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Kenya: Claims of opposition funded by cartels, NGO’s, others grab headlines

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Claims by the opposition that opposition is being funded by cartels and Non-Governmental Organizations, clash of ideas in ruling party and opposition manifestos and opposition leader pours cold water on Jubilee promises, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Thursday.“NASA funded by corruption cartels and NGOs – Ruto,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that Deputy President William Ruto yesterday said opposition leaders have no moral standing to fight corruption because they are literally owned by graft cartels.

“Their entire campaign is paid for by corrupt cartels with money stolen from Kenyans,” Ruto said. “How will you fight corruption when the choppers you are using and your entire secretariat are paid for by corruption cartels? Tell your story to the birds,” reported the daily.

“Clash of ideas,” reported the Daily Nation which delved into the recently launched Manifestos of both ruling Jubilee administration and opposition –NASA, noting that despite many similarities, both documents reveal sharp differences in policy and reforms proposals.

“Raila: Why you can’t trust Uhuru pledges,” reported the Standard newspaper which pointed out that National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga has blamed the Jubilee government for broken promises and asked voters to bank on his manifesto to transform the country.

“A day after NASA launched its manifesto, Raila yesterday led campaigns in Narok where he and President Uhuru Kenyatta split the presidential vote in 2013. The Opposition hopes to flip the region into its corner in the August elections,” reported the daily.

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