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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 19: Uhuru resumes purge against DP Ruto allies

The country’s top newspapers reported on the August 9 General Elections with the latest opinion poll indicating that Deputy President William Ruto is still leading in the presidential race.

The dailies also reported that President Uhuru Kenyatta has resumed his purge against DP Ruto’s allies who head parliamentary committees.

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The Star

The newspaper reported on an opinion poll that indicated that Deputy President William Ruto is still leading in the presidential race.

However, the newspaper noted that DP Ruto’s camp should be on high alert because while 46 percent of those interviewed noted that they would vote for Ruto, 35 percent declare their support for ODM party leader Raila Odinga.

In November 2021, a similar poll showed that the DP was first in the state house race with 45 percent while the former prime minister came second with 28 percent.

The Standard

The newspaper reported that Raila is now accusing DP Ruto of sponsoring chaos in his own political rallies.

The former Prime Minister said the DP resorted to violence after sensing defeat from the Azimio La Umoja movement and he was playing dirty tricks because of the panic.

“Already, they have seen the Tsunami that is coming and they are now crying foul. We will defeat those people on the ballot. Already, they have felt the Tsunami,” he said.

People Daily

Deputy President William Ruto allies have criticised governors who recently declared their support for Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.

Led by United Democratic Alliance (UDA) chairman Johnson Muthama, the MPs said the governors who declared their support for Raila were serving last terms and were looking for relevance.

On his part, Garissa Township MP Aden Duale said the Naivasha convention was a meeting of governors with integrity issues.

Daily Nation

President Uhuru Kenyatta has resumed his purge against his deputy, William Ruto’s allies.

According to the newspaper, Jubilee party is now targeting DP Ruto allies who head the parliamentary committees in the National Assembly.

Targeted lawmakers include Cate Waruguru (Laikipia Woman Representative), MPs David Gikaria (Nakuru Town East), Ali Wario (Bura), Kareke Mbuki (Maara), among others.

The MPs received letters from the party asking them to give satisfactory reasons on why they should keep holding their plum parliamentary positions despite their association with DP.

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Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported on the uncertainty that former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale is facing in his quest to become the county governor.

Khalwale’s bid is in trouble because Kakamega Senator Cleopas Malala who is also eyeing the position is pointing towards joining the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

The newspaper reported that close associates of DP Ruto’s are reportedly backing Malala to vie for the Kakamega gubernatorial position under a UDA ticket should he decide to join the outfit.

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