DP William Ruto terming them ‘madoadoa’ which needed to be removed.

A host of leaders came forth to condemn Linturi’s sentiments, accusing him of fanning violence as the general election fast approaches.

“To profile persons on the basis of their political or ethnic orientation is regrettable. We condemn such reckless talk and support the arrest and prosecution of the senator,” said Lee Kinyanjui, Nakuru governor.

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