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Top Newspaper Headlines for March 1: Tensions between ODM, Wiper Likely to Spoil Uhuru’s Mega Coalition Plans

The country’s top newspapers on Tuesday, March 1 widely reported 2022 succession politics with tensions between ODM and Wiper most likely to spoil plans ahead of August 9 General Elections. 

The dailies so highlighted claims of an unverified register containing names of the dead voters even as the August 9 General Elections draw closer.  

The Star 

According to the newspaper, tensions have escalated in Deputy President William Ruto’s camp over the running mate slot amid the uncertainty of ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi’s role at the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.  

The daily warned that if not solved, the tension could be costly to the DP in creating a formidable coalition to face ODM leader Raila Odinga in the forthcoming polls. 

On Monday, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua sparked reactions after claiming that the position is reserved for Mt Kenya, adding that both Mudavadi and FORD Kenya’s Moses Wetangula had agreed on the same.  

The Standard 

The newspaper reported that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga have lined up a series of campaigns ahead of the naming of Azimio La Umoja’s presidential candidate.  

On Monday, Raila’s presidential team released a nine-day itinerary set to kick off on Wednesday, March 2 and conclude on Saturday, March 5 in Nairobi. 

Azimio La Umoja will hold its first rally in Nakuru County before heading down to Kisii and Nyamira counties on Thursday. 

People Daily 

Deputy President William Ruto has once again been mentioned in the trial of lawyer Paul Gicheru’s case as the one who was behind bribing International Criminal Court (ICC) witnesses.  

The fourth witness in the trial of the lawyer said Gicheru had explained to him that ‘mkubwa” wanted everything handled keenly. 

Gicheru faces eight counts relating to corruptly influencing witnessed cases from Kenya.

Daily Nation

The daily reported that tensions pitting ODM leader Raila Odinga and his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka are likely to frustrate President Uhuru Kenyatta in his bid to craft a mega coalition ahead of 2022 polls.  

The daily noted that both camps want to secure the flag bearer slot with the renaming of the coalition emerging as another issue. 

At the moment, what Kalonzo’s role will be in the outfit remains unknown threatening talks that must be held before March 12. 

Taifa Leo 

The Swahili publication reported that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been put in the spotlight over the transfer and registration of voters out of their offices. 

In a court affidavit, the complainant, identified as George Mutuku said that IEBC had announced a complete registration process that targeted more voters by end of February 2022. 

The election body then declared that the remaining voter registration processes will be conducted in its offices and Huduma Centers. 

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