Top Newspaper Headlines for November 1: OKA chiefs fault Uhuru for disrupting campaigns, blocking bid to pick presidential candidate

OKA has vowed not to bow to the pressure of backing a different candidate

November 01, 2021, 08:43 AM for

The country's top newspapers on Monday, November 1 widely reported on 2022 succession politics with One Kenyq Alliance (OKA) maintaining that they will be part of it.

The dailies also highlighted the dilemma President Uhuru Kenyatta is facing in his quest to consolidate OKA with ODM leader Raila Odinga in 2022.

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Daily Nation

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka may okay the kingmaker role in the 2022 presidential race, the daily reported.

According to the daily, Kalonzo is being courted by both Ruto and Raila who are presumed to be then contenders in the highly-anticipated contest.

However, Kalonzo has declared numerous times that he will not be a running to anyone, insisting that he will be on the ballot come 2022.

Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, despite their meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta, One Kenya Alliance members have insisted that they will not support a different candidate.

Speaking in Thika on Sunday, October 31, ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi argued that Kenyans have the ultimate say, adding that OKA will not bow down to pressure from State House.

OKA brings together Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper, ANC's Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya's Moses Wetangula and Gideon Moi of KANU.

People Daily

As 2022 draws closer, interested parties are employing every means possible to reach the electorate ahead of the highly-competitive polls.

According to the daily, parties are investing in social media withthos eyeing the seats seekimg services of top bloggers for pushing their agenda on the web.

Currently, among the bloggers being scrambled for are Dennis Itumbi, Robert Alai and Cyprian Nyakundi.

Itumbi and Alai have already pitched their tents on Ruto's and Raila's sides respectively while an abrasive Nyakundi has been neutral, not identifying himself with any specific side.

The Standard

The daiky highlighted the dilemma that President Uhuru Kenyatta is facing in his bid to consolidate the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) with Raila ahead of 2022.

According to the daily, there is a likelihood that the ODM leader may pick a running mate from the Mt Kenya region leaving OKA chiefs in the middle of nowhere.

Uhuru and Raila had championed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill which would expand the executive so that the third parties could be accommodated but the bill flopped at both the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

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The Star

According to the newspaper, OKA chiefs are blaming President Uhuru Kenyatta for posing a stumbling block on their bid to oick a presidential candidate in the coming polls.

Over the weekend, the OKA chiefs are said to have been summoned to State House by the Head of State.

On Friday, October 29, the quartet had just launched their campaigns in Kakamega before the statehouse insiders came calling.

They have now faulted Uhuru for disrupting their campaigns, vowing not to bow to the pressure of backing a different candidate.

"Why is it that when OKA has an event, calls come from state house? It is now becoming obvious that when we have our events State House will be calling

"The summons could only benefit two people, ODM leader Raila Odinga, or DP William Ruto," said Kibisu Kabatesi, Mudavadi's aide.

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