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Kenyan Newspapers Review for December 6: IEBC Officials Resignation Complicates Raila’s Planned Protests



On Tuesday, December 6, the Kenyan newspapers reported extensively about the resigantion of the Indepenent Eletoral and Boundaris Commission (IEBC) vice chairperson Juliana and her colleague Justus Nyang’aya.

The newspapers also highlighted that President William Ruto challenged Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga to sue him instead of calling for mass action to put his administration in check.

1. Taifa Leo

According to the Swahili publication, close allies of Ruto want Raila to be blocked from holding a rally tomorrow (Wednesday, December 7) to criticise the Kenya Kwanza government.

The leaders claim that the resignation of Cherera has made the protests being planned by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader to lose its meaning.

Cherera and Nyang’aya’s exit now leaves Irene Masit and Francis Wanderi as the only two commissioners to face the tribunal formed by Ruto.

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Raila insists that the frustrations of the four dissenting IEBC officials is among the reasons why he plans to hold protests against the government.

2. Daily Nation

The daily reported that Kenyans have repaid only 5.1% of the loans they borrowed from the Hustler Fund, threatening the sustainability of the kitty launched last week to give low-cost loans to individuals and businesses.

The National Treasury is betting on adequate repayment of the loans to supplement the resources that will be allocated to the Fund each year by the parliament.

The Ministry of Cooperatives and Micro, Small and Medium Entreprises said borrowers have repaid KSh 190.62 million of the KSh 3.69 billion disbursed so far.

Some 10.62 million Kenyans have opted into the fund which has processed 6.46 million transactions.

3. The Standard

The Head of State has urged the Kenya Kwanza MPs not to be tempted to join the opposition.

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Ruto who was speaking during the National Assembly Conferene on Legislative Matters in Nairobi on Monday, December 5 said there will be temptations to want to join the opposition but they “should not drop the ball.”

“Sometimes, it’s easier to criticise the government but you must remind yourself always that the government that is being criticised is yours. The opposition will be doing their bit. Please do yours,” he said.

The President was speaking amid plans of protest by the Azimio La Umoja movement who have organised a consultative meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, December 7) with members of the public at the histiri Kamukunji Grounds in Nairobi.

4. People Daily

The newspaper reported that a top decision making organ of the Kenya Kwanza administration trained its guns on state officers who campaigned against Ruto’s election, demanding that they be shown the door.

Kenya Kwanza Parliamentary Group meeting opened by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and addressed later by Ruto, resolved that the administrators be shown the door immediately for their alleged roles in the Azimio La Umoja movement campaigns.

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Sources in the closed-door meeting said several MPs singled out the Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Maalim Mohamed, his Wajir counterpart Jacob Narengo and the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) Director-General Silas Kinoti accusing them of actively campaigning for the former Azimio La Umoja movement presidential candidate Raila.

Others who could be targeted include Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Samson Ojwang, Stephen Kihara of Uasin Gishu and Erastus Mbui of Nakuru.

5. The Star

Jubilee Party will not be fielding any candidates in the upcoming by-elections in Kandara constituency, Garissa Township and Elgeyo Marakwet.

Secretary-general Jeremiah Kioni said the decision has been informed by findings of the Supreme Court that the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati acted unilaterally without involving other ommissioners in making core decisions in the August 9 election.

“Further, Chebukati should have proceeded on terminal leave pending appointment of a new chairman,” he said.

Kioni said that the party will support any peaceful and sustainable efforts aimed at promoting good governance.

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