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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 5: List of CSs expected to leave office in February

The country’s top newspaper on Wednesday, January 5 reported on the last moments of a Kisii family who perished in a grisly road accident.

The dailies also reported on the disputed Political Parties Amendment Bill that is set to be debated again in the National Assembly.

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People Daily

A spokesperson for a Kisii family that perished on Christmas Day has narrated events that led to their sudden death.

Ronald Bundi, his wife Veronica Agake and their five children died after their car collided head-on with another in Engwata Macknon area along the busy Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

According to an eye witness, Ronald died on the spot alongside his two daughters Natalia and Claire while Veronica succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

The deceased couple’s other daughter Marion Moraa passed away on New Year’s eve.

The Star

According to the newspaper, a mass exodis is expected in the government in February as civil servants elective seats resign ahead of the August 9 General Elections.

The law states that civil servants eyeing elective seats must resign six months before the General Elections and they must tender their resignation with IEBC boss Wafula Chebukati.

Cabinet Secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries who are expected to leave office in February include;

  • Peter Munya (Agriculture CS) – Meru governor.
  • Simon Chelugui (Labour CS) – Baringo governor.
  • Ukur Yatani (Treasury CS) – Marsabit governor.
  • Eugene Wamalwa (Defence CS) – Trans Nzoia governor.
  • Chris Obure (Infrastructure CAS) – Kisii governor.
  • Gideon Mung’aro (Lands CAS) – Kilifi governor.

Daily Nation

The newspaper reported that DP William Ruto allies has softened their stance on the controversial Political Parties Amendment Bill whose debate was marred by chaos.

Led by Garrissa Township MP Aden Duale, the Tanga Tanga camp was negotiation with proponents of the bill to delete a provision that they argued it would hand sweeping powers to the Registrar of Political Parties.

“We are seeking consensus and the progress is good. I cannot tell you the details but you will see on the floor of the House,” Duale said.

The Bill was fronted by pro-handshake lawmakers to pave way for the registration of a political party believed to be Azimio La Umoja that will be used by ODM leader Raila Odinga during the 2022 polls.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, Defence CS Eugene Wamalwa has lashed out at DP William Ruto for looking down on small parties.

Speaking while addressing residents in Bungoma, the CS maintained that Kenya is a democratic country that allows multiparty politics.

“We want peaceful and honourable campaigns in Western Kenya and across the country ahead of the August polls,” he said.

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The Standard

According to the newspaper, suspicion has rocked One Kenya Alliance (OKA) as both DP William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga try to woo the principals into their camps.

The outfit brings together Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula and KANU’s Gideon Moi.

For instance, ANC deputy party leader who has since declared his support for Raila’s Azimio la Umoja has threatened to quit the party if it enters into a coalition with DP Ruto’s UDA.

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