It is on a Thursday and arrangement among political coalitions for the next general polls in August seems to be on top gear.
While Raila Odinga’s Azimio camp struggles to identify the coalition’s running mate, Deputy President William Ruto’s camp is busy crafting a power-sharing deal among its principles who have joined the alliance.
On Wednesday, a detailed power-sharing plan by Ruto’s camp leaked. At the heart of the deal is the position Musalia Mudavadi will get. It is reported that Mudavadi will be handed the post of Prime Cabinet Secretary, a position which will be created through an executive order 14 days after Ruto is sworn in, should he win the elections.
Musalia’s brother Moses Wetangula will get the National Assembly Speaker should Ruto win the presidency. However, the two will have hard work to do since they are required to get Ruto 70% of Western Kenya votes. This means that Ruto should get a commanding lead in Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Trans Nzoia and Vihiga counties, which have largely been considered Raila’s strongholds.
Will Musalia and Wetangula convince Western Kenya to back Ruto’s presidency in large numbers? What will happen if they don’t meet the threshold?
Here is the news making headlines on Opera News App today;
Inside DP Ruto’s Power-Sharing Deals and Creation of Lucrative Post For Musalia
The power-sharing document was drawn by Tharaka Nithi Senator Prof. Kithure Kindiki before it was deposited with the Registrar of Political Parties on Sunday night to beat the deadline.
The deal has also seen Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi land a lucrative position of the Prime Cabinet Secretary if Ruto wins the August 9, general elections and forms government.
Raila Deputy: Karua, Kenneth, Kalonzo Make Final Shortlist
The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party running mate selection panel has reportedly settled on Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka in that order as the most preferred to deputize the flagbearer Raila Odinga, in the August 9 elections.
Cooking Gas Prices to Rise Again After KRA Imposed New Taxes, Shortage Looms
Kenyans are set to pay more for cooking gas after the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) imposed new taxes on the commodity.
The taxman has increased the taxes on imported liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by over KSh 38,000.