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Top Newspaper Headlines for June 17: What Mt Kenya region vote split means to DP Ruto, Raila

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, June 17 reported on the purported split in the Mt Kenya region and what it means to Deputy President William Ruto and his political rival Raila Odinga.

The dailies also reported on Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s stand on supporting Raila in his quest to clinch the top seat.

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The Star

James Nyamongo was recently confirmed as the Nairobi Hospital chief executive officer, the daily reported.

Confirming his appointment, board chairman Irungu Ndirangu appreciated the progress he made when he was appointed into acting capacity in December 2020.

“His focus, going forward, is to implement the hospital’s Strategic Plan 2019-2024 to transform the hospital into a premier healthcare facility in Eastern and Central Africa region,” Ndirangu stated.

People Daily

A section of Mombasa health workers on Wednesday, June 16 threatened to down their tools accusing Governor Hassan Joho of failing to address their grievances.

Led by The Kenya National Union of Nurses Mombasa (KNUN) branch Secretary Peter Maroko, the health workers vowed to paralyse county operations if their issues are not addressed with urgency.

They medics threatened to shut down offices to key departments following failure by the county government to deal with nurses’ grievances.

Taifa Leo

As the Maseno border dispute continue to escalate, Vihiga Governor Wilberforce Ottichilo and Senator George Khaniri have argued that the Ministry of Land Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney has no powers to rule on the matter.

Ottichilo argued that the matter is currently before the Senate, further maintaining that the issue could only be resolved by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Recently, Karoney ruled that Maseno was in Kisumu and not Vihiga.

The Standard

Deputy President William Ruto’s lawyer Kharim Khan was on Wednesday, June 17 sworn in as the new Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Khan, 51, takes over from Fatou Bensouda for a nine-year term.

The new Chief Prosecutor has lawyer Paul Gicheru’s file in his tray. The Kenyan lawyer was accused of influencing witnesses ICC had lined up against DP Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang.

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Daily Nation

The publication reported on the split in the vote-rich Mt Kenya region noting that ODM leader Raila could be the biggest gainer.

In equal measure, DP Ruto stands to lose the most should the two political rivals face each other in the 2022 General Election.

Political pundits argue that the widening rift between leaders representing the Central Kenya region could hurt DP Ruto’s command’s chances more than Raila.

The ODM leader’s vote strongholds remain largely the same as in the recent presidential election.

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