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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 25: Uhuru makes first move to counter DP Ruto, Mudavadi alliance

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, January 25 widely reported on the August 9 General Elections with President Uhuru Kenyatta inviting MPs from the Luhya community in a bid to counter the alliance between Musalia Mudavadi and William Ruto.

The dailies also reported on ODM party leader Raila Odinga’s efforts in claiming the Mt Kenya region voting bloc ahead of the General Elections.

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People Daily

According to the newspaper, President Uhuru Kenyatta is today, Tuesday, January 25 set to meet MPs from the Luhya community after ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi entered into a pre-election working pact with DP William Ruto.

The Head of State is also set to meet MCAs from the region on Wednesday, January 26.

MPs supporting Azimio La Umona confirmed receiving invitations to the meeting through National Assembly Majority Whip and Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe.

The Star

The newspaper reported on the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) parliamentary group meeting where the party said that it would push for an allocation of 35% of national revenue to counties.

Even as the UDA-allied MPs saying they would back the proposal and support it in Parliament, it turn out that the disbursement of at least 35% of the national revenue to counties was contained in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill.

DP Ruto strongly opposed the BBI Bill and the plank with his team.

Daily Nation

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has stated that political Violence’s witnessed in various parts of the country is due to unfulfilled promises and voter bribery.

Speaking on Monday, the CS noted that the two are giving security agencies a hard task ahead of the August 9 General Elections.

Matiang’i noted that officers drawn from different security agencies would attend political gatherings to collect evidence to support prosecution of rogue leaders.

Taifa Leo

The Swahili publication reported that Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya vowed to lead demonstrations in the county to oppose leaders against the revival of Mumias Sugar Company.

Speaking on Monday, the county head said the demonstrations would be aimed at petitioning Chief Justice Martha Koome that Kakamega residents are suffering due to local leaders opposing the firm’s revival.

Oparanya noted that courts are misused by some local leaders who have enriched themselves by importing cheap sugar from neighbouring counties.

The Standard

The newspaper reported that Azimio la Umoja movement has bagged more leaders even as Murang’a leaders demanded a running mate position.

Some of the leaders in Murang’a who have endorsed Raila’s presidential bid include Cabinet Secretaries James Macharia (Roads), Principal Secretary Irungu Wairagu (Water) and former senator Kembi Gitura.

However, during a meeting at Thika Greens in Kandara on Monday, January 24, the leaders pleaded with Raila to consider a leader from Murang’a county as his running mate.

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