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Kenya: Ruling Jubilee on the spot over unfair tactics, others grab headlines

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Ruling Jubilee on the spot over unfair tactics, President Uhuru Kenyatta marathon rallies and how politicians are enriching witchdoctors grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Monday.“Jubilee on the spot over unfair tactics,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that three weeks after the Ombudsman warned against the use of State resources in political campaigns, government agencies are still getting involved in electioneering.

“The Commission on Administrative Justice (the Ombudsman) recently called on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to take action against any political party or candidate “proven to have aided or abetted the participation of public officers or use of public resources in political activities,” reported the daily.

“President Uhuru, DP Ruto 200 marathon rallies in 30 days,” reported the Standard newspaper which pointed out that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have made at least 200 campaign stops in over 20 counties in the past 30 days.

“It has emerged that the constitutional requirement for the winning presidential candidate to secure a quarter of votes cast in a majority of counties (24), in addition to garnering 50 per cent plus one of the presidential vote, is informing the grueling campaign schedule for a contest that opinion polls suggest is still too close to call,” reported the daily.

“How politicians are enriching witch doctors,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that politicians hell-bent on victory are paying witch doctors huge sums, maybe even their souls, to capture voters’ hearts, repel adversaries’ magic, vanquish rivals and grasp power.

“Welcome to election season in deeply religious, church- and mosque-going Kenya where witchcraft is illegal and punishable by 10 years in prison. No one is punished, however, except by lynch mobs. Certainly not moneyed politicians,” reported the daily.

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