National dailies on Monday September 19 highlighted events in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance as affiliated political parties jostle for positions in parliament and the executive.
The dailies also covered President William Ruto’s first trip abroad since coming to power, with his deputy Rigathi Gachagua taking over the country on an interim basis.
1. Taifa Lion
The Swahili newspaper projected a crisis in the Kenya Kwanza political faction, which formed post-independent Kenya’s fifth administration.
The coalition is led by President William Ruto of the UDA party, alongside Musalia Mudavadi of the ANC and Moses Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya.
Others include Alfred Mutua (Maendeleo Chap Chap), Moses Kuria (Chama Cha Kazi) and Amason Kingi (PAA).
The UDA party now appears to be positioning itself for the bulk of the coalition’s power-sharing arrangement.
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In both chambers of parliament, the political formation on whose list Ruto won the presidency occupied all the leading positions.
The UDA party nominated its members for Majority Leader and Deputy, Chief Whip and Deputy.
It is stipulated in the Kenya Kwanza pre-election agreement that the leadership of the chambers of parliament would be shared based on the performance of the respective political parties in the elections.
In the elections of August 9, the UDA party obtained 119 deputies, 6 from the ANC and Ford Kenya obtained 5.
ANC leader and Vice President Rigathi Gachagua are also jostling for influential ministries in the executive, national treasury, interior and agriculture.
2. Daily Nation
The daily reported that the vice president had taken control of the country as his boss flew out on an official visit.
On Sunday, September 19, Ruto flew out of the country on his first trip abroad since his inauguration as Kenya’s fifth head of state.
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During this three-day trip, the president will visit the United Kingdom and later the United States, where he is due to hold a series of meetings with world leaders.
In his absence, according to the power hierarchy of the 2010 Constitution, Ruto’s senior aide, Gachagua, will be in charge of the country.
The vice president, however, said he was in touch with his boss, and although he is miles away, his presence is still felt.
3. The Standard
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