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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 27: Political Parties Bill to be forwarded to Uhuru for assent after chaotic session in Senate

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, January 27 focused on the 2022 politics with Deputy President William Ruto and ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi holding a joint rally in Nakuru.

The newspapers also reported on businesswoman Monica Kimani’s trial which is currently underway.

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People Daily

The newspaper reported that Kenya Power senior managers were charged with sabotage and negligence over the countrywide power outage.

Three senior managers; Raphael Kimeu, David Mutitu and Julius Mwaniki appeared before Kahawa Chief Magistrate Diana Mochache where they denied the charges.

The charge sheet indicates that the three, through their positions willfully and unlawfully and with intent to sabotage failed to maintain the Dandora high voltage power lines resulting to the blackout.

The Star

The newspaper reported that Deputy President William Ruto signalled that he could pick Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua or Alice Wahome as his running mate in the upcoming polls.

On Wednesday, January 26, DP Ruto breached the protocol and invited Wahome and Gachagua to speak to the locals after he made his address.

The daily noted that the last speakers traditionally carry considerable weight.

Daily Nation

The newspaper reported that the Senate adopted the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in a chaotic session marred with insults and name calling.

The Bill went through three stages in a seven-hour marathon with President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s allies successfully shooting down all amendments proposed by DP William Ruto-allied MPs.

Having gone through the Senate without amendments, National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi is free to forward it to Uhuru for assent.

Taifa Leo

Tharaka Nithi governor Muthomi Njuki has declared his support for Deputy President William Ruto.

The first time governor also announced that he will defendw his seat on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket in the August 9 General Elections.

Following his declaration, it means he will battle with his competitor Kithure Kindiki during UDA’s nominations.

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The Standard

According to the newspaper, Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, the key suspect in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani, lied to the police that he had been shot, on the night of the murder.

Jowie reportedly shot himself in the bedroom of his girlfriend, Jacque Maribe, then told the officers that he had been attacked by men outside the couple’s Nairobi residence.

Chief Inspector Eswari Njoki said Jowie’s neighbour, Catherine Piyon, claimed he got the pistol he used to shoot himself from her husband Bryan Kassaine.

The suspect is said to have threatened to harm himself if his co-accused, Maribe, betrayed him after the shooting at Royal Park Estate in Lang’ata, Nairobi.

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