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Azimio Council Meeting Underway At KICC

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Kenya’s President Kenyatta: Africa Is At A Crossroads

President Uhuru Kenyatta is this morning chairing a unrestricted- door meeting of the Azimio-One Kenya Alliance Coalition Council.

Kenyatta is meeting leaders from both the Azimio and OKA camps at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) to deliberate on a myriad of issues as the coalition steps up its game ahead of the August pates.

In attendance of the first- ever Azimio-OKA council, are Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Charity Ngilu, Gideon Moi, Hassan Joho, and Raphael Tuju.

A source insinuated to The Standard that the giant in the room is the question of a handling mate to deputise Azimio presidential flag deliverer Raila Odinga.

Before in the week, the Azimio women’s league faced Narc-Kenya Party leader Martha Karua as a implicit handling mate, while the OKA platoon want that seat reserved for Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka.

The gender factor has come up in the process, with the women’s league calling for the selection of a woman as running mate.

“We are going to start lobbying because everything for women is lobbying, everything for positions is lobbying. We are going to start that serious conversation in Azimio that we think the Number Two for Raila Odinga should be Martha Karua,” Gender Chief Administrative Secretary Rachel Shebesh said on Monday.

Kalonzo has, still, presented himself as the “ egregious” seeker for the post having been a two- time handling mate to Raila.

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has also expressed interest in the handling mate position.

Also in their in- charger on Thursday is the issue of a handling mate for the Nairobi Governor position.

Commercial genius Polycarp Igathe has now joined the guardianship race, on a Jubilee ticket.

He now joins the peremptory Ann Kananu, KNCCI master Richard Ngatia in the race to secure the ruling party’s ticket.

ODM’s Tim Wanyonyi is also still in the race.

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Wafula Chebukati Invites All Presidential Candidates To A Meeting Next Week

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Wafula Chebukati Invites All Presidential Candidates To A Meeting Next Week

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati has invited all the four presidential candidates to a meeting on Wednesday next week.

The candidates; William Ruto (United Democratic Alliance Party), Raila Odinga (Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance), George Wajackoya of Roots Party, and Waihiga Mwaure of Agano Party will meet with Chebukati at Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club for consultations.

Key on the agenda will be to discuss the printed voter register, the election results path and the harmonization of campaign schedules for the candidates.

“Please note that you may be accompanied to the meeting by not more than five persons,” the IEBC Chairperson said in a circular.

An audit of the Register of Voters (ROV) was recently completed by audit firm KPMG and  the final report submitted to IEBC on June 18.

Chebukati stated that a total of 46,232 polling stations have been registered in 2022. This is a 13 per cent increase from 2017 where 40,883 polling stations were registered.
The number of registered voters has also risen from 19.6 million to 22.1 million, equivalent to 12.79 per cent.

According to IEBC CEO Marjan Hussein, the audit report also revealed a massive transfer of voters.

“KPMG analysed the full register and noted that there were transfer transactions processed between 2017 general election and May 2022.

“The analysis of those transfers identified several constituencies and counties showing trends of abnormal voter transfers having been processed in the Register of Voters,” Marjan said.

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No Cause For Alarm, William Ruto Assures Residents Over Fears Of Poll Chaos

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DP William Ruto To Reverse Uhuru's Port, SGR Deals

Deputy President William Ruto has assured Nakuru County residents that there will be peace before, during and after the August 9 General Election.

The UDA leader, speaking after a meeting with residents, called on Kenyans seeking seats to commit to peaceful campaigns.

Njoro, Molo, Kuresoi and Elburgon residents, who met the DP and other Kenya Kwanza leaders yesterday, had expressed fears over possible poll chaos in their areas ahead of elections.

Ruto was accompanied by his running mate Rigathi Gachagua, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, Njoro MP Charity Kathambi, Bahati’s Kimani Ngunjiri and Senate aspirant Tabitha Karanja.

The media was locked out of the meeting that lasted more than six hours. Speaker after speaker at the event claimed they were living in fear as the ghosts of previous poll chaos haunt them. The locals said they were hesitant to support Ruto fearing he would not take care of their interests.

“We have had fears and we keep asking ourselves what will happen if we give the Deputy President this seat. Will he take care of us? That has been our fear. That is why in this area, we are hesitant to support you,” said Mr John Macharia.

The issue of land and displaced persons also cropped up, with locals calling on Ruto to promise to he will address their issues should he succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Peter Gikonyo said displaced people in Molo were never compensated. He said there are fears hostilities could return as the campaigns peak. He told the Kenya Kwanza brigade that their hearts are heavy for fear of the unknown.

“Give out an order immediately you get elected so that those occupying land that was not allocated to them can vacate it,” he said.

While assuring the residents of peace, Ruto called on Azimio la Umoja One Kenya flag bearer Raila Odinga and other leaders to condemn political violence.

The DP said he made a major sacrifice in 2012 when he dropped his presidential bid to support Uhuru for the sake of peace. He assured locals that the August poll will be orderly and peaceful, saying the country had learnt lessons from the 2007-2008 post-election skirmishes.

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