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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 4: DP Ruto, Mudavadi camps initiate coalition talks ahead of 2022 polls

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, December 4 widely reported on Kenya’s first attorney general, Sir Charles Njonjo who took his last breath on Sunday, January 2.

The dailies also reported on 2022 succession politics with Deputy President William Ruto on the verge of sealing a coalition government with ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi.

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People Daily

The daily reported that the High Court adjourned the sentencing of Moi Girls’ High School, Nairobi student who started the dormitory fire that killed 10 students in 2017.

The sentencing was adjourned on grounds that the probation was not ready with Justice Stella Mutuku now expected to sentence the suspect on February 15.

In December 2021, Justice Mutuku ruled that the intention of the student was not to harm her schoolmates but to force her transfer from the school.

The Star

According to the daily, DP William Ruto could be on the verge of sealing a political deal with ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi ahead of the much anticipated 2022 polls.

It is reported that DP Ruto and Mudavadi’s allies have commenced cooperation talks and are likely to crystalize by mid-February to pave way for a coalition agreement.

If materialised, the deal will sound a death knell to One Kenya Alliance (OKA) and also race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta for a two-horse showdown between Ruto and Raila.

Daily Nation

The newspaper highlighted the controversies that marred Kenya’s first attorney general Sir Charles Njonjo’s life.

The daily noted;

1. Njonjo declared that he did not like greeting Luos to avoid contracting cholera, a disease that was prevalent in the lakeside region in the 60s and 70s.

2. The late refused to prosecute any woman charged with abortion. He believed that women had a right to decide if they want to keep or terminate their pregnancy.

3. Njonjo was known for drinking beer only from his own silver mug and at one point when it disappeared while attending a party in Njenga Karume’s home, he ordered the entire provincial administration to search for it.

4. In London, while still a student, he worked as a waiter to survive.

5. The former Attorney General married his wife Margaret Bryson at the senior age of 52, his reason for delaying settling down being, he could not find a girl he could live with.

6. In 2013 while attending former Kiambaa MP Stanley Githunguri’s event, he addressed the attendees in Kiswahili, much of the charging crowd who preferred to be addressed in Kikuyu.

Despite the protests, he stuck to Swahili and went on to ask the locals whether a Kikuyu must be elected the president, meaning he was vouching for Raila Odinga’s presidency at a time when the region was campaigning for Uhuru Kenyatta.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, the decicison by Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali not to defend his seat in 2022 has irked his supporters.

A section of his supporters argued that the MP had betrayed them as they had enough numbers to help him clinch the seat in the upcoming polls.

Washiali pulled out of the Parliamentary race to concentrate on making DP William Ruto the president.

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The Standard

According to the publication, ODM leader Raila Odinga pledged to change the country’s economic outlook and move more than 20 million Kenyans out of poverty.

The Opposition leader said his social welfare programme will empower youth and that his government will respect and give women equal rights.

He reiterated his 10 point declaration at Kasarani and took a swipe at Ruto, asking supporters whether they wanted his economic blueprint that seeks to create jobs or wheelbarrows.

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