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Kenyan Newspapers Review For October 26: Political Operatives Retreat, Tone Down Attacks Ahead of 2022 Polls ▷ Tuko.co.ke – Tuko.co.ke

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On Tuesday, October 26, the local dailies focused on top politicians who have disappeared from the public limelight in a move aimed at opening space for sober conversations ahead of the 2022 General Election.
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The dailies also reported that a group of tycoons from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Mt Kenya backyard is planning a meeting to announce their preferred 2022 presidential candidate from mid-November.
As the country’s political landscape takes shape ahead of the 2022 General Election, key allies of Deputy President William Ruto and former prime minister Raila Odinga have toned down on political rhetoric.
In every campaign season, the hardliners feature blatantly letting out what their masters may be too shy to say in public.
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Notable missing faces in the ensuing political scheme of things include Ruto’s lieutenants, senators Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Irungu Kang’ata (Murang’a), among others.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Chairman John Mbadi and Millie Odhiambo (Suba North) are in Raila’s corner.
According to the publication, a group of influential businessmen known as the Mt Kenya Foundation (MKF) is set to declare its preferred candidate.
MKF, which is revered within political circles for its bottomless war chest to finance presidential campaigns, could hold a convention known as Limuru three next month.
Their declaration is likely to shape the 2022 succession battle.
The MKF convention will include MPs, governors, senators, MCAs, aspirants, religious leaders, businessmen and professionals from the Gikuyu, Meru and Embu communities.
On Monday, October 25, the Supreme Court stopped Nairobi deputy governor Anne Kananu from being sworn in as Mike Sonko’s successor.
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In a brief ruling issued by Justice Ibrahim Mohammed, the court restrained the state from swearing-in Kananu as the substantive governor of Nairobi for the next 14 days pending an inter-parties hearing of the application lodged by Sonko.
Mohammed, who certified Sonko’s matter as urgent, directed the case file to be placed before Chief Justice Martha Koome to form a Bench of the Supreme Court to hear the application.
Last Friday, appellate Lady Justices Wanjiru Karanja, Jessie Lessit and Jamila Mohammed declined to issue conservatory orders restraining the state from swearing-in Kananu saying the application by Sonko lacked merit.
According to the daily, Ruto has asked the Kamba community to shun away from Raila’s presidential candidacy.
On Monday, October 25, the second in command took his campaigns to Makueni county.
Makueni voted overwhelmingly for Raila in the 2013 and 2017 elections.
Ruto implored the Kamba community to join the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
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Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho said a tender deal where a company linked to his family bagged exclusive cargo handling rights was not politically instigated.
The private company linked to Joho’s family was identified as Autoports Freight Terminals Ltd.
It took over operations of a taxpayers-funded inland cargo terminal in Nairobi in a controversial deal that triggered protests from competing logistics firms.
But Joho has defended his family, maintaining that it was a purely business deal and not political.
Source: Tuko.co.ke
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