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Top Newspaper Headlines for January 6: Laikipia governor Ndiritu Muriithi to head Raila’s presidential campaign board ahead of 2022 polls

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, January 6 reported on ODM leader Raila Odinga’s move to assemble his campaign team ahead of the 2022 General Elections.

The dailies also highlighted the passage of proposals contained in the Political Parties Amendment Bill, 2921, a move that is likely to see President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila form a coalition political party.

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People Daily

MPs allied to Uhuru and Raila on Wednesday, January 5 flexed their muscles in the National Assembly dealing a blow after the other against their counterparts allied to DP William Ruto while debating the controversial Political Parties Amendment Bill.

Uhuru and Raila allies rode to victory despite attempts by DP Ruto allies to frustrate the adoption of the proposed law that would facilitate the realisation of the Azimio La Umoja coalition.

The Bill was first introduced in the house in December 2021.

The Star

The daily reported that public officers eyeing elective positions in the 2022 polls have gotten a temporary reprieve from being required to resign in February.

The election law states that public officers seeking to contest in the polls must quit at least six months to the polls.

However, Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge Monica Mbaru has ordered that the section of the Elections Act providing for civil servants’ mandatory resignation be stayed.

One Julius Wainaina who moved to the court on December 21, seeking the suspension of the Act.

Daily Nation

The newspaper reported that ODM leader Raila Odinga has begun assembling his campaign team seven months to the August 9 General Elections.

In a statement on Wednesday, January 9, the ODM leader appointed Laikipia governor Ndiritu Muriitho to chair his 2022 campaign board.

Raila also announced former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) commissioner Elizabeth Meyo’s appointment as the board’s secretary and chief executive.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals announced that they will soon retreat to receive a technical committee’s report on choosing their presidential candidate.

Speaking to the press, the OKA principals one-by-one denied being invites formally or informally to other parties.

This was after United Democratic Alliance (UDA) secretary-general Veronica Maina said she sent invitations letter to ANC and Ford Kenya party leaders Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula respectively.

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The Standard

Interior CS Fred Matiangi has declared some parts of Lamu County as disturbed areas and ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew for 30 days.

In a press release, the CS announced that the curfew will be effective starting today Wednesday January 5, 2022 citing incidences of criminal attacks that have led to loss of life.

The CS noted that the loss of seven innocent lives have been reported in Widho Sub-location in the recent past, adding that the National Security Council (NSC) has directed the deployment of a multi-agency security team.

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