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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 26: Uhuru hints at convincing Mudavadi, Wetangula to ditch DP Ruto for Raila

The country’s top newspapers on Wednesday, January 26 reported on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s meeting with Luhya leaders following ANC partly leader Musalia Mudavadi’s alliance with Deputy President William Ruto.

The newspapers also highlighted the impact of Mudavadi-Ruto alliances on the succession of Uhuru and DP Ruto’s 2022 lineup.

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People Daily

The newspaper reported on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s meeting with Luhya leaders where the Bead of State argued that Kenyans would be safe in the hands of ODM leader Raila Odinga after the August 9 polls.

Uhuru campaigned for Raila, further noting that he was disappointed by the move by ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi and his FORS Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula to team up with Deputy President William Ruto.

The Head of State is also said to have hinted at convincing the two leaders to change their mind and support the former Prime Minister.

“The only thing I can tell you is that today he was more direct about his support for Raila. He told us that Kenyans would benefit more under Raila than Ruto

“He was categorical that he would soon come out of State House to campaign for him at the opportune time,” Budalang’i MP Raphael Wanjala who was part of the delegation said.

The Star

The newspaper reported that the family of a DCI officer whose mutilated body was discovered in Baringo is demanding a probe into his killing.

The officer, Abdirahim Adow Abdullahi went missing on January 20 and his body discovered days later by school going children near Tambach Primary School.

Abdullahi was a police constable stationed at Itabua Mugoya police station and attached to the DCI department in Embu.

The deceased was headed to Mombasa for an assignment in the company of his friend identified as Yahya Hassan who is still missing.

Daily Nation

The newspaper reported that Speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka is set to address claims that the executive has barred MPs and staff from foreign travels until the debate on the controversial Political Parties (Amendment) Bill 2021 is done.

This was after a Senator allied to Deputy President William Ruto claimed that hewas barred from leaving the country on orders of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Speaker said his office had been informed and was investigating it and will communicate to the House in two weeks.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru asked Deputy President William Ruto to pick a running mate from the Mt Kenya region.

Waiguru argued that having a female running mate would help the DP with the two-thirds gender rule.

“I hope and pray when deputy president chooses a running mate, he chooses a woman. However, when discussing the choice, which one should be a running mate

“I don’t think that is a conversation that is done at a committee level. At least I am not a party to that,” she said during an interview on Spice FM.

The Kirinyaga county boss note that even though her focus is on the Kirinyaga gubernatorial race, she would be honoured is picked to be DP Ruto’s deputy.

“What I know the decision on who will be the running mate is the decision of one William Ruto. The only thing we are expecting is the issue of where that running mate comes from

“I think it would be a great honour to be picked as UDA running mate,” she emphasised.

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The Standard

A security guard has narrated how his stolen identity card almost implicated him in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani.

Dominic Hosea told Justice Grace Nzioka that his identity card was stolen at Royal Park Estate within Lang’ata in Nairobi, where Joseph Irungu alias Jowie and journalist Jacqueline Maribe lived.

“I have never been to Lamuria Gardens Apartment. I don’t even know where it is. I was shocked when I was summoned by police officers and told that my identity card had been recovered at a crime scene,” said Hosea.

Hosea told the court that in September 2018, he was on annual leave for 25 days and needed some money for transport to take his family to their rural home in Kisii

He requested his neighbour who worked at construction sites to help him find a side hustle, and the neighbour notified him of construction works at Royal Park Estate.

He explained that he could not find his identity card after work but had to travel home.

Hosea said he travelled to Kisii and returned to Nairobi on October 4 2018, and the next day, he was summoned by his supervisor while at work.

He was taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road, where he was informed that his identity card had been found at a murder scene.

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