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Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and the Odinga-led Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) maintained momentum as most preferred parties for the 2022 General Election at 30 per cent and 16 per cent respectively/CFM

Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga have been named as most preferred candidates in the 2022 State House race polling at 38 per cent and 23 per cent respectively.

A study commissioned by an African based full market research firm whose findings were published on Friday revealed Ruto had lost a percentage point in terms preference by Kenyans having been scored at 39 per cent in June.

The study conducted between November 7 and 13 indicated preference for Odinga had risen by 15 per cent, having stood at 8 per cent in June.

Asked which candidate they thought President Kenyatta preferred to take over the reigns of power after the August 2022 presidential election, 48 per cent of 1,519 respondents interviewed said they believed Kenyatta preferred Odinga, up from 32 per cent who gave a similar response in June.

Nine per cent of the respondents thought Kenyatta preferred Ruto, down from 10 per cent who said so in June.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi ranked third on the list of politicians the respondents felt President Kenyatta preferred at 2 per cent down from 6 per cent in June.

The poll listed Mudavadi in third place among candidates respondents thought Kenyans would prefer most. Mudavadi was scored at 2 per cent, down from 3 per cent in June.

Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and the Odinga-led Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) maintained momentum as most preferred parties for the 2022 General Election at 30 per cent and 16 per cent respectively. 

TIFA indicated that UDA’s popularity had increased from 21 per cent in June when ODM’s preference was reported at 9 per cent.

The governing Jubilee Party’s preference plummeted from 40 per cent in June 2020, 34 per cent in December 2020 and 8 per cent in June 2021 to settle at 5 per cent in November.

The TIFA poll also noted that UDA’s popularity was greater than ODM and Jubilee combined amid reports that the two formations could formalize a political union ahead of the 2022 polls.

“A striking finding is the rise of the UDA party since its emergence as the preferred electoral vehicle for DP Ruto and those allied to him, first captured in TIFA’s June, 2021 survey and repeated in this current one, so that as of now it is nearly twice as popular as its closest rival   (ODM), and with official ruling party (Jubilee) now just a shadow of its former self in terms of popularity,” the pollster said.

The study conducted between November 7 and 13 listed Amani National Congress, Wiper Party and FORD-Kenya parties at par, all scoring 1 per cent.

A staggering 40 per cent of the respondents did not however identify with any political party. Capital News

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir. Photo via The Tower Post


The South Sudanese government has advised its citizens in Uganda to avoid large gatherings in the wake of a terror attack that killed at least three people and wounded several others in the capital, Kampala Tuesday.

Three attackers on motorbikes blew themselves up near parliament in the centre of Uganda’s capital during rush hour in an attack later claimed by the Islamic State group.

South Sudan’s deputy Foreign Affairs minister, Deng Dau Malek said that his government regrets the incident in Uganda’s capital, equating it to the work of dark forces hell-bent on destabilizing a country.

“We have received reports corroborating the media reports of a blast which occurred this morning in Kampala, which is a regrettable incident. It is the work of the dark forces who want to destabilize the security of Uganda and put the lives and safety of people at risk. Because of this, we advised our embassy in Kampala to further advise our people in Kampala and in other urban areas to avoid going to areas where there are large crowds, large gatherings,” he explained.

Uganda’s police spokesperson, Fred Enanga was quoted saying 33 people were injured in the blast which mainly targeted government buildings and police stations.

At least 23 of those injured in the attack were police officers, media reports show.

“Two suicide bombers were clearly captured on CCTV cameras, on motorcycles, disguising as Boda Boda riders. They detonated the bombs they were carrying on themselves that killed them instantly,” Enanga told reporters in Kampala Tuesday.

The police spokesperson said the fourth suicide bomber was arrested in Bwaise after he was shot and disabled by counter-terrorism operatives.

The attacks come barely a month after the last suicide bomb attack on a Swift Safaris Bus, which took place on October 25, 2021.

According to police, the explosions carried out by suspected domestic terrorists are linked to Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) using Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). - Chol Mawel, The Tower Post

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will provide an opportunity to elevate China's role in fostering international solidarity, peace, and the green transition, a Kenyan scholar has said.

Cavince Adhere, a scholar of international relations with a focus on China-Africa relations said the sporting jamboree, whose preparations have gone overdrive will also showcase the Asian nation's soft power, ecological civilization model, and its sterling performance in the COVID-19 battle.

"By hosting the Olympics, Beijing is demonstrating its international cooperation resolve, putting forward some of the best infrastructure aimed at strengthening the spirit and outcomes of the games," Adhere remarked in a commentary published by Daily Nation, a Kenya-based newspaper on Wednesday.

While noting that Olympic Games have fostered unity and human ingenuity, Adhere said the 2022 edition in Beijing will raise the bar higher in advancing humanity's collective good.

He lauded China for the meticulous preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics, adding that staging them against a backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic disruptions over the past two years will be a major feat.

Adhere noted that Beijing has come up with a solid plan to enhance the safety of international athletes. He commended China's decision to offer COVID-19 vaccines to participants at Beijing Winter Olympics besides promoting regular screening and other pandemic control measures.

"China's enviable track record in containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic therefore makes Beijing one of the most qualified nations to stage the Olympic Games at this time," said Adhere.

