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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 18: Raila’s receives major boost as 30 governors endorse his presidential bid

The country’s top newspaper on Tuesday, January 18 reported on the August 9 General Elections with over 30 governors supporting ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.

The newspapers also highlighted the temperatures ahead of the commencement of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) appeal hearings at the Supreme Court.

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People Daily

The daily reported that battle lines were drawn on Monday evening, January 17 ahead of the commencement of the controversial BBI Bill appeal hearings at the Supreme Court.

This is after the Attorney General and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) protested time allocated to them to argue their cases.

The Supreme Court had issued guidelines allocating the appellants 45 minutes each to argue their cases.

Daily Nation

ODM party leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid received a major boost after 30 governors backed him to be Azimio La Umoja’s flag bearer in the August General Elections.

The movement’s consultative meeting convened by Raila was attended by 26 governors with four other governors sending their apologies but signed the declaration indicating their support for the former Prime Ministe.

Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana also shelved his presidential ambitions to support ODM party leader Raila.

“I consulted my people in Makueni and they gave me the go-ahead to support Azimio la Umoja. They told me that I have age on my side and will resume my presidential ambitions in future,” Kibwana stated.

The Star

Deputy President William Ruto is set to storm ODM leader Raila Odinga’s bases in Nairobi as he campaigns ahead of August 9 polls.

Ruto is set to hold rallies in Lang’ata, Kibra, Westlands, Dagoretti North and Dagoretti South constituencies.

The daily noted that ODM has controlled Westlands, Dagoretti South and Kibra.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, two MPs from Bungoma county want President Uhuru Kenyatta abolished the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC).

In their argument, MPs Dan Wanyama of Webuye West and Majimbo Kalasinga of Kabuchai said the system is costly to Kenyan parents.

Wanyama argued that failure to abolish CBC will see pupils from poor families drop out of school.

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The Standard

Members of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) have condemned the chaos that rocked Ruto’s rally in Jacaranda, Embakasi East.

Ruto’s allies have also demanded action against the perpetrators.

UDA secretary Veronica Maina has called out Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi’i for the violence.

Maina accused Matiang’i of turning a blind eye during the violence since he supports Raila.

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