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Raila Will Concede if Ruto Wins, Jubilee Says
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party has revealed that it will not contest the presidential results if Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga loses to Deputy President William Ruto in the August 9 General Election.
Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe said Azimio would invest in agents, who cannot be compromised, to ensure that Raila wins or loses fairly.
Murathe added that Azimio would only dispute the results if there are glaring errors in the tallying.
Raila is banking on the State machinery to help him carry the day after accusing the “system” of rigging him out in previous elections.
Ruto: Raila to Blame For High Cost of Living
Deputy President William Ruto yesterday faulted ODM leader Raila Odinga for playing a role in the current economic hardships.
Addressing his supporters in Kajiado County, the DP claimed that Raila’s political truce with President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2018 derailed the agenda of the Jubilee government.
Ignoring the global situation, the DP claimed that life would have been bearable for Kenyans if Raila did not hijack the implementation of the Jubilee manifesto.
Raila: Ignore Ruto’s Fake Promises
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga was on Wednesday intrigued how Deputy President William Ruto claims he can repair the economy after being part of the mess.
Speaking in Maralal, Samburu County, the former Prime Minister wondered why the DP had failed to actualise his dream for Kenya despite being the second in command for more than nine years.
He asked Kenyans to treat Ruto’s pledges with contempt.
Wajackoyah Accuses Azimio of Stealing His Manifesto
Roots Party presidential candidate George Wajackoyah has fingered the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party for allegedly copying his manifesto.
Prof Wajackoyah reacted after Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe suggested that Raila should legalise marijuana if elected President in August. Murathe noted that growing bhang for commercial and medicinal purposes was not a bad idea.
However, Wajackoyah challenged Azimio to be original with their ideas and stop confusing Kenyans with his.
IEBC Decision to do Away With Manual Register Challenged
Seven civil society groups have moved to the High Court to challenge the decision by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to use digital register in the August 9 General Election.
The organisations argue that some voters could be barred from taking part in the exercise if the manual register is not restored.
In their petitions, they questioned what will happen in the event technology fails.
Azimio Insists on Zoning
Tens of candidates running for various elective positions under Azimio la Umoja affiliate parties will know their fate in the next one week.
The coalition is designing a method to eliminate some contenders to fight off stiff completion from Kenya Kwanza candidates, especially in areas where Azimio has more than one contestant.
Azimio bigwigs led by presidential running mate Martha Karua have in the recent past maintained that the alliance will have to make the painful decision to prevail upon some candidates to shelve their ambitions.
Uhuru Issues Title Deeds
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday asked landowners to be watchful of land cartels who have been moving around trying to identify idle parcels of land.
Speaking at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi, where he issued at least 200 title deeds, the Head of State disclosed that the cartels were notorious in Nairobi and Mombasa.
He added that some six million title deeds are ready in land registries and the government plans to hand over one million of them in the next three weeks.
Reprieve For Sakaja as CUE Withdraws Letter
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja’s bid for the city governorship received another boost yesterday after the Commission for University Education (CUE) withdrew a letter in which it had revoked the lawmaker’s degree certificate from Team University in Uganda.
CUE chair Prof Chacha Nyaigoti said the decision was made to allow further investigations into whether Sakaja’s Bachelor’s of Science in Management is authentic.
The moves comes after the electoral commission Disputes Resolution Committee dismissed a petition questioning Sakaja’s degree.
Kiema Kilonzo Refuses to Step Down
Former Kenyan Ambassador to Uganda Kiema Kilonzo has declined to quit the Kitui gubernatorial race despite pleas from the Wiper Party.
The Kalonzo Musyoka-led party even offered to nominate Kilonzo to run for Mombasa Governor after Mike Sonko was disqualified, but the envoy insists that he is not shelving his ambition.
Wiper wants Julius Malombe to be the only Azimio candidate.
PS Urges Kenyans to Get Covid-19 Jab
Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache has implored Kenyans to heed calls to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Speaking in Vihiga County during the re-launch of vaccination programme, Mochache observed that the majority of adult Kenyans had continued to avoid the jab yet getting the shit was the surest wat of fighting the virus.
She said the government plans to vaccinate 27 million adults and 5.8 million teenagers before the end of the year.