On Friday, June 24, the August 9, succession politics dominated the coverage in the national dailies after it emerged that President Uhuru Kenyatta had called for urgent talks of Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition party top organ to kick out ‘weaker’ candidates.
The newspapers also highlighted that Deputy President William Ruto and his arch-rival Raila Odinga are relying on their backyards to get head start in a bruising battle.
1. Daily Nation
Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party presidential candidate Raila Odinga is dangling state jobs for various electoral candidates to be axed in an elaborate scheme to show up his numbers in parliament.
The coalition’s top decision-making organ chaired by Uhuru is expected to meet today, Friday, June 24 to complete the decision.
This is the second council meeting chaired by Uhuru and it will be held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) to deliberate on various strategies to win the August 9 polls as campaigns enter the homestretch.
Among the strategies is a controversial plan to weed out ‘weak candidates’ using opinion polls in a strategy to win a majority of seats in parliament and the Council of Governors.
2. The Standard
When the starter is fired on August 9, Ruto will have begun his sprint to state house with a slight edge over Raila.
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) flag bearer will take off the starting block with an almost guaranteed 2,432,441 votes from his Rift Valley backyard.
This will give him a slight advantage over Raila whose Nyanza turf has 2,160,439 votes.
According to statistics extrapolated from the 2022 voter register which was gazetted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Thursday, June 23, Ruto and Raila will each have a head start in their ethnic backyards which have historically overwhelmingly voted for them and where they are expected to ensure 90% voter turnout.
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3. Taifa Leo
According to the Swahili publication, the name of Ruto is still being mentioned in the case involving Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Gicheru is accused by the Hague-based court of offences against the administration of justice (Article 70 (1) (c) of the Rome Statute).
Even as the court is expected to hear submissions from both parties in the case next week, the prosecution insists Gicheru was a close ally of Ruto who coerced the witnesses not to cooperate with the court.
In the submissions to be tabled before the court next week, the prosecution claims that one of the witnesses expressed fear that the second in command would eliminate him should he have continued with giving evidence against him over the 2007/2008 Post-Election Violence (PEV).
4. The Star
The Kenya Kwanza administration will not scrap the Competency-Based Curriculum, Ruto has said.
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Despite calls for its abolition by Kenya Kwanza’s campaign partner Musalia Mudavadi and others in the alliance, Ruto on Thursday, June 23 supported the system but said it should be reviewed.
He addressed a symposium on education for interested parties, including teachers, parents, school managers, teachers’ unions and others.
CBC focuses on learners, their skills and critical thinking. It does not revolve, like the old system, around preparing to answer exam questions.
5. People Daily
The Ministry of Health has attributed rising COVID-19 hospital admissions to an Omicron sub-variant sweeping across the country.
While urging Kenyans to ensure they are vaccinated, Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman warned Kenya is currently experiencing the sixth phase of COVID-19, which will see the positivity rate continue to rise.
On Thursday, June 23, Aman presided over the second edition of the Association of Medical Engineering Association (AMEK) symposium in Nairobi.
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Aman said that data from some countries in Europe shows that the changes happening on this sub-type of the Omicron might give it better chances of infecting the lungs.
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