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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 14: Uhuru declares support for controversial Political Parties Bill

The country’s top newspapers reported on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s meeting with Azimio La Umoja MPs where he asked the lawmakers to be loyal to his handshake deal.

The dailies also reported on August 9 General Elections with the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) edging closer to picking a presidential candidate to be the coalition’s flag bearer.

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According to the daily, President Uhuru Kenyatta openly declared his support for the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill in a meeting with Azimio La Umoja MPs in State House on Thursday.

Speaking during the meeting, Uhuru also told off Deputy President William Ruto’s allies who have been opposed the Bill that is currently in the Senate.

“And the political parties amendments that we are trying to push through, which some people have tried to demonise as they demonised BBI (Building Bridges Initiative)

“The Bill is giving us an opportunity to be able to formally work together across political parties in the interest of the nation,” Uhuru said.

The Star

The daily reported that One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals are today, Friday, January 14 expected to give a way forward on when they will pick a flag bearer.

The principals are said to have retreated to Elementaita for a meeting with a technical team mandated to coming up with a formula for picking a flag bearer.

“They are joining us, then we shall discuss with them until tomorrow,” said a source.

OKA brings together Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) and Gideon Moi (KANU).

The Standard

The newspaper reported OKA principals failed to turn up for a luncheon at State House forcing President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga to focus on parliamentary issues.

At least, 192 Azimio La Umoja MPs are said to have attended the luncheon that lasted about an hour.

Kalonzo said although he was aware of the meeting, it was not until Thursday morning that he was invited, by which time he had already planned his day.

“Hon Robert Mbui called me on Wednesday as a matter of courtesy on it. Senator Kiio Wambua also called to consult on the same, and I gave them my nod. This morning I received the invitation but in all honesty, it was rather late,” he said.

Mudavadi said he first read about the event in the media yesterday. He received an official invitation later.

“It is after reading in the press that I received an invite but I had already committed myself elsewhere,” he said.

Wetang’ula admitted that he received an invitation through the Senate Minority Leader and Siaya Senator James Orengo on Wednesday night, but he couldn’t accommodate it in his busy schedule.

“By that time, I had several lined up meetings, including meeting delegations from far, and could not break those. But I was represented by Chris Wamalwa, who is the Secretary-General of Ford Kenya,” said Wetang’ula.

People Daily

The newspaper reported that Deputy President William Ruto has tightened his grip on the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ahead of a tough battle with Azimio La Umoja in the August 9 General Elections.

On Wednesday, Ruto chaired the party’s first National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at his official residence in Karen where party officials were officially unveiled.

The officials, led by Chairman Johnstone Muthama were tasked with developing DP Ruto’s campaign strategy.

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Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported that tension is growing in West Pokot County between DP William Ruto and incumbent governor John Lonyangapuo over erection of UDA wheelbarrows in the county.

In the recent past, there was an ongoing demolitions and defacing of wheelbarrows and UDA symbols in various parts of the county.

On Wednesday, January 12, a young man was shot with an arrow while trying to uproot one of the wheelbarrows.

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