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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 11: Okiya Omtatah moves to court to compel DP Ruto, governors seeking other seats to resign

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, January 11 widely reported on the August 9 elections with fresh reports indicating that Deputy President William Ruto could be forced to resign in order to contest for the presidency.

The newspapers also reported that Devolution Cabinet Secretary (CS) Charles Keter has become the first CS in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government to support DP Ruto’s presidential bid.

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Daily Nation

The newspaper reported that Devoultion CS Charles Keter on Monday, January 10 became the first CS to declare support for DP William Ruto’s presidential bid.

Speaking in a rally in Kericho, Keter maintained that the DP is best suited to succeed his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The CS also disclosed that he would be seeking an elective post in the August 9 General Elections with the Kericho gubernatorial seat in mind.

Kericho governor Paul Chepkwony is serving his second and last term in office.

The Star

The newspaper reported that DP William Ruto could be forced to resign in order to contest for the presidential seat on the August 9 General Elections if a case filed by activist Okiya Omtatah succeeds.

The case filed by the activist also seek an to have all other state officers including governors seeking to contest for a different office to resign.

Section 43 (6) of the Elections Act, 2012 for exempting the DP and governors from resigning six months before elections.

People Daily

The newspaper reported on DP William Ruto’reaction to his ally, Meru Senator Mithika Linturi’s inflammatory remarks during a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) rally in Eldoret.

Speaking in Kericho on Monday, January 10, the DP reprimanded Linturi terming his utterances unacceptable.

DP Ruto admitted that the remarks by the MP who is currently in police custody were likely to cause tension and disrupt the fragile unity of the country.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili newspaper reported on the upcoming Political Parties (Amendment) Bill debate in the Senate slated for today, Tuesday, January 11.

Rival political factions will face off as the game of numbers will play during the special as the game of numbers will play at the Upper House.

Senators allied to DP Ruto are plotting to make amendments to the Bill, which will be resisted by allies of Uhuru and Raila because changes would delay enactment of the Bill.

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The Standard

ODM leader Raila Odinga promised aspirants who will lose in the nominations that they will be accommodated in his government.

Speaking during the burial of Kajiado senator Mositet Ole Kenta in Kajiado county, Raila said that although only one aspiant will bed picked to vie for a particular seat, losing won’t be the end of the world.

Raila revealed that the aspirants will be picked through consensus.

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