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Top Newspaper Headlines for March 4: Raila Invites Kalonzo to a Nomination in Battle for Azimio-One Kenya Alliance Flagbearer

The country’s top newspapers on Friday, March 4 reported on the 2022 succession politics with Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga firing back at Deputy President William Ruto over rigging claims. 

The dailies also reported that the Former Prime Minister has welcomed Wiped Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to a nomination process for Azimio-One Kenya Alliance flag bearer. 

People Daily 

ODM leader Raila Odinga and his allies have reacted to Deputy President William Ruto’s claims that there is a plot to rig the August 9 General Elections. 

Speaking on Thursday, March 3, the former Prime Minister dismissed the claims arguing that the DP had panicked after sensing defeat in the forthcoming polls. 

“There is no way he (Ruto) is going to win the presidency. No wonder he has started speaking the language he is speaking,” ODM national chairman John Mbadi said.  

The Star  

According to the newspaper, a revolt is expected at ODM as party nominations draw closer. 

Speaking on the same, the Register of Political Parties Ann Nderitu said those eyeing political seats can resign and contest as independent candidates by May 2. 

On the other hand, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) set April 22 as the deadline for parties to conduct nominations. 

Daily Nation 

According to the daily, ODM leader Raila Odinga has invited his Wiper Party counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka to a nomination for the Azimio-One Kenya Alliance flagbearer. 

This was after Kalonzo asked the former Prime Minister to shelve his presidential bid and support him citing a 2017 NASA deal where Raila promised to support him in the 2022 General Elections. 

Politic parties in the coalition are set to hold a national delegates conference on March 12 where the Azimio candidate and the running mate will be unveiled.  

Taifa Leo 

Raila Odinga has dared his rival, DP William Ruto to a tough contest in the presidential elections noting that the DP was thirsty for power and he has no agenda for the country. 

Speaking in Migori, the ODM leader argued that the DP is not in the same league as him and he won’t defeat him in the forthcoming elections. 

Raila also dismissed claims that he is a state project. 

The Standard 

Deputy President William Ruto has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta-led government of abetting corruption saying a specific amount of money is reserved annually for cartels. 

Speaking in the US, the DP noted that the Jubilee administration budgeted KSh 100 billion for cartels by channelling funds into opaque institutions without oversight. 

“The amount has grown between four to fivefold in the last 10 years where you have accountability and oversight challenges, the more money you put in opaque institutions, the greater the corruption in there,” Ruto said. 

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