What Uhuru Did to MP Who Tried to Speak About Politics in State House; Ngirici’s Message to Senate After Missing Out on State House Luncheon & Ruto Tightens Grip on UDA to Counter Raila Onslaught

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One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals are set to meet today to consider a possible presidential candidate for the outfit in the much-anticipated August 9, 2022 elections.

The principals will meet to go over a technical report detailing various scenarios on who among the principals in Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetangula and Gideon Moi are best suited to be the OKA flagbearer.

The technical committee which is comprised of various legislators representing each principal has been meeting since Wednesday in Naivasha. They came up with a report with recommendations on who is best suited to give DP Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga a run for their money in the coming polls.

This comes as President Uhuru Kenyatta is hell-bent on making the former premier succeed him. Uhuru’s Pleas to OKA to support Odinga fell on deaf ears as they remained adamant that they would not be coerced to support anyone they don’t want.

This would later lead Uhuru to convince Uganda leader Yoweri Museveni that Raila Odinga is a good person and would not interfere in Uganda’s internal affairs when elected President in Kenya.

According to sources close to State House and Uganda’s leadership, Museveni who has been so resistant to the possibility of a Luo or related ethnic group taking leadership in the region has now thawed to the idea and accepted that possibility.

What do you think will prevail at the Naivasha meeting involving all the Oka Principals? Might they just announce a Presidential candidate they will support or a Presidential candidate of the outfit?

Meanwhile, here are stories making headlines on Opera News today:

Details Emerge on What Uhuru Did to MP Who Tried to Speak About Politics in State House on Thursday

Details have emerged about what exactly happened at the Nairobi State House during a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta, ODM leader Raila Odinga and their allied MPs on Thursday.

The President had invited the group for lunch, in a meeting whose attendees have revealed only revolved around the recent passage of the Political Parties Amendment Bill in the National Assembly.

The Standard has established that so strict was Uhuru on the agenda of the day that he didn’t give room for August poll talk, despite expectations from the MPs that politics would be addressed.

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Ngirici Pops Up With a Message to The Senate After Missing Out in The State House Luncheon

Kirinyaga woman representative, Purity Wangui Ngirici, has been making the headlines in recent days after her bitter divorce from the UDA party. Ngirici announced that she will not be supporting Ruto for the presidential seat and all signs now show like she is heading to Azimio la Umoja coalition.

Today, President Uhuru Kenyatta and the former prime minister Raila Odinga held a luncheon at State House which brought together politicians from the handshake team. The president thanked the team for passing the political parties amendment bill.

Many would have expected that Ngirici would be one of those attending the luncheon due to her closeness with the government. However, she did not attend the luncheon.

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Ruto Tightens Grip on UDA to Counter Raila Onslaught

Deputy President William Ruto is tightening his grip on the United Democratic Alliance as he prepares for a tough battle with the Azimio La Umoja movement led by rival presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

On Wednesday, Ruto chaired the party’s first National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at his official residence in Karen where members were officially unveiled. They had been gazetted last December.

NEC’s meeting came as Raila is also busy assembling his campaign team in readiness for his fifth, and possibly final, stab at the presidency.

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