He observed that for the first time in the history of the Olympics, the 2022 edition will be powered by green energy, hence marking a significant milestone in blending sports and climate action.

The expert stressed that Olympic Games have always served to bridge cultural, political and ideological divides adding that the Beijing edition will test China's resolve to rally nations toward unity as opposed to division.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will take place between February 4 and 20, followed by the Winter Paralympics from March 4 to 13. Xinhua

Kenya Prison Service Commissioner-General Wycliffe Ogallo. President Uhuru Kenyatta sacked him days after Kamiti jailbreak that saw three terror convicts escape. 


President Uhuru Kenyatta has fired the Commissioner-General of the Kenya Prison Service, Wycliffe Ogallo, and appointed Brigadier (Rtd) John Warioba in his place.  

Warioba was sworn in as Commissioner-General at State House on Wednesday. 

Brigadier (Rtd) John Warioba. He is the new Commissioner-General of the Kenya Prison Service. 


Ogallo's sacking follows the recent jailbreak at Kamiti maximum security prison that saw three terror convicts escape.

Update: Ogallo has been arrested by ATPU officers. Read more here

Queries have arisen over how they managed to escape from the country’s most secure prison on Monday. Before announcing his sacking, President Kenyatta on Wednesday held a crisis meeting at State House with top Interior ministry officials and Prisons chiefs over the jailbreak.


 President Uhuru Kenyatta at a past meeting at State House. 


However, Ogallo had been side-lined from the Wednesday meeting. His assistant Florence Omundi was at State House.

Also at the State House meeting were Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i, Corrections PS Zainab Hussein and officer in charge of Ruiru Prisons Training College Wanini Keriri.

The President was said to be especially angry about the escape of the terror suspects. 

A statement released by State House afterwards explained that the government will take all action necessary to pursue the escapees.

"The State Department of Correctional Services has similarly been directed to sanction disciplinary action against all Kenya Prisons Service personnel who were on duty when the security breaches occurred; which action shall include redeployment and/or immediate suspension of all affected officers," the notice signed by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said. 

Already security personnel have launched a manhunt for the trio: Musharaf Abdalla Akhulunga, aka Zarkawi, aka Alex, aka Shukri, Mohamed Ali Abikar and Joseph Juma Odhiambo, aka Yusuf. 

They escaped the highly guarded facility after removing part of the wall leading to their cell block.

President Kenyatta urged Kenyans to volunteer any information that will lead to their arrest, while also reminding them to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities

He also lauded Kenya's security personnel for their “tireless and heroic work in law enforcement and counterterrorism.”

The escape has put Kenya on high alert, especially coming in the backdrop of a terror attack in neighbouring Uganda which has sent panic among East African States.

Wardens held

Meanwhile, a court in Kiambu has allowed the police to detain three prison wardens for 25 days over their alleged links in aiding the escape of the trio. 

This brings to ten the number of wardens who have been arrested after the daring escape. Seven wardens were arrested yesterday as investigations into the incident continue.

Kahawa Law Courts senior Principal Magistrate Boaz Ombewa, while granting the custodial orders to detain Edwin Muhia Njuguna, Silvestor Musyoka Mwitisyo and Moses  Kaikai, said the issues which had been raised by DCI investigating officers touched  on matters of national security and public interest.

Both Muhia and Musyoka are prisons inspectors while Kaikai is a warden.

Report by Vincent Achuka, Lynette Mukami, Justus Ochieng and Simon Ciuri   Nation Media Group

Hakuzimana Abdoul Rashid and his lawyer Felix Rudakemwa. Photo via The Chronicles


Hakuzimana Abdoul Rashid, the political figure arrested three weeks ago accused of negating 1994 genocide against Tutsi in YouTube videos, appeared this Wednesday for his second bail hearing.

In the last hearing, Hakizinana said he had no lawyer. The session was move to today.

At Wednesday’s hearing, with attorney Felix Rudakemwa, who is Dr Leon Mugesera’s lawyer, Hakizimana informed the Nyarugenge primary court that it should rule on his illegal detention before bail hearings begin.

Prosecution is charging him with denying the genocide, negating the genocide, spreading ethnic divisions and spreading rumours. Prosecution says all these cases were committed in YouTube videos where he appeared being interviewed.

However, given space to speak, Hakizinana and his lawyer said the investigating prosecutor who interviewed him, tortured him psychologically. The investigator is said to have wondered whether Hakizinana didn’t learn from his previous 8-year jail term.

The investigator reportedly let it be known to Hakizinana that he would ensure he went to jail for a longtime by bundling together as many cases as possible.

Hakizinana told court that the investigating prosecutor instead of doing his job by conducting interview and writing down what was said, he was threatening the suspect.

It is the reason the prosecution dossier before court has no responses from the suspect Hakizinana. The suspect’s forms are empty.

However, when asked to speak, the prosecution said Hakizinana’s responses are not in the file because he refused to speak as he was before investigators.

Prosecution claims that Hakizinana, in the cited YouTube videos, repeatedly said: ‘those who are not commemorated should also be accorded commemoration’.

By this, according to prosecution, Hakizinana is suggesting there was a double genocide in Rwanda.

This charge has become common in many cases involving politicians and journalists.

The judge said he will make a ruling on November 22. - Kerry Jabo, The Chronicles

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