Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange Succumbs to COVID-19; ODM to Announce Presidential Ticket Contenders Today & Jubilee, Nasa Pacts Pose Hurdles in One Kenya Alliance Push

Good morning,

Have you gone for the Coronavirus vaccine yet? If you meet the eligibility criteria and you have not taken the jab, there is no better time than today.

As much as we would like to fight the state on everything, when it comes to health, your well-being is much more important than the need to make a political or social statement.

Most of us were hiding behind the fact that our leaders seemed hesitant to receive the vaccine, but President Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife, as well his Deputy William Ruto and his wife have now been vaccinated, so there is really no excuse left.

The good news is that there are two vaccine options in the country: AstraZeneca and Sputnik V, so it up to you to choose your poison, figuratively.

While the vaccine enthusiasm in the country is quite significant, more needs to be done to ensure the elderly population access the jabs.

Perhaps the government could undertake a door to door campaign upcountry as it does with children polio vaccines?

Meanwhile, we heard that it is an unofficial rule to bring along a photographer while getting the vaccine for social media flouting purposes.

Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:

Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange succumbs to COVID-19

MP Paul Koinange

Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange has died. The legislator succumbed to COVID-19 related complications at Nairobi Hospital on Wednesday morning.

The MP served as the Chairperson, Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security.

Elected on a Jubilee Party ticket, Koinange had served as member of the National Assembly for Kiambaa since August 2017.

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ODM to announce presidential ticket contenders today

ODM leader Raila Odinga

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s ODM party is on Wednesday expected to make public the party’s 2022 presidential ticket contestants.

This would be the first step in the orange party’s search for its presidential candidate in next year’s general election.

The party will be seeking a fourth stab at the presidency even as it is widely believed that Raila will get the final nod to fly the flag.

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Jubilee, Nasa pacts pose hurdles in One Kenya Alliance push

NASA Principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula, Musalia Mudavadi and Raila Odinga during a past media briefing

Partners in the One Kenya Alliance risk losing plum parliamentary positions if they proceed to formalise their marriage before withdrawing from existing coalitions.

And the fear of being stripped of the posts has slammed brakes on the alliance comprised of Gideon Moi (Kanu), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Mose Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya).

The four unveiled the One Kenya Alliance last week but could be forced to buy time in the hope of keeping the positions before signing any binding agreement ahead of next year’s election.

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