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Kenya: MCA bashing over greed, opposition zoning Kenya, grab press headlines

President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s bashing of Member County Assemblies over wastage of funds and the opposition’s alleged attempt to divide Kenya to avoid local party wars, grabbed the attention of major dailies on Tuesday.“NASA divides up Kenya to avoid local party wars,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that NASA has unveiled an elaborate nomination plan mapping the country into four broad zones to eliminate friction and fraction among affiliates and win majority of seats.

“As for integrity issues, it leaves ethics clearance up to individual parties. This is in contrast with reports the Jubilee coalition wants to bar from election politicians who are in court for alleged corruption, forgery, rape, assault and other offences,” reported the daily.

“Uhuru, Raila speak up on looting spree,” reported the Standard newspaper which pointed out that President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition chief Odinga were Monday united in condemning pilferage in counties.

“In a rare show of unity, Uhuru and Raila said although Kenyans had begun to see the fruits of devolution, there was still wastage in the devolved units that needed to be checked,” reported the daily.

“Uhuru, Raila come face to face at burial,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his political rival Raila Odinga on Monday came face to face at the burial of Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua where they both sharply criticised members of county assemblies for being greedy and selfish.

“The President and the opposition leader who appeared to be reading from the same script — a rare coincidence given their fierce political rivalry — warned MCAs against frustrating governors by refusing to approve county budgets before their own demands for allowances were met,” reported the daily.

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