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Top Newspaper Headlines for March 3: OKA Fail to Sign Agreement to Join Azimio La Umoja Yet Again

The country’s top newspapers on Thursday, March 3 highlighted Deputy President William Ruto’s tour of the United States and the United Kingdom. 

The dailies also reported on the 2022 succession politics with One Kenya Alliance (OKA) postponing the signing of an agreement to join Azimio La Umoja yet again. 

People Daily 

The newspaper reported that the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) failed to sign the agreement to join Azimio La Umoja ahead of the August 9 General Elections.

This comes even as Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is being criticised over conditions he issued to join the Raila Odinga-led coalition.  

Despite failing to sign the deal, OKA principals Martha Karua (NARC Kenya), Cyrus Jirongo (UDP) and Gideon Moi (KANU) have affirmed their commitments to join Azimio La Umoja.  

“We were to sign our coalition agreement today (Wednesday) but we have postponed polishing certain legal issues that have arisen,” said Karua. 

The Star 

According to the daily, MPs have supported a proposed law to have university students with loans start repaying immediately after they start working. 

The Higher Education Loans Board (Amendment) Bill also seeks to outlaw imposing a penalty on defaulters who are yet to get formal jobs. 

According to Igembe South MP Paul Mwirigi who sponsored the Bill, it is unfair where HELB charges KSh 5,000 in penalties every month. 

Daily Nation 

Deputy President William Ruto has sparked a debate after appealing to the global community to intervene over an alleged plot to rig the presidential elections. 

Speaking in a democracy forum at Loyola University, the DP said senior government officials were involved in the scheme, a statement that angered a section of his rivals. 

The DP was told off with his competitors arguing that he sensed defeat thus making the claims. 

The Standard 

According to the newspaper, the High Court in Nairobi has declined to handle a case pitting a man and his daughter. 

Henry Macharia and his daughter, Ivy Nduta are embroiled in a heated battle over the death certificate of his wife, Jane Mwashi. 

Mwashi died in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight which crashed in Ethiopia in 2019 killing all passengers and crew on board. 

Following his wife’s death, Macharia said he needed her death certificate for a case where he filed against the airline but her daughter has since objected arguing that at the time of her mother’s death they were not on good terms and he was a violent man.  

Taifa Leo 

The Swahili newspaper reported that ODM leader Raila Odinga’s sister has declared interest in the Kisumu County Woman Rep seat in the August 9 polls.  

The position has attracted nine aspirants so far. 

Initially, Ruth had declared interest in the country’s gubernatorial seat before changing her mind.  

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