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Top Newspaper Headlines for October 27: Waiguru defends move to join DP Ruto’s camp

The country’s top newspapers on Wednesday, October 27 widely reported on Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru’s defection to Deputy President William Ruto’s camp.

The dailies also reported on the KSh 231 billion National Youth Service (NYS) case that has been dragging in court since 2018.

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Daily Nation

According to the publication, National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi will run for presidency in 2022 on a Democratic Party (DP) ticket.

Speaking on Tuesday, October 26, the Speaker confirmed that he will be vying for the top seat under the party formed by retired President Mwai Kibaki.

A month ago, the party had invited the speaker to run for presidency under their ticket.

People Daily

According to the daily, the Senate was stopped from summoning governors over Auditor General’s reports on Roads Maintenance Levy Fund and World Bank funded Kenya Urban Support Programme.

Thisnis after Justice Hedwig Ong’udi issued the temporary order pending the hearing of a suit filed by the Council of Governors.

The case, which was certified as urgent, will be heard on October 28.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, the KSh 231 billion National Youth Service (NYS) case could permanently taking long in court.

According to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission laws, corruption cases should only take 24 months until completion.

However, the case has been dragging in court since May 2018.

In May 2020, the case was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic which slowed operation in courts.

The Standard

The newspaper reported on Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru’s defection from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party to Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

Speaking after moving to UDA, Waiguru said she had a difficult time holding rallies in Kirinyaga County due to her affiliation with the ruling party.

According to the daily, a Member of County Assembly (MCA) said the governor said in a meeting that Kirinyaga residents asked her to join DP Ruto’s camp if she wants to address them.

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The Star

Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has maintained that he will be on the ballot come 2022.

Mudavadi said he has started putting in infrastructure needed ahead of the contest, adding that he will not shelve his bid.

He said Kenyans should not be put in a box in the name of two-horse race exuding confidence he stands a chance to clinch the top seat.

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